With the last episode of the fourth season of Game of Thrones airing tomorrow, fans are excited to see how HBO will be tying up what has been an exhilarating and dramatic season. With so many storylines still dangling over the edge, viewers are left in anticipation to see what will happen to Jon Snow, Daenerys and the rest of Westeros. Here is what fans can expect from the final showdown.
Episode nine, the latest episode, was centered on the Nights Watch’s epic battle with the Wildings. Although the wall held strong, the battle is not over. The show left off with Jon Snow leaving Castle Black in pursuit of the Mance Raydar. Apparently, Snow wants to reason with him, which seems like a completely unreasonable thing to do. However, consider the Watch is outnumbered and facing certain doom, it is the only thing left to do. Snow recently lost the girl he loves, but has no time to grieve when his brothers are in danger. The Watch is terrified, untrained and without help. Although Snow has no previous experience, he has proved to be an outstanding commander in their last battle, and the rest of the Watch turns to him for assistance. Fans of the show can only hope Jon Snow will stick around Game of Thrones for many more seasons.
Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke, has been rising in popularity both on screen and off. The actress has been treading the top of IMDB’s Starmeter since first appearing on Game of Thrones in season one. Since then the character has developed into the strong and powerful Queen she is now. This season, viewers see her start to slip as the responsibility of ruling weights down on her. She has trouble controlling her people, and even controlling her guards. Daenerys is last seen banishing Ser Jorah Mormont from her kingdom, after learning that he traded information about her to regain his citizenship in King Landing. He does this before even knowing the Mother of Dragons, and has since fallen in love with her. Unfortunately, for him, Daenerys is not known for her mercy. Although her situation is unbalanced, she is still planning to cross the narrow sea and bring destruction with her.
The Stark children have had it rough, as usual, this season. Arya was last seen outside the gate of The Vale where her sister, Sansa, sits in the hands of Petyr Baelish. The untrustworthy Little Finger has only bad intentions in mind, growing increasingly more infatuated with Sansa as the show rolls on. She is still in a safer position with Baelish than she was in King Landing, and keeps his lies knowing he will protect her, at least for now. Their brother, Bran, is still on his quest north of The Wall. He has escaped the clutches of the Wildlings, and he is one-step closer to discovering his destiny and the true abilities of his physic powers. The youngest Stark, Rickon, has not been seen since separating from Bran. Under the care of Osha, viewers can only hope he is safe.
Back in Kings Landing, the life of one of the most interesting characters in the series is uncertain, but in the end, nobody is safe in this bloody universe. The Lannisters prepare for Tyrions execution, after Oberyn’s attempts to free him through battle by combat were squashed. Fans are left guessing what will happen to the little Lannister. His whole family is out to get him, except for his brother Jaime, whose attempt to save him was ended quickly by Tyrion’s large ego. After the death of the Prince of Dorne, the capital may not be as safe as its inhabitants may think.
Season four of Game of Thrones has not shown much of Stannis Baratheon and Ser Davos. The two were last seen getting a large loan from the Iron Bank to fuel their plans to take over Westeros. The apparent “one true king” has a penchant for blood magic, but in the end it is money and men that win wars.
With several threats and enemies against King’s Landing, anything is possible. It is all a matter of who gets to the Iron Throne first in this game of medieval musical chairs. Game of Thrones season finale will be premiered on HBO this Sunday, and fans can only expect the worse.
Opinion By Morgan Louchen