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Queen Cersei Lannister
Ser Jaime Lannister
Ser Jorah Mormont
Prince Joffrey Baratheon
Grand Maester Pycelle
White Walker No. 1
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High drama on the throne, Iron and otherwise. The special effects were the least compelling aspect of the GoT season finale, a very satisfying finish.
It's unclear what's next, both for Game of Thrones as it attempts to follow up its best season... Only one thing is certain: The temperature is finally dropping and we all know what comes just before winter. The fall.
The pivot point of this season was the theme of justice. And we found justice in death, delivered by those strong enough to deal in death.
The weird thing about Arya is that she actually keeps making the right decision, but not because she has all the facts. (It's almost like someone is writing her story for her?!)
It ends the season on just the right note for the kind of popular entertainment Game of Thrones is: A familiar, unsubtle image with positive pre-existing associations, a major key emotionally speaking.
Scattershot? Sure. But we come to Thrones, foremost, to gorge on plot -- and I feel more than satisfied.
In the end, "The Children" is the epitome of season four as a whole: wildly entertaining and dramatic, never lacking in pathos, but sometimes slacking on establishing motivation and making those stories emotionally resonant.
While I don't agree with the writers that it was the best finale ever, I certainly think that it's one of the top episodes of the season.
It's not just that a lot of stuff in "The Children" was pretty different than the books last night (either in what happened, or why it happened), but also a lot of the characters seemed to be behaving in wild, self-destructive fashions.
The Children was the finest hour of television that they have ever crafted.
For perhaps the first time in the series' run, we got the best of both worlds in this finale, or at the very least, a pleasant mix of satisfying closure and anticipatory teases.