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The Children 

"The Children" is an episode of Game of Thrones starring Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Lena Headey. 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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Tyrion Lannister
... Jaime Lannister
... Cersei Lannister
... Daenerys Targaryen
... Jon Snow
... Tywin Lannister
... Davos Seaworth
... Stannis Baratheon
... Melisandre (as Carice Van Houten)
... Samwell Tarly
... Bran Stark
... Arya Stark
... Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane
... Ygritte
... Tormund Giantsbane


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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Release Date:

15 June 2014 (USA)  »


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£7,000,000 (estimated)
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The episode won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special and Outstanding Special and Visual Effects. See more »


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 »


[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: The Broken Man (2016) See more »


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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