June 16, 2014

Favorite quotes from Game of Thrones: The Children

The Game of Thrones season four finale was about as wonderful as the show gets. While it's not quite my favorite of the season, it was solid with plenty tying into the episode's title, "The Children"

My favorite quotes from and thoughts about the finale after the image - there are obviously spoilers.

Favorite quotes:
“Of all the ways I’d kill you, poison would be the last." - Mance Rayder

“Do you think you’ll be the first person dragged into the sept to be married against your will?” - Tywin Lannister

“I am your son, and you sentenced me to die. You knew I didn’t poison Joffrey, but you sentenced me all the same. Why?” - Tyrion Lannister

“I would do things for my family you couldn’t imagine.” - Cersei Lannister

"You will never walk again, but you will fly." - Three-Eyed Raven/Man in the Tree

"You refuse to die. I respect that, even admire it." - Tywin Lannister

“You spent too much time with us, Jon Snow. You can never be a kneeler again.” - Tormund Giantsbane

"There’s no safety, you dumb bitch. If you don’t know that by now, you’re the wrong one to watch over her.” - the Hound

“Your legacy is a lie.” - Cersei Lannister

Random thoughts:
- The scene between Mance Rayder and Jon Snow makes me wish we'd seen more of Mance this season. He might not have been what I pictured for the character at first, but Ciarán Hinds is fantastic in the role (sort of related: I just learned he was in Frozen - he's the troll who heals Anna, the one Kristoff calls grandpa). I liked seeing him face Stannis down, and I'm hoping those two characters will have scenes together in the future. That's probably the first time I've wanted to see more of Stannis.

- Bran's journey has bored me in the books and the series, and the walking skeletons didn't do much to change that. I don't actively dislike the storyline like I do with Ramsay/Theon, but I could live without it.

- Where's Rickon?

- What is Dany going to do about her dragons? Their cries when she locked them away... that and the burnt bones of the child was heartbreaking and had me crying almost as much as I did over Oberyn Martell.

- Brienne kicks ass. She fought hard against the Hound and seemed like an even match for him. That was one of my favorite fights of the season, and I'm glad they added it (it wasn't in the books). Oh, and I wanted more of Arya and Brienne chatting.

- Arya took an even darker turn. She sort of blamed Brienne for not protecting her mother and left the Hound to die. While I appreciate the character development and that she's become a fiercely independent force to be reckoned with, it confuses me how so many people say they love her. You do realize she's become a killer, right? And it's probably not long before she starts veering from her personal code? Like I said, it's a fascinating path but also very dark and it's intriguing to see people root for and support that.

Regardless of what she did and where she's going, it was nice to see her appear happy for once.

- Tyrion, wow. He followed his emotions to a satisfying end and is headed out of the city. What will he be like without the chains of his family - particularly his father - to weigh him down?

He's changed too, though. Tyrion pre-Joffrey's death wouldn't have killed Shae and would have found it appalling. That's the man he never wanted to become. Did she deserve it? Maybe. And goodness knows I cheered when Tywin bit it. But, I can recognize that Tyrion is no longer the heroic figure he once was. What heroes do we have left in this series? Brienne. Maaaybe Dany.

- The hug between Tyrion and Jaime slayed me. I don't recall seeing them show physical affection for each other before, and it was moving. I was proud of Jaime especially considering what just happened with Cersei.

- I felt pity for Varys for the first time. The look on his face when he realized he had to leave King's Landing was a knife to the heart.

- I don't want to spoil anything for non-book readers so I'll just say there was a thing I was looking forward to and expecting to see and it didn't happen. I'm hoping it's just delayed until season five, but I'm worried it will be cut altogether.


  1. I don't think they could cut that element entirely since it plays heavily into Brienne's storyline! Though I was kinda surprised they ended with Arya sailing to Bravos rather than the scene in question.

    The quote I liked was the Hound's having "at least one happy memory." It was the perfect snapshot of the character--masking his vulnerability in hostility and anger. And I totally agree with you about Bran's story, though I really dug the skeletons. They were a nice surprise!

    1. I kept waiting for the show to do its first post-credits scene and feature the reveal. Ah, well, I hope you're right!

      It's been interesting to watch the Hound evolve over the past season. I felt badly for him when Arya left him to die slowly. I feel like he became more likable in the show than in the books.

  2. Enjoyed your insights, as always. I found the Hound's comment the most fascinating from this episode. Don't remember the wording, but he saw Brienne as heroic and, therefore, completely unsuitable for the world they inhabit. I agree with you that she's one of the last "heroes" of the saga, but it's a doomed kind of heroism.

    1. Thank you!
      I liked when she offered mercy, and he pointed out how he was no knight. And that's the thing about the heroes we do come across - I don't feel optimistic that they'll make it out in one piece.

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