Game Of Thrones season 5 finale is just round the corner and after the tragic events that played out during last week's penultimate episode, fans are hoping for the season to end on a somewhat victorious note. But will that happen?
Official synopsis for the finale episode, titled Mother's Mercy, reads: "Stannis marches. Daenerys is surrounded by strangers. Cersei seeks forgiveness. Jon is challenged."
Warning: Potential spoilers ahead
It is possible that Jon Snow is being challenged by members of the Night's Watch after he willingly allowed Wildlings to cross the Wall.
"Fans of the books will recall that this is about the same time that some of the brothers betray Jon Snow and stab him, leaving him to die in the cold snow. His fate is still unknown, and it's possible that the season 5 finale will end with this exact scene," states a Christian Today report.
Meanwhile, the upcoming episode's promo (below) also shows Cersei Lannister at her breaking point, which is why fans have speculated that the finale might feature her much-talked-about Walk of Shame. This is an event in the books where Cersei repents for her crimes by walking naked on the streets of King's Landing.
While talking about recreating this iconic scene from the books, actress Lena Headey mentioned, in an earlier interview, that she made it a point to Cersei clothed even during sex scenes because she looks at it as a means of empowering the character – a resolve that ends up making the Walk of Shame scene all the more impactful.
"I've been very adamant about keeping Cersei kind of clothed because I think that's part of her power. And she can still be sort of sexual and weird and female, but she doesn't have to be naked. And I think it makes for a more shocking disempowering moment when this happens," the actress explained.
Rumours also hint that a zombified version of The Mountain will return and act as Cersei's champion in her trial by combat. But that whole sequence might take place in season 6.
Game Of Thrones season 5 finale airs this Sunday, 14 June on HBO.