We’re fast approaching the final episode of season four of Game of Thrones and its set to be the best finale yet. With the last two episodes having been absolute stunners, with Tyrion’s trial by combat taking a dramatic turn and the Wildling attack on the wall and Castle Black the final episode has a lot to do to deliver on the shows claims that it’s going to be the best yet.
So what can we be expecting in this ‘greatest finale yet’? Here are my best guesses based on publicity material and my own deductions.
Should be obvious to say but this will contain spoilers!
|The home of the tree-eyed raven.|
Bran and his little band of followers have been travelling beyond the Wall for the whole of season four and apart from a brief stop at Craster’s Keep he hasn’t really done that much. Plus we haven’t even seen him for more than two episodes now. Seeing Bran in the finale is a foregone conclusion. But what’s he going to be doing?
I believe that we’ll see Bran reach his destination and find the large weirwood tree where the three-eyed-raven can be found. Hopefully we will get to see the Children of the Forest and Lord Brynden (the three-eyed-raven) that will set up the next stage of Brans journey for season five.
|Aryas destiny awaits in Bravos.|
Having just found out that Lysa Arryn is dead Arya and the Hound have been left with their main goal stolen away from them. They’ve spent months travelling across Westeros, becoming begrudging allies, only to find out that the thing that has kept them together no longer exists. So what will they do next?
I doubt that the Hound will just abandon Arya now that he cannot ransom her, instead I think that she’ll convince him to let her stay with him. However, as readers of the books will know the Hounds injury he sustained in episode seven is a little more serious that anyone might think.
I think that before this episode ends Arya will make the decision to travel to Bravos and train to become a Faceless Man. Whether this is a conclusion she comes to and decides to leave the Hound or if the Hound will be dead before the credits roll I’m not sure. But I do believe that we will see Arya finding her new purpose and setting out to leave Westeros and her old like behind.
Daenerys and her Children
|Daenerys' dragons grow wilder every day.|
The title of the episode ‘The Children’ seem to me to be a hint at the dragons. We’ve had hints over the last nine episodes of Daenerys’ dragons becoming more and more wild and unruly. I think that this will be the episode where one of the dragons is responsible for the death of a human.
With Daenerys having just banished her best friend Jorah Mormont from her new kingdom she’s in a dark place already. Now would be the perfect time to have her face the harsh reality that perhaps her ‘children’ are not what she would like them to be but wild monsters.
I would also not be surprised if we see the creation of the Sons of the Harpy and their terrorist war on Daenerys in the streets of Meereen. Something else that connects to the episode title.
The Battle for the North
|The Baratheon army comes to the Night Watch's aid.|
The last episode gave us a spectacular battle at the Wall that put season two’s Battle for Blackwater Bay to shame. Ending with a scene that I’m sure had many people shouting at the screen Jon Snow leaves the safety of the Wall, unarmed, and heads out to confront Mance Rayder and stop the attack on the wall.
How’s he going to do it? Will he succeed or die in the attempt? Well as you’re reading this I’m sure that you’ve either read the books or don’t care about spoilers so I’m going to say what happens.
I think that without a doubt we will see Stannis Baratheon arrive at the wall with his new army and defeat the Wildlings. We’ve seen small hints of this in the series trailers before the first episode even aired with Baratheon knights on horseback in the snow.
|Tyrion finds Shae in his fathers bed.|
Episode eight saw Tyrion Lannister at his absolute worst. With Prince Oberyn killed by the Mountain during Tyrions trial by combat his fate has been sealed. He has been deemed guilty by both gods and men and faces execution for the murder of King Joffrey. So what’s going to happen to him in the finale?
I believe that this episode will see Tyrion escaping from Kings Landing and the clutches of his father with the help of Jamie and Varys. What I am hoping we see is Tyrions confrontation with Shea and Tywin. After the emotion fuelled trial where Shea turned on Tyrion and we got one of the best pieces of acting from Peter Dinklage we’ve had yet.
However, there is a potential for this episode to outshine the trial, especially if we get to see Tyrion confront and kill Shea and his father.
|Fake or real, when Lady Stoneheart makes her entrance I'll be excited.|
The biggest and most exciting thing about the season finale is the introduction of Lady Stoneheart. I’ve been waiting for her to make an appearance since the end of season three and it looks like it might actually come to pass in the end of this episode. I’m guessing that if she is in the episode it will be as the final scene to leave the audience going ‘WHAT THE HELL?!’ as the credits roll.
The main thing that makes me think she will be in the episode are some apparently leaked images of her from the episode. Now, I know that the chances of these being real aren’t 100%, they could easily be photo shopped, but she has to make an appearance some time so why not now?
So there you go, my predictions for what we’re going to be seeing in the season four finale of Game of Thrones. I hope I turn out to be right.
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