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!