e stand on the edge of the cliff. On the precipice. Ready to fall into the last moments of this epic saga’s penultimate series. What the hell is going to happen? Will this be 79 minutes and 43 seconds of waiting for something epic to happen? Or will the showrunners deliver early on in this final instalment?
In order to try to speculate what events will take place Sunday night we must first look at where we are and then what we know about the format of the series. At the moment John and the gang, all but one dashingly drunken Dennis Pennis, have returned with their prize – a white walker for Queen Cersi. Sansa and Arya and squabbling in Winterfell and Cersi is laying a trap for Danerys . The format has been so changed this season due to contractual hours that the pace and dynamics of the show have suffered. Many are calling this the worst series ever.
Probably the worst writing in the whole seven series of #GameOfThrones Quite annoyed by it frankly.— Mark England (@alonelyincubus) August 21, 2017
And the Uncle Benjen bit,....hey???
That was the worst penultimate episode of any season ever, and this penultimate season might just be the worst of the series. #GameOfThrones— Bogio Gempesaw (@BojGempesaw) August 21, 2017
I’m not sure it is the worst series, but it is so obviously different in pace and tone - can we trust our understanding of George R R Martin’s style? Will he pull the rug from under us and kill off a beloved character? The death count hasn’t been very high this season for main characters (the death count is super high for red coats) so who will we lose in this final instalment? My money is on Bron – because I love him so and I want his babies.
The format in previous series’ has set episode 9 apart from all the rest with its shock tactics and sheer gore. With the Battle of the Blackwater, The Watchers on the Wall, and of course, The Red Wedding. The following episodes of the series is often a more relaxed affair, tying up loose ends and giving clues to the next series - enough to keep us wanting more. I’m wondering if Sunday’s episode will now be that last, slightly more relaxed period. Although we know from previews that it will still have a lot of action and key events, it surely cannot match the suspense of waiting for Dani to fly in and save the suicide squad. We know Grey Worm will reach Jaimie and Bron and stands ready to strike at the walls of Kings Landing, Jon and Tirion meet with Cersi to present their evidence of a greater threat, but Danerys is absent in all the teaser photos.
We haven’t heard from Bran ‘the all seeing’ Third Eyed Raven for a few episodes so I’m curious as to whether he will have a part to play in this episode at all. I feel his talents may be used next series when the Night King finally pushes south of the wall and warging a newly formed ice dragon would probably be very helpful.
Although the pace of this season is much faster, we have less time to afford to intimate character developing scenes, I don’t think we are charging headlong into that battle just yet. But we could have a battle of sorts. This all balances on Cersi’s shoulders. Will she listen to Jon? Will she take the visit to be a ruse, simply a way to infiltrate King’s landing and will she then spring a horrific trap on our well-meaning alliance of ice and fire?