SPOILERS GALORELERS… DO NOT READ THE BELOW UNLESS YOU’VE SEEN THE SEASON FINALE OF GAME OF THRONES OR IF YOU JUST DON’T CARE ABOUT SPOILERS. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED HERE, PEOPLE.
So how about that Game of Thrones finale, huh? In a season full of wallopers that was one heck of a wallop. The season four ender, “The Children” ended up taking a turn for the pretty freaking crazy, did it not? Of course this post is going to be a veritable smorgasbord of spoilers so all of you obsessives of the “NOSPOILERS!” variety can kindly see yourself out of it. We warned you, so it’s all your fault now if you get ruined on it. HA-HA!
Now, let’s get right to it: Tyrion Lannister is free and down a father and the Children of the Forest have awoken. In a phrase? Ho-ly cats, this episode. Holy cats.
Things were looking pretty grim for everyone’s favorite imp. After his demanded trial by combat went south in a big way (R.I.P Oberyn Martell, the Red Viper of Dorne and Prince of All Of Our Hearts), Tyrion’s own father Tywin sentenced him to death. Bet Tywin didn’t think that would in turn also be a sentence for himself, eh?
Of course Peter Dinklage pulled it all off quite brilliantly, with a dark turn also perforated with real sadness in that moment. To see him take down not only the woman he loved (“I’m sorry”), but also his own father? Awful and, in the way of Westeros, just — even if it broke our hearts a little bit. Hey daddies of Westeros: happy father’s day, eh?
And to think that Tywin and Shae’s death — and Tyrion’s subsequent escape — weren’t enough for this shock-heavy episode: it was also revealed that the Children of the Forest are not only real, but still very much alive. Yup: another entire race of beings has been introduced into this battle for control. Long thought nothing more than the stuff of Old Nan’s fabled stories, these non-humans were the original inhabitants of Westeros — long before the Andals and even the First Men arrived on the scene and started ruling the roost.
Though little is known about them, one thing is certain: they are just as magical as they are mysterious. They live a long, long time and are the original worshippers of the Old Gods. They have no books, no ink, no parchment, or even a written language. Theirs is a life connected explicitly to the land, thanks to their supernatural powers of magic. They have power over the beasts, can wear animal’s skin (like a warg/Bran!), and the ability of greensight, just like Jojen Reed. They are also the ones who carved the faces on the weirwoods to keep watch over the world. They believe their wisdom and magic is directly related to the faces in the trees.
And here you all thought that the White Walkers were the only magical beings of Westeros. Ha ha ha! It’s only going to get crazier from here, folks.
So — while we wait for an official recap of the episode to come, let’s discuss an digest what just happened on screen. What do you think about these latest, epic developments? Sound off about them in the comments!