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  • Episode: The Children (Season 4, Episode 10)
  • Starring: Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau,Liam Cunningham, Charles Dance, Stephen Dillane, Lino Facioli, Grahame Fox, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  • Written By: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
  • Directed By: Alex Graves
  • Network: HBO
  • Studio: Home Box Office (HBO), Television 360, Grok! Studio
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Game of Thrones: The Children Review

Season 4 Finale!

By Jarrett Kruse     June 16, 2014
Source: Mania.com


Game of Thrones: The Children Review
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SPOILERS AHEAD!

NO BOOK SPOILERS IN THE COMMENT SECTION PLEASE!
 
Well season four is now officially over and I was overall a little underwhelmed at several of the twists. While I thought we were moving in the right direction from a narrative standpoint, I realized that this is GAME OF THRONES and none of those rules apply. There is no such thing as picking up at the exact point we left off of last week. Although it was pretty damn close when Jon Snow goes to see Mance Rayder and attempts to broker a deal. Still it can get a little frustrating knowing that something you may have wanted to be addressed in 2014 may just have to hold fast to 2015. As much as I love the show, ten episodes just does not quench or satiate my lust to see more as in right now! Sadly we will have to wait until next year when we are all riding Hoverboards.

The episode opens with Jon Snow making good on his promise to Sam last week that he is going to go after Mance Rayder on his own to broker a deal of sorts. Say what you will about Jon Snow but the kids got moxie. He is met by some of Mances thugs but he gets as much as the royal treatment that youd expect from these guys. Mance has Jon sit down and they discuss the terms of turning themselves in to or joining forces of some sort. Its a little odd because once upon a time, Jon was part of Mancemassive army. The seasoned leader of the Wildlings is adamant about getting himself and his men north of the wall because yet again, winter is coming. It seems like winter has been coming for a long damn time already! Mance and companies idea is to head south of the wall where they can escape the threats of the White Walkers. Between the White Walkers and the hope of winter arriving, we have barely seen twenty minutes of footage in four full seasons of TV. I guess this is how they hook us in; with promises that if we stick out, the payoff will be just that good.

Much further north of the wall, we meet up with Bran, Jojen, Hodor and company as they trek across the unforgiving terrain. I was a little confused as they approached the Weirwood tree but as they walk, creepy hands begin to break through the frozen ground. It was pretty cool to see these wightsas they are called. A re-animated corpse so to speak. Apparently there is a reason that the Wildlings burn their dead-to avoid situations like this! While Hodor is completely confused does his best to save Bran but it is Jojen that falls to the undead. Major bummer for the group but hey, its Game of Thrones and no one gets a free ride. Brans group is saved by the Children of the Forestbefore being taken a sage old wizard called the Three Eyed Raven.A prognosticator of sorts, the Three Eyed Raven tells Bran that he will not walk again but he will indeed fly. Hmmm

While on the RIverlands, Arya and The Hound come upon none other than Brienne and Podrick. The bond that the Arya and The Hound have come to a quiet accord this season. They are a team of sorts and although quite rough around the edges, they seem to make it work in their mutually trying times. Brienne had made a promise to Cat Startk that she would rescue and take care of young Arya but the tides have shifted. Brienne and The Hound engage in an epic hand go hand battle that easily makes my Top 10 favorite fist fights on cable. It was realistic and even more so believable because we know what a legendary brawler The Hound is but who knew Brienne could throw down like that? As The Hound lay dying, Arya stays strong and refuses to acquiesce to his request to kill him then and there. Instead, the young Stark takes his silver and walks away. Still the question remains if The Hound is really dead after all. I guess that will be in season 5. It seems that Podrick and Brienne want to make good on their bargain and take Arya but she is nowhere to be found. The Hound taught her well I kept thinking.

Stannis Baratheon makes a quick entrance and is no longer posturing about what big plans he has. Instead he is on the field of battle and ready for action. Stannis has always seemed to be posturing and thinking of big ideas to solidify his stake as ruler of the seven kingdoms but he has just not been much a threat. However tonight he implements the Braavos money he has come into as a gambit to form an alliance with the Wildlings. I definitely got a little confused at this part but it certainly was about damn time that Stannis did, well, anything. Oh, and he has Melisandre, in tow as his consigliere. Man that babe scares me.

In the Kings Landing dungeon, Tyrion is waiting for the word of just when he is going be executed. Enter big brother Jaime that has a soft spot for his clearly innocent little bro. Jaime whisks him off to a secret passage where none other than Varys is waiting to get him far and away from Kings Landing. After a tearful goodbye to Jaime (a rare show of love on GOT), Tyrion decides not to leave yet and make one more thing right. He seeks and finds his former lover Shae, the whore that blew Tyrions courtroom case all to hell. After a tussle, he strangles her and does not seem to feel anything anymore. He eyes a crossbow across the room, a good tool for his next victim. Tyrion walks in on Tywin on his chamberpot before going to town on his dad plugging him full of arrows from the crossbow. Now he is ready to leave Kings Landing and just like that, with the help of Varys, he is gone. Whoa.

Daenerys does not have much going on this week except for some major trouble from her dragons that have become wild and unwieldily. After incinerating a child, Khaleesi chains the dragons/children in their cave and leaves them visibly upset. It was deliciously nice to finally get a win for Tyrion after a less than stellar season half of it spent in the hole. While there are other plot lines available like Cersei and Jaime getting it on again. There is also young and now alone Arya finding seaport after flashing an iron coin to the Captain of the ship who is overwhelmed. She simply mouths Valar Morghulisto which the captain replies Valsr Dohaeriswhich is enough to get Arya a prime cabin on the boat.

While I was not overjoyed with the finale, I most definitely dug it. They seemed to have covered a lot of dormant story lines that we had forgotten about. Still the killing of Tywin, presuming he is in fact dead, was a big one. As for what comes next and if winter will ever get here is anybodys guess. Me, Im just trying to enjoy the ride.

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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rogue188 6/16/2014 7:08:31 AM

A great way to end the season. I was quite happy with it. Seeing Tywin bite it was quite justifiable, and my wife and I cheered when Shae was choked out.

Flyincloud 6/16/2014 7:17:32 AM

 Shae isn't sh..., great end to her stupid life.  I have one question.  Does eveyone die in the show/book?  

ddiaz28 6/16/2014 7:47:32 AM

I think it's really important to note that Tyrion was definitely not seeking out Shae. His father, yes, but not Shae. He was completely surprised to see her in his father's bed and him killing her was a crime of passion and revenge. If he had had time to think about it, I don't think he would have killed her. Tywin's end was great, I just wish Tyrion and Jaime had talked about Tysha like in the books since that was a big motivator for Tyrion's hate for his father and why he was so sensitive to the word whore.

Great finale overall. Glad they went back to the wall since I thought that arc was done with last week. The wights attacking Bran and company was badass as well as Brienne and Sandor's epic fight. Maise Williams just kills it as Arya. Her cold stare while Sandor was begging for death was just perfect. I can't wait to see her story play out next season.

And I really thought a certain lady was going to be introduced as a last scene but they are still saving that.

ddiaz28 6/16/2014 7:49:04 AM

Seriously, you can't put quotation marks in a post?  I was not able to post my last comment until I delete the quotes I had around the word whore.  I've said it before but the spam filter on this site is way too annoyingly sensitive. 

VioLatorr 6/16/2014 8:34:56 AM

  Great..... Tywin, another one of my favorite characters are dead. But ya i know, he had it coming for sure, and it was definitely satisfying to see Tyrion do what he did. When he decided not to escape w/ Varys right away, I thought, 'Man, this lil imp is a badass... again.' He's got the biggest balls out of everyone in the whole show imo.

When Brienne and The Hound started fighting, i was like, 'oh no!' and my wife was like, ' Those 2 just need to talk for like 5 more minutes !!!!'. i was thinking 'she is so right!'.. lol... but the fight itself was so awesome and brutal that it was worth one of them eating it.

I think my theory on Bran being able to control one of the dragons is gonna come true?? Especially with 'Saruman the wizard' telling him he'll be able to 'Fly' soon. Obviously that'll be the only way to control Daenry's big feral dragon that is bbqing kids.

Jon Snow has the 1000 yard stare now. He's seen some crazy shit now that I think about everything. But I dont know if i liked those skeleton zombies. It started feeling a bit Pirates of the Caribbean cheesy for me. I like the original walkers we saw like 2 seasons ago though. Where the hell are those guys?

Anyways, still the best show on TV ever for me. I cant wait for the next season, even though it will feel like we've aged 10 years. It's been fun chatting GOT this season Maniacs!

 

Flyincloud 6/16/2014 8:38:41 AM

 Those skeletons are called Wights.

Iridan 6/16/2014 9:11:11 AM

I thought it was a very good and satisfying finale. I enjoyed all the plot lines and it didn't seemed rush with so much going on. Now it just sucks with how long we have to wait for the next one.

And Mania, please, please edit your posts. This was pretty heard to read in spots.

isgrimner 6/16/2014 9:34:37 AM

trying to post for a while, taking ddiaz's advice and removing quotation marks and stuff.


I was pretty happy with the finale overall. I think it contained spoilers for me, or maybe it is better phrased that some things I was ambiguos about may have been confirmed. Namely regarding the Mountain and Jojen Reed. Didn't expect the final scene to be of Arya. I was expecting that to be Tyrion shooting his pops. They didn't add the part were Tywin's bowels release and Tyrion says something along the lines of, It appears Tywin Lannister does not in fact shit gold. I think they also wimped out and had Shae attack Tyrion to make his killing of her slightly more sympathetic. I know a lot of people who no longer are as big of fans of him because he straight up kills her in the books.


Gonna have to post in stages I think, it keeps failing on the big one.

isgrimner 6/16/2014 9:39:04 AM

I for one don’t think Breane could have taken the Hound, even with his infected neck wound. He is just as big, bigger actually and stronger and no slouch with a sword himself. That was a show only scene. It was kind of cool to show them in the same scene considering some of the crazy theories out there that people have though.

bennyhill 6/16/2014 9:43:09 AM

 I hope they're not going to pull some type of re-animater/Frankenstien shit with The Mountian's dead body next season.

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