The Season 4 finale of “Game of Thrones” premiered last night, and despite knowing what to expect in the episode, I, like many fans am still in shock. Viewers were treated to “The Children” an extended episode of 66 minutes, which worked to not only tie up multiple loose ends but unveiled new and even more mysterious character arcs. The overarching themes of Season 4, seemingly boiled down to one pivotal moment for each major character that all involved “children” of some sort (except for Jon Snow, but stick with me.) Tyrion’s impending beheading was perpetually postponed by none other than Jamie Lannister, who rescued his brother from the black cells, providing him safe passage out of King’s Landing.  Tyrion did end up escaping his death sentence, but not before delivering one (or two) of his own. The chickens children came home to roost for the seemingly untouchable Tywin Lannister, who in the end did not sh*t gold, and died at the hands of his youngest son Tyrion.

The Hound also learned the destructive nature of protecting children, when he and Brienne of Tarth engaged in a pretty epic sword fight, the two not-knights fought to the Hound’s presumed death over Arya. But the she-wolf made her decisions and instead of granting the Hound the mercy of a quick death, left him to slowly bleed out, while she made her way to Braavos. “The Children” made another appearance in the Season 4 finale episode, however instead of being a hindrance, the children of the forest aided Bran, Hodor and Meera, despite losing Jojen, Bran Stark finally reached the three-eyed raven and met his destiny. As for Daenerys Tagaryen, the young Queen learned what it means to not only be a just ruler, but a mother. The Mother of Dragons put the safety of her people in Meereen above the happiness and freedom of her dragons, Rhaegal and Viserion, who are now locked away in the catacombs. However, her largest and most fearsome dragon, Drogon, has still evaded capture. Daenerys cried for her children, before sealing the catacombs.

With all of this action unfolding it should come as no surprise that the characters featured in the “Game of Thrones” Season 4 finale delivered some powerful lines. Some of the best quotes from “The Children” came from the Wildlings, mainly Mance Rayder and Tormund Giantsbane, who seem to know Jon Snow all too well. Check out the top 12 best quotes from last night’s episode and let us know which line was your favorite!

“Of all the ways I’d kill you, poison would be the last.”— Mance Rayder to Jon Snow

“Are you capable of that, Jon Snow? Killing a man in his own tent when he’s just offered you peace? Is that what the Night’s Watch is? Is that what you are?” — Mance Rayder to Jon Snow

“I’m not interested in hearing another one of your smug stories about the time you won. This isn’t going to be one of those times.”—Cersei Lannister to Tywin Lannister

“Margaery will dig her claws in, you will dig your claws in, and you’ll fight over him like beasts until you rip him apart. I will burn our House to the ground before I let that happen!” —Cersei Lannister to Tywin Lannister

“You won. One fewer brother. You must be proud of yourself. There’s really nothing you wouldn’t do, is there?”—Jamie Lannitser to Cersei Lannister

“I would do things for my family you couldn’t imagine.”—Cersei Lannister to Jamie Lannister

“The young may rejoice in the new world you have built for them, but for those of us too old to change, there is only fear and squalor.”— Fennesz to Daenerys Targaryen

“You spent too much time with us, Jon Snow. You can never be a kneeler again.”—Tormund Giantsbane to Jon Snow

“Her aunt in the Eyrie’s dead. Her mother’s dead. Her father’s dead. Her brother’s dead. Winterfell is a pile of rubble. There’s no safety, you dumb bitch. If you don’t know that by now, you’re the wrong one to watch over her.”—The Hound to Brienne of Tarth

“Going at it alone, you won’t last a day out there.”—The Hound

“I’ll last longer than you.” –Arya Stark

 

“All my life you’ve wanted me dead.”—Tyrion Lannister

“Yes, but you refused to die. I respect that. Even admire it. You fight for what’s yours.”—Tywin Lannister

 

“You’re no son of mine.”—Tywin Lannister

“I am your son. I have always been your son.”—Tyrion Lannister