I've never been big fan of the fantasy genre, but I must admit that "Game of Thrones" has me hooked. And now that the season finale has come and gone, the fact that I have to wait another year to get my fix has me sick to my stomach. It wasn't my favorite episode of the season, and nothing in it really shocked me, at least not as much as I was anticipating. But in all fairness, I think that has more to do with the quality of the previous episodes. After being kicked in the crotch for the past five weeks, culminating with Ned Stark's beheading, I've been pretty desensitized. Short of Ned's ghost having sex with The Imp, I was pretty much ready for anything.

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The episode begins right where the previous one had left off. Ned's bloody head is still being held aloft for all to see, and Yoren is doing his best to spare Arya the sight of it. He pulls her away, takes her in a back alley, and cuts off her hair. His plan is to disguise her as a boy, and take her north with the Night's Watch "recruits."

As it turns out, one of the men headed north is King Robert's bastard blacksmith son who Ned discovered early on in the season. How many bastards are in this show?

If you've been wondering what Bran's three-eyed raven dream was about, wonder no more. The raven has been pointing him to the family crypt, where he's been seeing visions of his father. Anxious to see what is actually down there, he orders the captured wildling girl to carry him. They are confronted by an angry direwolf belonging to Rickon, the often absent and youngest of the Stark children. It turns out they both boys have been having the same dream, and once they are given the news of their father's death, they realize why.

At King's Landing, Joffrey is up to his old tricks, and by old tricks, I mean acting like a complete asshole. After cutting out a tavern musician's tongue for insulting his mother, he forces Sansa to view her father's severed head, promising to add her brother Robb's to the collection.

The girl almost works up the courage to push her future husband off a wall, but unfortunately, The Hound steps in and prevents her from doing so. Even so, Joffrey's days may be numbered. Because of his idiotic behavior (killing Ned), the Lannisters have lost their main bargaining chip with the Starks. As such, Tywin decides to send Tyrion to act as hand, in order to reign in the boy king.

Meanwhile, Robb has been declared King of the North by his men, who now feel no loyalty to the those who would sit on the Iron Throne. Lady Stark has other matters to attend to. She visits the captured Jaime Lannister, and bashes his head with a rock. He eventually confesses to the attempted murder of Bran, but refuses to divulge his motive.

Across the Narrow Sea, things did not turn out well for Daenerys. She lost her child (which was stillborn and covered in scales), and her husband, Khal Drogo is a vegetable. As it turns out, the witch had been against her all along (I'm sure Drogo's men would have said I told you so, but they all decided to leave). Apparently, she was still angry about the fact that the Khal's men repeatedly raped her and burned her people alive. I guess some people just can't help but sweat the small stuff.

Rather than watch her husband suffer, Daenerys smothers him with a pillow.

Not to get sidetracked, but Grand Maester Pycelle might not be as feeble as he seems. After boring Ros the hooker to death with a rambling story, the old man offers to see her out. She refuses, as it would take longer for him to walk to the door than it would for her to see herself out. Once she is gone, he leaps up and begins stretching, but reverts back to his hunch-back status before leaving his home. I guess you don't get to serve three kings by making yourself seem like a threat.

At the wall, Jon Snow is still conflicted about going to help his brothers. In the middle of the night, he makes a run for it. But Sam and his other friends catch up to him and convince him to return. The next day, he rides out with Mormont on a massive scouting mission north of the wall to find his missing uncle and investigate the strange happenings that have been reported.

In the end, we are left to watch Daenerys as she makes a funeral pyre for her husband, which includes the witch who killed him, as well as the dragon eggs. Despite Jorah Monmount's pleas, she ends up walking into the flames herself.

But as we learned early on, fire cannot burn a dragon. The next morning, Jorah finds Daenerys unharmed, with three newly hatched dragons. Needless to say, this gives her some some street cred when it comes to claiming the Throne. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait until next season to see how that plays out. I guess I could read the books, but as we all know, I'm illiterate.

In my opinion, it was a decent episode capping off a fantastic season. Thank god HBO decided to renew this show early on. I can't imagine it ending in its present state, and I find it hard to beleive that they would have been able to alter the ending to reach a satisfying conclusion. Luckily we don't have to worry about such things, as the scene is set for season two.