Arya (Maisie Williams) and the Hound (Rory McCann) in "The Children," the Season 4 finale of "Game of Thrones" (HBO)
If you haven’t watched the “Game of Thrones” Season 4 finale, “The Children,” I recommend turning away now because there are huge SPOILERS ahead.
The final episode of this season of “Game of Thrones” aired on Sunday with serious twists and turns. If you thought that Season 3’s “The Red Wedding” was the craziest this show could go, you were seriously mistaken. This season managed to spread the deaths, fights and absolute turmoil throughout all the episodes.
This finale was aptly named “The Children” for very fitting reasons. When Tyrion, who was ultimately facing his own execution, was freed by his brother Jamie, he went straight to his father Tywin’s chambers. What he saw next shattered him. He experienced the utmost betrayal when he saw the woman he loved, Shae, in his father’s bed uttering the same phrase she used on him, “Is that you my lion?” Once Tyrion handled that – and by handling, I mean killed her – he headed to his father who has only held contempt for him since his birth.
Tyrion said, “I am your son. I have always been your son,” to his startled dad who was aptly sitting on the loo. Tyrion fired a crossbow two times, ghastly ending Tywin’s life.
The finale managed to give every storyline airtime so that things could be flushed out and opened the door for many more stories next season.
Arya, now stone cold and emotionless, left the Hound to die a gruesome death after losing a battle with Brienne of Tarth, and was headed north on a sailboat.
Jon Snow looked like he would meet his end with Mance Rayder, when all of a sudden Stannis Baratheon came to the rescue in the most artful way.
Bran Stark barely made it to the tree he had been seeing in his visions when rescued by an little fairy child throwing fire. Where will this go?!
Can’t forget about Daenerys having to sadly chain her dragons, knowing she was no longer in control of them.
There are so many characters that it seems difficult to keep them straight, but being HBO’s highest-rated show in history proves that keeping people on their toes is a fantastic thing!
Until Season 5 … all men must die.