(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Sunday’s “Game of Thrones”)
HBO has released the preview for next Sunday’s series finale of “Game of Thrones.” While you might have expected coming into this week that the finale would be a relatively sedate epilogue after the siege of King’s Landing that we knew was coming, it doesn’t look like we’re going to have peace just yet.
Watch the video above.
The penultimate episode of “Game of Thrones” saw Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and her Dothraki and Unsullied forces team up with Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) army of northmen absolutely wreck King’s Landing. Well, it was really Dany doing most of the wrecking, as she and Drogon fulfilled her father the Mad King’s last wish by burning up most of the capital of Westeros, even after the Lannister army laid down its arms and surrendered.
The series finale will no doubt deal with the fallout of Dany’s war crimes, which both Jon and Arya (Maisie Williams) experienced firsthand from inside the city, and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) watched from afar in horror.
Given that Varys (Conleth Hill) was executed this week for trying to arrange to have Dany removed from power over the fear that she would do exactly what she did this week, it’s not likely that Tyrion, Arya and Jon will let this situation lie.
The preview doesn’t provide much in the way of clues for how this will all play out, with most of the shots featured appearing to take place in the immediate aftermath of the battle. We get Tyrion and Arya brooding, and the Dothraki celebrating, and Queen Daenerys herself walking among the assembled Unsullied.
With no context for any of these shots, we’re not going to speculate here on how it’s going to go. But fortunately we only have to wait a week to find out.
The “Game of Thrones” series finale airs next Sunday, May 19, at 9/8c on HBO.