After the battle at the Wall in Game of Thrones Season 4, Episode 9 ended in a stalemate, it looks like its conclusion will be pushed to the season finale, “The Children.” In addition to the action up north, we still have a lot of other loose ends to tie up. So what’s going to happen?
Warning! This article contains spoilers from the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, click away now if you don’t want to know!
Disclaimer: Many of these spoilers are based on the books. Of course, the show could take any of these stories in a different direction.
Salvation at the Wall. Jon Snow gets his meeting with Mance Rayder, but before one of them can kill the other, they’re interrupted by a battle in Mance’s camp. Stannis shows up with his army and decimates the Wildlings. Mance is captured, his army scatters, and the Wall is saved. Hooray!
A new chapter for Arya. In the books, the Hound succumbs to his infected wound (the one he wouldn’t let Arya burn away in the show) and begs Arya to kill him for mercy’s sake. Arya refuses when the Hound reminds her that he killed her friend, and she decides to let him suffer. He is presumed dead, but his death is never confirmed. However, the show may confirm it, squashing a lot of book theories that he lives on in the process.
In the teaser for the finale, we also see what looks an awful lot like Brienne’s armor on the person encountering the Hound and Arya. We assume Brienne and the Hound fight, since we know based on interviews that Brienne has a big fight scene this season, so the show may have Brienne outright kill the Hound. If they go this route, we hope they establish that the Hound is severely weakened from his wound because, as tough as Brienne is, we don’t buy her taking the Hound in a fight.
Whatever transpires between the two, Arya’s arc should end with her boarding a ship for Braavos, using her Valar Morghulis coin for fare.
Bran’s destiny. We see in the trailer that Bran and company reach their destination, and Bran should meet up with the Three-Eyed Raven. Bran’s also going to meet the fabled Children of the Forest in a scene that should up the show’s magic quotient considerably. Bran might also learn that his destiny is to take the place of the Three-Eyed Raven as the new last greenseer. Some of that could get saved for next season, though.
Dany’s dragons are locked up. Given the shot in the teaser of two dragons in what appears to be a dark room, we’re guessing that Viserion and Rhaegal are locked up in this episode. The dragons increasing getting out of Dany’s control has been hinted at a few times this season, and we expect someone to come to Dany with the charred bones of a child, prompting her to put her “children” in chains. However, only Viserion and Rhaegal manage to succumb to imprisonment, while Drogon escapes and flies away.
Jaime and Cersei make out. Yeah, we’re lost on this one. In the books, the two do not share anymore intimate moments, and we’re pretty confused as to why they would on the show after Jaime raped Cersei in Episode 3, “Breaker of Chains.” But, as we can see in the teaser, they totally make out.
Tyrion escapes. While awaiting his execution, Tyrion is sprung from his cell by Jaime and Varys. Tyrion has a falling out with Jaime when he learns that his first wife was not a whore and that Tywin invented that story to break them up. Tyrion then enters Tywin’s chambers on his way out of the dungeons and finds Shae in his father’s bed. He murders Shae, then locates his father (on the toilet) and kills him with a crossbow. Varys then leads Tyrion out of King’s Landing to a boat bound for Pentos. We'll see if this plot plays out exactly the same, or if there are some changes.
Lady Stoneheart? While we’ve never received confirmation that Michelle Fairley filmed any scenes for Season 4, we’re holding out hope that the episode closes with a Lady Stoneheart reveal. The epilogue third book in ASOIAF, upon whose latter half this season was largely based, features the reveal that Cat Stark has been resurrected by the Brotherhood without Banners and now goes by Lady Stoneheart. She’s now a revenge-consumed monster, killing anyone associated with the Red Wedding. Please, please, please let her be in the finale!
Catch the Game of Thrones Season 4 finale on June 15, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.