The Game of Thrones season 6 finale is not only the longest episode of the show yet, it’s also the most mysterious.
HBO just put out its usual release announcing the next two episodes of the hit show — in this case, the finale two of the season, “Battle of the Bastards” and “The Winds of Winter.” Except there is one major component missing from the release: There are no episode descriptions. Not even the usual ultra-cryptic ones.
The move represents the network’s latest unusual step in Thrones ultra-secrecy. Even the on-screen cable programming guides are not expected to have descriptions — only the episode’s title, writer, and director credits. (The “leaked” season finale description that some sites reported wasn’t real.) The final two episodes are both written by showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, and directed by Miguel Sapochnik (who helmed last season’s “Hardhome”).
While fans wait for Sunday, here’s our coverage of episode 8, “No One”: Read our deep-dive recap with our thoughts on the episode, plus our Q&A with Maisie Williams about Arya’s face-off with The Waif (hey, that’s a pun!), and our chat with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Gwendoline Christie talking about Jaime and Brienne’s touching reunion.
And at least there’s a preview of next week. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the exciting railer for the “Battle of the Bastards”: