Game of Thrones: “Mhysa”

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With Game of Thrones being the most pirated show in the world, you would think it would be pretty easy to find online. Well, it wasn’t. So that is the reason for the delay. Now, please enjoy my review about the season three finale.

Game of Thrones seems to have found a successful pattern for its last two episodes each season. Episode nine gives the audience something crazy that they weren’t expecting — Ned’s death, the Battle of Blackwater Bay, the Red Wedding — and episode ten is for the other characters to react to that and to set up the next season.

Ayra (Maisie Williams) had the worst reaction situation to the Red Wedding. Amiss the burning Stark camp, she is seeing the Frey men bring out Robb’s (Richard Madden) body with Grey Wind’s head attracted to it. Whoa, the show actually  did that and somehow it was even worse than I imagined. The Hound (Rory McCann) then takes her away and a little while later they happen upon a group of Frey men gloating about the Red Wedding. Ayra takes her first step to becoming a Faceless Man by tricking them into thinking she is a little girl and then viciously stabbing one of them to death.

Though teenagers murdering someone is not something society is supposed to approve of, but go Ayra. And the Hound’s reaction was perfect as to where the two of them currently fit into society. He doesn’t care that she murdered him, he just would have liked to be warned first.

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Word of the Red Wedding hasn’t reached King’s Landing yet and Tyrion (Peter Dinkelage) and Sansa (Sophie Turner) are having a nice little post-wedding walk. They bond over their poor places in society; Tyrion being the half-man, demon monkey of the Lannisters and Sansa being the disgraced daughter of a Northern traitor. I can’t really say enough about Sophie Turner and Peter Dinkelage. They are perfect together. I also liked this scene because it showed that show-Sansa is slightly more mature than book-Sansa. Show-Sansa realizes that Tyrion is her best chance of survival so she is nice to him.

Tyrion keeps up his end of the deal as he is called the small council and told by a giddy Joffery (Jack Gleeson) that Robb and Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) are dead. He points out that the North will never forgiven them and this is not going to help him to get an heir from Sansa. He tells Tywin (Charles Dance) that Sansa is only a child and he isn’t going to rape her. He is “sent to bed” by his father just like Joffery and the rest of the small council and slowly walks into his bedchamber to tell Sansa to news. It has already reached her though and I hope it was by Shae (Sibel Kekilli) or somebody else nice.

Scene transitions are done very well in this episode. We go from Sansa gazing out the winding to thinking all her family is dead to Bran  (Issac Hempshead-Wright) and company making their way to Nightfort. Bran tells everyone all the horrible things that have happened in that castle, such as the Rat King, a Night’s Watch cook who was turned into a rat for killing a guests under his roof. Bran says the gods can never forgive someone for that and switch to Walder Frey (David Bradley) being disgusting with Roose Bolton (Micahel McElhatton). We don’t have something as physical as the comet to keep all the stories strung together but it was still done excellently.

It is finally explicitly said that the mysterious man torturing Theon (Alfie Allen) is Ramsay Snow (Iwan Rheon). He taunts Theon while eating sausage. Low blow, Ramsay. He then tells Theon he isn’t Theon Greyjoy anymore and renames him Reek. Theon’s story lines seemed to be done in reserves, which was good for the show. The audience didn’t know who Ramsay was or why any of that was happening. I think it would have been impossible to do it in the mindfucking way George R.R. Martin did by having the chapters be in Theon’s point of view but he didn’t know who he was.

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From that scene we go to another one with people who no longer consider Theon a Greyjoy. Balon (Patrick Malahide) reads a letter saying that Ramsay Snow killed all the men who took Theon at the end of season two and will continue to send them pieces of Theon until they decided to stay out of the North forever. Yara (Gemma Whalton) then opens the package and there is Theon’s “favorite toy.” This pushes Yara to becoming another badass female character in this show. She goes against her father’s wishes and tells him she is taking the fastest ship and 50 of the best fighters to get her little brother back. Go, Yara/Asha!

Back at Nightfort, Bran and co. watch up scared that the Rat King is coming for them but really it is Sam (John Bradley) and his family. He quickly figures out who Bran is and tells him they can’t go north of the wall and should come to Castle Black with them. Bran says he is the only who can stop the White Walkers and Sam lets him go after handing over some dragonglass to Hodor (Kristian Narin) and Meera (Ellie Kendrick). Sam and company then get to Castle Black and Maester Aemon (Peter Vaughan) says Gilly (Hannah Murray) and Baby Sam — aw — can stay. He has Sam write a letter to every lord of Westeros telling them about what is coming from beyond the Wall.

One of the recipients is newly-restored Hand of King, Davos (Liam Cunningham) and his reading teacher Shireen (Kerry Ingram). He brings the letter to Stannis (Stephan Dillane). Davos and Melisandre (Carice Van Houten) agree that Stannis should go to the Wall and stop them because White Walkers are the real enemy of all men, as Sam pointed out early. But, Melisandre still thinks Gendry (Joe Dempsie) should be burned. But, after their Flea Bottom bonding session in the dungeon, Davos isn’t going to let that happen. He breaks Gendry out and sends him off on a boat to King’s Landing.

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Being just as heartbreaking-ly cute as they were last episode, Ygritte (Rose Leslie) and the Wildings caught up to Jon (Kit Harington). He tells her he still loves her but this is who he is and he has to go home. Ygritte cries as she says “you know nothing, Jon Sow” and shots him three times as he flees back to the Wall. He barely makes it back alive and Sam gets him taken care off.

The last scene is Dany’s (Emilia Clarke) because every season has to end with Dany being awesome with her dragons — as if the show is trying to tell us this is how it will all end. Dany is worried that the Yunaki’i slaves will not be happy about what she did. Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) starts off making it sound like Dany gave them their freedom. She stops her and tells them it was not hers to give them. All she did was give them a chance to reclaim it and they can do whatever they want with it. They all start chanting “Mhysa,” mother is old Yunaki’i, and the final shot is Dany’s standing among thousands of freed slaves, her army and her dragons.

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Overall, that was a good ending. There was good banter and zings between the members of the Lannister family. I liked the relationship they created between Davos and Gendry. I wish the Reeds and Jaime and Cersei’s reunion were getting a little bit more screen time, but we have all next season for that. Good third season, GoT.

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