TV Review: Game of Thrones: Season 4 (2014)

GoT Season 4 posterA Lannister always pays his debts.

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aidan Gillen, Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie, Rose Leslie
David Benioff, D.B. Weiss

This will contain spoilers to previous seasons, you have been warned, so you’re encouraged to have watched them before proceeding or at least read my reviews for ONE, TWO and THREE first.

Synopsis: Now, where were we? Oh yes, Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) has lost his hand but never fear he has a brand new gold one. He’s also learning to fight with his left hand to show sister Cersai (Lena Headey) he is still as good as he was before so she will stop being such a bitch and just love him the way he loves her.  There is another eventful wedding which leads to the arrest of our favourite dwarf Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) who is accused of a crime he did not commit. Naturally, in true Tyrion fashion, he refuses to settle for just a simple court trial and instead evokes the rite of trial by champion. In other parts of this Game on Thrones land, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) continues to free slaves, punish masters and learn what it means to be queen and rule. Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Arya (Maisie Williams), both experiencing very different lives in very different locations, are each learning from those around them and are slowing turning into very relevant players in this giant game.

Opinion: The writers of this show really don’t mess around. After the horror of the Red Wedding at the end of last season, there was foolish hope that they wouldn’t shock us that badly again so soon but nope…..episode 2…..right there at the very beginning and once again at another very different wedding. I’m really starting to think the best option is to never get married in this world for fear of total mayhem occurring at it. So early in the season of course sets the tone for the remaining episodes with arrests, accusations and combats happening in nearly all every corner of the realm. Obviously, these weren’t all linked but it was the primary theme behind the season, reasoning with the enemy and choosing the side you’re loyal to. In fact, loyalty was probably mentioned or implied in almost every episode this season be it Jon (Kit Harington) at the wall, Jorah (Iain Glen) with Daenerys, Tyrion and his whole family and even Theon (Alfie Allen) with Ramsay Snow (Iwan Rheon). Oh poor Theon….sorry Reek. Isn’t that just a horrible story and once again another example of a character I really didn’t like becoming one I feel so beyond sorry for and hope he manages to escape and find himself again. Ramsay Snow/Bolton is by far one of the most awful characters, someone you are supposed to dislike and detest so much that I don’t think any story in any way could make me change my mind about him
I haven’t mentioned dragons in a while but don’t worry, they are still there and they are getting bigger and more intimidating as each episode progresses. The special effects used to create them is really well done and the fact that Daenerys has to touch them and interact with them a lot and it looks as real as interacting with dragons can look is a true sign of exceptional work. I also like, story wise, that the dragons are still considered wild animals and events occur to show that they aren’t just tame little creatures and while she is the Mother of Dragons, she doesn’t actually have full control over them. They need to be scary, they need to be monsters or they lose their power and become pets which wouldn’t be anywhere near as exciting as what they are now.

Favourite Episode: I’m actually struggling to choose this time. It’s a very close call but I would probably declare it to be episode 10 – The Children. It’s a surprisingly emotional episode full of some unexpected deaths and big location changes for a few key characters. Everything changes from this point on, and things you thought you knew are now really uncertain. Honourable mention goes to episode 3 – The Lion and the Rose for hosting another wedding for the history books.

Just for Fun: Just in case you weren’t aware, a lot of people die in this show. Just how many you ask, well never you fear I have the breakdown right here:

Season 1 – 59
Season 2 – 130
Season 3 – 87
Season 4 – 182


GoT Season 4 rating

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