This week in Hollywoodland is dedicated to the end of season 2 of HBO’s amazing miniseries “Game of Thrones,” titled “Valar Morghulis.” You definitely don’t want to miss this season’s ending if you are a “Game” fan, or if you are interested in starting to watch HBO’s highest rated drama since “Deadwood.” This week will call the end of the season, but the game has only just begun. There are so many storylines to wrap up, and no time to do it, so don’t expect an end, only a new beginning. “Game of Thrones” airs tonight, and we’re here to give you some insight, some secrets and exciting things you can look forward to. We know the dragon eggs given to Daenerys by her late husband hatched into Dragons, but do you know what the House of the Undying has done to them?
“Game of Thrones,” the HBO miniseries which has set the bar very high for TV writing, directing and acting, and a very high standard by which all other epic series will now be measured, will give its legion of fans one last thrill with the finale episode of Season 2 on Sunday, June 3, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on HBO East and HBO Latino East (with Spanish subtitles); followed by airings on HBO West and Latino West at 9 p.m. Pacific Time. All four channels repeat the episode immediately four times back to back.
This season’s highly anticipated finale, titled “Valar Morghulis,” is a surprising ten minutes longer than the rest of the season’s episodes. And we have many, very many questions starting off tonight, after last week’s shocking episode depicting the siege of “Blackwater.” As one of our readers points out, “There are so many loose-ends, there’s now way to tie them all up, but I want to know is Tyrion dead,” said Faye in Bel Air. For those fans fully familiar with the novels, we are nearly to the end of the second book in the series covered by season 2, “A Clash of Kings.” The title of the final episode also tells those who have read the books that we are likely to see several more plot elements from the third book, “A Storm of Swords,” especially coming up tonight and into next season.
After Tywin Lannister rode to the rescue and helped Tyrion turn back Stannis Baratheon, expect the pair to face a confrontation over his beloved Shae – that is, if Tyrion survives his serious injuries tonight. The cowardly boy-King Joffrey remains on the Iron Throne, where in the previews he declares Tyrion “The Savior of the City.” Failing obviously to explain his behavior, and also planning to exact more vengeance on Sansa for her bloodline.
You may even remember that Ser Loras Tyrell helped lead the charge that won the Battle of Blackwater, so we will most likely found out tonight what this new alliance between the Tyrells and the Lannisters means. We know Margaery Tyrell has her eye on the Iron Throne. What is she willing to do to take Sansa’s place and become Queen someday?
And the most highly anticipated storyline tonight involves Daenerys Targaryen and her three fledgling dragons, which have been a subplot to Season 2, perhaps disappointing fans new to the series who hoped to see more of the beasts. Patience however in this case, is a virtue! Daenerys and a group of very loyal Dothrakis made their way to the city of Qarth, where her dragons were chillingly kidnapped, and are now imprisoned in the House of the Undying. Will Daenerys be able to rescue them, and what mysteries will she confront there? I bet she does! And how much do you want to bet, her eyes will be fixed on her new allies to conquer the Iron Throne from now on? OK, we hope she gets her dragons, she must get her dragons!
HBO viewers will also find out what has happened to Jon Snow now that he has been captured by the Wildlings; what happens to Jamie Lannister and Brienne; whether Theon Greyjoy’s occupation of Winterfell holds; and whether Robb Stark throws aside his promise to wed a woman from the House of Frey in favor of Lady Tulisa.
Several set-siders remind Highlight Hollywood, to (pay close attention to a scene between Arya and Jaqen, and the gift that he gives to her. You will learn a little about her immediate fate now that she has successfully fled.)
As for the vanquished following the battle of Blackwater, who survived? Ser Davos Seaworth, or Stannis Baratheon himself? And where is the priestess Melisandre, who we have not seen for several episodes? Something tells me, she’s not done yet. Her lust for power and for Stannis bore her a creation that we also must be mindful of.
“Game of Thrones” is based on the beloved series of novels “A Song of Fire and Ice” by George R.R. Martin. The plot of Season 2 follows for the most part the second novel in the series, “A Clash of Kings.” HBO plans to cover the next book, “A Storm of Swords,” across two seasons, season 3 and season 4. There are no specifics about whether we will wait another 10 months for season 3.
Although it’s never a lot of fun for fans to wait until next year for the new season, “Game of Thrones” sets a whole new standard for the miniseries on television. The cast and crew are shooting an extremely complex story on location in less than comfortable but very dramatic locales. The costumers, artists, designers, set-builders, and every other artisan involved leave no detail out, bring the richly imagined world Martin created in his books to life for the lucky viewers.
So are you having any “Game of Thrones” parties? Either way, you can count on Highlight Hollywood to give a full-wrap up and review after tonight’s thrilling episode, and never fear; we have “True Blood” coming next Sunday night and the party in Bon Temps begins. Stick with us, please! And also, follow us on Twitter.
“Game Of Thrones” tonight, don’t MISS IT!
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Photographs are Courtesy: Cast: Iain Glenn, Emilia Clarke by: Paul Schiraldi/HBO, Cast: Ralph Ineson, Alfie Allen by Helen Sloan/HBO, Cast: Jack Gleeson by Helen Sloan/HBO, and all others by Helen Sloan/HBO
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