Last week we saw an epic battle where Jon Snow defended the Night’s Watch, the Wall and Castle Black against the rampaging wildlings in an episode dedicated solely to one storyline and one battle. As fantastic as that episode was, as well as “The Viper and the Mountain“, the “Game of Thrones” season 4 finale “The Children” closed things out with a resounding finish and left fans with a long wait for season 5.
If you can’t get enough, here’s our select gif moments from the episode. WARNING! This is spoiler filled.
When a Stannis Baratheon calvary army of this size is bearing down on you, it’s probably a good idea to surrender.
Wildling King Mance agreed.
Mance didn’t feel like taking a knee, and Snow backed him up.
Cersei just put it all out there about her and Jaime boning.
Khaleesi ran into some serious dragon problems when one of them fried an innocent little girl.
They are dragons after all…
Still, chaining up HER babies wasn’t easy.
Then Jon Snow cried after burning the dead body of the lover that shot him with three arrows.
Bran and Co. found the tree! But…
Big skeleton problems.
Especially for Jojen.
Poor Jojen. Another notch in the “Game of Thrones” death list.
Might as well blow him up.
Saved by ‘The Children’.
And they take Bran to meet the three eyed crow who is actually an old dude that lives in a tree.
Next up was an epic fight between The Hound and Brienne of Tarth. Somebody gonna die.
But first there was sword grabbing…
A punch to the nuts…
And a kick to the hoo-haw.
But Brienne would get the best of The Hound.
Arya proved to have a hardened heart.
She left The Hound for the vultures. Stone cold.
Tyrion escapes with a little help from Jaime, but he’s got some bidness to attend to first.
Wait what?! Tyrion finds Shay in HIS DAD’S bed! Happy father’s day? Nope. Tyrion goes strangler on her.
Then moves on to Tywin.
While he’s on the crapper no less.
What a way to go.
Wait, one more for the road to finish him off.
Tyrion then escapes the city in a crate.
Aria manages to elude Brienne and set sail.
That’s it folks. That’s all she wrote for season 4. There were surprises aplenty, though not for those who have read the books. We wouldn’t call the last episode “shocking” like some have, as “Game of Thrones” has consistently proved it will kill off characters without hesitation. So by this point are you even really surprised to see somebody get knocked off?
Regardless, the last three episodes of the season were easily the best so far and if season 5 can carry on like this, well, then there’s much to look forward to.