This should go without saying, but if you haven’t caught last night’s brand new episode of Game of Thrones, you should really avoid watching next week’s preview and reading our speculation, below.
Fans got a brief break from the numerous plotlines that Game of Thrones is currently entangled in this week. Instead, the show focused solely on the Wall, showing Jon Snow’s rise into a leadership position and the Night’s Watch’s intense battle against the hordes of Wildlings looking to take over the Wall. According to the preview for next week’s Season 4 finale, “The Children,” there are a whole lot of plotlines that still need to be wrapped up.
First, there’s that whole deal with Tyrion. The man’s been sentenced to death, thanks to foolhardy behavior from Oberyn Martell (also, his own foolhardy behavior when Shae was on the stand, but I digress). Instead of focusing on Tyrion, however, Cersei seems to be chastising Tywin about his devotion to family but his inability to truly see what is going on behind closed doors. I don’t know what that means for Tyrion, but I would love to see Cersei take back her cold attitude toward her brother, who, for all intents and purposes, did not kill Joffrey. It might be a cold day in hell when that happens or it might not.
Elsewhere, Snow seems to be busy fighting the Wildlings. As this week’s episode explicitly noted, the guys on the Wall are outnumbered 1,000 to 1. Did I mention the Wildlings also have large mammoths and actual giants at their disposal? The Night’s Watch fought valiantly during this week’s episode of Game and Thrones, but a lot of men died and without reinforcements officially on their way, the Night’s Watch could very well be up the creek without a paddle. That is, unless Jon Snow is able to pull something out of a hat to change the tide.
Elsewhere in the cold of winter, it looks like Bran and company will be finally nearing their goal. Bran has one of the less exciting plots on Game of Thrones, but it’s nice to check in every once and a while as I always get the niggling feeling that his weird abilities will one day lead to answers. We’ll have to wait and see. Finally, it looks like Arya and the Hound will have gotten into a bit of a pickle. I’m not even sure where the two are headed now that Arya has been told her Aunt Lysa is dead. I guess we’ll find out next week.
Game of Thrones has already been renewed for Season 5, so don't expect to get all of the answers next week. Luckily, the show has always capably put together season enders, and I expect “The Children” to be an episode to remember. You can catch HBO’s Game of Thrones on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET.