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Mar 12 2014 3:50pm

Episode Title for Climactic Ninth Episode of Game of Thrones Season Four Announced

Game of Thrones season 4 ninth episode

According to the Game of Thrones wiki, the ninth episode of season four will be titled “Castle Black.”

So far, the ninth episode of every season of the show has heralded a huge WTF moment, from Ned’s beheading, to the battle of Blackwater, to the worst wedding in the history of ever.

The episode will be helmed by director Neil Marshall, who also directed “Blackwater” in season two. Marshall is promising a lot of action in the episode, saying “There’s a lot of very physical action and a lot of fighting—sword fights and physical fights. We pack quite a lot of stuff in there.” (Here’s more from the interviewbeware of mild spoilers!)

Book readers know what exactly what Castle Black means in this context, but do you think the series will sneak in another castle-related jaw-dropper?

14 comments
Brigitte Reed
1. brigittereed
Hopefully, they decide to stick with the books this time around, rather than futzing around with the story like they have in the last two seasons, PARTICULARLY in those piviotal scenes.

Season 1 was very good. They stuck closely to the books. Season 2 and 3? Not so much -_-
Underbelly
2. Underbelly
@ brigittereed

I disagree wholeheartedly that the show is somehow lessened because it didn’t stick enough to the books’ storyline. I love the books and love the show but view them as almost different stories—or rather different variants of the same story. Did they leave out or gloss over some of my favorite scenes from the book? Yes. But for the vast majority of these changes I have understood with and even agreed with how/why they did change them. If you were looking for a show that follows the books verbatim (impossible) then you were destined to be disappointed.

When one of my beloved books becomes depicted in a different medium I always think back to Shakespeare and how his plays weren’t originals in the truest sense but were rather twists on well-known stories.

Plus, isn’t it true that one of the best things about books is that the action lives uniquely in each one of its readers? All the show is doing is bringing the unique perspective of some these readers to life. It might not be my unique vision or even GRRM’s but it is a worthy addition to the Westeros mythos—in my humble opinion.
Marc Houle
4. MightyMarc
@brigittereed, I'd say moving (slightly) askew of the books is a good thing. While the show is getting better with time (and has the potential to get much better), the books are getting worse and worse with time.

Let's be honest here... A Storm of Swords was wretched. A Feast for Crows was terribly boring. And while A Dance with Dragons was an improvement over the previous two books, it still wasn't anywhere near as good as the first two in the series.

So yes, I'm all for the show runners taking a little poetic license and trying to improve on the story. Especially if that means they avoid some of the more terrible bits of books 3 and 4.
Rafael
5. Ryamano
I actually think A Storm of Swords is the best book in the series. To show you how opinions differ between each person.
Tom Smith
6. phuzz
For starters the TV series has bumped up the ages of all the kids to a
more believable age, and streamlined the plot slightly. I like both
approaches, the books have more space to have extra characters and sub
plots, and you can 'hear' the interior monologues of the characters. The
TV series does grand scenes, and being able to see and actor's face
allows them to give a more subtle take on things than you can get in the
books.
Lauren Hartman
8. naupathia
I agree with @2 Underbelly . There's nothing wrong with not adhering strictly to the books in a literal sense. It would only make the show worse if the decisions were worse, but they're not. It fits the story of the show and makes an interesting new narrative for those who have already read the books. I actually enjoy watching the show looking for the differences.

Sure that's not to say I love every choice they've made, but I understand and appreciate all of them.

Also I think a big reason the latest season has started diverging so much is because soon the show will outpace the books, and by then they HAVE to make it different. I know the creators have already been told the ending of the series by Martin, but I doubt they are going to want to "spoil" the books by making it the exact same story for books that haven't been released yet.

Anyhow, I'm very interested to see what Castle Black entails. My guess is it's when Stannis shows up to save everyone after the big battle - this will probably also be the episode where Ygritte dies? My only doubt about that is that Stannis already left for the wall in E10 of S3, so 9 episodes apart seems quite a ways for Stannis to just disappear... but then maybe the show producers are banking on everyone forgetting about him so it makes it more climactic?

Or conversely... maybe it's after the battle and it's the episode where Jon is elected Commander. That's pretty pivotal?

And I guarantee it's the episode where Tyrion kills Tywin. Please oh please let it be THAT episode.

Well, those are my guesses.

Can't wait.
George Jong
9. IndependentGeorge
Let's be honest here... A Storm of Swords was wretched. A Feast for Crows was terribly boring. And while A Dance with Dragons was an improvement over the previous two books, it still wasn't anywhere near as good as the first two in the series.
Slightly off-topic, but SOS is generally viewed as the best book in the series, and there's some debate as to whether FFC or DWD was the worst. Personally, I actually liked FFC, but I also know I'm in the minority on that one; on the other hand, I vote for DWD as the worst, and I know I'm not alone there.
Underbelly
10. BagleintheSun
Episode 9 is not called "Castle Black." If you'd done your homework you would know that Bryan Cogman, a writer and executive producer for the show, confirmed that episode 9 is called something else. He hasn't told anyone what it was, but the episode titles for the remaining 6 episodes should be released soon. This is what we have so far;

31 - Two Swords
32 - The Lion and the Rose
33 - Breaker of Chains
34 - Oathkeeper
35 - -to be determined-
36 - -to be determined-
37 - -to be determined-
38 - -to be determined-
39 - -to be determined-
40 - -to be determined-
Marc Houle
11. MightyMarc
Slightly off-topic, but SOS is generally viewed as the best book in the series, and there's some debate as to whether FFC or DWD was the worst. Personally, I actually liked FFC, but I also know I'm in the minority on that one; on the other hand, I vote for DWD as the worst, and I know I'm not alone there.
Really? SOS is viewed as the best? I despised that book. It was lazy, boring, inconsistent with the first two books, poorly paced, and all the smart characters started doing uncharacteristically stupid things. I'd rather have my eyes gouged out with a splintered hockey stick than have to read through that pool of excrement again. The only reason I continued with the series was that I already owned FFC (having bought the first four books as a box set).


While I think that both FFC and DWD are rather boring books, I don't think either is terrible. In fact, there are some parts of both books that are great. I can actually respect people who like (even love) FFC and DWD.
Lauren Hartman
12. naupathia
@10 - Well in the interview linked above he says "The Castle Black episode..." when referring to episode 9. Maybe it won't be titled that and he just meant it would center around it, but it seems an easy misunderstanding to make to think he was using the title, and I don't think it called for that much vitriol.
Underbelly
13. Jennifer R
I think episode 9 will probably be the Purple Wedding, so not Castle Black. That'll be whenever they get to covering the end of Dragons....
Chris Nelly
14. Aeryl
@13, No the Purple Wedding is the second episode, titled "The Lion and the Rose". Tyrion's trial and all that will be the majority of the season.

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