When I first read that this Sunday’s season two finale will have a longer run-time than normal, I can’t deny that I got my hopes up for something close to two hours. I haven’t read the second book, Clash of Kings, so I don’t know, if at this point, the show needs that much more time to conclude the events depicted therein, but I really don’t care, either. At the end of every single episode, I’m never wholly satisfied, and there isn’t a faster, more thrilling 54 minutes on television. The more of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” we have in our lives, the better.
Still, it is admittedly disappointing — like, quarter-man-sized disappointment — that we’re getting only ten more additional minutes to spend in Westeros this year. No doubt, the extra time we’ll get for compelling cliffhangers North of the Wall, in King’s Landing and Qarth, and wherever Robb actually is on that three-dimensional clockwork map, will be well spent even if nothing can be quite as awesome as last Sunday’s “Blackwater.” (If you missed it, read TK’s always stellar review here). Then again, if the episode and the season just ends with Arya, Gendry, Brienne, Jamie, and the Hound (Sansa? Maybe?) all meeting randomly on the road and then staring awkwardly at each other for the last ten minutes, I’d be pretty happy.
In case you missed it, here’s the preview for the finale, or if you’re avoiding that because you don’t want any spoilers whatsoever, we’re done here:
For those of you still here, Entertainment Weekly posted a list of characters from George R. R. Martin’s third book, Storm of Swords, that will appear in the third season of the HBO series. All of these were confirmed by showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and they don’t mean a damn thing to me. Yet.
— Mance Rayder: We’ve heard about him all season. A former member of the Night’s Watch who became the “King Beyond the Wall,” the leader of the Wildlings.
— Daario Naharis: A confident and seductive warrior.
— Jojen Reed; Meera Reed: A teenage brother and sister duo with special insights.
— Edmure Tully: A brash young member of the Tully family.
— Ser Brynden Tully (The Blackfish): Catelyn Stark’s uncle.
— Lady Selyse Florent: Stannis Baratheon’s wife.
— Shireen: Stannis’ daughter.
— Olenna Redwyne (The Queen of Thorns): Margaery Tyrell’s sharp-witted grandmother.
— Beric Dondarrion: A skilled knight who is the leader of the outlaw group Brotherhood Without Banners.
— Thoros of Myr: A red priest who follows the same religion as Melisandre.
— Tormund Giantsbane: A Wildling raider.
Could you be anymore excited?
Rob Payne also writes the comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and his wares can be purchased here and here (if you’re into that sort of thing). He thought about reminding you to set your DVR appropriately, but if you have HBO, do you really need to record it?