Game of Thrones

Season 3 Episode 4

And Now His Watch Is Ended

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 21, 2013 on HBO
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Beyond the Wall, tensions rise between the Night's Watch and Craster. In King's Landing, Cersei shows her displeasure for the Tyrells and Varys meets his better. Elsewhere, Jaime nurses his injuries and Arya is taken before the commander of the Brotherhood. In Astapor, Daenerys buys an army.

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  • It was better than ok

    I like it less than most. Took a while to see where it was going. Once we got there it was good.
  • And Now His Watch Is Ended

    Some good developments with Arya here, but the Daenerys character continues to be among the best on TV. Another strong show.
  • Daenerys Targaryen rocks!

    Daenerys Targaryen rocks!

    She is among the shrewdest power seekers in Game of Thrones. But more importantly, she is hands down the most morally admirable of the lot.

    She detests slavery and coercion. She champions individualism and liberty. She repeatedly consults her followers, asking them whether they are wiling to follow her. She reminds them that they are free to go their own way if they are not.

    She is probably as libertarian as a character in a sword and sandal fantasy, set in a monarchical feudalistic era can be, the roots of Tagaryen dynastic power notwithstanding.

    She is one of the strongest Game of Thrones characters ever created, with one of the strongest character arcs ever plotted.moreless
  • Kill the child and let the man/woman be born.

    Once upon a time, there was a little boy called Varys. Tempted by an offer he could not refuse, his master sold him to a man who castrated him for a bit of magic, effectively killing the boy he once was. The man born out of this, however, grew strong in order to spite him, from the streets of Myr to the palace of King's Landing, sized influence and power until the day came that the boy got his torturer sent on a crate to teach Lord Tyrion revenge is a dish best served cold.

    Somewhere else, a man-boy got mutilated to lie for a maiden he couldn't leave behind, distraught by this loss, he refused to replace the child killed with his severed hand, for sometimes birth is a traumatic event, and it takes the help of a strong maiden, who killed the child she once was herself, to help him out of his shell and become the man he was meant to be.

    And, maybe because strong mothers used to be maidens themselves, Daenerys Stormborn mother of dragons, sizes the lives of 8000 slaves, 8000 boys, 8000 souls that thought might never been born into a man and sends them up against the masters that castrated them, mutilated them and turned them into something less than human. Thus, 8000 men re-born in dignity leave with her, all willing to die for their mother.moreless
  • Best ending so far

    This was an amazing episode. The ending was my favorite of all episode of GoT so far. Seriously got chills from the way her epic army looked as they left the city

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • 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 roughshod 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.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Richard Dormer replaced David Michael Scott as Beric Dondarrion. Scott previously appeared in the role in the Season 1 episode A Golden Crown.