The Children
Game of Thrones Season 4

98%

TOMATOMETER

Critic Ratings: 53
Critics Consensus

Capping off the best season of Game of Thrones to date, "The Children" provides enough satisfying plot developments for a finale, while its twists and turns leave you wanting more.

Episode Info

In the Season 4 finale, Daenerys must face harsh realities; Bran learns more about his destiny; Tyrion sees the truth of his situation; and circumstances north of the Wall are altered by an unexpected arrival.

Cast & Crew

Peter Dinklage
Tyrion Lannister
Lena Headey
Queen Cersei Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Ser Jaime Lannister
Aidan Gillen
Petyr Baelish
Iain Glen
Ser Jorah Mormont
Sophie Turner
Sansa Stark
Jack Gleeson
Prince Joffrey Baratheon
Alfie Allen
Theon Greyjoy
Rory McCann
Sandor Clegane
John Bradley
Samwell Tarly
Liam Cunningham
Davos Seaworth
Natalie Dormer
Margaery Tyrell
Stephen Dillane
Stannis Baratheon
Kristofer Hivju
Tormund Giantsbane
Iwan Rheon
Ramsay Snow
Ciarán Hinds
Mance Rayder
Peter Vaughan
Maester Aemon
Julian Glover
Grand Maester Pycelle
Ian McElhinney
Barristan Selmy
Struan Rodger
Three-Eyed Raven
Tara Fitzgerald
Selyse Baratheon
Ben Crompton
Eddison Tollett
Daniel Portman
Podrick Payne
Kerry Ingram
Shireen Baratheon
Hafpor Julius Bjornsson
Gregor Clegane
Gary Oliver
Ternesio Terys
Ian Whyte
White Walker No. 1
Show all Cast & Crew

The Children Videos

The Children Photos

Critic Reviews for The Children

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.

Jan 7, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 7, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 7, 2015 | Full Review…

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?!)

Jan 7, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 7, 2015 | Full Review…

Scattershot? Sure. But we come to Thrones, foremost, to gorge on plot -- and I feel more than satisfied.

Jan 7, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 26, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

The Children was the finest hour of television that they have ever crafted.

Apr 5, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 5, 2019 | Full Review…

I found last night's "The Children" to be a kind of remarkable polyglot mess.

Apr 5, 2019 | Full Review…