Geekery: There’s a Lot Going on in this GoT Finale Preview

There’s one episode left in the season, and plenty of characters to kill.

How about that throw?

Ok, with that out out of the way let’s take a look at what HBO has in store for next week…

  • Jon, Tyrion, and allies meeting with Cersei and Jaime in what looks like King’s Landing
  • Another meeting at what looks to be Dragonpit
  • Cersei obviously has plan for this meeting – but will those plans pan out?
  • Sansa… being Sansa
  • The Unsullied and Dothraki getting ready to take a castle containing Bronn and Jaime
  • Jon’s use of an interesting double-entendre at the end there. Hmmm.

A little background on the significance of the setting of that meeting: Dragonpit was where the Targaryens kept their dragons; it’s on Rhaenys’ hill in King’s Landing. It was all but destroyed during the Dance of the Dragon – the Targaryen civil war. It holds a lot of meaning. The pit led to the demise of the dragons. Their confinement there let them literally diminish in stature until they were the size of a cat. The last dragon – before Daenerys brought them back – died there. It would be fitting for Cersei to try to kill the last of the Targaryens here.

 

There are things unanswered from the last episodes:

  • Where is Sam going?
  • What the heck is Bran up to?
  • What’s up with the fancy new wight dragon?
  • Will The Hound make it back to Cersei with his captive to convince her to join the fight?
  • Baelish’s plans?
  • Arya’s plans?

 

Let’s start taking bets on who doesn’t make it out of the finale alive.

  • bobrunnicles

    I’m praying for a dead Littlefinger but I realize that is probably just a pipe-dream.

    • EnTyme

      If Baelish saw Arya following him, it’s because she wanted him to see her.

      • Severius_Tolluck

        youd think, and of course arya seemed to fall for him, yet, she in her way let sansa know she knows who lies and doesn’t…. So obviously she is playing double agent to make him show his hands.

      • dave long island

        The Arya and Sansa storyline is a hot mess that’s been eaten by the Jailer Mord, then regurgitated back up, and then mixed with seagull pooh on Pyke.

        • Seienchin

          And you are extremely generous there… Would have used far stronger words for it.

    • benn grimm

      Maybe try a sacrifice? Seems a little more in keeping.

  • I_am_Alpharius

    This 7th season has been really poor compared to the others. Feels a little like there is a lot of fan service going on. Mind you, I suppose that’s what happens when you run out of source material (which I feel is pretty mediocre fantasy to begin with) and the author steps back from having a hand in every episode.

    • af

      The first book is ace, the last two are so-so. As for the TV show, this season has indeed been subpar in plot and character development, but boy did it have plenty of spectacular action. I’m all for more dragon action! Possibly the best looking CGI dragons ever, too.

      Out of curiosity, do you think there’s any fantasy series which is not mediocre? ‘Cause if you find ASoIaF mediocre but you really like something else, I’m really intrigued! The other reason I ask is because I heard GoT called “a soap opera with medieval trappings”, but I suspect people who think this do not really like the medieval fantasy genre to begin with.

      • I_am_Alpharius

        For sure the quality of the action, cgi, and overall production is second to none – that what happens when you coughing up $10M+ for each episode.

        Well, of course, like of novels an authors writing is all very much personal like or dislike. I’m a big fan of all of Tolkien works, David Gemmell was a master of the genre (and historical fiction) with his Drenai Series, then there’s Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Anne McCaffrey has written some excellent reads, Raymond E. Feist there are more I’m probably forgetting.

        • af

          They could have thrown lots of money at it and still make it bad 🙂

          Another absolute fan of Terry Pratchett here!

      • ASoIaF is a pretty dark political fantasy setting. Magic slowly creeps in (with the return of the dragons) but it’s less fantasy and more medieval, honestly.

        If you want a fully realized fantasy world with amazing writing, I highly suggest “The Stormlight Archive” by Brandon Sanderson. The first two books are the only ones out, but “The Way of Kings” and “Words of Radiance” are both two-thumbs-up good. I’m far more excited about “Oathbringer” than I am about “Winds of Winter” (even though that probably makes me a heretic).

        • af

          First of all, thanks for the recommendations!

          I’m aware ASoIaF is political and low-magic (at least at the start); that’s what I like about it. I don’t have a lot patience for epic/high fantasy as much as when I was a teenager, and I don’t think I could stand anything with elves (or Aelves 😛 ), orcs or dwarves these days. I’m simply too old for that stuff 🙂

          I love political or dark/comedy fantasy best, which is why I absolutely adore Terry Pratchett and Jack Vance’s “Dying Earth” stories, in particular “The Eyes of the Overworld” (if you haven’t yet, go read it. You’ll thank me later!). Fantasy that subverts tropes is also good, which is why I’m a fan of Moorcock’s Elric stories. I’ve also recently discovered Glen Cook’s “Black Company” novels and, simplistic as they are, I’m enjoying them.

          I don’t like Brandon Sanderson and I disagree with his approach to magic. It would take me too long to explain why — suffice to say, I prefer magic to be supernatural, mystical, seldom deployed, unreliable, and poorly understood by the main characters. Which is why his Mistborn stuff doesn’t do it for me.

  • euansmith

    Not watching the trailer. Not reading the comments. Just passing through. Excuse me. Not watching the trailer. Not reading the comments. Just passing through. Excuse me. Not watching the trailer. Not reading the comments. Just passing through. Excuse me.

    • Can you read me?

      • euansmith

        Nope. I’m not listening! I’m not listening! I’m not listening! I’m not listening!

  • benn grimm

    During the Sansa vs Arya showdown in the latest, kept thinking you’re gonna need more than just a face to impersonate Sansa… like a step ladder for starters… stilts maybe… I mean did Ned not notice one of his daughters is a 7 foot ginger and the other a black haired midget?

    • Derek Lee

      She was tall enough to be Lord Frey. As long as the magic trick is good enough, the brain will follow the eyes I guess.

      • benn grimm

        True, but how tall is Frey? Does he ever stand up long enough for us to be able to tell? Apart from the odd toast he seemed to pretty much spend his life sat down.

        • Derek Lee

          I guess a bent over old man would be easier for her to impersonate, but he struck me as a tall thin man.

          • benn grimm

            5′ 10 apparently, so not super tall, but certainly not midget sized like Arya. I guess the answer, much like the answer to how the ravens and Danys’ dragon flew so incredibly fast in the last episode is; magic! 😉

  • frankelee

    I’m still enjoying it, but the plot is off the rails.

    • benn grimm

      Last episode was a bit silly, but fingers crossed it was just a blip and business will resume as normal next week.

    • I_am_Alpharius

      Frankly, the story now feels very rushed.

      • dave long island

        It is rushed. At this point they’re just check marking things off a list, and tying up loose ends by killing off characters.

        • I_am_Alpharius

          See my comment to @vl@vlad78:disqus below.

          • dave long island

            Good points. I’d say GRRM is struggling to figure out what to do as well. And the TV show since season 4 has been going downhill. It was a great show now is merely a good show, which is still saying something.

      • vlad78

        It does, but they have only one season to finish the show and to tie all loose ends. Frankly this became almost as complicated as the wheel of time, what did you expect?
        ;p

        • I_am_Alpharius

          Its only rushed because HBO has decided not to renew it past “8” seasons. Its the producers/HBO’s fault for not wanting to continue to pay the actors the ridiculous sums of money they are payed; I believe most the cast is on £360,000 an episode. I also suspect they couldn’t convince the cast to sign on for more series. There’s reasons HBO has “chosen” to have series “7” and “8” to be shorten ones. First the key cast contracts ran out after 7 series of 10 episode. HBO simply split series “7” in half and added a couple of episodes to generate a series 8; episode for which I understand Clarke and a few others are being paid even as would exceed beyond their contracted number. Second they’ve got no idea what to do without new source material to build from.

  • Hagwert

    Love the shot of the allies walking into the dragon pit as a gang , Jon, Davos , Pod , Brienne , Jorah, Tyrion and Theon . Makes Captain America and his crew look positively lame by comparison !

  • dave long island

    Why did the deadites wait when the ice broke? They don’t breathe, and the cold doesn’t harm them. So why not just walk into the water, walk along the bottom of the lake, and then up onto the island where Kit Harrington and his merry dungeon and dragons party were waiting?? This show has so many holes in it. The writers are just phoning it in, at this point.

    • vlad78

      maybe they tried but couldn’t climb because the ice was too thick around the island.

      • dave long island

        Hmmm… Naw. They waited there because.. plot contrivance!… lol

        • vlad78

          That too of course. lol

    • af

      I think you’re being a bit unfair. This happens in plenty of zombie movies, enough that having them walk underwater is a trope subversion. Zombies don’t surf! (or swim).

      The show is consistent about this: in “Hardhome” (possibly the best episode so far, ever), the undead army was also stopped by water. It seems they simply cannot swim or walk underwater.

      • dave long island

        Mayhap.

      • dave long island

        If they cannot go into the water then how did they go in and attach the chains to the dragon? Hmmm? And no one said they need to ‘surf or swim’, they just need to walk on the bottom of the lake.

  • dave long island

    I’m hoping the jailer Mord makes a reappearance and makes a bid for the Iron Throne… LOL… He’s got some gold jingle-jangling in his pocket now, and maybe that’s all he really needed to get going… lol

  • Martin Ansell

    Pretty certain we are going to see a big scrap in the dragon pit. Cersei has no interest in talking she just wants to cut if the head of the dragon (Dannie) and with her dead the invasion will collapse. Killing tirion at the same time will be a bonus. but brienne and the hound have both been sent to the talks for no real reason as they aren’t negotiators they are just there for a fight with Jamie and the mountain. Question is who is gonna die?0