'Game of Thrones' Recap: Season 3 Finale Leaves Us Desperately Waiting for Season 4

Tywin LannisterOMG it's the season 3 finale of Game of Thrones tonight, "Mhysa," culminating what has been a truly amazing few weeks of television. It has been my utmost pleasure recapping these 10 episodes for you, and I so very much appreciate all your comments and helping me keep all these damn characters straight and the shared nerdy enthusiasm we have for this bizarre, awesome, twisted, violent, beautiful show.

Seeing as A Storm of Swords was broken up into two seasons, it's hard to expect all that much closure during this season finale. And after the heart-pounding "The Rains of Castamere" last week, we got to see some of the fallout of such a drastic, game-changing decision made by the Freys.

Let's get to it. Yet again, there are MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you haven't seen the season finale yet, DO SOMETHING ELSE NOW. You have been warned. For the final time for season 3.


Well, we're right where we left off last week with the Red Wedding ... aaaand they did it! They put Robb's direwolf's head on his body. Poor Arya wakes up in time to see it and will probably have to undergo years and years of therapy after witnessing that one. Case in point: She murders a man making fun of what happened to her family in an angry rage. "Next time you're going to do something like that, tell me first," the Hound lectures her, as if she had stolen some cookies from the cookie jar.

Tyrion and Sansa are actually getting along, which of course won't last long once she finds out the Lannisters are partly responsible for her mother's and brother's deaths. Joffrey, gleeful upon hearing the news, announces that he wants Robb's head to serve Sansa at his wedding feast. When Tywin tells Joffrey to slow his roll, Joffrey essentially calls him a coward, and shit gets real awkward real fast.

"The king is tired. See him to his chambers," Tywin rumbles. He gives his grandson a glare that would make sunflowers and daisies wilt. Tyrion is then left with his father Tywin after that lovely power play.

"Explain to me why it is more noble to kill ten thousand men in battle than a dozen at dinner," Tywin says when Tyrion tries to justify what his father did. Kind of hard to argue with that. Tywin then yet again schools Tyrion, telling his son (after challenging his father when he ever made a decision that was in the family's best interest, not his own) that he wanted to carry him into the sea and let him wash away the day he was born. Instead he let Tyrion live and brought him up as his son ... "because you're a Lannister." Damn, Tywin. Damn. What a scene.

Up North, Bran & Co. reach the Nightfort, an abandoned castle along the Wall. Old Nan used to tell Bran scary stories that took place there -- particularly one about how the gods could not forgive a man after slaughtering another who was a guest under his own roof. Cue to ...

Walder Frey. He and Roose Bolton discuss what just happened and all they gained. Roose admitted he sent his bastard Ramsay Snow to deal with Theon (finally we get confirmation that it is indeed Ramsay doing all this torture). "Ramsay has his own way of doing things," Roose says. Cue to ...

Ramsay eating a sausage after we last saw him castrating Theon. Oh, Game of Thrones. Ramsay gives Theon a new name, Reek. Ah, the things to come in season 4!

Samwell and Gilly cross paths with Bran and his group at the Nightfort. Sam immediately recognizes that Bran is Jon's brother, and Hodor gives it away with a "Hodor." Jojen Reed warns about how dangerous the White Walkers are while Sam boasts that he actually managed to kill one, showing and giving them some dragonglass. At last, a few good characters coming together. A rare thing for this show. Of course they don't stay together long and take on the bad guys as a nice big super-group because this is Game of Thrones.

Samwell and Gilly eventually reach and discuss the White Walker threat with Maester Aemon Targaryen, and Jon Snow, though badly injured, manages to find them too. At least the Night's Watch has seemed to somewhat reunite?

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Some other notes:

  • Davos is doing pretty well with those reading lessons, which pays off. "Why is there a 'g' in 'night'?" he poignantly asks. Because the English language sometimes makes no damn sense. Anyway, Davos also helps the bastard Gendry escape. Melisandre finally admits that the actual war is beyond the Wall, not the war of kings, after they read an urgent letter from Aemon.
  • Lord Balon Greyjoy and his daughter Yara receive Theon's ... um ... favorite toy. Thank you for not showing us that, producers. Yara takes it upon herself to find her brother.
  • I would love to play a drinking game with Tyrion.
  • Cersei admits to Tyrion that she's not happy and that her children are the ones who keep her from killing herself, so he oughta try to get Sansa pregnant to give her a sliver of happiness. Does she actually give her brother some kind advice? Wow.
  • Ygritte delivers one of the saddest "You know nothing Jon Snow"s before shooting him with a few arrows. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned ... guess their love affair is officially over.
  • Not so for Jaime and Cersei! Finally reunited after so long. Oy.
  • In the final scene, all the recently freed slaves of Yunkai gather, reach out, and call Daenerys "Mhysa," which means mother. Then she does a little crowd surfing while her dragons fly around and her Unsullied army stands by. It's been a pretty good season for Dany.

Whew. Needless to say -- no major OMG moments in this episode like last week, but there is a lot of buildup to what's going to be a fantastic season 4. Will Jaime and Cersei finally get it on (ew)? Will the seven kingdoms be able to rise against the White Walkers? Will Bran be able to find the three-eyed raven? Can Daenerys continue to rule those she has freed? Ah, so much more I wanted to see this season, but alas, it was an absolutely incredible one ... I can't even begin to tell you how much I'm going to miss this show.

What did you think of the season 3 finale of Game of Thrones?


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