Game of Thrones may have ended its fourth season in a singularly satisfying way, but fans are already feeling bereft of their weekly dose of intrigue and backstabbing.
Only the show's return or perhaps author George R.R. Martin releasing another chapter can truly help alleviate our Westerosi withdrawal symptoms. In an attempt to keep the spirit of the series alive until then, TVGuide.com offers up Game of Thrones' biggest unsolved mysteries as food for thought (lovingly prepared by Hot Pie) and discussion:
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Hello, friends and bannermen. The Season 4 Game of Thrones finale played out like A Million Ways to Die in Westeros. How did it match up with the books? How did it differ?
[Warning: If you're a Game of Thrones fan who has stumbled upon this chat and haven't read the books yet, begone! Instead, check out our postmortem for "The Children" for a spoiler-free discussion.]
[WARNING: The following contains spoilers from the Season 4 finale of Game of Thrones. Read at your own risk!]
Trust Game of Thrones to put its own sick twist on Father's Day.
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Game of Thrones has already broken many of its rules this season. What's one more?
Fans of HBO's epic fantasy series have been trained to expect a huge, possibly devastating game-changer in the penultimate episode of every season, followed by a more sedate 10th episode finale to deal with the aftermath. This year instead, major deaths and events have been peppered throughout Season 4, leaving its fans unsettled and unsure of what to expect. Alex Graves, who directed Sunday's finale (9/8c, HBO), promises more surprises in a 10th episode like no other.
Our feelings for Sunday's Game of Thrones can be summed up in one word: Hodor! If you need more than that, check out the rest of the recap.
On Sunday's Game of Thrones premiere, Arya Stark had an unexpected reunion, which she handled in her typically straightforward (read: angry) manner.
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In what amounts to a "eureka" moment for the dweeby hero of HBO's Silicon Valley (Sunday, 10/9c), Mike Judge's stingingly funny send-up of the tech-boom culture, accidental entrepreneur Richard (Thomas Middleditch) acknowledges midway through the fourth episode, "That's what I don't have: game!"
Can the Starks survive another bloody year on Game of Thrones?
Game of Thrones' Season 3 finale revealed yet another side to Tywin Lannister: politician, father and... wedding planner?
That's right. Tywin (Charles Dance) is the mastermind behind the Red Wedding, aka the gruesome ambush and massacre of the Starks.
After Game of Thrones' recent Red Wedding massacre, competition for the Iron Throne just got fiercer.
Who's left to fight the good fight? And will one of our heroes actually declare victory? Only George R.R. Martin, who wrote the books on which the HBO series is based, truly knows which of his characters, if any, will indeed sit upon that bloody, uncomfortable throne when his seven-book series is completed. But until then, we can catch the season finale Sunday (9/8c, HBO) and debate the leadership potential of who's left alive (RIP, Robb Stark!).
Here's TVGuide.com's list of the most throne-worthy candidates, with some input by the cast: