There are only two episodes of Season 4 of “Game of Thrones” left, but the finale is set to leave fans intrigued for most of the off season considering it has an impressively extended run time of 66 minutes! The finale marks the tenth episode of the season and is entitled “The Children,” director Alex Graves revealed that it is set to be the biggest episode of the season thus far, and coming in the wake of the “Purple Wedding,” the death of Lysa Arryn, and the recent trial by combat which left the Red Viper without a head, and Tyrion on track to be sentenced to death, that seems a rather difficult task. However, the synopsis for the Season 4 finale episode, “The Children,” was recently released by HBO and it provides fans with a better idea of what to expect for the end of the already high-energy season. The synopsis reads, "Circumstances change after an unexpected arrival from north of the Wall; Dany must face harsh realities; Bran learns more about his destiny; Tyrion sees the truth about his situation." Graves told the Huffington Post, “Wait till you see episode 10. The finale is really a finale. It’s not the episode after episode nine, it’s the big one.”

“The unexpected arrival from north of the Wall” will actually be a familiar face from Westeros, Stannis Baratheon will travel from Braavos, using his recently acquired funding to stake his claim with the Night’s Watch and aide them in their fight against not only Mance Rayder and his growing number of wildlings, but the ever ominous threat of white walkers. Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch will go up against a small force of Wildlings in episode 9, “The Watchers on the Wall,” however due to the dwindling number of brothers and even less supplies, the arrival of Stannis and more importantly his army will aid the Night’s Watch in keeping the Wildling out of the South and Castle Black.

In lands way south of the Wall, Daenerys Targaryen is in the midst of her own war, however, this one is more of an internal debate.  The “harsh realities” that Dany must face will most likely be the unpredictability of her dragons, whom she considers her children. The “Mother of Dragons” will have to make a difficult decision when a peasant of Meereen presents the charred bones of his children to Dany, claiming that her largest dragon Drogon was the one who killed her. Dany will end up instructing her Unsullied army to catch her three dragons, her dedicated and loyal soldiers capture and cage Viserion and Rhaegal. However, Drogon, who is the fiercest of the three dragons, evades any attempt at capture and flies far from Meereen.

Back in the North, as Jon Snow is attempting to keep the Wall secure, his younger brother Bran is continually navigating north of it. Bran Stark’s journey will take him deeper into the North where he, Meera, Jojen and Hodor will encounter the Children of the Forest. The synopsis states that Bran will “learn more about his destiny,” the Children of the Forest will teach Bran more about his greenseeing and warging abilities, eventually leading him to the crow eyed raven. “Game of Thrones” show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss cast British actor Struan Rodger as the three-eyed raven. The three-eyed raven first appeared to Bran in dreams, although he is still a literal bird and not yet a human. However, after a long journey beyond the Wall and into the true North, Bran meets the human form of the three-eyed raven who introduces himself as Brynden, however he is less of a human and more of a creature. Brynden is the last greensear, he then teaches Bran about greenseeing and skinchanging. Bran is fed weirwood paste, which awakens his greenseeing gifts.

Finally Tyrion “sees the truth about his situation,” The truth that “The Children” synopsis hints at is a sad story, revealed by none other than his brother Jamie. Long before Shea, Tyrion was in another relationship, her name was Tysha and she was his first true love, and wife. Tyrion met Tysha on “a lonely road,” she was being accosted by a group of men, Jamie drove off the men and Tyrion comforted her. He fell deeply in love with Tysha and decided to marry her. However not all were approving of the young couple, Tywin Lannister was dismayed by his son’s marriage, and insisted that Jamie lie to his younger brother and “expose” Tysha as a whore, who was merely playing the young imp. 

George R.R. Martin’s “A Game of Thrones” reveals that Tywin passed the young girl among his guards to have sex with her; for each guard, he gave her silver. To drive the lesson home, Tywin forced his son to be the last man, for whom Tysha was paid a gold coin, because Lannisters were worth more. Following the trial as Jamie releases Tyrion from the cells, he also reveals this truth about Tysha, Tyrion’s first wife and one true love. Jamie tells his younger brother, that Tysha was not a whore; instead he finally admits that Tywin instructed him to lie, but that Tysha “was what she seemed to be.” After learning this Tyrion confronts his father, seeking the truth from him, but like every interaction between Tyrion and his father, Tywin, it will not have a happy ending. Well, not for Tywin, because after revealing the truth regarding Tysha, Tyrion finally gets his revenge and kills his father by shooting him with a cross bow while he is on the chamber pot.

“It’s by far the largest episode that they’ve ever made,” Graves reveals. “The tectonics and the story are the largest that have ever happened, and that’s not counting the x-number of battle sequences, x-number of gigantic digital effects sequences, and x-number of how many characters are alive and standing and even on the continent when it’s over. It’s a big one.”