SAN DIEGO, June 2, 2012 – “Game of Thrones,” the HBO miniseries which has set a new standard by which all other epic series will now be measured, will give its legion of fans one last thrill with the finale episode of Season 2 on Sunday, June 3, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on HBO East and HBO Latino East (with Spanish subtitles); followed by airings on HBO West and Latino West at 9 p.m. Pacific Time. All four channels repeat the episode immediately four times back to back.
The finale, titled “Valar Morghulis,” is ten minutes longer than the rest of the season’s episodes. So if you are recording, adjust your DVR or TiVO so you don’t miss out.
After last week’s episode depicting the siege of “Blackwater,” there are some loose ends to tie up. For those familiar with the novels, we are nearly to the end of the second book in the series covered by season 2, “A Clash of Kings.” The title of the final episode also tells those who have read the books that we are likely to see several more plot elements from the third book, “A Storm of Swords.”
After Tywin Lannister rode to the rescue and helped Tyrion turn back Stannis Baratheon, expect the pair to face a confrontation over his beloved Shae – that is, if Tyrion survives his injuries. The cowardly King Joffrey remains on the Iron Throne, where in the previews he declares Tywin “The Savior of the City.”
Recall that Ser Loras Tyrell helped lead the charge that won the Battle of Blackwater, so we will find out what this new alliance between the Tyrells and the Lannisters means. We know Margaery Tyrell has her eye on the Iron Throne. What is she willing to do to take Sansa’s place and become Queen someday?
Daenerys Targaryen and her three fledgling dragons have been a mere subplot to Season 2, perhaps disappointing fans new to the series who hoped to see more of the beasts. She and a handful of loyal Dothrakis made their way to the city of Qarth, where her dragons are now imprisoned in the House of the Undying. Will Daenerys be able to rescue them, and what mysteries will she confront there?
Fans will find out what has happened to Jon Snow now that he has been captured by the Wildlings; what happens to Jamie Lannister and Brienne; whether Theon Greyjoy’s occupation of Winterfell holds; and whether Robb Stark throws aside his promise to wed a woman from the House of Frey in favor of Lady Tulisa.
Insider tip: pay close attention to a scene between Arya and Jaqen, and the gift that he gives to her. You will learn a little about her immediate fate now that she has successfully fled.
As for the vanquished following the battle of Blackwater, who survived? Ser Davos Seaworth, or Stannis Baratheon himself? And where is the priestess Melisandre, who we have not seen for several episodes?
“Game of Thrones” is based on the beloved series of novels “A Song of Fire and Ice” by George R.R. Martin. The plot of Season 2 follows for the most part the second novel in the series, “A Clash of Kings.” HBO plans to cover the next book, “A Storm of Swords,” across two seasons, season 3 and season 4. There are no specifics about whether we will wait another 10 months for season 3.
Although it’s agony for fans to wait ten months between seasons, “Game of Thrones” sets a whole new standard for the miniseries on television. It is essentially a ten-hour long feature film, the equivalent of producing the entire “Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy every single year. The cast and crew are shooting an extremely complex story on location in less than comfortable circumstances. The costumers, artists, designers, set-builders, and every other artisan involved leave no detail out, bring the richly imagined world Martin created in his books to life for the lucky viewers.
So relish every last minute of the extended final episode, and join us here at Communities for a live chat on Sunday at 9 p.m. Pacific Time for our West Coast fans so we can share the experience, discuss our favorite characters, cheer the heroes and hiss at the villains.
HBO will repeat the finale of “Game of Thrones” Season 2 during the week with showings on Mondays at 9 p.m.; Tuesday at 8:05 and 11:05 p.m.; Wednesdays at 7 and 10 p.m.; Thursdays at 5 and 8 p.m.; Fridays at 6 and 9 p.m.; Saturdays at 12 midnight, 2:35 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. (all times are both Eastern and Pacific). Some airings on Friday and Saturday will air on HBO Signature and HBO2, available on some cable systems. Check your local listing or visit http://www.hbo.com/#/game-of-thrones
Watch the preview of the final episode of “Game of Thrones” Season 2 here:
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