Fellow Game of Thrones fans, this is it. I'm pretty sure the Season 4 finale is the one that will finally do us in for good. Last week we witnessed the beginning of the battle at Castle Black, the Battle of The Wall, and the death of Ygritte, Jon Snow's wildling love. Even as a reader of the books, I was devastated. But damn, were those fight scenes beautiful. It's almost impossible to imagine that there is only one episode left in Season 4, mostly because it reminds us that we have to wait forever for Season 5, but also because there is still so much left unanswered. Will Jon Snow kill Mance Rayder? What will happen with Tyrion? What about Dany and the smoking hot Daario Naharis 2.0? And how long will we have to wait before Season 5 brings us back to Westeros?
The promo for the Season 4 finale is...sparse, at best, on details. However it does show us glimpses of every major character on the show, as well as some of the more minor ones like Jojen and Meera Reed, which can only mean that answers about Bran's three-eyed raven are coming. And it makes sense that all of these characters will be revisted, since the Season 4 finale is 66 minutes long.
Even with an extended finale, we're going to be left with question after question after question. There's no doubt about that, it's a Game of Thrones finale tradition: They give us a huge penultimate episode and then end the season with more confusion about the future of Westeros than ever before. There is still tons of information from the novels that has yet to be included in the series, including a cruel move by Arya Stark, the outcome of Tywin Lannister (which involves Tyrion), and the emergence of new creatures that take Westeros and the novels by storm, creatures that might be polarizing for fans of the series if introduced, much like The White Walkers.
So when will Season 5 finally arrive and give us the answers to these questions and more? Well Kit Harrington, AKA Jon Snow, has already revealed that he goes back to shooting for Season 5 in July. That means if the show starts filming next month and continues to follow its trend of premiering in spring, we can assume the Season 5 premiere will air sometime at the end of March or early April in 2015. That's right, we have to wait close to 10 months to get our next Game of Thrones fix. You know what? I'm going to start planning my Season 5 premiere watch party now. You're all invited.
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