Game of Thrones preview: Ep. 9,‘The Watchers on the Wall,’ HBO – Tonight 9 p.m. ET

The fate of Castle Black and the men of the Night's Watch will be determined on this week's episode. Photo: HBO
The fate of Castle Black and the men of the Night's Watch will be determined on this week's episode. Photo: HBO

SAN DIEGO, June 8, 2014 – The ninth episode from each of the three previous seasons on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” have produced the biggest spectacles and surprises. In Season 1, it was the beheading of Ned Stark. In Season 2, it was the Battle of Blackwater. Last season, it was the infamous “Red Wedding.”

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Viewers could be forgiven for thinking last week’s Episode 8 was actually Episode 9 after the gruesome death of Prince Oberyn, resulting in the death sentence of Tyrion Lannister. Just as everyone has managed to scrape themselves off the floor by now, it would follow that everyone better brace for impact in anticipation of seeing Tyrion executed Sunday night.

Tyrion Lannister has a reprieve from the executioner this week on Game of Thrones. Photo: HBO
Tyrion Lannister has a reprieve from the executioner this week on Game of Thrones. Photo: HBO

Not quite yet. As we know from the HBO preview and interviews with the producers, most of Episode 9 in Season 4 will be devoted to another of the epic battles in “Game of Thrones.” This time it’s the Battle at Castle Black, the last stand against the wildling hoardes led by Mance Rayder.

One of our few remaining heroes, Jon Snow, has repeatedly warned the leaders of the Night’s Watch to prepare for this onslaught. Will they be ready to face the free folk, Thenns, and an even more initimidating threat yet to be unveiled?

We know from photos and the preview we will see Ygritte in this episode. Will there be a reunion between Jon and Ygritte? As the preview says, “Love is the death of duty.” Ignore this bit of foreshadowing at your peril.

Neil Marshall directed this episode of the series. He also directed Season 1’s Episode 9, depicting the Battle of Blackwater Bay. Until now, it was the single most expensive episode of the series so far, with a budget of $2 million. Sunday’s episode has now eclipsed this figure.

Author George R.R. Martin was quoted by Entertainment Weekly as saying this battle dwarfs the Battle of Blackwater, which is considered among the most spectacular action sequences ever produced for television. If you don’t recall it, do yourself a favor and watch it again before Sunday’s episode. GoT fans, if you love action sequences you have a lot to look forward to Sunday.

An added note for those mourning Prince Oberyn: actor Pedro Pascal will appear in the role of a DEA agent in the upcoming Netflix series “Narcos,” the true story of the rise of the Colombian cocaine cartels run by Pablo Escobar and law enforcement efforts to take them down. Pascal will play Javier Peña, a Mexican DEA agent sent to Colombia to kill Escobar. It will debut next year. No spoilers here: the real Peña is still alive and well, retired in Houston.

Join Communities for our next to last Live Chat of Season 4. Join the discussion with Game of Thrones fans from around the world as we live – and die –with our favorite characters through all of the plotting, prophecies, revenge and bloodshed.

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Game of Thrones returns with Episode 9 of Season 4, “The Watchers on the Wall,” on Sunday, June 8, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on HBO East and HBO Latino East (with Spanish subtitles); followed by airings on HBO West and Latino West at 9 p.m. Pacific Time. All four channels repeat the episode through the evening.

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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.

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