'Game of Thrones' final episode preview teases a massive showdown no one expected
Warning: The article will contain spoilers from Sunday night's Game of Thrones.
The final season of Game of Thrones has nearly reached its conclusion, and since this is a much shorter season, that means the sixth episode is our last opportunity ever to visit Westeros. For some, that will be a sad day, and for those who don't watch the show it will be a blessing. After all, us fans do tend to never shut up about it.
After the fifth episode of the season, a lot of major events went down - some expected, and some definitely not expected. It's hard to say exactly where the show will end up, but (as always) it looks like it's going to be pretty rough on our heroes in the 80-minute final chapter, with plenty to clean up in King's Landing.
Watch the intense teaser trailer for the final episode below:
I bet you didn't see THAT coming! It seems all the remaining big characters with a claim to the Iron Throne will be standing against Daenerys - and this includes former beau Jon Snow.
While episode five definitely brought the action, not everyone was into how and where the characters ended up, especially given the significant actions taken by Daenerys during the assault on the capital.
Fans were pretty divided on what went down, with some loving it and others calling it the final straw for a show that had gone off the rails.
George R R Martin, who wrote the A Song of Ice and Fire book series (and is still writing them, in fact), recently spoke about what it's been like seeing his adaptation brought to life. While there are changes made in any transition like this, it's something that the author revealed was a little hard to handle, especially when there were creative differences behind the scenes.
"I mean, would I prefer they do it exactly the way I did it? Sure," he told The Rolling Stone. "It can also be traumatic, because sometimes their creative vision and your creative vision don’t match, and you get the famous creative differences thing - that leads to a lot of conflict."
"You get totally extraneous things like the studio or the network weighing in, and they have some particular thing that has nothing to do with the story, but relates to ‘Well this character has a very high Q Rating so let’s give him a lot more stuff to do.' The series has been … not completely faithful. Otherwise, it would have to run another five seasons."
Watch The Hound take on The Mountain from episode five:
It's hard not to wonder what the plot of these last few episodes would have been like if they were paced differently, spread over more seasons as Martin would have had it. Hopefully, he'll actually finish his series so that any fans not happy with this version can see a different ending come to pass.
He's promised two more, with The Winds of Winter and A Song of Summer scheduled to be released at... some point. Who knows how long he could take (it's been nearly 8 years since the last book), but we're eagerly waiting.