Every "Game of Thrones" fan has an opinion on Season 5 so far, even if they think it's boring. (How?!) GoT has a history of building to big endings, and the end is nigh for Season 5. This Sunday, May 31 marks Episode 8 of 10, and HBO shared details on what's ahead, giving major hints to book readers but also raising some new questions. Some stuff will be entirely new -- like everything Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen say to each other -- and other things may be "remixes" in the realm of what "The Walking Dead" always does with its source material.
Here's a breakdown of what's ahead in the final three episodes.
EPISODE 8, "HARDHOME" (May 31)
UPDATE: Here's our full recap of Episode 8. Best of Season 5 so far!
Official HBO synopsis: "Arya makes progress in her training. Sansa confronts an old friend. Cersei struggles. Jon travels."
If they mean Theon as Sansa's old friend, that's kind of a stretch, but we'll see. Last we saw Jon, he was headed to Hardhome, a free folk village and the title of the episode, so it looks like he's still going there. Kit Harington previously teased an epic battle ahead, and it sounds like it's coming this week.
Here's a new "Hardhome" tease from Entertainment Weekly:
I hear Jon Snow and Tormund run into trouble after they reach the outpost of Hardhome, and the result is arguably the show's most ambitious battle scene—and certainly the most special effects intensive—that we've seen yet. According to GoT aficionado James Hibberd, it took nearly a month of shooting for a roughly 20 minute sequence, which is pretty insane for a TV series. Bonus: We'll also have Tyrion and Dany's first big sitdown chat, and it's everything fans have hoped for."
Here's more from Entertainment Weekly on the Tyrion and Dany talk:
Tyrion and Dany will have their first real conversation, and you can expect it to rank among the best scenes of the season. While some fans were upset by the death of Ser Barristan earlier this year, his demise means that Dany lost an experienced senior adviser with strong knowledge of Westeros at a time when her regime is under attack from insurgents. So Dany now has a real need for Tyrion's help. But whether she can bring herself to trust the son of Tywin Lannister is a big question."
Did they kill Ser Barristan just to make room for Tyrion? Troubling thought. But this may be where we hear Dany's speech about breaking the wheel:
All in all, it sounds like Episode 8 is going to be a corker.
EPISODE 9, "THE DANCE OF DRAGONS" (June 7)
UPDATE:Here's our full recap of Episode 9. The penultimate episode is always a big one!
Synopsis: "Stannis (Stephen Dillane) confronts a troubling decision. Jon (Kit Harington) returns to The Wall. Mace (Roger Ashton-Griffiths) visits the Iron Bank. Arya (Maisie Williams) encounters someone from her past. Dany (Emilia Clarke) reluctantly oversees a traditional celebration of athleticism."
That celebration of athleticism, and the episode title, should be ringing bells for book readers. But Stannis' troubling decision -- do you think he's seriously considering killing his own daughter, Shireen, as Melisandre suggested? They were last seen stuck in a storm and desperate measures may be taken. And who will Arya encounter from her past -- Syrio Forel? If only Sansa could find her way to Braavos.
EPISODE 10, "MOTHER'S MERCY" (June 14)
Synopsis: "Stannis marches. Dany is surrounded by strangers. Cersei (Lena Headey) seeks forgiveness. Jon is challenged."
The Cersei forgiveness should also ring some book-reader bells. Should we worry for Jon? Kit Harington said Jon would be at his lowest place at the end of the season. And if Stannis is marching, did he make that troubling decision to get him moving forward?
What are your thoughts on what's ahead for the rest of Season 5?
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