‘Game of Thrones’ Episode 7 Preview; Episode 8, 9 & 10 Plot Synopses

Published 4 years ago by , Updated May 30th, 2011 at 8:10 am,

game of thrones episode 7 preview episode 8 9 and 10 synopses Game of Thrones Episode 7 Preview; Episode 8, 9 & 10 Plot Synopses

Game of Thrones continues to get better and more intense with every successive episode, and last night’s “A Golden Crown” was no exception.

Fans who have HBOGO were lucky enough to watch episode 7 last night immediately after “Crown” on their laptop/iPhone/iPad/what-have-you.

Today, HBO has provided us a preview for episode 7, “You Win or You Die,” which will air on HBO next Sunday at its normal time. Also, we have short but highly intriguing synopses for episodes 8, 9, and 10. If you’re the type to jump ship at the sight of every spoiler, we suggest you read no further after the episode 7 preview.

The battle of wits and politics between Ned Stark and the Lannisters is heating up. After being ambushed by Jaime Lannister and his men (twenty to two), Jaime has skipped town and Ned has been left wounded, limping, and fighting a political war he’s not prepared to fight.

sean bean as ned stark in game of thrones Game of Thrones Episode 7 Preview; Episode 8, 9 & 10 Plot Synopses

(Warning! Episode 6 spoiler alert!) Last night, Ned discovered that King Robert’s son, Joffrey, is not really his son at all – but rather the incestual offspring of twins Jaime and Queen Cersei. This means that the assumed heir to the throne is anything but, and that the previous Hand of the King – the man Ned replaced – was murdered to keep this secret.

Check out the preview for “You Win or You Die” below:

Here’s the synopsis for the episode:

“Ned and Cersei have a meeting about Jon Arryn’s death. Jon Snow takes his vows to become a man of the Night’s Watch. Khal Drogo has an abrupt change of mind after an assassination attempt on Dany. King Robert is severely injured by a boar and must make decisions on the future of his kingdom.”

Again, for those who’d like to watch this episode early – and have an HBO subscription – just sign up for HBOGO and watch it now on one of your many multimedia platforms. Just remember that if you do, you’re going to have to wait an achingly long two weeks for episode 8 – and there’s a pretty massive cliffhanger at the end of 7 to contend with.

Now, check out the synopses for episode 8, 9, and 10 below (MODERATE SPOILER ALERT!):

Episode #8:  “The Pointy End”

Debut:  SUNDAY, JUNE 5 (9:00-10:05 p.m. ET/PT)

The Lannisters press their advantage over the Starks; Robb (Richard Madden) rallies his father’s northern allies and heads south to war. (Written by George R.R. Martin; directed by Daniel Minahan.)

Episode #9:  “Baelor”

Debut:  SUNDAY, JUNE 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Ned (Sean Bean) makes a fateful decision; Robb takes a prized prisoner; Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) finds her reign imperiled. (Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; directed by Alan Taylor.)

Episode #10:  “Fire and Blood” (season finale)

Debut:  SUNDAY, JUNE 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

A new king rises in the north; a Khaleesi finds new hope. (Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; directed by Alan Taylor.)

It’s hard to believe that there are only four episodes left — counting episode 7 — and then another year before season 2. They’d better wrap things up nicely, or else this particular Screen Rant writer is going to have all kinds of heart problems come the evening of June 19th.


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  1. Honestly the best tv show i have ever watched im like you i would be majorly pissed if they leave us on a clifhanger on the last episode. Im just so hooked and loving this, read ahead after the first episode and now forget most.

      going to be such a good ending.

      wish they would hurry up and release the next book though.

  2. These episodes have seriously FLOWN by. It seems like every one is over in 15 minutes, rather than the 55 that have actually passed. The home stretch will probably leave quite a few in sadness, and not just from the prospect of such a long span of time before their addiction can be sated once more.

  3. watchin it

  4. Why in the WORLD do tv networks and cable channels (the latter probably the most egregious) make us wait FOREVER between seasons? Far too much time to forget details, move on to other things, lose interest.

    A number of excellent shows have been utterly ruined this way in my opinion. I sure hope this one doesn’t become yet another casualty, because I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the twists and turns of The Game of Thrones.

    Waiting forever (sometimes well over a year) and conversely, shows that are canceled without giving the writers and producers at least a couple of episodes to wrap things up are my biggest complaints. That’s why I will very very rarely watch a show in it’s first season anymore – and I know plenty of others who feel the same. We’re sick of wading thru so much garbage to find the few good shows, only to have the carpet yanked out from under us in this fashion, leaving us hanging and severely frustrated to boot. Why should we commit to watching a show, if the producers and networks/cable channels won’t at least commit a little bit to us, their customers?

    I honestly wish I understood the thinking or business considerations that cause this – especially the long delays between seasons. I’d be most appreciative if anyone here, especially the author of this article, would fill me in – because I just don’t understand it at all and it irks me to no end. It doesn’t even seem as if these practices make decent business sense, but there has to be some reason behind it as it is so common. If I at least knew there were some good or justifiable reasons, well, I’d still be disappointed, but at least I wouldn’t be so irked and angered. Thanks in advance for any meaningful replies!

    • @Noneya, The first season was shot in the fall for an April 17 premier. The second season was greenlit on April 19 and is in preproduction gearing up to be ready to shoot this Fall, presumably so it’ll be ready to premier in Spring of 2012. A TV show of this scale takes time to produce, and they also need to fit it into their programming schedule. If you think they should be able to work faster, I’m sure they’d love to hear how you would make that possible.

      As for why good shows don’t get renewed, the most common reason is that they’re not making money. Often, this is because the show didn’t gain enough interest. Other times, it may be because the people who are interested don’t watch because they’re afraid that the show may be cancelled. Self fulfilling prophecy.

    • In the case of ‘Game of Thrones’, there are some specific reasons. The author of the book series hasn’t finished the last two books, and it took him half a decade to finish the most recent book (coming out in July). He’s probably going to need a few years to finish the final two books in time to have them filmed.

      As to TV series in general, these are very costly investments in time and money. Although TV series come and go all the time, it’s helpful to think of them as being equivalent to start-up business investments. If public reception to the product looks shaky, investors get spooked and bale (or further money to continue dries up) and the business cuts its losses and folds.

      Most importantly, it takes time to write, film, and edit something as high quality as an HBO series. HBO isn’t throwing prime-time sitcoms at us, after all, but serious dramas with serious (tens of millions of dollars worth) production value going in. I agree that it’s torture waiting for the next season of a show like Game of Thrones; unfortunately it’s fairly necessary torture. Given the hugely positive popular and critical reaction (from critics who take fantasy seriously, anyway), at least we can be fairly sure they’re not going to pull the plug on this particular franchise.

  5. I really do recommend the books–they are as addictive as the series, and I’ve been dying for the next one that is due out in July!

    Not to give you indigestion early, but from what I can tell from the synopses the last episode is going to be a multi-cliffhanger at a whole new level!

  6. No cliffhanger? Wrapping things up? They have to follow the book, and I’m afraid the story is spanned over the lot of them. The good news is that proportionally to the size and chapters of the book, they are perfectly on target and therefore I don’t think the ending of book1 will be rushed. But I’m afraid cliffhanger(S) are unavoidable. You can always take heart in the fact that it’s not a typical TV cliffhanger written in the sole purpose to make you watch the next season, and where the first episode of that next season almost always come flat. Being a series of books it’s well prepared in advance. So unlike most tv shows that hook you on the first episode but bore you before season 3, every episode here can potentially be better than the previous one, or at least be as good. Therefore I have high hopes that the ratings carry on going up and we will see a Season 3, and more all the way to the end. As for the reason why it can take a year for the next season, well… it has to be filmed first the filming can usually only start after confirmation that it’s renewed. Yes, I’m also tired of so many shows being axed early, hopefully this one won’t be; let’s hope that difference will come from the fact the script is not made up as they go along…

    • I wasn’t being literal — I was mostly just commenting on how stressful (in a good way) this story is. Obviously, whether or not it has a cliffhanger has nothing to do with the quality of the ending.

      • Hi Ben. Actually, I was only responding to someone else, who was hoping that the story of season 1 could be wrapped up without a cliffhanger. I can’t see this comment now. A bit of a qui pro quo here ;-) Cheers

        • Hey Jeda — no problem. Even if you had been responding to me, I understood your point and wanted to clarify mine just in case.

  7. Great article, yeah it’s really sad because game of thrones gonna end in no more than four episode ahead…..

  8. Great article. Wow, this is the best show on television right now. Just my opinion. It is filled with great characters and their growth. Man,sometimes I feel like I am watching actual film with the good camera work and lighting. Just a very well put together series, a true gem.

    I can not believe that it almost over. I also hope they wrap things up smoothly. Please, not whole bunch of cliffhangers, maybe one but not a lot. I will be getting into the books as well.

  9. I am hooked, just discovered this show “Game of Thrones”. Spent the whole weekend whatching all the episodes and even watched some twice.