Game of Thrones’s formula throughout its first three seasons was this: have a climactic Episode 9, followed by a relatively calm season finale that picks up the pieces and sets the stage for the following season. However, it looks like the show is taking a more traditional route for Season 4 and having a season finale that is packed with big moments.
“It’s the best finale we’ve ever done, bar none,” showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff tell Entertainment Weekly in a statement. “We’re immensely proud of ‘The Children.’ And a little intimidated by the episode, because now we have to get back to the business of Season 5 and figure out a way to top it.”
The episode looks to wrap up a number of big storylines from the season, including the fate of Tyrion Lannister, Brienne encountering Arya and the Hound, Dany trying to balance Queenhood and mother(of dragons)hood, Bran reaching his mysterious destination, and the conclusion of last week’s action at the Wall. If that seems like a lot — it is, which is probably why the episode is the longest the series has ever done, clocking in at 66 minutes.
The season finale of Game of Thrones airs Sunday, June 15, at 9 pm ET/PT on HBO.