HBO Is Very Confident About This Sunday's 'Game of Thrones' Finale
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HBO Is Very Confident About This Sunday's 'Game of Thrones' Finale

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | June 10, 2014 | Comments ()


If there’s one thing I know from book readers about this weekend’s fourth season finale of Game of Thrones, it’s that we should expect a lot of activity. Unlike previous seasons, when the ninth episode featured the major episode of the season, I’m led to believe that they’ve saved the best for last this year (which is saying a lot in a season that’s already featured three momentous episodes: The Purple Wedding, The Trial by Combat, and the Battle of the Wall). In fact, I’m also led to believe that by showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, who are already calling it the best finale of the series, via EW:

“It’s the best finale we’ve ever done, bar none. The performances from our cast, the direction from Alex Graves, the VFX work, the new [music] cues from Ramin Djawadi—all of it came together in perhaps the finest hour we’ve produced. We’re immensely proud of ‘The Children.’ And a little intimidated by the episode, because now we have to get back to the business of season five and figure out a way to top it.”

Not to curtail expectations, but considering that season finales have not been the series’ strongest episodes so far (because they are usually the ninth episodes), it wouldn’t take as much to be the best “season finale” so far.

That said, HBO is clearly banking on it, because the Emmy ballots were released yesterday, and wouldn’t you know it: The season finale is the only episode HBO has submitted for Best Writing, and one of three episodes its submitted for best directing (the other two are this week’s “The Watchers on the Wall” and the sixth episode, “The Laws of Gods and Men”). Not for nothing, but the season finale has also been submitted for Best Prosthetic Make-Up. I can only assume it’s for the outstanding job they will do on Zombie Oberyn.

If you’re curious, here are the actors and actresses they’ve also submitted for Emmy nomination consideration:

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Charles Dance, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Emilia Clarke, Natalie Dormer, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams

Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Pedro Pascal

Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Diana Rigg

Pascal has to be a shoo-in, right? Harington, on the other hand? Hahahahaha!

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Maddy

    I'm sorry but you can't laugh at Kit Harington's submission and say nothing about Emilia Clarke.

  • BlackRabbit

    Completely unconnected to the article, but am I the only one who looked at the header pic and instantly had a song like "My Dragon and Me" start up in their head?

  • mzblackwidow

    Dustin, which is the real you? The nice guy who wrote interesting fairminded articles when I first started visiting here, or the biased jerkoff who writes things like your last comment on Kit Harington?
    I like Kit, I think he does a good job with a difficult character. Wouldn't matter if I despised him, my question to you would be the same. What in the actual fuck happened to you?

  • Missy Di

    Charles Dance has commanded every scene he is in since his first one -Skillfully skinning that deer while waxing about family honor and duty. How has a nomination eluded him so far? He has embodied the Tywin character just as much as Dinklage's Tyrion. The man deserves the honor of a nod atleast.

  • John W

    I got to be honest. This season has been a bit disappointing to me. Maybe it's all the deviations from the books.

  • JJ

    *Zomberyn (my trademark is pending)

  • Scorptilicus

    If only Rory McCann had the name recognition that Harington does. I'd put his name up before Kit in a second.

  • He deserves it just for the "You think you're alone?" scene.

  • BlackRabbit

    Or Liam Cunningham.

  • luthien26

    Man I HOPE Pedro Pascal has a shot at Best Guest Actor. He was magnetic as Oberyn and really injected a lot of charisma and charm into the character. I would love it if he was given his due.

    And though Dinklage of course is always amazing, I really want Charles Dance to take home something. He's never been less than stellar as Tywin.

  • Maddy

    Charles Dance is so perfect

  • AdmiralTubington

    I am also confident, and ludicrously excited for the non-readers. Alas, this might be the last episode of the show I ever feel this excited for the non-readers, unless epic things happen in books six and seven that we get to read before seeing.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I believe Sunday might break the all-time Guinness record for "amount of sh*ts flipped".

  • foolsage

    I dearly hope to see some footage of people watching this upcoming episode in bars. Daaaaaamn will those reactions be fun.

  • denesteak

    ZOMBIE OBERYN!!! omg

  • Monica


  • I thought the best finale so far was season 1. I had no idea what was coming. First you had Daenerys giving her first badass speech of the series, burning the witch, then climbing on Khal Drogo's pyre to burn herself. When Daenerys was revealed not only alive but with 3 baby dragons I was blown away. Ramin Djawadi's triumphant score kicking in and giving Daenerys her first (I believe) rendition of the main hero score and the dragon screeching as the screen cut to black was stunning. Absolutely one of my favorite finales ever.

    This week should be interesting. I'm not sure how some of the story lines will end after this season has deviated from the book so much. All I know is they better nail the final image this season if it's what many of us think it will be.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Given Lena Headey's Instagram, I think it has to be. Which means that "other crazy thing" happens earlier in the episode.

  • freetickles

    Pretty sure the "other crazy thing" will be second-to-last, which means the "thing at the wall" will be relatively early in the episode, which is fine, although if they show "that other thing at the wall" that would be second to last after the "other crazy thing". If you catch my drift.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh. I'm so excited for this episode now and I have no idea what you're talking about!

  • foolsage

    There are some excellent and VERY memorable moments coming up next episode, it seems.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I do, I do. Although after Sunday I sort of figured the "things at the Wall" might be postponed to next season. There is a lot of sh*t to get through elsewhere in Westeros.

  • kirstens

    "I can only assume it’s for the outstanding job they will do on Zombie Oberyn."


  • I'm curious. Why wouldn't Dinklage, et al, be up for "Best Actor" instead of "Best Supporting Actor" nods?

  • Jericho Smith

    He's got better leverage from down there, easier to provide support.

  • Art3mis

    Compare how much screen time Dinklage gets in even his best episodes with how much Cranston or Hamm or Spacey get. GoT really is an ensemble show, with no one actor getting a big enough part to be a true lead.

  • Lovely Bones

    What the other person who responded said. HBO decided after season one that it's an ensemble cast and no one should be submitted as a lead. This was in part because submitting as lead killed Sean Bean and some others' chances.

  • I guess. Seems to me Best Actor doesn't need to be Best Lead Actor. The idea that one of an ensemble cast is a Supporting Actor seems stupid and a bit of a downer for the Actor, but I guess 'second place' is better than nothing.

  • BWeaves

    Well, it's not like Sean Bean isn't used to getting killed.

  • BlackRabbit

    He is immortal. He has inside him blood of kings (in the North.)

  • logan

    low hanging fruit but still good. : )

  • luthien26

    That is the only response to that statement, and I'm sad I didn't make it myself. :)

  • Duvall

    Not for nothing, but the season finale has also been submitted for Best
    Prosthetic Make-Up.

    Now there's a tip-off.

  • freetickles

    Might not be for the thing you think. Think about the title of the episode and a certain northern storyline... (or is it northren?)

  • Bert_McGurt

    Good point!

  • Bert_McGurt

    That's two by my count.

  • Could be something of the arboreal variety....

  • JJ

    The previously unmentioned Groot Lannister?

  • luthien26

    His roots run deep at Casterly Rock.

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