Incredibly, the current season of “Game of Thrones” comes to an end this weekend.
If it seems as if this season started only a few weeks ago, then that’s because it did — on Sunday, April 1, to be exact.
Going into the finale this Sunday (June 3, 9/8c on HBO), the big question is: How will the show top last week’s second-to-last episode, titled “Blackwater” and featuring an epic, sustained battle that has been widely discussed and admired ever since?
Well, the finale, logically, will deal with the aftermath of that confrontation. HBO, as usual, is not revealing much in the episode description it sent out for this season-ender.
Maybe you can figure out more from this cryptic description than we could: “As Theon (Alfie Allen) stirs his men to action, Luwin (Donald Sumpter) offers some final advice. Brienne (Gwendolyn Christie) silences Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Arya (Maisie Williams) receives a gift from Jaqen (Tom Wlaschiha). Dany (Emilia Clarke) goes to a strange place; and Jon (Kit Harington) proves himself to Qhorin (Simon Armstrong).”
Hmm. Food for thought? Maybe. Here’s some more:
One prominent TV critic, James Poniewozik of Time magazine, noted in a column this week — here — that “Game of Thrones” drew enough viewers and buzz (including that recent Rolling Stone magazine cover story on series star Peter Dinklage) in this, its second season, to earn a third season.
But Poniewozik also noted how complicated this series is, particularly for those not steeped in the book series by George R.R. Martin. We happen to agree that the show is sometimes tough to access for the uninitiated.
Still, for us, the show tends to make up for that with its sweeping storylines and breathtaking settings.
Elsewhere, EOnline offered its own preview of the finale — with five hoped-for plot points. These kinds of previews are often fun to read, but, in a way, they’re about as accurate as guessing what will happen from an HBO plot description (see above).
Our take: The challenge for this show is this: With so many characters, factions and ongoing conflicts, this finale will be hard-pressed to settle and conclude every storyline. Thus, we expect a number of them to be left hanging ’til next season.
We’ll be watching anyway. The second-season finale of “Game of Thrones” airs Sunday night at 9/8c on HBO.