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.
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.
(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.
Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights @ 9PM on HBO.
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