It’s going to be hard for HBO to top last week’s “Watcher on the Wall” episode with tonight’s season finale.
As Kit Harrington told Access Hollywood, last week’s Battle at Castle Black was “as big as Thrones has gone” and it was the “most expensive episode that they’ve ever made.” (As I said in the recap, it’s my personal favorite episode ever.) In terms of expense, the CGI to create the giants and the Wall itself helped that cost soar according to showrunners Benioff and Weiss.
In Canada, the Game of Thrones season 4 finale is being broadcast live in Cineplex theaters. The tickets are ten bucks, you get to see the finale on the big screen, you get a $10 concession coupon, and you get to share in the experience with a huge group of people. If I still lived in Canada, I’d do this in a heartbeat. What an amazing idea!
Given the fact that excited fans crashed the HBO Go servers during the season 4 premiere, it will be interesting to see if anything similar happens tonight (that is, if HBO’s infrastructure is prepared). After all, lots of people wanna know if Tyrion lives or dies.
The synopsis for tonight’s episode, “The Children,” doesn’t tell us much: “Circumstances change after an unexpected arrival from north of the Wall; Dany must face harsh realities; Bran learns more about his destiny; Tyrion sees the truth about his situation.”
Last week Jon Snow left on a suicide mission to try to negotiate with — or kill — Mance Rayder, the Wildling leader. The men at Castle Black can’t hold out much longer against Mance’s massive army. The Crows are lucky they made it through the night.
Dany just parted with Jorah. Are harsh realities in store for her because of it?
The preview shows Bran with a great heart tree (a weirwood tree with a face). The heart tree is a symbol of the faith of the Old Gods, a faith practiced mainly in the North.
The biggest question, however, is what will come of Tyrion? Will he live or will he die?
Here’s the preview: