Game of Thrones 4:10 – Endgame For Some, More Game For The Rest…

 
Okay, I waited the required amount of days of mourning for those who bought the farm on the final episode of Season 4, so here’s a wrap up of sorts. Well, not having read the books other than bits and pieces of two of them, I’ll say I was nicely surprised at how things ended this season. I knew Tyrian wasn’t going anywhere (yet), so his rescue and revenge bits were lovely to see. Now you know why bathroom doors have LOCKS these days, people.

 
As for the battle of the century THIS episode (or Brienne of Tarr versus The Hound), it was certainly fierce and bloody, but I figured it wouldn’t be a head-popping as that last big one on one fight on the show. I guess that’s the end of one of these characters, but as we don’t see an actual death, I wouldn’t be surprised if that old dog pops up in a future season. Of course, that bit has been done already, so perhaps he’s gone for good. Oh well. There are plenty of other mean men (and ladies) left on the show to get ticked off at…

 
As usual, Uncle George is here to pontificate from his soap crate, but I say this is a good thing because it’s he who holds the keys to the kingdom as it were. I think Season 5 will be a tricky one to navigate because from what I understand from a few friends who’ve read the books, the major players shift significantly to some characters that may not be the most interesting or impressive types some viewer-only fans want to see. Then again, the show’s writers have done a pretty good job of expanding the GoT world to alter and include some nice changes. I also hear Uncle George isn’t writing fast enough for some fans, but you can’t hurry this sort of thing. Ask any author who’s not a hack or relies on ghost writers and they’ll probably tell you the same…

 
In the “coulda, woulda, shoulda” department, I keep wondering what would have happened had Arya and the (now late?) Hound gotten inside to see her sister, but that die has been cast quite differently with this finale. She’s one of the more interesting characters on the show because I think she may be the smartest of the remaining Stark children on a few fronts. Anyway, will Brienne continue her hunt for Arya? I have no clue, but I think she’s definitely going to be carrying a few scars after that epic battle and well-deserved victory (unless we see Franken-Hound pop up as a shark-jumping moment in the next season)…

 
As for the Imp, well, as noted above, methinks he’ll be around for at least part of Season 5 as his character is too important to leave out and yes, I’d bet the fans would be raging if he’s not part of things in at least some small way (pun intended, but accidentally). Granted, HBO has only committed to seven seasons of the show, so that timer means there’s a LOT to wrap up in the time it takes to write and produce all those shows. Twenty episodes or so seems like a lot, but I’ll bet time flies by and people start talking movies at some point. Personally, I’d hope that Martin at least completes another book by that time and if the show’s off the air by then, we get an HBO-produced mini-series that closes the book on this fascinating fantasy world and its inhabitants…

We’ll see, of course. Now to keep an ear to the ground for Season 5 news. It won’t be MY ear, though. I found one lying around on a hill while out walking the other day (and you’ll only get that if you saw that finale, so don’t call the cops on me!)…

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