Originally Posted by MovieSwede
I started to watch Got from start again, and the first episode gives some clue to the relationship between the children. Its give you some fresh perspective on the characters that you didn't have when you watched it for the first time. And not only the children, all characters gets even more enjoyable when you know what part each is going to play during the first 4 seasons. And it of course gets even more tragic when they split up. Even watching Greyjoy naked is ironic. I said to my wife, that's the last time we see that.
This is part of the benefit from having the future of the characters already mapped out before you start a series. Usually, on TV, the best you can ever hope for is that the general story arc for the first season is known ahead of time -- and often it's more week-to-week even than that. But here, if they choose to follow the source material, they know where the characters are going for seasons to come, which lets them foreshadow and infer and layer nuances in ways they can really reward you when you re-watch.
I have my Blu-rays lined up and ready for a giant binge-watch of the first three seasons when my vacation starts in a couple of weeks. Then I probably won't be able to resist re-watching S4 on demand, even if the PQ and AQ aren't as good, because I agree with those who think this was GoT's best season yet, and this episode its best finale.
The Brienne/Hound fight was certainly among the best one-on-one combat scenes I ever remember seeing. It's rare to feel a filmed life/death struggle in your gut like that, with so much invested in both characters, with both antagonists so clearly in it for the kill. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.
This show is a phenomenon.