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Game of Thrones Season 4 Finale Recap: “The Children”

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LIVE at 10:15 pm ET / 7:15 pm PT, Rob Cesternino, Josh Wigler and Antonio Mazzaro recap the Game of Thrones Season 4 Finale with a review of “The Children”.  In this episode the guys discuss the following questions from the episode:

  • At what point did Shae and Tywin Lannister become a thing?
  • Why did Cersei Lannister have such a sudden shift in her attitude about marrying Loras Tyrell?
  • Should Arya have killed The Hound when he asked her to?
  • Would Ned Stark have really let Mance Rayder off the hook?
  • Why did Stannis bring his army north of The Wall?
  • What is going to happen with The Mountain?
  • Is Dany doing the right thing with her dragons?
  • What is Brienne going to do now?


Game of Thrones Season Finale Recap: The Children Review

Game of Thrones Season Finale Recap: “The Children” Review


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  • Zany

    I am absolutely LIVID that they didn’t include LSH. It would have been the PERFECT final scene, and people who read book 3 before next season (presumably tens of thousands) are going to find out anyway, so what’s the point of holding it back until next season (or never?!)
    And they absolutely butchered the Tyrion/Jaime sendoff, they left on good terms? And Tyrion was whitewashed as a ‘good’ guy even when killing his father and Shae, the showrunners clearly think that the audience can’t handle a ‘darker’ Tyrion. (this stuff isn’t spoilers since clearly it’s never gonna happen in the show) And apparently according to the canon of the show, Tysha really was just a whore.

    Whether it’s Josh or Antonio who do the feedback show, you guys need to inform Rob about the Tysha storyline, because it’s heartbreaking and is obviously not a part of the show anymore (even though they included her in season 1).

    • Rory

      Yeah the whole Jaime/Tyrion/Tywin scene was ruined for me. Really enjoyed the rest of the episode, but to leave out such a huge part of Tyrion and Jaime’s story and character development (plus motivation) was unforgivable.

  • BogDa

    So this episode has amazing stuff. But in the end I really don’t like the Three Eyed Raven scene. It’s just so silly. It detracts from the greatness of the political game and characters development. Just super cheesy.

    Overall best thing about the finale is a shake up of new people interacting. I’m loving that. I really hope we get new interactions.

    Cercie killed it in this episode. She was just so good.

    The Hound vs Brianne was fantastic. Loved the cold hearted killer or Aria letting him die. I’m pretty disapointed by no relationship with Aria and Brianne. And sadly now we won’t get a Sansa/Aria reunion.

    Holy shocker of Stannis and the onion knight on the other side of the wall! WTF?? Didn’t see that one coming. How did they even get there????

    And Jojan Reed is dead…and don’t care.

    Tyrian killing Tywin and Shae was epic. So was Shae a spy all along? I felt like that was the case on rewatching season 1 and 2.

    Poor Varys. No air time all season and now he’s screwed sitting on a ship with his whole world falling apart because he stuck his neck out for Tyrian.

    Denaeys story line is a real snoozer this season. UM??? The previews for this season had a DRAGON flying over King’s Landing. Where was that!!!!???

    • toast

      I’m just relieved that Bran finally got somewhere.
      And they were excellent skeletons. Hats off to the CGI guys.

      And finally Stanis actually matters!

      • Trixie02

        And Jon Snow gets a new redhead in his life.

        • toast

          Maybe this one will be a bit more emotionally stable. A bit less mass homicidal. :)

          • Trixie02

            Well….there is that smoke baby and the leeches.

          • toast

            And that burning people alive thing. But I’m sure she is a lovely lady at heart.

      • susan appleby

        I was happy to see the tree.

  • Leonard Rockstein

    Drogon as “Alvin” from Alvin & the Chipmunks had my sides busting apart. I love you Rob, please don’t ever change.

    • toast

      Drogon the Dragon. Sheesh.

  • Trixie02

    “I am your son. I have always been your son.”
    Happy Father’s Day!

  • susan appleby

    I loved this recap. The episode was strong, even though I didn’t like everything that happened.
    I’ve given up caring about the characters, because their lives seem to inevitably keep getting worse. I got no hope for anything positive to happen for anyone.
    At this point I only care about the dragons and the direwolves. So sad about the dragons being chained, but I don’t think that will last long.

    Thank you Rob, Josn and Antonio for a great season of recaps!!

  • Trixie02

    The Hound protected Arya because of that purse she took from him. Her taking it was a sign that she can protect herself and she no longer needs him as a teacher; she learned all she could from him.

  • hint

    Bran&co fighting those skeleton things really brought me fond memories from the 2005 hit movie Pirates.

    “I feel like what game of thrones needs is more robots” – laughed out real loud.

    Also laughed out real loud the entire 2nd half of Hound vs Brianne fight, brilliant combination of comedy and violence there.

    Don’t mind LSH left out, wouldn’t care if it was left out the entire show.

  • Guillaume Schmitt

    You missed the most important question: Is Tyrion taking some advice from Leif’s gameplay… It’s a “Leif in the box” !

  • SnideSnidington

    Why are people happy when Tyrion kills Shae, but horrified when it looks like Jaime rapes Cersei (who seems even worse than Shae)?
    Im just interested because both Shae and Cersei are horrible people, and murder seems worse than rape, so Im curious why these two events where received so differently?

    • susan appleby

      I wasn’t happy. I didn’t understand why he would kill her except in self defense. He wasn’t looking for her at all.

    • Rory

      Because the rape didn’t happen in the books, and apparently wasn’t meant to come across as rape on the show.

  • BogDa

    So I’m at the point of getting seriously pissed off at book reader spoilers all over the internet. You see articles online talking about the character left out of the finale and they include pictures —Thus totally ruining it. I’m actually glad the show is saying F you to book readers by changing things up.

  • jon dunn

    Rob, were you spoiled for the finale? You didn’t seem surprised Tywin died

    • Full disclosure, some commenter of youtube got me – so I did know Tywin was going this week, but i didn’t know how. I guess I have no power face.

      • jon dunn

        I thought you knew to avoid random Youtube comment sections! That sucks though.

      • toast

        It was one of those moments, like Joffrey’s Death, that people just couldn’t help themselves with. It got half hinted at all over the place since the start of the season. I knew it was coming, somehow, somewhen.

        I was starting to think it would be a big Season 5 moment.

  • Zane Davis

    cant believe khaleesi put her dragon in a dungeon, thats going to slow down their growth just like a fish in a small pond. check out this music video of khaleesi