Game of Thrones Season 4 “If You Want Justice You’ve Come to the Wrong Place”

*Spoilers for season 4*

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Well this was a fun season, let’s get right to it…

Tywin Lannister

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Okay totally remiss of me, but I’ve not spoken about Tywin on his own- FOR SHAME! Because he is one of my favourite characters. Plus he has some of the best symbolic moments- like in this season, he has Ned Stark’s sword reforged and he burns the wolf fur. All the while in the background the Stark song blends into Rains of Castamere. So yeah, Tywin’s awesome. And this series has a lot to do with him, and his very, very dysfunctional children…

Jaime Lannister

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Jaime’s back in King’s Landing and it looks like there’s trouble in paradise, since Cersei’s not as psyched to see him as he hoped. I mean, even after he murdered to be there… like I said they’re very dysfunctional. Anyway, it’s not quite the homecoming he’d been hoping for, especially with Joffrey being a dick to him. But he doesn’t have nearly as bad a season as…

Cersei Lannister

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Ah Cersei, smugly smirking… all the way up until her beloved Joffrey is killed at his own wedding. Ding dong the bastard’s dead! (as you can probably tell it twists my insides to think of it… with glee 😉 ) And weirdly enough, seeing Joffrey cough his guts up isn’t the grossest thing in the series, it’s Jaime raping Cersei beside her son’s body… just why?! Understand, that’s not in the books and I genuinely have no idea why they put that in. It’s the one of those times in the show where I think they put a scene in for pure shock value, because to this day I don’t get it (if someone has some insight, please enlighten me). We do get some really good scenes after that point with her tussling with Tywin and telling him his legacy was a lie aka about the twincest (I’ve always wondered how Tywin’s mind computed that level of eww). Of course, because it’s Cersei she doesn’t decide to investigate who actually murdered her son, but figures it must have been Tyrion, because her mother died giving birth to him and #CerseiLogic, which brings me onto…

Tyrion Lannister

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Ahh Tyrion has a great and terrible season. Because obviously Tyrion gets set up and put on trial for murder BUT that trial is a bit like his greatest hits, so it’s hard to feel entirely bad about it. Obviously, it’s gut-wrenching seeing Shae betray him- even though he tried so desperately to protect her and GAHHH SO SAD! Still, who doesn’t love this speech:

“I saved you. I saved this city and all your worthless lives.”

“I’m guilty of being a dwarf.”

“I wish I was the monster you think I am.”

Now the downside of that AWESOME speech is that Tyrion has just about alienated everyone in King’s Landing and has no one to fight the Mountain in the trial by combat, sooo *cue the Viper*. Oberyn Martell arrives in King’s Landing to avenge his sister… sadly, as everyone that’s watched this series knows, it doesn’t exactly go to plan. I will admit, I couldn’t rewatch the moment *it* happens– it was a bit much the first time round- but I did notice Oberyn being told “You should have at least worn a helmet”- ouch, that hurts like the mountain crushing a skull like a watermelon…

Anyhoo, Tyrion gets aided and abetted by Jaime and Varys…. But he takes a little detour upto Tywin’s bedchamber, where he finds Shae. Naturally he does what any enraged son would do and murders his ex-lover… okay maybe just what anyone would do in *this* universe. He then rounds on his father on the bog with a crossbow. They have a nice heart to heart- and by that I mean Tyrion gets in a few more awesome lines…

“All my life you’ve wanted me dead.”

“I am your son, I have always been your son.”

…before killing him too. Honestly, I know there are some theories regarding the books that Tyrion’s not really Tywin’s son- personally I sincerely hope he is a Lannister because it’s so much more powerful and ghastly that way.

Sansa Stark

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Let’s talk about the other prime suspect in Joffrey’s murder case: Sansa Stark. Although as Tyrion says: “Sansa’s not a killer, not yet” *hint hint nudge nudge*. Sansa’s getting a much needed injection of attitude this season and sure, she gets used as a pawn *so much*, but in the end, I can hardly blame her. I mean she gets treated like absolute shit and has to deal with them making fun of Robb to her face. The only consolation she gets is from Olenna: “Killing a man at a wedding, horrid”- of course, that’s more of a coded moment for the audience’s benefit.

By the end of this season, we do know who orchestrated Joffrey’s murder aka dear old Littlefinger and Olenna and sort of Lysa Arryn… who’s so weird. I mean, aside from all her feeding her son “from her own teats when he was ten” *(creepy oedipal mother symbol, just sayin’), but because she’s in love with this moustache twirling villain:

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Really Lysa?! And as Littlefinger is more into Sansa, she gets pretty jealous… and then gets thrown through the moon door for her trouble. Now this is the point when I really started to like Sansa– because she uses her wits! Sure, she uses those wits to get Littlefinger off the hook, however, it’s still interesting because she gets to start playing an actual role and becoming Dark Sansa. Shame it takes a bit of a diversion in the next series (oh we’ll get to that).

Arya Stark

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Wow Arya  takes a *step into the dark side* this season– just take a look at that scene when she kills Polliver! Honestly, it’s not just that she does it, but how- it’s very chilling! Anyway, as always, Arya’s story had me gripped- and mostly all she does in season 4 is wander round the Riverlands with the Hound. They’re such good value together though, with Arya winding up the Hound by explicitly telling him he’s on her list, and the Hound hardening her up with a few home truths:

“You’re friend’s dead… because Trant had armour and a big fucking sword.”

Arya also comes *so close* to being reunited with her family again (oh my goodness she’s so close to seeing Sansa!) and I especially loved her laughing when she finds out Lysa Arryn is dead. Of course, the TV show does change things up so Brienne finds out Arya’s alive and we get the Hound vs Brienne WWF style. Spoilers for Season 6, it’s all fake anyway, cos apparently the Hound was wearing plot armour and his “I’m done” means nothing. Anyway, Arya leaves him to die and we get a stunning scene of her heading off to Braavos dun dun dunnnn…

Reek

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To say Reek (nee Theon) is a bit of a fish out of water this season would be a massive understatement. There’s a great moment when Ramsay describes the kraken as being strong as long as it’s in the sea, yet once it’s taken out of the water they collapse under their own weight… and that about sums it up (I mean, aside from the fact that Ramsay’s literally tortured him into submission). So even when the Ironborn go after Theon, he refuses to go with them. Plus he also helps Ramsay take a northern fort from the Ironborn (saying “He will be just and fair with you as he has been with me”- yikes!) and ergo helping Ramsay become a Bolton- FFS!

Jon Snow

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Loosely linking this to the Boltons, I completely missed the first time round that Locke infiltrated the Night’s Watch to get at Jon and I got really overexcited over that for some reason (even though I knew in the back of my mind it had no plot expedient relevancy) but he ended up dying at Craster’s Keep anyway- too bad he didn’t stick around for season 5 and get in on some of the action then 😉 Anyhoo, Jon does make the decision to go up to Craster’s Keep and kill the mutineers. The two best things about this plotline is that we get to see Jon fight dirty and  he gets reunited with Ghost! (briefly though, he’s always disappearing for TV budget reasons)

The story does builds steadily with Mole’s Town being attacked and finally the big battle at Castle Black. The focus zooms in as we get an entire episode for it, which works really well. We get to see how much Sam has grown as a character, launching himself into battle and leaving his shedding his cowardly skin. Unfortunately some of Jon’s mates aren’t so lucky- poor Pyp! Poor Grenn! And worst of all, Ygritte dies in Jon’s arms. I’ll admit I teared up there– it’s emotional even in the midst of such carnage. Since no one’s listened to Jon (because he knows nothing) they haven’t sealed the tunnels and very nearly lose. It’s only thanks to his command and quick thinking that they survive at all. Of course, being the good old fashioned hero that he is, he decides to try and treat with Mance and then-

YAY STANNIS! Believe me, I’m as surprised to type that as you probably are to read it! I can’t deny I simply love those moments when extra forces suddenly turn up and save the day. Sure, it’s not as good as the charge of the Rohirrim in LOTR, but I’ll take what I can get! Also, there’s a nice scene when Jon gets to tell him his father died for him. So it’s sort of an aww-bonding moment… even if the Red Woman’s watching him creepily through the flames as they burn the bodies.

Anyhow, I did think it was a beautiful scene when he builds Ygritte’s funeral pyre after Tormund says “She belongs in the North, the real North”. I did love the relationships he developed with the Wildlings and it’s super relevant for later series. I always thought it was telling when Mance said: “You spent too much time with us Jon, you can never be a kneeler again.” And spoilers for season 7 it’s things like this that make me kind of peeved that they disregarded this significant part of his character and a) put his unwillingness to bend the knee down to Stark obstinacy and b) decide to make him bend the knee anyway- I still don’t know why they couldn’t have just pledged to each other grr.

Bran Stark

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Speaking of Jon, Bran comes so close to seeing him again… and yet so far. Because Bran makes the decision not to be reunited with him after they nearly run into each other at Craster’s keep. Still it was a more interesting season for him, with his expanding powers (warging into Summer and poor Hodor!) And Jojan becomes fairly interesting as he predicts his death… which means he doesn’t get to be interesting for long. There is a fair amount of action at Craster’s Keep and we get to see the Night King turning a baby. Plus there’s that scene with the skeleton zombies, which is alright in a campy video game kind of way. And I did like that line from the Three Eyed Raven: “You’ll never walk again, but you will fly.”

I’m sorry, it’s probably pretty obvious that I have very little interest in Bran as a character, though a lot of his stuff is plot expedient, let’s cast our gaze elsewhere, shall we?

Daenerys Targaryen

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I liked Dany in this season *a lot*, but at the same time I found her story started to feel disconnected from the main plot. I guess because in earlier seasons, her existence had at least a tangential link with Westeros… in this season, not so much. One reason for that is as she says: “I will do what queens do- I will rule”- which is perfectly admirable, yet also distances her from the Iron Throne. That said, I absolutely LOVED all the smoking hot dragons and the symbolism of the broken chains being fired at the slavers. Dany really is an excellent propagandist (and also a hero, but c’mon, this show is often about being a politician, and that’s some powerful messaging).

I also really liked Selmy as an advisor in this season, especially this snippet of dialogue:

Selmy: “Sometimes it’s better to answer injustice with Mercy.”

Daenerys of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt… (you get the idea)“I will answer injustice with justice.”

On the other end of the spectrum, she loses some really important support– and no I’m not talking about Jorah (though yeah, he’s found out and exiled)- I’m talking about the DRAGONS! I mean, Drogon did kill a child, which kinda shows that the dragons aren’t some fun pets and speaks a little of them as dangerous weapons of war… BUT C’MON you can’t lock them up! That’s bad for them! Dragons have rights too!

And I’ll leave it there- I’m going to be offline for the next couple of days, so please forgive me for taking a bit to get to any comments (again, so sorry about the backlog! 😳 )

What did you think of this season? Was Dany a little disconnected or were you cool with her story? Any thoughts on how ridiculously dysfunctional the Lannisters are? Let me know in the comments!

33 thoughts on “Game of Thrones Season 4 “If You Want Justice You’ve Come to the Wrong Place”

  1. First, before I get into my longwinded response, I hope you have a good time in your days offline! 🙂
    Now, this season was definitely one of my favorites! The Lannisters just had so much going on and it wasn’t in their favor like it normally was. Having not read the books, Joffery’s death completely surprised me but made me laugh evilly in glee because it was like the best thing to ever happen in a show for me, and at his wedding no less! But then I got sad again when they started blaming Tyrion. I mean he’s had plenty of chances to kill this kid and he didn’t. How did they not see that?? But fast forward into the future and I would have NEVER guessed it was who it was and the way that was presented was so epic. Shay’s betrayal killed me. Couldn’t believe that one either and she got what was coming to her imo. As for Tywin, well, karma, lol. I did like seeing the change in Sansa finally because it’s like she finally got a brain but I still don’t like her until later seasons and trusting Littlefinger is so stupid even though I know she uses it to her advantage later, at the time I still thought she was dumb. The battle for Tyrion’s freedom was well… this is why you always make someone is dead dead before you start celebrating. Oberyn obviously had not watched a lot of horror films. 😉 Theon, blah. I have nothing to say about him. You know how much I hate him. Cersei and Jaime at Joffery’s casket….. they’re just nasty. But I guess it sets it up for Season 7 you know when Cersei figures out some things (I’m not sold on that being true yet though. We’ll see.). POOR JON! That was the worst part of the season. I loved Ygritte so much and them together was so epic. I see what you mean about kneeling later. I didn’t even notice that but maybe it’s just something about Dany? Elements of that super strong, badass woman that he saw in Ygritte cause he probably would have kneeled for Ygritte too plus after everything that happened to him it was probably nice to see that type of woman again? I don’t know. Arya/Mountain storyline was great. I know Arya was determined to kill him but he’s taught her a lot even if it was unwilling knowledge. Bran’s story is still boring; nough said there. I have to agree with you about Dany’s storyline. It was a lot more disconnected but I feel like it’s just the progressing of her worldbuilding cause we know where she’s ultimately going to go and are wanting her to amass the biggest, baddest army ever so she takes the throne. Locking the dragons up hurt me though. I mean I get it cause they’re running rampant but it was still hard to watch that considering one is still flying free but I can see how it shows this great balance between power and control.
    Okay I’m done for now. Until your next recap, haha!

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    1. Thank you so much! 🙂
      Yeah I love this season too!! The Lannisters storyline is brilliant! hehehe I totally get it- I loved seeing him get his just desserts!! I was so upset for Tyrion (but I also love the trial scene cos it’s so well done!) hehe fair enough- I just saw it as her finally playing the game and gave me a reason to root for her. AHHH YES!! Silly Oberyn!! hehe yeah I’m never gonna be a fan of Theon. Yeah eww!! (Yeah we’ll see where that goes) Ahh it was so so sad- I loved their relationship!! Yeah I think in one of the seasons they say something about not kneeling to a man (can’t remember where though) so maybe it was supposed to happen that way. Still, it’s more that I wanted a partnership- I don’t mind him bending the knee to Dany, but she doesn’t seem capable of doing the same for him, you know? Ah it really is. hehe yeah I’m glad you agree about Bran. Yeah it does make sense for Dany- it’s just less interesting at that point unfortunately. And yeah I think you’re right about the dragons- it’s just really sad! haha thank you- I love your comments!!

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      1. You do make a good point but she did sort of “fall” somewhere else (I don’t want to spoil it for people) so maybe she would in her own way bend a knee? Omg my mind when straight to the gutter there lmao

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  2. I don’t like Tywin either. He is just an asshat. I always felt kind of sorry for Jaime when he returned after he had lost his hand. I feel like no one appreciated him and that he was now more aware of being used by his family, but at the same time he was afraid of loosing them if he turned his back on them, cause despite being dysfunctional, there was some love there.
    I refuse to acknowledge that the stupid trial went down the way it did. Oberyn was always so cool.
    I have to admit I always kind of enjoyed watching Littlefinger and Sansa scenes. They played off each other phenomenally well and I think she learned a great deal from him! Of course, his obsession with her was gross, but their dynamic still super interesting. I saw a guy at comic con who dressed up as Littlefinger and he had the costume down so muhc, I was in love haha
    I think overall, during and after season 4 was kind of the time I was a bit fed up and annoyed with GoT. It didn’t get better until S6 for me.

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    1. hehehe yes he’s most definitely an asshat- but such a fun character to watch (a bit like Cersei). Ahh so did I.
      Ah I know, it was tragic!! hehe yes I do agree with you there- I love the scenes, but hate him. And yes it’s super gross. hahaha that’s hilarious!
      Ah that’s a shame- honestly I really liked season 4, but (controversially for some) I prefer 6 because it has some of my favourite moments.

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      1. It’s not that I didn’t like 4, but I wasn’t as euphoric as I was with previous seasons. It had great Sansa moments though and that’s what I live for. Season 5 was a disasters and I loved Season 6. So, I am definitely on your side with that one.

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  3. Great recaps for this series. As much as I had issues with some of the things that happened in this series (like you the Jaime raping Cersei in front of Joffrey’s dead body was something I hated. I have no idea why they put that in because it didn’t add anything to the story so it could have easily been left out) but this wasn’t the worst series for me (that’s actually series five for a few reasons I won’t go into now).
    I have always loved Dany’s journey, even in this season she’s remained one of my favourite characters, but in this one I loved Sansa even more. When she’s out of King’s Landing I felt we got to see more of her as a character and you got a glimpse of how powerful she could be now she wasn’t being suppressed by the Lannisters.
    Again great recap, and I can;t wait to see your post for season five. 🙂 ❤

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  4. To avoid writing an essay like the first commenter (which I’d love to do but no time now) I just have to say aaaah! I agree 100% with every word you wrote, so I’m just going to quote my favorite bits haha 😀 And I laughed so much, you’re funny xD

    “Because obviously Tyrion gets set up and put on trial for murder BUT that trial is a bit like his greatest hits” – so true!!! “Reek (nee Theon)” okay I legit cried on this one hahahaha 😀 Ygritte+Jon = I cry every time! “Dragons have rights too!” yeah they do!! I love that we’re experiencing this show totally the same (many of my friends love the characters I hate and the other way around) except I have a crush on half of Westeros, and a good part of Essos hahaha 😀

    Love your reviews, I read them all and I’ll keep reading, and after that I think it’s high time I do a rewatch 🙂

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    1. Ah I’m so glad you agree!! hehe aww thank you!

      It really is!! hehe thank you!! hehe I’m glad that you agree that dragons have rights 😉 🤣 I’m glad!!

      Thank you so much!! 😀 Oh it’s definitely worth rewatching 🙂

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  5. Oberyn… my goodness, that moment was the least expected. I was seriously hoping for a positive result but I was left in pure shock. Also, I seriously thought that Shae was actually good and I did not see that coming. I mean what just happened there?
    And oh wow, that Cersi-Jamie scene was not even in the book? That scene was just wrong on soo many levels even if I just keep the incest aside.
    And yaaaaaaaaaaas to dragon rights!! I’m with you on this one!!

    LOVED this!

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  6. I believe it is the season where my head hurt the most for a couple weeks after the finale hahahah Awesome recap again! Gosh, these recap reviews are making me want to rewatch everything too! I’m 200% certain I forgot so many details of it all!

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