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The Children 

Jon makes an important decision. Daenerys experiences new consequences. Brienne and Podrick have an unexpected encounter. Bran achieves a goal, while Tyrion makes an important discovery.

Director:

Alex Graves

Writers:

George R.R. Martin (based on "A Song of Ice and Fire" by), David Benioff (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Dinklage ... Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey ... Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke ... Daenerys Targaryen
Kit Harington ... Jon Snow
Charles Dance ... Tywin Lannister
Liam Cunningham ... Davos Seaworth
Stephen Dillane ... Stannis Baratheon
Carice van Houten ... Melisandre (as Carice Van Houten)
John Bradley ... Samwell Tarly
Isaac Hempstead Wright ... Bran Stark
Maisie Williams ... Arya Stark
Rory McCann ... Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane
Rose Leslie ... Ygritte
Kristofer Hivju ... Tormund Giantsbane
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Storyline

Jon Snow meets Mance and they discuss a peaceful alternative to the battle. Out of the blue, Stannis and his army put the Wildlings under siege and Mance surrenders. Jon asks for mercy for Mance to Stannis since he was well treated by him when he was his prisoner. Tywin wants to force Cersei to marry Loras and they have an argument. Cersei discloses her affair to her father and tells that she will make it public if he insists in marrying her. Jaime and Lord Varys help Tyrion to escape, but he kills Shae that is in Tywin's bed with his hands and his father with a crossbow. Then he leaves king's Landing with Varys in a ship. Daenerys learns that her black dragon killed a three year-old girl and she locks them up in the dungeons. Brienne and Pod meet Arya and The Hound and Brienne has a deadly sword fight with The Hound to keep Arya. Bran, Jojen, his sister and Hodo reach their target but they are attacked by Wights. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 2014 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

£7,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos (Blu-ray release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Due to strict Icelandic laws regarding the importation of animals, the production could not transport the horses that Brienne, Podrick, Arya and the Hound had been riding on in the previous episodes. This explains why Brienne and Podrick suddenly lose their horses in this episode without any plausible explanation, and why the Hound and Arya aren't riding their horses either. See more »

Goofs

While fighting with Brienne, Sandor "the Hound" Clegane grabs the blade of her sword with his bare hands. Since Brienne's sword is made of Valyrian steel, which is much sharper than an ordinary steel, the blade should have sliced through the Hound's palms. See more »

Quotes

[Brienne and Pod encounter Arya and the Hound]
Brienne of Tarth: Seven blessings. I'm Brienne of Tarth. This is Podrick Payne.
Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane: You want something?
Podrick Payne: [quietly to Brienne] That's Sandor Clegane. The Hound.
[Brienne looks intently at Arya]
Brienne of Tarth: [to Arya] You're Arya Stark.
[the Hound grabs the hilt of his sword]
Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane: I asked if you wanted something.
Brienne of Tarth: I swore to your mother I would bring you home to her.
Arya Stark: My mother's dead.
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Referenced in Game of Thrones: Hardhome (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

The Children
Written and Performed by Ramin Djawadi
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Another masterpiece and a great set-up for the fifth season

The Children does a great job tying up some loose ends left in the previous episodes and sets up the fifth season perfectly. There's nothing I have to fault this episode since I have so much to praise about it.

The storyline/script continues to be well-written, the performances are great and makes the characters even more relatable including Tyrion, Sansa, and Arya who set off on separate paths to different directions to see what's in store for them. The directing and editing are smooth, the pacing, once again, never drags and the relationships continue to be interesting. The scenery, sets, and costumes are still fabulous and the music score from Ramin Djawadi continues to be beautiful.

The scene where Arya leaves the Hound to die after he got wounded was nice since in the previous episodes, they started to bond with another, but it doesn't change the fact that they're different people since the Hound was a complete jerk to her and Arya wanted revenge on King Joffrey for what happened to her father. So, Arya heading off on her own was really cool.

So, overall, another masterpiece of an episode and a great set-up for the fifth season. :)


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