LET THE GAMES BEGIN
THE global launch of the final season of GameofThrones is here and it comes with the promise of mass therapy sessions for viewers. “The show ending is going to send all of the world into professional help,” Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth, one of Westeros’s fiercest fighters, said recently. As always, cast and crew have been tight-lipped about what the final season has in store but keen-eyed fans have gleaned some clues from the brief promos released by HBO. The first trailer revealed Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Sansa (Sophie Turner) will meet for the first time in an icy faceoff, allowing fans to surmise that Jon Snow (Kit Harington, pictured with Clarke) has brought romantic interest Daenerys to Winterfell and Sansa is none too pleased. There’s the footage of a distraught Arya (Maisie Williams) running through the chambers of Winterfell, as she recounts the phrase, “I know death, he’s got many faces, I look forward to seeing this one”. She is later seen wielding a sword against an enemy, leading fans to speculate she could play a major role in the race to rule Westeros. But perhaps the most heartwarming plot point to be teased is that Jon and sister Arya will be reunited, after parting ways in the first season. While HBO have managed to feed speculation for months, they are also masters of the surprise plot twist, so take up your position on the edge of your seat and let the games begin.