The developers of episodic adventure game series are experts at keeping their fans dangling. The wait for the final episode of Telltale’s Game of Thrones has been a long and arduous one. (Though it hasn’t been as bad as the wait between episodes of Life is Strange, which was especially nauseating.) But now, at long last, the release date of the season finale has been announced.
Courtesy of IGN, Telltale has stated that episode 6, “The Ice Dragon,” will be available to download on November 17th, the same day that the full season will be available on retail disc. (And if you’ve been waiting this long to play Telltale’s Game of Thrones, pat yourself on the back: you are a real trooper.) The good news: we now know how much longer we have to wait to see what’s sure to be a thrilling conclusion, not to mention the resolution of that bonkers cliffhanger from episode 5.
The bad news: November 17th is still a full month away. Night gathers, and now my watch begins, and so on. Telltale’s CEO and co-founder Kevin Bruner even had something very Telltale-y to say about the finale: “…the finale will be tailored to provide a uniquely harrowing conclusion for each and every player based on the decisions they’ve made in the game thus far.” It’s like he knows how much my palms were sweating during the conclusion of The Wolf Among Us.
The title is especially intriguing. I don’t have a strong theory as to what it’s referencing in the story, but it is a bit of a meta nod to George R.R. Martin’s children’s book The Ice Dragon, which according to Martin is NOT set in Westeros, whatever the promotional materials and publishers might say.
As an additional bonus, the first episode of the season, “Iron From Ice,” is available to download for free on consoles and mobile devices. It’s a great episode and a good way to preview what’s in store for you should you decide to buy into the whole season.
The announcement came with a featurette video from some of the show’s cast members, who added their voiceS to the game. Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), and Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton) all discuss their involvement in the game, as well as the differences between watching Game of Thrones on HBO and actually playing Telltale’s Game of Thrones, where your decisions carry consequences.