7 \'Game of Thrones\' Season 5 finale photos, completely over-analyzed
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The finale of "Game of Thrones" Season 5 is only days away, and HBO released seven images that preview the climactic episode. While they\'re all fairly vague, it wouldn\'t be an article about "Game of Thrones" if we didn\'t analyze and read way too deeply into the characters who are pictured, their general state of being and why they all look so sad.
Still with us? Good. Let\'s start close to home in King\'s Landing and check out Cersei\'s (Lena Headey) standalone still, where she looks like the woman ready to wreak vengeance we\'ve all come to know and love.
There\'s still sass in her eyes, and she doesn\'t look like a woman humbled. But that isn\'t stopping the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) from having some one-on-one time with the Queen Regent. In a shot of the two of them together, Cersei appears to be crying as she kneels on the floor and he sits on a stool (bad knees, remember?).
The synopsis for the finale teases that "Cersei seeks forgiveness," and it\'s hard to imagine the High Sparrow letting her out of his clutches without getting a big incest confession out of her. Expect that storyline to climax in the final episode of Season 5, as fans have been waiting since her episode 7 capture to find out just how far the former queen can fall.
In the north, Sansa (Sophie Turner) is wearing the terrified look Cersei probably should have on her face. "Game of Thrones" hasn\'t lingered long on the newlywed Bolton\'s storyline since controversially having her husband Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) rape and beat her on their wedding night. Like Cersei\'s storyline, Sansa\'s has been building toward a climax it hasn\'t yet reached.
A lot of significant characters in her storyline are not pictured in the pre-episode photos (probably because they\'d be spoilers). There\'s Brienne and Pod, who are waiting for a sign from her. There\'s Theon, who is struggling with his ingrained allegiance to Ramsay and his desire to help Sansa. And then there\'s Ramsay himself -- plus his love interest Myranda -- who have remained unpunished all season for the evil\'s they\'ve committed. Something\'s got to give, especially since the finale synopsis forebodingly teases that "Stannis marches."
Of course, Stannis (Stephen Dillane) isn\'t Westeros\' king in shining flaming-heart armor anymore. In the season\'s penultimate episode, he burned his only child alive to help himself fulfill his destiny (or supposed destiny, some might say) to take the Iron Throne, and that turned off a lot of his supporters. In his one finale still, the Baratheon doesn\'t look super happy about life, as Melisandre (Carice von Houten) stands in her typical position at his side.
As has already been established multiple times, Stannis can only march forward -- and that means to Winterfell. There he will inevitably clash with Ramsay, so could that be what Sansa is so nervous about?
At Castle Black, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) apparently does manage to get past the gates (as was pictured in the finale\'s preview) and end up south of the Wall. Here he is seen meeting with his BFF Sam Tarly (John Bradley), who hopefully clues him into the fact that a lot of the men of the Night\'s Watch -- including the snotty kid Olly -- aren\'t too pleased with their new Wildling friendship.
The bigger issue they all face is the fact that the Night\'s King and his undead army are marching south on Westeros and there\'s nothing anyone can do to stop him. Maybe this meeting is where Sam tells Jon that he magically found a lifetime\'s supply of dragonglass and Valyrian steel weapons and everyone lives happily ever after, the end.
Across the ocean in Braavos, it\'s telling that the only photograph HBO shared of Arya\'s (Maisie Williams) storyline doesn\'t show Arya. Instead it reveals Jaqen H\'ghar (Tom Wlaschiha) standing in the Hall of Faces. Could this mean Arya will finally use the Faceless Men\'s magic and transform into a different person? One can only hope.
But Jaqen doesn\'t look super pleased in this still, which could be because Arya hasn\'t quite ditched her "Arya Stark" persona like she promised she would. "Lana" would kill the ship gambler like she was told, not ignore her mark once she spots Meryn Trant, a name off Arya Stark\'s death list. Jaqen allowed "the girl" to graduate past sweeping because she said she ditched her former identity, and if he finds out she\'s lied to him ... well, you don\'t like to see a Faceless Man when he\'s angry.
Last and certainly not least there are Daenerys Targaryen\'s three advisors facing a Khaleesi-less world, and they all seem pretty bummed. Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) came back to join his queen only for her to almost immediately fly away on a dragon, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) is probably wondering why he traveled all the way to a different continent only for the impressive queen he found to disappear and Daario (Michiel Huisman) just generally looks sad.
Fortunately, viewers will see Dany again. The synopsis for the finale teases that she is "surrounded by strangers." No wonder that isn\'t previewed in any of these photos.
"Game of Thrones\'" Season 5 finale airs Sunday, June 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
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