The fourth season finale of GAME OF THRONES had a ton of amazing moments from Harryhausen-esque animated skeletons to Stannis riding to the rescue beyond The Wall to the epic battle between The Hound and Brienne…it was just an incredible episode of television. But nothing stood out more to me than the scene(s) where Tyrion exacted his revenge upon two of those who have wronged him the most gravely.
There really isn’t much to explain about “Watchers On The Wall” except to say it was a big ass episode long battle reminiscent of the “Blackwater” episode from Season Two. And with that in mind I figured the best way to recap this ep was visually.
Have you ever been watching a TV show that you really liked yet there was just one character that you really hated with a passion played by an actor who just annoyed you completely and you wished he were not a part of the show? Well imagine if that actor were to bring the same acting style you absolutely loathe to show after show that you enjoy? Would you feel like there was a conspiracy going on to ruin TV for you specifically? Well, if so you would be a paranoid nutcase but never let it be said that I considered myself to be 100% sane because I think Michiel Huisman is out to destroy my enjoyment of TV by constantly popping up on shows I like.
Snoop’s English accent and the way he kept saying Petyr Baelish’s name just killed me.
A good deal of stuff went down on this episode of GoT, titled “Mockingbird”, not the least of which is Arya adding to her body count while bonding with The Hound; The return of Hot Pie who helps point Brienne and Podrick in the right direction for finding the Stark sisters; The Mountain being awful; Dany bumping uglies with the flea market version of Daario; and Tyrion losing hope of having a champion for his trial by combat then getting a new champion in the form of Oberyn. But the scene that stood out the most to me happened at The Vale and featured the man whose personal sigil was the title of this episode: Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish.
Don’t make Hodor angry. You wouldn’t like Hodor when he’s angry. Especially not if he is under the mental control of an angry crippled kid whose entire existence has been yanked away from him.
For the past 3 and some odd seasons of GAME OF THRONES there has been a subset of the George R.R. Martin books fandom who have taken to acting like smug asshats who wear their readership of the books ass a badge of honor that makes them better than the sad sacks who have only watched the TV show. They also love to go to anyplace that show watchers gather and drop spoilers all willy nilly…well, now those folks know how show watchers feel.