The acts of the bad brought out the good, the bad, and the ugly in this excellent episode.
The phrase "and now his watch is ended", which is the title of this episode, is actually uttered during the funerals of Night's Watch men.
Cersei Lannister: The Tyrells are a problem.
Tywin Lannister: The Tyrells helped us defeat Stannis Baratheon. The Tyrells saved your life, your children's lives.
Cersei Lannister: Margaery has her claws on Joffrey. She knows how to manipulate him.
Tywin Lannister: Good. I wish you knew how to manipulate him. I don't distrust you because you're a woman. I distrust you because you're not as smart as you think you are. You've allowed that boy to ride rough-shoulder over you and everyone else in this city.
Cersei Lannister: Perhaps you should try stopping him from doing what he likes.
Tywin Lannister: I will.
Theon Greyjoy: My father gave me a choice and I made it. I could never be a Stark. It's Ironborn. It's what I was born to be. I paid the iron price for Winterfell. I murdered those boys.
Boy: The Stark boys?
Theon Greyjoy: I never found them. Just some poor orphans living with a farmer. I let Dagmer slit their throats and I let him burn the bodies, so I could keep Winterfell and make my father proud.
Boy: Maybe it's not too late.
Theon Greyjoy: It is. My real father lost his head at King's Landing. I made a choice. And I chose wrong. And now I've burned everything down.
Joffrey Baratheon: (about the Targaryens) My father had moved them here. He was going to have their bodies burned and thrown into the Blackwater, but the High Septon convinced them otherwise.
Margaery Tyrell: I'm glad he did. (pause) I'm sorry, Your Grace. I know they did terrible things at the end, but their ancestors built this. Sometimes severity is the price we pay for greatness.
Richard Dormer replaced David Michael Scott as Beric Dondarrion. Scott previously appeared in the role in the Season 1 episode A Golden Crown.
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