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Game of Thrones Director Teases the Devastation To Rain Down In Season Four

If you watch Game of Thrones, you’ll know the ninth episode of every ten-episode season is always a gigantic explosion of !!??!OMG?!??!NOOOO!?!??!!?. The director of one of those episodes—season two’s “Blackwater”—is taking on season four’s penultimate episode as well and was asked in an interview whether viewers might expect the same level of trauma they were exposed to in season three’s “The Rains of Castamere.” His response was… less than reassuring.

There’s some spoiler-y speculation under the cut, but it’s hidden by a spoiler tag; if the spoiler tag doesn’t work for any reason (we’ve been told it doesn’t on some mobile devices…? Testing, testing, do you see this?), stop reading after the (non-spoilery) quote and you’ll be fine.

Said Neil Marshall:

“I wouldn’t doubt it. I think that’s one of the key things of Game of Thrones, which is to take characters that you loved for three of four years and then butcher them brutally. Yeah, there’s a bit of drama and tragedy in my episode so I’m sure there is for the rest of the season as well.”

Way to sugarcoat it for us, Neil.

So, what’s the “drama and tragedy” that’ll take place in season four, episode nine? The most obvious answer is the Purple Wedding, but that might not work timing-wise: It takes place in book three, and we know the season’s marching through parts of book four and even five. Is there enough stuff for certain characters—say, Joffrey—to do that’ll carry them through the whole season?  The again, what happens with Tyrion immediately post-Purple Wedding would be an amazing end to the episode.

Trekking firmly into rumorville, this Tweet refers to the episode as “Castle Black” and includes a picture of members of the Night’s Watch. There’s no indication of where @NickdeSemlyen got his information, so it could easily be false. But if it is valid it probably means we’re looking at the Battle of Castle Black.

Whatever. Game of Thrones theories are a wonderful thing to partake in, but really we’ll all be in the dark for several more months regardless. The sooner we get the Purple Wedding, the better. *evil cackle*

(via: io9)

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  • Anonymous

    I figured the Purple Wedding would take place earlier in the season and the penultimate episode would focus on Tyrion taking revenge and fleeing Kings Landing. There are some important deaths there.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Doesn’t Tyrion [SPOILER REDACTED] take place pretty soon after the PW? Like, within a few days? Might be longer, it’s been a while since I read the book.

    I guess I always assumed it’d happen in the same ep, but that doesn’t have to be the case.

  • Josh Evans

    I read the book so you haven’t spoiled anything for me, but keep in mind that you are commenting on things that were hidden by spoiler tags in the post.

  • jdhovland

    The [redacted] happens after a lengthy actual [redacted] though, he tries to [redacted] with his gifted tongue as he did at the [redacted], leading to [redacted]. After that he’s still there for a few days until [redacted] and he [redacted] and [redacted]. At least that’s what I remember.

  • Adrian

    Yeah, that’s how I remember it.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Why did I think it was so quick?! Man, I’m doubting my memory something fierce right now.

  • Anonymous

    I feel like such a dolt. I’ve read all the books, but I am drawing a blank at Purple Wedding!! Is that the T&S wedding, or am I missing something? Help!

  • Anonymous

    I just figured it out! Yay me!

  • Lady Viridis

    I’m assuming the wedding will be episode 3 or 4. Episode 9 would be a good place for some revenge with a crossbow, and maybe some stuff happening over that the Eyrie.

  • Anonymous

    My thoughts exactly!

  • Adele Quested

    I guess it will be concerned with drawing certain parallells between Tyrion and Jon Snow….

  • Kit Whelan

    I feel like the battle you’re mentioning has to happen earlier in the season given what happened at the end of season 3.

    Also, I really want PW to come sooner! They have cast the Red you-know-who, and I want to see him in action!

    Man it’s hard to write about Thrones in a non-spoilery way.

  • Laszlo

    They can’t have the PW that late, there’s not much stuff of importance happening until then in King’s Landing, but a bunch after it. Episode 9 will either be at the Wall, or in a certain room in King’s Landing, or maybe it will have both.

  • dummypants

    I would assume we’re in for 2 major deaths in the 2nd to last episode. One at The Wall and one in King’s Landing.

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  • Nicholas Santasier

    I actually thought the wedding would be in season 3 (cause hey, three episodes, three weddings in a row, right?), so now I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the first episode of this season.

  • Jen Rock

    I love that I know exactly what you’re talking about.

  • Jen Rock

    I’m thinking that, too. It would make such a great opener and everyone watching would be all “THE FUCK!? YES!!!” and then they’d watch forever.

  • John W

    Next season is going to be fun fun fun till our daddy takes our T-bird away…

  • Robert McCoy

    Aren’t there two battles at the wall? Mini spoiler **One has a tragic death and the other a heroic outcome with one of the great surprises in the books? Or is there just one battle?

  • Calvin Scholtz

    It’s already been confirmed that George RR Martin wrote the 3rd episode of Season 4 and it has been implied that the episode he wrote revolves around the Purple Wedding. It’s been said elsewhere that Episode 9 will feature the climax of the battle at the Wall, and will probably take place ENTIRELY at the Wall (just like Episode 9 of Season 2 took place ENTIRELY in King’s Landing).

  • Daniel E. Jacobs

    SPOILERS: wait the purple wedding happens AFTER the battle of black water book wise meaning that unless they are messing with timelines they aren’t going to be able to get much done without doing battle of blackwater first… Unless we are talking about the trial… that could be where that falls into place… but even then if they are doing that and still wanting to touch on book 4/5 I really can’t seem them do that so late either.

  • Laszlo

    What? There’s only one battle of Blackwater, and that was in book/season 2. And any other battles don’t really affect King’s Landing.

  • Anonymous

    I actually felt she was just as loyal in the books until [REDACTED] just before Tyrion [REDACTED]. Like even through Tyrion continuing to exercise his usually reliable silver tongue I figured it was coerced.

  • Anonymous

    I like your friends a lot from this story and in their position knowledge-wise, but I sure hope you are okay with those minor spoilers because that could be the most awful thing.

  • Anonymous

    I also think it might possibly be at the Vale, because if they have parts of book 4 and 5 in here that’s gotta happen at some point, right? And wasn’t it right at the end of book 3? (I devoured books 1-4 pretty quick so I’m not entirely sure where everything happens in each anymore)