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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4: “Blackwater” Director Neil Marshall Returns for Episode 9

Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 9 Castle Black Neil Marshall

HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones‘ season 3 finale “Mhysa” may not have left us on any major cliffhangers or action sequences, but the audience was more than glad of the break considering the “Red Wedding” events of penultimate season 3 episode “The Rains of Castamere.” Now, with ‘Game of Thrones’ season 4 on the horizon, season 2 climax “Blackwater” director Neil Marshall will be back to deliver another big battle in season 4!

The news of Marshall’s directing 4.09 comes to us from Variety, though of course it remains uncertain exactly what the episode will spotlight, given how the HBO adaptation has already divided and shifted series creator George R.R. Martin‘s novels between seasons.

However, one likely candidate for the penultimate episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ season 4 would be that of the (SPOILER ALERT!) Battle of Castle Black, in which Jon Snow leads the Night’s Watch in defending The Wall against the Wildling assault. Given how “Blackwater” called on Marshall to direct the entirety of the battle at King’s Landing, it stands to reason 4.09 could employ a similar measure.

Outside of those familiar with George R.R. Martin’s books, relatively little is known of ‘Game of Thrones’ season 4, though we recently learned that previous season characters Lysa Arryn (Kate Dickie), Ser Alliser Thorne (Owen Teale), Rorge (Andy Beckwith) and Janos Slynt (Dominic Carter) would all return, among others. Most notably, Chilean actor Pedro Pascal has been added to the cast in the role of Prince Oberyn “The Red Viper” Martell, a pivotal Dornish character from the books.

Expect more ‘Game of Thrones’ news from the season 4 panel at Comic-Con 2013 next week, but in the meantime, what say you? Are we in for another epic battle in the ninth episode of next season? What events are you looking most forward to seeing?

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