In less than 24 hours, I will be equal parts ecstatic and distressed. The fourth season finale of Game of Thrones will air. I’m not ready for it to end! At the end of last season, I stated that I was going to read all of the books before the start of this season, at least up through Storm of Swords. Guess what? It didn’t happen. I still haven’t even cracked open the first book. On Sunday night, I assume I’ll be saying it again. Whether I’m telling the truth will remain to be seen.
I’m going to make a few guesses as to how the season plays out. To be clear, I have NO knowledge of the finale, as I have managed to avoid all spoilers, so feel free to read on and speculate with me. As I always say when I discuss GoT, if you’ve read the books, please don’t write anything spoiler-y, even if it seems harmless. After the episode airs, I’d love to hear what you thought.
The only thing I really care about right now is Tyrion. I desperately want to believe that Martin doesn’t kill him off here. Of course, Peter Dinklage was not a factor when Martin was writing his books, and the showrunners will be in an unfortunate position if Martin did kill him off in this book, since most people consider him to be the star of the show. If that did happen, they’ll have to go along with it, since keeping him alive would seem like too big of a violation of the books, IMO. But I’m thinking positively. Tyrion will get out of this. I’ve been trying to think of how that might happen, and I’ve ruled out any help from Tywin. Even though Tywin had hatched a plan to keep Tyrion alive, that all went out the window when Tyrion demanded trial by combat. Tywin sentenced Tyrion to death at the end of that awful, awful battle. (Farewell, Oberyn.) He can’t go back on that, even though I think he was sincere when he told Jaime of his plan to keep Tyrion alive. Tywin would see it as a loss of honor to go back on his declaration.
If I rule out Tywin, then I’m leaving it up to Jaime to save his little brother. I do believe that if Jaime hadn’t lost his hand, he would’ve fought The Mountain on Tyrion’s behalf. But in his condition, he would certainly have been killed, and Tyrion would be executed, so it would have been pointless. Jaime was willing to sacrifice his dreams for his future to save Tyrion, but of course, that damned Shae ruined EVERYTHING! Now that Jaime knows Tyrion’s death is a certainty, I think he will hatch some escape scheme and risk his own life to save Tyrion. I don’t imagine he’ll get any help from anyone (except maybe Bronn), since Jaime seems to be Tyrion’s last ally. If he does try anything, he will likely alienate Cersei forever. I could see him trying to threaten her or bargain with her to get her to go along, but I don’t know how much of a hold he has over Cersei anymore.
The title of tomorrow’s episode is “The Children.” That could be a metaphor for just about anything. Or, maybe it’s more literal, and it refers to Dany’s dragon children. (We did see a quick shot of the dragons in the preview after last week’s episode.) I’m HOPING it refers to Tywin’s children, because it would help me to believe that something like I described above could play out with Tyrion, Jaime, and Cersei.
One thing I feel 99% certain of is that Tyrion’s fate won’t be completely decided at the end of the episode. Meaning, we’re not going to see his head mounted on a spike tomorrow, and we’re not going to see him relaxing somewhere after a successful escape. The season will surely end on this cliffhanger, where Tyrion’s current certain death is suddenly thrown into question.
I tried to do this similar guessing game before the Breaking Bad finale, and I was way, way off base. I’m hoping to redeem myself here! If you’ve read the books, you might be laughing at how wrong I am, and I invite you to come back tomorrow and rub it in, because I will deserve it. 🙂
Happy watching, everyone!