Game of Thrones Season 4 finished on Sunday night, and it was breathtaking, intriguing and thoroughly satisfying. We started "The Children" where we left off last week in "The Watchers On The Wall." Jon Snow was determined to get revenge.
We were waiting for a faceoff between Snow and Mance Rayder, and we got it. But not in the way we expected. Mance Rayder seemed defeated. He leveled with Snow.
"My people have bled enough," he told Snow. "We're not here to conquer. ... We're here to hide behind your wall."
"Here's the bargain," Rayder continued. "You go back. You open the gates to use, and I swear to you no one else will die. Refuse and we'll kill every last man in Castle Black."
Stannis came just in the nick of time, though. And with Stannis' help, Jon Snow has become infinitely more powerful.
Meanwhile Daenerys Targaryen had another frustrating episode. A former slave wanted to go back to his master. And she had to lock up her dragons for violently killing a 3-year-old girl.
Both Bran and Arya Stark seem to be finding their way toward salvation. Bran finally reached the tree and Three-Eyed Raven. And Arya found freedom by ditching the Hound, Brienne and jumping on a ship with her iron coin.
Meanwhile, King's Landing is falling apart. Cersei finally told Tywin what he knew in his heart: that she was in love with her brother Jaime. Jaime freed Tyrion from his cell. And, as we knew from the books, Tyrion found Shae in Tywin's bed.
Shocked and utterly drained from the Trial by Combat, Tyrion strangled his longtime love as she lay in Tywin's bed. After she gasped her last breath, he muttered: "I'm sorry."
But it was Tyrion's fateful standoff with his father as Tywin sat on the toilet that was the most heartbreaking to watch. A broken man, Tyrion aimed a crossbow at his father and said: "I loved her."
"Who?" Tywin wanted to know. He seemed bewildered.
"All my life you've wanted me dead," Tyrion holding his crossbow."
"Yes," Tywin admitted.
We often hope finales wrap things up, but this time Game of Thrones left so many questions hanging going into Season 5. Here are six we're asking tonight:
1. Where Will Tyrion End Up In Season 5, And What Will His Life Become?
Tywin Lannister finally got what was coming to him. Jamie did the right thing and helped his brother Tyrion escape. He instructed him to go to Lord Varys, who wanted to help him despite testifying against him. But Tyrion couldn’t go quite yet.
He snuck around and finally found out that Shae was sleeping with his father! She even called Tywin “My Lion,” which was low. Tyrion killed her, strangling her with her necklace, before going off in search of his father. He found him on the toilet, which only made this better.
Tywin tried to reason with his son saying that he’d never actually let him die and calling him his son, but once he called Shae a “whore,” Tyrion was done. “I am your son. I’ve always been your son,” Tyrion said before killing his father on the toilet. It was incredible. It was just so fulfilling to see Tyrion finally take him down.
Tyrion then went off to escape with Varys. “Trust me my friend. I’ve brought you this far,” Varys said while he put Tyrion in a box and on a boat.
But can he really trust Lord Varys? What’s going to happen to Tyrion and where will he end up in Season 5?
2. What Will Bran Do Now That He’s Found The Three-Eyed Raven?
Bran, Hodor and the Reeds finally found the tree with the Three-Eyed Raven. We all knew it wasn’t going to be easy, though. Just as they started celebrating they were attacked by a bunch of corpses, or wights, and poor Jojen died. It was terrible to watch. The Three-Eyed Raven told Bran that Jojen knew he was going to die.
One of “the children” helped the others escape and Bran finally met the Three-Eyed Raven he was so desperate to reach. Apparently the raven has many forms.
“I’ve been watching you. All of you. All of your lives. With a thousand eyes and one. And now you’ve come at last, Brandon Stark. Though the hour is late,” he said.
He told Bran that he was going to give him something he lost. Bran assumed he was going to walk again, but it was something much better. “You’ll never walk again, but you will fly,” he said.
What is he going to do with Bran? What will Bran do with his new gift? What will Bran do now that he's succeeded on his mission?
3. Will Arya Find Happiness In Braavos, And Does She Really Want To Go It Alone?
Things are finally looking up for Arya Stark, but she had a tough time during the Season 4 finale of Game of Thrones. Things got so complicated when Brienne of Tarth and Podrick found Arya and the Hound.
Brienne desperately wanted to keep her oath, but the Hound had no interest in turning over Arya. Not after this long. Arya refused to go with Brienne, and Brienne and the Hound had an intense and bloody fight over her. Brienne finally won, but Arya was nowhere to be found.
Arya went back to the Hound and he begged her to kill him. “Go on girl. Another name off your list. You kept promising me,” he said. But she didn’t kill him despite him being on her list. Instead she took his stuff and left with him screaming, “Kill me” behind her.
Arya had nowhere to go. She wound up at a ship. She asked the captain to take her North, but he refused. When she heard that he was from Braavos, though, things were finally looking up for Arya.
She handed him the iron coin that Jaquen H’ghar gave her and said “Valar Morghulis,” which earned her not only a free trip to Braavos, but her own cabin!
The last moments of the Season 4 finale of Game of Thrones showed Arya’s happy face on the ship as she faces her next chapter. But what will Arya do in Braavos in Season 5? Will she find the faceless man and continue killing people on the list?
4. How Much Power Will Jon Snow Gain With Stannis?
We pretty much knew that Stannis Baratheon would be coming to save the day at Castle Black. He showed up just as things were getting tense between Jon Snow and Mance Rayder. Jon Snow advised him not to kill Mance Rayder, which was big of him. They then bonded over his father after Jon Snow recognized him as “the one true king.” “I know he’s the king. My father died for him,” he said.
It looks like Jon Snow and Stannis are teaming up. But Jon Snow is a part of the Night’s Watch, and the Night’s Watch doesn’t take sides. The Night’s Watch owes Stannis a lot for his big save, though. More than that, Jon Snow is his own person. He may have a hard time taking Stannis’ orders. “You spent too much time with us, Jon Snow. You will never again be a kneeler,” his Wildling captive Tormund said.
Jon Snow owes Stannis a lot, and they did bond over his father. Plus, we can’t forget that weird moment he and Melisandre had. Will Jon Snow fight for Stannis now? Will he get the rest of the Night’s Watch to join him? They will certainly have more power if they work together.
5. Will Cersei And Jamie Stay Together, Or Does Jaime See His Sister For Who She Is?
Tywin was having a rough time during the Season 4 finale of Game of Thrones even before his awesome death. Cersei went to talk to him about marrying Loras Tyrell. She refused and she was not backing down. “I’m not interested in another one of your smug stories about a time you won. This isn’t going to be one of those times,” Cersei said.
She complained that Tywin and Margaery were going to get their claws into Tommen. So she threatened her dad with the truth. She would let everyone know that the rumors about her and Jamie were true. “Your legacy is a lie,” Cersei said coldly.
Cersei rushed to tell Jaime. “I choose you,” she said. “I don’t choose Tywin Lannister. I don’t love Tywin Lannister. I love my brother.”
Jamie was beyond thrilled that they had reconciled. But how long can this last? Jamie has seen Cersei for who she truly is. She’s a pretty terrible person. And Cersei isn’t going to be happy if she finds out that Jamie helped Tyrion, the brother she believes killed their mother. Will these two really be able to make it work in Season 5?
6. How Will Daenerys Be Able To Rule Without Her Dragons?
Things did not go as planned for Dany during Season 4 of Game of Thrones. She conquered cities pretty easily, but ruling them is far different. While she was doing her best, there's so much unrest among the people. And things started to go backward.
Some slaves even wanted to go back to their masters. Defeated, she agreed — with a caveat. “Freedom means making your own choices,” Daenerys said. “The masters will take advantage of this situation. The men serving them will be slaves in all but name,” she was warned. Will Daenerys lose power in Season 5? It looks like she’s barely holding on to it now. People are being mistreated and she doesn’t seem to have much of a plan.
Things got even worse for Dany when a man showed her that one of her dragons killed his 3-year-old daughter. Daenerys locked her dragons in chains as the slaves had been.
This was a pivotal scene. Daenerys gained strength as her dragons grew. Legends proceeded her and her dragons — and for good reason. But as slaves go back to masters and she chains her beloved dragons, she has lost so much ground.
Daenerys is nowhere close to ruling the Seven Kingdoms. She stumbled quite a bit in Season 4. Will she regain her footing or continue to slide in Season 5?
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