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Game of Thrones: Every dog and dragon has its day


Happy Father's Day Dad. Love, your son.

Happy Father’s Day Dad. Love, your son.

The season finale of Game of Thrones, “The Children” had something in common with the film Pulp Fiction. Bad things happen when you’re on the throne, so to speak.

This post is a shout out (and SPOILERS) to the farewell of some very cool characters in the season finale.

It was a special Father’s Day episode of Game of Thrones.

Our hero Tyrion escaped from the dungeon thanks to brother Jaime, and en route to his escape, headed to his father’s chambers where he found his ex-lover Shae in bed, waiting for dad Tywin to return from the loo. Thinking Tywin was back, she murmured, “My lion,” the same nickname she gave Tyrion. Tyrion lost it, they fought, and he barehandedly strangled the one woman he loved, who betrayed him, first in court, then in his father’s bad. This crazy, over-sexed Lannister family!

Then it’s Pulp Fiction time. Tywin, like John Travolta’s character Vincent Vega in Tarantino’s masterwork, is sitting “on the throne” at the wrong time. In walks Tyrion. When Tywin refers to Shae as a whore, he warns his father (not) to say it again. When he carelessly lets the word slip, Tyrion shoots him with an arrow in the chest, with an extra one for good measure.

And then it’s Cat’s in the Cradle time. Tyrion says to his dying father, “I am your son. I have always been your son,” reminiscent of Harry Chapin’s famous lyrics:

And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me. He’d grown up just like me. My boy was just like me.

Brienne and the Hound mix it up.

Brienne and the Hound mix it up.

While the boy had to do what he had to do, I’ll miss Charles Dance who played Tywin. Every moment he was on the screen, Dance commanded our attention. He was selfish, he was shrewd, he was stupidly naive about his own kids’ canoodling, but we loved him. Shae, not so much. She was just a ho… hot actress. Yeah, that’s it, a hot actress.

But Peter Dinklage as Tyrion owned the season. The audience really sympathized with his trials and tribulations. His courtroom speech was amazing. He is our hero. Now that Breaking Bad and Bryan Cranston are gone, there’s no finer dramatic actor on TV than Peter Dinklage. Emmy voters, take note.

There was more death in this humongusoid world of castles. Jojen Reed, who was guarding and leading Bran, died surprisingly, when the creepy undead broke through the ground with their creepy skeleton arms. Enough said.

Then there was a meet-up of our two favorite odd couples. The “Oathkeeper” Brienne and her hapless squire Podrick (he can’t even tie the horses up) vs. Arya and the Hound.

Dany's kids throw temper tantrums.

Dany’s kids throw temper tantrums.

At the meet, the Hound, like Tywin, was “tending to his private business.” Recognizing Arya, Brienne stated the vow she gave to her mother to protect her. But the Hound, the dog that he is, refuses to give her up. While Brienne is indeed noble in trying to keep her promise, the Hound has been pretty decent to Arya, like a grumpy but good-hearted Walter Matthau.

Still, they fight, and is it UGLY. Brienne gives as good as she gets, woo ha! Eventually she knocks the dog down a cliff. With him suffering, knowing he’s gone, he pleads with Arya to finish him off. She ignores him, takes his money and leaves him begging for relief.

Well now dog, the girl is just like you. She’s grown up just like you. And the dragon’s in the cradle… but I digress.

Kids, kids, kids. What can a mom do when one of her children is on the loose, charring little girls to death with his fiery breath? You could give him a time out… if only you could catch him.

Daenerys, an example of tough-mom love.

Daenerys, an example of tough-mom love.

Daenerys had to painfully face the fact that one of her dragons, Drogon, is uncontrollable, wreaking havoc and leaving behind a swath of devastation and burnt offerings.

Although she has earned a reputation as the “breaker of chains” by freeing slaves, Dany does what a lot of us moms would like to do with our miscreants. She locks up two of her dragon-kids, Viserion and Rhaegal, in chains in a cave so they too can not go on wild killing sprees. Tough mother-love. But it had to be done.

Looking forward to Season 5 of Game of Thrones in 10 months! TEN MONTHS?? What’ll we do till then?

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