Everything wrong with the Game of Thrones season finale

Well, the fourth season of Game of Thrones has come to an end and we’re not quite as satisfied as we could have been. Mostly, because the series is really deviating from the books now.

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Alrighty, the finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 4 has come to a swift conclusion and it is high time to pick it apart in the name of good sportsmanship. Huzzah.

First things first, we are quite jubilant about Stannis’ inclusion in the finale, who rode in to save Jon Snow’s sorry keister at the Wall and defeat Mance Rayder’s wildling army. Also, Snow’s final farewell to Ygritte at the body-burning fete in the woods made us very emotional — very nice touch.

Second, we sure are glad to have witnessed Tywin Lannister’s demise on the john. His undoing was very much loyal to the books and quite suitable as a reflection of his relationship with Tyrion. The father sentenced his son to death and the latter put two arrows through him on the potty. Shall we say the debt is paid?

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We would also like to give a quick shout-out to Brienne — our girl — who totally kicked butt in the epic fight with the Hound. Holy smokes, the woman beat the living daylights out of that man. And also took a few swings to her face. In the end, she didn’t really get her hands on Arya, but it was a solid effort (more on this subject below).

All in all, the finale was a great wrap-up of the season. Some kinks in there for sure, but it was well done. The biggest complaints will obviously come from the loyal George R.R. Martin book readers, who have surely already sharpened their pitchforks and built a funeral pyre for the show’s creators. We see their point, from the book readers’ perspective there is actually a whole whack of stuff amiss in the finale…

1. Jojen kicks the bucket

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So, if you did not enjoy watching the adorable-looking Jojen perish from multiple stab wounds inflicted by a pesky wight (or rather just the hand of)… Guess what? Didn’t happen in the books. Sure, he was a weak little fella in A Dance with Dragons (the show mixes the fourth and fifth books, it seems), but he definitely survived the wight attack. Whose genius idea was it to get rid of him?

2. Coldhands

Well, it now seems certain that Game of Thrones has completely written Coldhands out of the series. The mysterious character is somewhat like a wight, but is friendly and rides a bada** elk. That’s right, they omitted a character that rides an elk. He first encounters Sam and Gilly in A Storm of Swords (third book), safely bringing them to the Black Gate. Coldhands later meets Bran and the gang, leading them to the cave of the three-eyed crow. As you noticed, none of this was included in the show. Which is too bad.

3. Brienne and the Hound

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While the fight between the two was mighty satisfying, Brienne actually never met the Hound (or Sandor Clegane) in the books. Sure, Arya still leaves him to die, but his wounds were not inflicted by Brienne. Sorry, folks.

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4. What the Shae?

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OK, so was anyone else confused watching Game of Thrones and not understanding why Shae betrayed Tyrion? In the books, she didn’t love Tyrion, so her betrayal during the trial made more sense (as did her hopping in bed with Tywin). The show added the sentimentality to their relationship without altering the end, thereby causing a bit of a disconnection. It makes no sense.

5. Lady Stoneheart

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Where is she? Who can tell us? This was set up as possibly the greatest cliff-hanger of all time and the makers of the HBO series decided to go the other way. In the fourth book, Catelyn Stark is brought back from the dead by Beric Dondarrion and assumed command of the Brotherhood Without Banners. The “undead” Catelyn then assumes the name of “Lady Stoneheart” and is consumed by revenge for the destruction of her family. It’s a very tragic continuation of her story and we wish it was included. There’s still hope for Season 5 though.

What did you think of the finale? Sound off in the comments, everybody.

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