The "Game of Thrones" Season 4 finale, "The Children" promises to have fans buzzing after the credits roll on Sunday. "The Children" changes the dynamic of the series, shifting the focus from the fallout of the major events in the previous episode and will have 66 minutes to wrap up the Season 4 storylines.
Warning: Full "Game of Thrones" Season 4 spoilers ahead.
Following the spectacular Battle of Castle Black, fans are eager to find out what happens next on "Game of Thrones" Season 4. Jon Snow is set to meet with Mance, Tyrion is set to die after losing trial by combat, Arya and the Hound are still trekking around the Vale while Daenerys is learning what it takes to be a queen in Meereen. Of course, who can forget Bran's journey to find the three-eyed raven while Stannis has been sitting on the sidelines and planning his next move with Ser Davos.
We already know what to expect from "The Children," based on the "Game of Thrones" Season 4 finale synopsis and preview, but the new "The Watchers on the Wall" recap video could offer a few more clues as to what themes and storylines may be featured on Sunday's episode.
As a quick warning, there are spoilers and not-too-subtle hints about "Game of Thrones" Season 4 storylines in the video. If you want to be surprised, do not watch the new clip.
The "'Game of Thrones' Season 4: Episode 9 recap" video starts with a voiceover from Tyrion explaining trial by combat. The explainer was given by Tyrion in Season 1 when he first demanded trial by combat after being accused of the murder of Jon Arryn and the attempted murder of Bran Stark. No new clues can be found in this clip but it does confirm the obvious; Tryion's fate will be a main storyline in "The Children."
The next scene is quite interesting and could hold some serious implications for "The Children." Arya and the Hound reached the Vale but Lysa Arryn was killed just three days before they reached the Eyrie. With no plan and no ransom, what's next for these characters? In the recap video, the scene between Jaqen H'ghar and Arya from "Game of Thrones" Season 3 is featured. Jaqen gives Arya a coin and tells her to give it to any man from Baavos, saying "Valar Morghulis," if the time came for her to find him again. Based on previous recap videos, this scene could serve as a way to remind viewers of Jaqen while also setting up a future storyline. The scene with Arya laughing over her misfortune is also shown in the recap.
Daenerys' growing dragons have been a concern throughout "Game of Thrones" Season 4 and the recap video hints at more trouble of ahead for Dany's "children." The now-exiled Jorah warned her about their inability to be tamed and Drogon has already killed several sheep.
Bran's vision is quickly shown as is the scene between Brienne and Pod where they agree to travel to the Vale. Both parties could reach their destinations, Bran finds the cave of the three-eyed raven while Brienne arrives at the Vale, but what awaits them remains to be seen. Melisandre's prophecy to head north is mentioned and the recap ends, fittingly, with the Battle of Castle Black.
The "Game of Thrones" Season 4, episode 9 recap video can be viewed below. The "Game of Thrones" Season 4 finale, "The Children," airs on Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT on HBO.
Warning: Full "Game of Thrones" Season 4 spoilers and "A Song of Ice and Fire" below.
- The recap makes it pretty clear as to what to expect from "The Children." Arya will head across the Narrow Seas while the Hound is killed, or mortally wounded, by Brienne. Stannis will end the Battle of Castle Black and the storyline could end with Jon Snow being named the new Lord Commander.
- Daenerys' dragons will have to be chained up after Drogon kills a child. This is a bit of a departure from the standard "Game of Thrones" season finale which features an uplifting moment for Dany.
- I'm glad they did not make Tywin's death obvious in the recap video but there were plenty of hints from "The Children" preview. With Season 4 willing to deviate from the books, I'm curious to see what new storylines are hinted at in the season finale.