If you weren’t already excited for this Sunday’s Game of Thrones finale, the showrunners themselves are now adding to the hype.
A day after HBO aired “The Watchers on the Wall,” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (often collectively referred to by fans as D&D) issued a statement about Sunday’s season finale, entitled “The Children,” and promise “It’s the best finale we’ve ever done, bar none.” Hold on tight!
Entertainment Weekly points out that the previous season finales have been relatively quiet in comparison with their eventful (and usually quite bloody) episode nines, but by all accounts this year will pick up after the epic battle at the Wall and give us quite the eventful send-off into the abyss of the next 10-month waiting period.
In fact, not only do Benioff and Weiss call it the best finale they’ve done so far, but one of the single best episodes of the entire series, billing it as “perhaps the finest hour we’ve produced.” A bold statement for sure, but take it from this book reader as the rest shiver with anticipation: considering all that still needs to be included and will likely make it in, it should be pretty bonkers.
Don’t forget, this episode is also 66 minutes long, giving producers a little more time to touch on everything and hopefully cut down on accusations of it being too uneven or rushed.
Another indicator of just how good this episode will be and the confidence producers have in it is the fact that it’s the only one the show has submitted for Emmy consideration in the writing category. Last year, the show received a writing nomination for “The Rains of Castamere,” aka the Red Wedding episode.
The episode has also been submitted for Outstanding Prosthetic Make-up (meaning there will likely be some impressive fantasy elements) and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. “The Children” was directed by Alex Graves, whose previous season four credits include “The Lion and the Rose” (Joffrey’s death), “Breaker of Chains” (Stannis’ visit to Braavos and the controversial Jaime/Cersei scene), and “The Mountain and the Viper” (Oberyn’s epic fight with The Mountain and subsequent gruesome death).
Click here for a full list of the episodes and actors “Thrones” has submitted for Emmy consideration. In addition to previous nominees Peter Dinklage (who’s already been generating some buzz with his performance this season) and Emilia Clarke, actors also in the mix for their performances this year include Charles Dance, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington, and the formidable ladies played by Natalie Dormer, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, and Lena Headey.
They’ve also submitted Pedro Pascal in the Guest Actor in a Drama Series category for the episode in which he agrees to be Tyrion’s champion, a great choice given how well he was received by the fans and the spirit he brought to the role of Oberyn Martell. Diana Rigg, who was nominated last year for Guest Actress, has once again been submitted for her role as Olenna Tyrell, this time for her subtle scheming in “The Lion and the Rose.”
The Game of Thrones season finale airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET. Don’t worry, show-only people, you only have to deal with your smug book-reading friends for one more episode.