So now we have seen the finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 4. What did you think? Again, like last week, I was underwhelmed by it. And let me tell you why…
Firstly, we find Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) cleaning up after the gatecrash that ruined the party in Episode 9. Actually, this part was one of my more favoured parts ofEpisode 10 (entitled The Children). Jon wanders off to have a little chat to Mance Rayder (Ciarán Hinds). Surprisingly there is no blood shed and they end up having a fairly civil chat about how the battle went. That is until Stannis (Stephen Dillane)arrives – yet another gatecrasher. So Stannis is all look at me ‘I’m the true king‘ Really? Does anyone still believe that shit?! Seems Jon still does, or to his face anyway… Anyway, tempers get heated and then sorted and it is time to bury the dead before they become the undead and we are on an ENTIRELY different TV show altogether. After a discussion, Jon does the right thing and returns the body of Ygritte (Rose Leslie) back to the North – the true North – and sends her off in good Viking tradition – with a funeral pyre.
So now we get a look in on Bran (Isaac Hempstead). Anyone remember him? He’s the Stark that can’t walk. It seems they have finally found their destination. But, whoa! Look out there folks, there be battling skeletons and fire throwing children to be had here at the great tree they have been searching for. During this battle we lose Jojen (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) thanks to a rogue, stabbing bone hand. Yes, Meera (Ellie Kendrick) is sad, but takes off to save herself and then she is mad that the three eyed crow (who is actually a person) bought Jojen on this journey. The three eyed crow defends his actions by saying Jojen knew this would happen but came anyway (like he had a choice) and I was left wondering if maybe someone had slipped some acid into my drink before this scene…
*yawn* It’s now time for Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and her story line to get a look in. Once more we find her struggling with the responsibilities of running a country and how her perfect ideals are clashing with the everyday running of a society. I’m not sure why I dislike this story line so much in Season 4 because the concept of a royal who hasn’t been raised to know how to run a country is such an intriguing notion, but, alas, I think Dany has been been spread too thin over this season and the audience is left not really caring too much about her or her story line. Anyway, this time an old slave wants to return to his master. Dany is outraged (but isn’t she always?) for a while until she finally sees reason and allows the slave to return to his previous life and Dany is left to discover that dragons really should come with a training manual. After Drogon the dragon has been outed as a pyromaniac (and thus has killed a small child), Dany does the only right thing she can think of – lock up the other two dragons. Because, of course, Drogon hasn’t returned yet…
Now things seem to get interesting again. We are back at King’s Landing – finally – and I am champing at the bit to see what happens with Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage). But, of course, I couldn’t hold out as long as HBO wanted me to, so last week googled Tyrion’s story on Wikipedia. As a result, I knew what was coming, yet, I’m glad I read ahead because, seriously, it felt completely out of character.
So Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Cersei (Lena Headey) make up and get jiggy on a table top. Speaking of incest, Cersei has just spilled the beans to dear old dad about her and Jaime. It seems she would rather the world know she was a brother fucker than marry Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones)!
Poor Tywin (Charles Dance), it’s not a great night for him it seems, but the night is young yet and Tyrion has only just escaped thanks to Jaime. However, instead of immediately escaping with Varys (Conleth Hill), he decides to pay someone a visit.
Now, this is where it all gets a bit out of character for Tyrion. I’m not really sure who he is planning to visit – probably his father – but instead finds Shae (Sibel Kekilli).
And KILLS her.
Don’t get me wrong, Peter Dinklage acted the shit out of this scene, but no matter what he did, I don’t think it would ever seem in character for Tyrion. To see Jaime or Cersei strangle someone to death I can totally get, they are bat shit crazy people after all. But Tyrion has always struggled with right and wrong and I have never once doubted his sanity. Sure, killing Shae after she lied in court and then slept with his father, but, really, have Tyrion do it? Nope, just can’t come at it. Sorry HBO and G.R.R.M.
Now, it gets a whole lot worse than that. Not only is Tyrion now a whore killer, you can add kingslayer and daddy killer to the list. Although, I’ll give him credit for going all Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) on his father’s arse – and while he is on the potty nonetheless!
So, after that little step out of reality, Tyrion returns to being himself and lets Varys put him in a box and send him out to sea on a ship.
Next comes the very best part of the entire episode: the part where the Hound (Rory McCann) gets beaten by a girl. *high five to Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) for these honours*
Seriously, last week’s episode needed to take a leaf out of this week’s episode for epic and awesome fight scenes. First we had sword play, then Brienne kicked the Hound in the nuts. The Hound responded by kicking Brienne in the girly bits. Brienne repaid the favour by attempting to bash in his skull and then throwing him off a cliff.
Seriously. BEST. Fight. Scene. EVER!
All this occurred because Brienne lost her horse but found Arya (Maisie Williams)instead. It took them a while, but Pod (Daniel Portman) finally let on that Brienne had found who she was looking for. Her and the Hound then had a ‘conflict of interests‘. While they sorted it all out (ie. fought like school kids at lunchtime), Arya snuck off and hid until it was all over, only to return later to taunt the Hound while he lay dying. Not only didn’t she kill him, she pinched his money and sailed off into great unknown. Whether or not it was on the same ship as Tyrion, god only knows!
And that was how it all ended. No Sansa (Sophie Turner), no Theon (Alfie Allen) pretending to be Theon, and certainly no epic re-appearance of someone who I accidentally read about when I was reading about Tyrion on Wiki…
Oh, but there was a brief moment there when Cersei let some dude go all Frankenstein on the Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) who we all thought was dead…
So that’s it for another year. What did you think of HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 4 finale? And what do you think will happen in Game of Thrones Season 5?
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