Game of Thrones review: An unfitting Father's Day tribute
We're already thankful for the amazing men in our lives, but the Game of Thrones Season 4 finale caps it off with the most backward way of making us feel grateful.
So I've read the books. I knew what was coming tonight on Game of Thrones. I was waiting for this moment anxiously throughout the entire season. I thought it was coming last week and was shocked when we didn't even see Tyrion. So given all the hype I'd already put into this episode, you can imagine the high standards I had for Peter Dinklage's performance this evening. It far surpassed those expectations. This is how a season finale should go.
- ICYMI last week...
- Sam becomes a man, and Jon becomes a leader when the battle against the wildlings begins at The Wall.
- Ygritte is shot through the heart with an arrow. Jon is able to make it to her, and she dies in his arms.
- Though the Night's Watch wins the first battle, the war is far from over.
To top off the episode, children everywhere tonight should feel grateful for Dad, just because he isn't Tywin Lannister. Happy Father's Day, Game of Thrones style.
"I am your son. I have always been your son." Tyrion calmly tells Tywin right before he kills him.
The men were definitely on the losing side this episode. We also lost The Hound and Jojen, who played fatherly figures in a lot of respects to Arya and Bran, respectively. Caveat: We don't officially see Sandor Clegane die so it wouldn't really surprise us all that much if he appeared again. Still, we can assume his time with Arya is done.
(Side note, Arya and Brienne would make the perfect BFFs. We have no idea why we didn't think of it before this episode. Now we really hope they find each other again and on better terms.)
Jojen, on the other hand, is for sure dead. He saw Bran to the tree from their visions and that was the end of the journey for him. Which brings us to the deal with that little girl and her fireball hands.
"The first men called us the children, but we were born long before them," the girl tells Bran when he asks who she is. Cryptic, yes, but such are all the magical elements in the show. None have been fully explained yet, and we don't really need them to be at this point.
Right now, we're satisfied to see the rest of Bran's journey. Especially when the three-eyed raven tells him, "You will never walk again. But you will fly." Uh, does that mean Bran will get a dragon of his very own? Or perhaps he will take on the form of a dragon.
We do, after all, see Dani struggling to control her fire-breathing children this episode. Drogon torches an innocent human girl. And we have seen the constant struggle between her reign and her dragon's sovereignty throughout Season 4. We think it will be pretty cool if the key to co-existence lies with someone like Bran, if not Bran himself.
The last man Game of Thrones pulls back into the story isn't a father, but he is a mentor of sorts: Jaqen H'ghar is back, if only in name. Though that shiny little piece of steel he gave Arya has quite the effect on people. Just mentioning the words "valar morghulis" is enough to elicit whatever Arya needs. And, at the end of Season 4, she needs to go north. We leave the show with her traveling on the ship, and the water stretched out before her. We'll have to wait until next season to discover where the journey will take her.