Game of Thrones Season 4, Episode 10: The Children

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Magic tree on loan from the Wizard of Oz

There are few sadder things than realizing you are at the end of the season of one of your favorite shows, but here we sit. The magic has been slowly building, literally and figuratively, and this episode was chock-a-block with the supernatural. JRR Martin has a restrained hand with his magic, which I have always admired; sometimes there are entire episodes in a row with zero monsters or incantations. "The Children," however, was full of both.

Skeletal warriors broke out of the snow and attacked Bran and Co. The huge enchanted tree beckoned, Dani's dragons had killed one too many kindergarteners and had to be chained up, and some wise old sage informed Bran that he would never walk again, but would fly. Kewl.

Tyrion is set free by his brother and he of course heads straight to Tywin's place to wish him a happy Father's Day. Once there he sees Shae in his father's bed. This is puzzling, and even though I immediately went online to find the answer to "Why?" no one really had a satisfying explanation.

Adios, Chuck

First of all, Tywin allegedly went celibate after the death of his beloved wife Joanne (the one who died giving birth to that curse-ed dwarf). He also has had nothing but disdain for anyone who goes to a whore, which, come to think of it, should've been our first clue that he was obsessed with hookers himself (Ted Haggard, anyone?) The really intriguing question is whether or not Shae was faking her feelings for Tyrion all along, and was simply a spy. God I hope not. I loved the fact that someone loved Tyrion despite his difference.

As the show ends both Tyrion and Arya set sail for far lands, the Hound dies a slow painful death in the moors, Jon Snow is even more depressed, and Cersei decides that if loving her twin brother in a carnal way is wrong, she don't wanna be right. See you next season.

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Paul Varga
Paul Varga

No. I'm bummed that I probably have to wait until 2015 for the damn dvds for season 4.

Steve Tidd
Steve Tidd

Yes. But the new season of True Blood starts Sunday.

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