This Sunday was the season finale of HBO’s biggest hit- Game of Thrones. GOT has been the biggest asset for the popular network, that hasn’t seen this amount of success since The Sopranos. Sunday’s season finale raked in a whopping 5.4 million viewers, but with GOT being the most illegally downloaded TV show…that number is most likely higher.
What I’ve noticed with Game of Thrones season finales is that it’s usually an anti climactic ending in comparison to the jaw dropping events of episode 9. You’ll recall Tyrion’s Battle of the Blackwater…that all happened in episode 9 which didn’t leave any major battle scenes for the season finale. Not that GOT is big on battle scenes, there are usually 1 or 2 major fight scenes in a season, everything else revolves around the game of thrones, all the political bull poo.
Having said that, the writers still leave us with a whole lot to think about for the next year while we await season 4. Khaleesi is more than just the mother of dragons, she is a mother to her people…she has taken over cities and in doing so adopted all the slaves and has given them freedom. In return for their freedom they vow to honour and protect her..and why wouldn’t they…hello she has dragons!
I think most of us have wondered why we’re still watching Theon Greyjoy get tortured, because it’s clearly interrupting Khaleesi’s airtime. In the finale we finally figure out who Theon’s torturer is…but unfortunately never get to hear Theon sing ‘Dick in a Box’…how funny would that have been? Roose Bolton who is the man that killed Robb Stark and his mother at the Red Wedding has been appointed Warden of the North. He’s also the father of a bastard son- Ramsay Snow which is the guy torturing Theon. This story goes way back when Winterfell was captured by Theon…only to be recaptured by Ramsay. Theon’s scary sister learns about Theon’s kidnapping and sets sail with her men to bring back her brother. Cute!
Someone that won’t be bringing back her brother is Arya. I love her…especially now that she’s all Dexter with Lord Frey’s bannermen. Arya and the Hound make their way slowly through the forest until they stumble upon a group of soldiers eating by a fire. Arya jumps off the horse, sneaks up behind the one dude and legit slices him a part. By the time the other men realize, the Hound is already there and slices them all. The Hound isn’t happy, but you can tell he’s proud of Arya…especially now that they have free food and fire. We love you Arya. The saddest thing for A is that she’s been on this journey to find her mother, and now her mother’s dead and she has nowhere to go. It’ll be interesting to see where these two end up…either way she’s in good hands.
Jon Snow and Ygritte meet again…possibly for the last time? Jon takes a break with his horse, Ygritte rides up and is pointing her arrow at him. He tells her she must’ve known who he really was…he would always be a crow, but he admitted to loving her. Instead of letting him go, she shoots 3 arrows into Jon before he gets a chance to ride away on his horse. This is the one story I’m really mad about it…I was sad about Robb and Catelyn…but I’m mad about these 2. I thought it would be a happy ending for Y and J…I guess we’ll have to wait until next season.
Probably the best scene out of the finale was between Lord Tywin Lannister and his grandson King Joffrey. After hearing about the Red Wedding massacre, Joffrey decides he wants to bring Robb’s head to King’s Landing and serve it on a plate for Sansa at his wedding feast. Seriously, even Cersei thinks this kid has gone too far. ‘She is no longer yours to torment’ Tyrion says, and reminds Joffrey ‘Kings are dying like flies’. This is true, but obviously Joffrey doesn’t take threats very well. Joffrey babbles on that he is the King and he will punish Tyrion…the camera pans over to Tywin who has that same disgusted look on his face. His words resonate with everyone in the room…’No true king needs to declare himself king’…SILENCE! Boom! Even though Tywin ordered the murder of King Robb and his mother, he still gets double points for this insult. Joffrey is speechless…he doesn’t dare defy his grandfather? Oh but he does. He insults his grand daddy by saying his father Robert Baratheon is the real king for slaying the Targaryens and claiming the iron throne, all while Tywin was hiding at Casterly Rock. Camera flashes to everyone’s faces as they take in the insult…Tyrion is ecstatic that Joffrey has begun to really annoy the small council. Even the Eunuch isn’t pleased.
Tywin orders everyone to leave the room except for Tyrion. They discuss the Red Wedding massacre, Tyrion reminds him the Northerners will never forget, but Tywin isn’t worried. It’s obvious that Tywin is more powerful than King Joffrey, he’s the man calling the shots…and at this point he’ll do anything to protect the Lannister family. He tells Tyrion he’s appointed Roose Bolton as Warden of the North until Tyrion and Sansa have a son…he will be the ultimate heir of the North. That forces Tyrion to admit he isn’t going to ‘rape’ Sansa to have a kid, if she’s not ready she’s not ready. Tyrion tries to turn the tables around on his father and accuses him of never sacrificing anything for his family. Tywin admits the day Tyrion was born he wanted to kill him because he was half a man…but instead let him live because after all…he was still a Lannister. Ouch.
But Tyrion shouldn’t worry too much about Sansa’s virginity because his main mistress Shae refuses the Eunuch’s plea for her to leave King’s Landing. The Eunuch bribes Shae with a bag of diamonds..and I have to say the Eunuch has been on the good side lately, he begs her to leave King’s Landing in search of a better life…a place she can be wealthy and beautiful and men will beg for her hand in marriage. He tells her there’s nothing left for her in King’s Landing…she will always be a whore…and worse she might even die! Shae isn’t just a whore…she’s smart and strong (just like the other women in the show-excluding Sansa) she refuses the bag of diamonds and tells the Eunuch if Tyrion wants her to leave…he should tell her himself. You go girl!
Jamie enters King’s Landing but nobody recognizes him. It’s been a long journey for the golden haired Lannister…but he finally makes it back to King’s Landing with his right hand woman Brienne. He looks all dirty and smelly..and obviously without his right hand. We see him enter Cersei’s quarters and she notices his hand right away. No words are exchanged but you can tell Cersei is dissapointed. At least he has his other man parts girl! The reunion in the book was way more dramatic…maybe they will save the rest for next season.
And finally, our beloved Khaleesi ends off the episode as always with a beautiful dragon scene. Momma’s dragons have been MIA the entire season but we do get to see the whiny beasts before the end. Khaleesi is a liberator, she believes in letting the slaves be free…and if they choose to stand behind her then that’s her decision. She offers the army of slaves to be a part of her clan…not so they can protect her but so they can have a better life and protect themselves. She tells them they are free from this point on to do whatever they wish. The crowd starts chanting ‘mother’ in their language…Khaleesi walks down into the mosh of slaves…Ser Jorah is worried keeping a steady eye on his Queen. A few seconds go by and Khaleesi emerges from the crowd sitting on people’s shoulders as they lift her higher and chant ‘mother’. Yay!
This girl needs to build herself a boat and get her ass to Westeros!
What did you guys think of the finale? Expectations of season 4 …I want to hear them!