This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Game of Thrones, including last night’s Season 4 finale, episode 10, “The Children.” Enjoy!
Nothing says “Happy Father’s Day” like a crossbow bolt to the belly, right? Last night, Tyrion Lannister took revenge for a lifetime of slights and contempt by his father, killed his ex, and escaped from Westeros with Varys. Meanwhile, Brienne let another Stark girl slip through her fingers, Bran found a creepy older mentor to replace his exploded friend Jojen, and Jon Snow lived to fight another day.
We open at the Wall, where Jon embarks on his kamikaze mission to kill Mance Rayder before Mance’s army takes the Wall from the depleted Night’s Watch. It’s taken Mance the better part of two seasons to show up onscreen again, but I’ll forgive that because Ciaran Hinds is just that charismatic. Mance lays out the Wildlings' motivation for coming South of the wall (the Wildlings are seeking the Westeros equivalent of Florida, so they’re kind of like snowbirds, but with more fear of dismemberment and less concern about heating bills.) I wished last week that the show had spelled out their motivation a bit more, rather than focusing on the Thenns and their brand of bald evil.