NB: Well, dedicated Throners, thanks for sticking with me through this epic Game of Thrones finale.
I now need to try to process all of that and assemble it into something resembling the final Raven On recap for 2014.
Keep your eyes out for it later tonight (I'm not allowed to go home until it's done; seriously, I'm chained to my desk like one of Dany's dragons!).
NB: And to think, we have to wait another ten months now until Season 5... I can't quite believe it.
Here are some more random tweets from the #GameofThrones hashtag about the mourning period now beginning:
Waiting one week for the next episode was hard enough, waiting a whole year for the next series is near enough impossible #gameofthrones— Katey Gore (@KateyGore) June 16, 2014
Now that #GameOfThrones is off for the remainder of the year I don't really have much motivation to get out of bed every morning.— Matt Sullivan (@_ancientvvisdom) June 16, 2014
Don't tell me that I have to wait 10 months for the next season of #GameOfThrones You're torturing me!— Susanna Reynolds (@itsmeSusanna) June 16, 2014
NB: Holy moly, is anyone else's head spinning?
So, by my reckoning, that was a super high death count: Jojen, the Hound, Shae and Tywin.
Oh my goodness, I can't really form proper words with my mouth, let alone type them.
Let's take a look at some tweets.
Once again today, I learn that there are no heroes or villains in #GameOfThrones. Just people who aren't dead yet.— Karishma (@karishmau) June 16, 2014
NB: FINALLY! That coin Arya got from Jaquen Hagar back in season 2 has finally come in handy!
The captain is from Braavos and he totes Valar Doeharis' her Valar Morghulis.
And ....Arya is away. Leaving Westeros, bound for Braavos to become a FACELESS MAN AND KICK EVERYONE'S BUTT.
That's gorgeous finale music too.
NB: Back with Arya now, and she's at a port. White Harbor, maybe? Or somewhere near the Eyrie? Somebody pass me a map...
She asks the captain to go north but he isn't heading that way.
NB: WHERE ARE THEY GOING? They're on a boat... where is Varys taking Tyrion?
NB: Oh this is awful, not Shae, I mean I know she betrayed him, but they loved each other.
Tyrion's got the crossbow, what's he doing?
NB: Wait, what? Tyrion's not going. He's gone to the Tower of the Hand. He must know those secret passages.
NB: TYRION! Yes!
And Jaime's come to rescue him - this does NOT excuse the Cersei stuff though, Kingslayer.
Awww, look they're hugging before Tyrion makes an escape.
"Thank you for my life," says the little lion.
NB: What IS she thinking?
He's begging her to kill him - she's gone and nicked his money, which he nicked off the farmer a while back - and she's just walking off!
"Kill me! Kill me! Kill me!" comes the plaintative cry.
NB: Oh wow. The Hound wants Arya to put him down, put him out of his misery.
She's just watching.
He's taunting her, and she's just watching.
Oh, little Maisie Williams, what a performance. How cold. And the Hound is begging now.
NB: Oh wow. Arya's gone to the Hound. Is she going to finish him off?
"Killed by a woman," says the Hound. THAT'S RIGHT DUDE.
Oh he's telling her to go after Brienne. That's good advice.
But Arya says she'll last on her own - longer than the Hound, anyway.
NB: No, Arya, don't hide! Go with Brienne, she's awesome! Your Mum liked her!
NB: This is an epic fight. Go Brienne! Go Hound! Go Brienne! Yes, definitely Brienne. Or is that Hound?
No go Brienne!
"There's no safety now, you dumb bitch."
OK, Hound, settle down. You may have developed an attachment for Arya, but Brienne is nice! Just talk to her!
NB: Oh well, moment's over. Pod IDs the Hound, so Brienne pings that this is Arya.
Now they're talking about how Brienne wasn't there to help Catelyn.
The Hound thinks she's here to collect the bounty on his head.
NB: Oh, this is sweet! Brienne and Arya, warrior chicks talking. Oh, I hope Arya goes with Brienne. She looks almost girlish again.
I'm loving this.
NB: Pod's lost the horses. Turns out he might have some things in common with a horse, but staying put isn't one of them.
They're now walking... and Brienne sees Arya!
NB: Inside the cave, at the root of the weirwood tree, the three-eyed raven turns out to be - Gandalf!
He's been watching them all their lives.
Bran thinks he's going to help him walk again.
"You'll never walk again," says Gandalf. "But you will fly."
NB: I'm struggling to keep up - so Meera left Jojen, the tiny person blasted the skeletons with fire bolts, the kids all made it into a cave, and the skeletons can't get into the cave and exploded.
SURE, WHY NOT, GRRM.
NB: Sugar, sugar, bugger, bollocks, Jojen got stabbed, there were fireballs, then a tiny person, then Jojen died... oh, poor Jojen!
"Come with me Brandon Stark" - who is this chick, the Terminator?
NB: YES! Bran's warged into Hodor again, and is kicking butt.
And Meera's pushing over her own brother. So protective.
NB: This is great. Exciting stuff is finally happening with the Bran storyline.
NB: Hey, it's Bran and the Scooby gang! They've been MIA for a while.
Oh thank the seven, they've finally found that weirwood tree Jojen and Bran have been dreaming about.
I do wonder about these kids. Why aren't any of them wearing beanies? I mean, we're talking Arctic temps up here. You'd think a beanie would be in order.
NB: Aww, look at Ygritte there, all red hair and white skin. I am sad to see her go.
Not as sad as Jon though - look, he's trying to be stoic but there are a few tears there as he sets her funeral pyre alight.
But he doesn't look back. COOL GUYS DON'T LOOK BACK.
NB: Jon has a quick catch up with Tormund Giantsbane, who has been patched up by Maester Aemon.
"The dead can't hear us, boy." Well, not if you don't speak up, they won't.
Awww! Tormund says he knew Ygritte loved him because all she ever talked about was killing him! So true. So, so true.
NB: Back at the Wall, and here's Maester Aemon saying funeral rites over the dead Black Brothers.
"And now their watch is ended". Poor guys. Look, there's Pyp and Grenn. Those guys were lovely.
Stannis & family are there.... wait, is that Melisandre checking out Jon Snow?
HANDS OFF, KATE BUSH, HE'S MINE.
NB: So Drogon, the big black dragon, hasn't been seen for days. Way to go controlling your babies, Dany.
Now she's in the catacombs of Meereen with the other two dragons, Rhaegal and Viserion.
It was awfully good luck that those eggs all those seasons ago were all different colours. Couldn't tell them apart otherwise.
Dany's chaining them up. They seem OK with that.
Nope, they're not OK with that. Dany heads back outside, and the dragons immediately get very angry. Aww, poor Dany's crying.
NB: Oh no, this poor man. His little girl, killed by Drogon.
Ugh, it was a sheep last time, now it's a small girl, bones burned black.
Oh this is sad.
NB: I can sympathise with Dany on this - here she is, freeing people, giving them choice, and here are these scared old buggers demanding to sell themselves back.
I suppose change is hard. But still, slavery?
"Freedom means making your own choices," she tells him. I CHOOSE SLAVERY! Well, for one year tops, on a contract.
Ser Barristan says the masters will take advantage.
NB: Over to Meereen now, and boy I'd love to see the size of Dany's business cards with those titles. Maybe just a regular sized business card but with a teeny font.
This slave is telling her about life as a older slave... and he's not happy about it.
NB: Cersei's now marched off to Jaime's chamber. He reckons she's there to gloat, but she says she's choosing him, and told Tywin all about them.
Ewww, now they're snogging again. STOP IT.
NB: Oh no, Cersei!
She's threatening to expose her and Jaime's twincestry.... Tywin is not happy. Wow, he really has been blind. No wonder though, those are the kids he *likes*.
Ooh, Rains of Castamere playing underneath.
NB: Another Daddy-daughter moment...
Tywin bossing Cersei around again. She reckons she's not marrying Slow Lorus and will stay in King's Landing.
Tywin ain't happy, but Cersei doesn't seem to be budging. She's starting to scream at him about how she was going to kill Tommen during the Battle of Blackwater Bay.
NB: Ewww, Pycelle is sticking his fork into all sorts of weird places on the Mountain. I guess they're called "crevices". Or is that "crevasses"?
Qyburn reckons he can save the Mountain though. God, why would you? Who cares? Let the guy die, maybe torture him a bit beforehand as well....
Bloody Cersei, don't let him loose. Aghhh.
NB: King's Landing... IS THAT THE MOUNTAIN?!?!
Seriously, that guy was killed by Oberyn, wasn't he?
NB: Mance insists the wildlings do not kneel, no matter who the king.
Now Jon's outed himself as Ned Stark's son. That seems to work on Stannis, who after all, learnt about Joffrey's parentage from old Neddy.
Jon manages to convince him to listen to Mance - and to burn the dead bodies. OMINOUS.
NB: "You're not dressed for this weather." - Mance to Stannis.
HA! Pity Stannis didn't borrow some extra coin to pay for thick coats.
NB: There's a lot of stabby-stabby and swishy-swishy.... Mance orders his forces to stand down.
Oh here comes Stannis and Ser Davos! And hear that wonderful low, menacing theme motif underneath...
Woah, a dude just got sliced by a sellsword! Brutal.
NB: I recognise that flaming heart - it's Stannis and his sellswords!
That's where they've been, sailing from Braavos to The Wall, like Kate Bush said.
NB: Mance sees through Jon's attempts at pimping up the Night's Watch. He knows they're low on supplies and men.
"My people have bled enough," he says.
He's offered a deal - you let us behind The Wall for safety, or we kill everyone.
Yeah, that's pretty clear.
NB: Awww, they're talking Ygritte. Jon says he didn't kill her.
Mance says they'll drink to her - but he wouldn't stoop so low as to poison Jon!
Apparently it's a good northern drink. What could that be?
NB: Ahh, Jon Snow. Heading out to find Mance Raydar. That's a great overhead shot of Jon walking through the dark specks of corpses against the white snow.
Surprisingly, Mance is much more receptive that I would've thought.
NB: This fun little quiz/app/thingy has been doing the rounds on social media today.
Simply plug in your name and your weapon of choice (I chose "Hodor") to get your Game of Thrones Warrior Name.
I'm not sure this really fits - while I love Daenerys, I don't understand why I'd be a purger of summer. I like summer.
What exactly is a "rube"?
NB: My work colleagues are great, but that hasn't stopped me making a helpful informative sign to ensure total privacy and space for tonight's finale and live blog.
What do you think? If you have your own sign, email me, and I'll paste them up here on the live blog!
You have been warned.
NB: If you had to nominate the most beloved character in Game of Thrones, you might get Tyrion, Arya, Daenerys and Jon Snow... but I reckon you'd be hard-pressed to top Hodor.
I had the great pleasure of interviewing Kristian Nairn, and you can read all about it here.
This was his tip regarding tonight's finale:" It’s going to be the best episode of the season, I think. It’s going to just whet people’s appetite to see more, to see season five."
Back-breaking work ... Game of Thrones Hodor played by Kristian Nairn.
My Raven On t-shirt for the Season 4 finale. Photo: Supplied
NB: Forgive the cheesy grin, but I thought it was worth proving to you that I am dressed for the occasion with another Game of Thrones tribute T-shirt.
This cool one features the dragon, the direwolf, the lion and the stag as the bones of the raven. It's pretty cool.
No, I won't be providing a more close-up shot!
Natalie Bochenski: Good evening, Throners!
Have you donned your best leather tunic, thrown a cape over your shoulders and fastened your weapon within easy grasp?
Have you got a nice goblet of Dornish wine, a juicy leg of mutton, and perhaps some peaches from the Reach to keep you sustained?
Are you absolutely wetting yourself at the prospect of one final, beautiful hour of Game of Thrones?
Then pull up a pew here in the Game of Thrones Official Finale Live Blog HQ as we get ready to see what our favourites deliver before an enforced ten months of abstinence.