“Game of Thrones” Season 4, Episode 10 is coming next week on Sunday, June 15.
The episode is called “The Children” and HBO has confirmed that it will have a 66-minute-long runtime, which is the longest “GoT” episode to date.
It’s the Season 4 finale. The show will again come back on next April.
The trailer for the finale appears to show the conclusions to the main characters of the season.
A recap of Season 4, Episode 9 is here. The episode was written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and directed by Alex Graves.
Jon Snow actor Kit Harrington spoke with The Daily Beast about last week’s battle on the Wall.
“It was never going to end well, was it?” he said of Snow’s relationship with Ygritte. “He knew it and she knew it. It wasn’t going to end happily, as most relationships tend to do. When she dies, what I wanted post-Ygritte’s death was for Jon to be stone cold. It’s the last thing that tests his emotions, and for me and Rose, it was a really emotional point as well because we’d grown very close as friends over the years, and to see her leave the show really helped the scene. It’s been such a pleasure working with her, and having Rose leave was emotional enough, really.”
He added: “[Snow] has always been searching for validation—some kind of validation of who he is, being a bastard, and he proves himself somehow. But the longer it goes on, the less it is about him wanting to prove himself, and the more it’s just about him wanting to do what needs to be done. That’s the person he’s turning into. He’s losing his ambition and is discovering that life isn’t really about being the hero, it’s about surviving and doing right by the people you love.”
Writers Benioff and Weiss talked about the season with EW.com about the fight scene between The Mountain and Oberyn Martell.
“Hafthor [Júlíus Björnsson] is an extraordinarily nice young man. He’s also 6’9”, 420 pounds of Icelandic muscle. There is no stunt double in the world big enough to match his size. Which meant that Hafthor had to do all his own fighting, while wearing a full suit of armor in the hot Croatian sun. After approximately twenty straight takes where he hacked at Oberyn with his great sword, a drenched Hafthor tore off his helmet and shouted, ‘Armor off!’ Believe me, no one on set was going to argue with him,” they said.
“There was also something unique about the contrast between the Mountain’s and Oberyn’s very different fighting styles. We were looking forward to watching this massive, powerful monster fighting this lightning quick showboater. The real trick was finding actors capable of embodying these characters in physical performance. We got very lucky on that score — Pedro [Pascal] and Hafthor [Björnsson] are both gifted fighters, and they both worked their asses off. More than anything else, they’re what sets the scene apart from other scenes in the “arena fight” genre — how invested we are in them, and in the other characters whose fates are linked to theirs,” they added.