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The Great War is over. The Last War, meanwhile, is only one week away.
Two weeks after delivering “The Long Night,” Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik will return with another action-oriented outing. The series’ penultimate installment (airing May 12) stands ready to present one last major conflict between the various parties battling for the Iron Throne: Dragon Queen Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) versus Lion Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), with much more than a fancy chair at stake.
Given what’s in play, the trailer for the still-untitled installment is purposefully vague on the details — and unlike the hype heading into “The Long Night,” there’s no word on how the final war for the throne taxed the Thrones production, certainly not as far as it relates to the Battle of Winterfell. Here’s what we know with certainty: the series’ penultimate outing will span various locations, as opposed to the Winterfell focus of “The Long Night.” King’s Landing is heavily featured, certainly, but there are also scenes in Dragonstone, House Targaryen’s current seat of power, not to mention the open seas with Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek) at the helm of his fleet.
Viewers should expect some travel-by-map action as well, as Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) is featured in scenes set in both Dragonstone and King’s Landing. As seen in “The Last of the Starks,” it doesn’t take much to get everyone from one castle to the other, but still, we’re not in the same territory as the end of “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” leading straight into the White Walker conflict; some time will pass in episode five, whether that’s early on or after the dust settles on the battle.
As always, it’s wise to keep a watchful eye on Tyrion Lannister. He’s the one man featured in the scenes set at Dragonstone, wandering the lonely Targaryen turf all on his own. The Hand of the Queen has a few big choices lying ahead of him, not the least of which is whether to back Jon Snow (Kit Harington) as the rightful King of the Seven Kingdoms. The fact that he’s seen without Varys (Conleth Hill) ought to raise some eyebrows, as the two whisperers are often joined at the hip these days. At King’s Landing, Tyrion and Jon are both seen together on the battlefield; look out for Tyrion needling the Warden of the North about his true origins and worthiness for the throne.
Other than that? Expect death, and plenty of it. The fact that the trailer offers up so little in the way of information — not a lick of dialogue — suggests that the bloodbath many fans wanted in “The Long Night” is still on its way, just a bit later than expected. Grab your scorpion crossbows and prepare for battle accordingly.
Read all of THR’s Final Path series, featuring character-by-character predictions:
1. Jon Snow
2. Daenerys Targaryen
3. Tyrion Lannister
4. Cersei Lannister
5. Jaime Lannister
6. Sansa Stark
7. Arya Stark
8. Bran Stark
9. Samwell Tarly
10. Theon Greyjoy
11. The Hound
12. Brienne of Tarth
15. Davos Seaworth
16. Jorah Mormont
18. Tormund Giantsbane
19. Beric Dondarrion
20. The Dragons
21. The Night King
22. Across the World of Ice and Fire
23. Final Predictions
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