Sunday night's episode of Game of Thrones, "Blackwater," while perhaps the show's best episode yet, also left viewers with a burning question: how are they going to address all the hanging storylines in the show's final episode, which airs Sunday? "Blackwater" only focused on the events surrounding King's Landing, meaning that the storylines of Theon, Dany, Robb, Brienne, Jaime, Bran, Arya, Jon, Sam, and Catelyn were left unaddressed. In addition to the cliffhangers from "Blackwater" -- and there were a few -- that leaves the season's final episode to be quite the juggling act.
Thankfully, HBO is accounting for that by allowing the season finale episode, "Valar Morghulis," to run ten minutes longer than a typical episode. Instead of the typical 54 minutes, the finale will be 64 minutes long, allowing for more time to resolve all those hanging storylines.
The episode, which airs June 3, is written by executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The episode will be an action-packed one, according to the synopsis:
Tyrion awakens to a changed situation. King Joffrey doles out rewards to his subjects. As Theon stirs his men to action, Luwin offers some final advice. Brienne silences Jaime; Arya receives a gift from Jaqen; Dany goes to a strange place; Jon proves himself to Qhorin.
"Valar Morghulis" takes its title from phrase Jaqen H'ghar teaches Arya in the episode. The translation? "All men must die." Sounds just ominous enough to get me excited.
"Valar Morghulis" airs June 3 on HBO. Season 3 is slated to begin in Spring 2013. It already feels like a long wait.