Sunday the final episode of Game of Thrones season six is airing, but despite our quick preview (watch here) after last week’s episode, we’re still a little in the dark as to what will be coming in “Winds of Winter”. We know the basics: Cersei and Loras will be facing their trials (before the eyes of the Gods and judged by septons, rather than by combat as they had been promised), Jon and Sansa fully realize that they are against the world with only the other to trust (and maybe Davos), Jaime reaches the Twins, home of Walder Frey and his approximately 8,000 offspring, where he is honored, Littlefinger creeps on Sansa some more because apparently if you can’t have the mother, the daughter will do (gross), Davos tells Jon that Melisandre burned Shareen as a sacrifice to the Lord of Light (if he is Ned’s son at all, she’ll die for that), Bran is going to be in it, though we get no hints as to how or why, Daenerys gets Daario back (at least that’s who it looks like) after leaving him to lead the Dothraki in her absence, and Tyrion warns Dany that she is “in the great game now, and the great game is terrifying”.
We have gotten a bit more to consider in the days leading up to this final episode, and these new hints come in the form of snap shots from the episode. They don’t tell us much more about the episode, but they are certainly helping to keep excitement up.
Bran reclined in the snow doesn’t tell us much, but the following photo of him on a horse is encouraging. It means they won’t have to drag him through the snow anymore.
The photos of the trial are pretty spectacular. Cersei is understandably tense before she goes to trial. Loras seems to be getting some encouragement from the High Sparrow (something Margaery probably arranged for him with all her good behavior).
We have a single photo of Davos, and you can feel his anger here as he confronts Melisandre. He has to believe that Jon will behave like Ned would have (though how do you put someone to death who brought you back and helped you save your sister and your home?)
Dany and Tyrion talk about the future, since the Mother of Dragons has officially entered the Game of Thrones, and we all know what happens in that game: either you win, or you die. Tyrion is then left alone to consider his role in it all.
Finally we have Jaime and Bronn, along with the Lannister army, making their way to the Twins. Then their subsequent, and apparently very awkward, dinner with Walder Frey. Neither Jaime or Bronn look terribly pleased to be there. I don’t blame them though, Frey is extremely unpleasant and has a history of killing his guests.
Again, we don’t get much from these photos, but they do serve to keep the interest up (as if any of us are losing interest now), and this season finale looks to be every bit the exciting story telling that we’ve come to expect from Benioff and Weiss. I, for one, cannot wait until Sunday night.
Images courtesy of HBO.