The penultimate episode of each season has always been awash with blood and betrayal. Here are our predictions for tonight’s visit to Westeros...
Each season of Game Of Thrones packs 10 hours of televisual goodness into 10 solid episodes, but it’s always the ninth episode of each season that packs the hardest punch.
Season one saw Ned Stark get the chop. Season two had the Battle of Blackwater Bay. Season three saw the Red Wedding, and four the Battle of Castle Black. And five? Well, five remains to be seen.
After a slow start to the series, last week’s eighth episode picked up the pace again with an epic Night's Watch vs White Walker dust up North of the Wall. How can episode nine top that? Let’s have a look….
01 Stannis (finally) takes Winterfell
Stannis has been marching to Winterfell for about three episodes, and although we can’t remember it being that far away from Castle Black, winter has finally arrived and Stannis’ boys are stuck in a snowdrift.
Ideally, we’d love to see Stannis turn up, take back Winterfell and stick Ramsay’s head on a spike. Realistically, we’re probably going to see Ramsay get the upper hand and nail Stannis to a cross, or something equally gruesome. Whatever happens, it’ll be a bloodbath.
02 Brienne of Tarth keeps her oath
We love Brienne, but apart from nutting The Hound then kicking him off a cliff last season, she’s not done much other than sulk and have a go at faithful servant Podrick. Her quest to rescue Sansa hasn’t been much better. Episode nine needs to see her storm into Winterfell, all guns blazing, defeating all who dare oppose her, only to find Sansa has already escaped, thanks to Theon.
03 Daenerys rides off on Drogon
She’s finally met up with Tyrion, so knowing the show’s most boring claimant to the Iron Throne, it’s time to wander off on another pointless journey. If she’s not riding a dragon off into the sunset by the end of the episode, we’ll eat our shorts.
04 Bronn bites the dust
He may be locked up, but you can’t help but feel Bronn’s having the time of his life, fighting and ogling young Sand Snakes. It seems to suit him so much, in fact, that we doubt it can last. Put your money on him being executed as a way of forcing Jaime to pledge allegiance to Dorne. If it does happen, light a candle and play this song.
05 Jon Snow upgrades his wardrobe
Disheartened by the fight at Hardhome last episode, Jon forsakes his life of brooding and wearing black to open a streetwear shop in King’s Landing, starting with a collection of summery florals to capture the last of the season before winter finally descends. It’s a resounding success and unites the Seven Kingdoms.
Only joking. He’s probably going to die.
Game Of Thrones is on Sky Atlantic tonight at 9pm