The Children
Game of Thrones Season 4

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Critic Ratings: 52
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

Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Charles Dance
as Tywin Lannister
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Stephen Dillane
as Stannis Baratheon
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Ciarán Hinds
as Mance Rayder
Julian Glover
as Grand Maester Pycelle
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
Peter Vaughan
as Maester Aemon
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
as Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane
Struan Rodger
as Three-Eyed Raven
Ellie Kendrick
as Meera Reed
Tara Fitzgerald
as Selyse Baratheon
Dominic Carter
as Janos Slynt
Ben Crompton
as Dolorous Edd
Daniel Portman
as Podrick Payne
Kerry Ingram
as Shireen Baratheon
Octavia Selena Alexandru
as Child of the Forest
Gary Oliver
as Braavosi Captain
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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…

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…

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…

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

Apr 5, 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…

Finally in his grief and regret Jon has become textured and intriguing to me.

Apr 5, 2019 | 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…