There’s just one episode remaining in Game of Thrones Season 3, and just because the Red Wedding is over, that doesn’t mean that nothing exciting is going to happen. Using the preview, the episode’s synopsis, and spoilers from the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, we can make some educated guesses as to what will take place in the finale.
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The synopsis for the episode is as follows:
Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) challenges Tywin (Charles Dance). Bran tells a ghost story. In Dragonstone, mercy comes from strange quarters. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) waits to see if she is a conqueror or a liberator.
“Joffrey challenges Tywin.” We see Joffrey in the trailer yelling that he is the king, while Tywin tells him that a crown doesn’t give him power. Whoa.
We’re thinking this could be the show's interpretation of the scene from the books where the Royal Court receives word of the Red Wedding. In the books, Joffrey, in typical Joffrey style, says he wants the head of Robb Stark to serve to Sansa for dinner. Tyrion doesn’t like that comment much, and calls Joffrey a monster (he loves doing that). Joffrey threatens to rip out Tyrion’s tongue, until Tywin chimes in and compares Joffrey to the Mad King Aerys (go Tywin!) while also telling him he’ll run the kingdom for him. Instead of backing down, Joff tells Tywin that he was scared of Aerys and that only his “father” Robert Baratheon dared defy him. Boom. Cersei tells Joff to apologize, he refuses, and it gets super awkward.
“Bran tells a ghost story.” That line, coupled with the scenes of Bran and his crew sleeping in a castle and Hodor staring down a well, leads us to believe that they are at the Nightfort.
In the books, the Nightfort is a long-abandoned castle that belongs to the Night’s Watch and stands along the Wall. Bran believes it's haunted due to all of the scary stories Old Nan used to tell him about it. Perhaps he tells one of these stories to set the mood in the episode, because he appears to be on edge when he hears someone coming up from that well we see in the trailer. Who do we think it is?
Well, remember that seemingly pointless scene of Sam and Gilly glimpsing the Wall last week? In the books they’re the ones who come crawling up the well and find Bran. The one catch is that we haven’t met Coldhands yet. Coldhands is a mysterious wight who can talk and leads Sam and Gilly to Bran; he later plays an important role in Bran's story. Given the show's history of doing scenes out of order, it’s very possible that Coldhands won't show up until next season, and will just deal with Bran while leaving Sam out of it. As long as we get some Coldhands eventually, we’re cool with it.
Mercy in Dragonstone. This bit likely refers to Gendry being released by Davos; we do glimpse both of them in the trailer. In the books, Melisandre is in possession of a different bastard of Robert Baratheon, Edric Storm (on the show his role has been combined with Gendry’s). Still unable to accept the murder of an innocent, Davos sends Edric, err, Gendry, away to safety, knowing full well it could cost him his relationship with Stannis (or his life). Davos is way too honorable. Doesn’t he pay attention to what happens to honorable people on this show?
Conqueror or a Liberator. The last piece of the synopsis is about Dany waiting to see if she’s a conqueror or a liberator. We assume this is about her taking Yunkai. In the preview we see the Unsullied ready for battle and the dragons being unleashed, but that could be a form of intimidation. In the books, Yunkai agrees to release all of their slaves rather than fight. The title of the episode, “Mhysa,” seems to back up our theory. Mhysa means “mother” in the Ghiscari language spoken in Yunkai, and it’s what the slaves shout at Dany as they are released from captivity. We’d say that makes her a liberator, fo sho.
Jaime and Brienne. In the preview, Jaime is seen briefly, and appears to be inside, not on the road. That indicates that he may arrive back in King’s Landing, where he does eventually arrive in the books.
Theon and Yara? Theon is also shown and, surprise surprise, he’s still up on that wooden X in the Dreadfort. Maybe we’ll get confirmation that Theon’s tormentor is Ramsay Snow? Let’s hope so, we really don’t need another season of Theon torture. We also see Theon’s sister Yara for the first time this season, and she’s probably wondering where her brother is... either that or she’s learning that her father Balon has died, setting the stage for the Greyjoy game of thrones that comes into play later in the books. It’s everyone’s favorite part of the story (just kidding).
Up North. We also spy Ygritte firing a bow and arrow and Jon Snow looking like he’s in pain, so maybe the Wildlings catch up to Jon and Ygritte puts an arrow in his leg like she does in the book. We were missing that scene last week. You can take the Wildling out of the wild, but then she’ll just shoot you with an arrow.
The Hound. Finally, we see The Hound fighting some people. Might this be the scene from the books where Arya gets her revenge on The Tickler? Let’s hope so, Arya’s in need of some revenge after the Red Wedding!
Catch the Game of Thrones Season 3 finale on Sunday, June 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.