Though everyone’s favorite show with more character’s than they can name returned this week, the season four premiere of Game of Thrones just felt lonely.
In the wake of the Red Wedding there was only one more thing Tywin (Charles Dance) could do to show us that he is beating the Starks in the war everyone is not sure is still happening: he melted down Ned Stark’s sword Ice and made it into two swords for House Lannister.
Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) spent all of last season trying to get back to his family and now that he has they don’t seem to want him around. His father gives him one of the two sword made out of Ice. He tells him to take it back with him to Casterly Rock because what good is a one-handed head of the Kingsguard? Jaime points out that he is already known as a oath breaker throughout Westeros and isn’t going to break another oath and leave the Kingsguard. Tywin would rather disown Jamie than allow Tyrion (Peter Dinkelage) to become the Lord of Casterly Rock.
Jamie’s reunion with Cersei (Lena Heady) doesn’t seem to be going so well either. She tells him he took too long to get back to her and too much has changed. Jamie also has to deal with Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) berating him for not being a good enough head of the Kingsguard. He ends up with the only person who has been nice to him in a while: Brienne (Gwendoline Christie). Brienne has also been dealing with being an outsider in the capital. She goes to Margaery (Natalie Dormer), the only person she knows, and tells her what really happened to Renly. Being the honorable knight that she is, she then gets on Jamie for not agreeing to keep his promise that he would help her return the Stark girls to safety.
Jamie uses the lame excuse that Sansa (Sophie Turner) is a Lannister now and should keep her safe. Brienne calls him crap on that. And with his only real friend doubting him along with everyone else, Jamie storms off.
A lot of the other King’s Landing scenes were dedicated to introducing Oberyn Martel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma). They are there for Joffery and Margery’s wedding. Tywin has forced Tyrion to deal with him but he is probably the best person to. He is able to get the truth out of Oberyn to way he came since the Martells and the Lannister have never gotten along. Oberyn said he come because the Mountain killed his sister Elia, (Rhagear’s wife, Daenerys’ sister-in-law) during the Sack of King’s Landing during Robert’s Rebellion. He makes it rather clear that if he sees the Mountain — and isn’t having sex with his girlfriend and multiple other people — he is going to kill him.
Tyrion also fell victim to the not-being-wanted sub-theme. Sansa is refusing to eat or really speak to anyone since she thinks her entire family is dead. Tyrion tries to help and does a nice job, but Sansa doesn’t want to hear it and runs off to the Godswood. Shae (Sibel Kekilli) is also running off on Tyrion after he says he doesn’t want to sleep with her because he is a little worried by the level of constant danger in King’s Landing. The danger is being made worse with the Martells in town and Joffrey’s wedding coming up.
Across the Narrow Sea, the show is letting us know that is it doing well and has an increased CGI budget with Dany’s (Emilia Clarke) first scene. Her dragons have gotten a lot bigger just like her army has. She has a quick scene with a re-cast Daario Naharis (Michiel Huisman). He is both flirting with her like crazy and trying to help her be a better queen. But, Dany gets pulled away from that adviser by her other two. Jorah (Iain Glen) tells her that the body of a Yunkai’i slave, who she freed at the end of last season, is tied to every mile marker from her location to Meeren, the next free city 163 miles away. The Mhysa is not very happy about this.
While Dany seems to get exempt from the loneliness plague, Jon (Kit Harrington) didn’t. He made it back to Castle Black, but the higher-ups are not very happy with him. He has to go in front of them and answer for his actions. Jon admits to killing the Halfhand, deserting the Night’s Watch and laying with Ygritte (Rose Leslie). He said he had to do whatever was needed so the Wildlings would accept him. But, he calls them the Free People and that doesn’t sit very well with Janos Slynt. But, Jon lets him know that leading the City Watch and facing what is beyond the Wall are very different things.
Capping off all the loneliness and not belonging is the Hound (Rory McCann) and Ayra (Maisie Williams). She is confused why he hasn’t just left her somewhere because she has no where to go. He tells her he is going to sell her to her aunt in the Vale, because he has no money and they have no food. They eventually stop at an inn planning on just demanding food, I guess. Ayra spots Polliver, the guy who was torturing people at Harrenhal, at the inn and he has Needle with him. She wants to kill them all and get it back. The Hound really doesn’t want to kill people without eating first and I really love these two together.
Inside the inn, Polliver says the Hound should join his brother’s men, who are basically just raping and pillaging the Riverlands. The Hound is getting more and more pissed at him and after some more threats at him and Ayra, the Hound flips the table and starts killing his men.
Ayra hangs back for bit but smashes a pot on one guys head when he gets too close to injuring the Hound. She then sees a chance to take Needle back. She stands above Polliver and re-enacts how he killed Lemmy with Needle last season. She might not be Dany, but Ayra is getting pretty badass.
Overall, it was a pretty good episode. Expect for the fight at the end, it was a lot of sitting in rooms and talking with a splash of unnecessary nudity. It was interesting but kind of slow. There was a lot of foreshadowing in this episode and a couple important pins, but I’m not going to spoil anything in these posts.
The nominations for the Emmy awards were announced a little bit ago and I had not thought about writing anything about them until I had a conversation with one of my friends about Emilia Clarke’s nomination. Of course, I am happy about any nomination that my favorite shows can get from Best Drama Series to Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries. My opinions on the nominations are more based on my knowledge of the shows performance within itself than how it compares to other shows. So, here are my Game of Thrones and American Horror Story focused Emmy thoughts.
Game of Thrones Season 3
Game of Thrones was nominated for 16 Emmys, only being beat out by American Horror Story, which got 17. In addition to what I will cover below, Game of Thrones was also nominated for Outstanding Art Direction for “Valar Dohaeris”, Casting for a Drama Series, Outstanding Cinematography for “Mhysa”, Costumes for “Walk of Punishment”, Hairstyling for “Second Son”s, Makeup for “Kissed by Fire”, Picture Editing for “The Rains of Castamere”, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing for “And Now His Watched Is Ended” and Visual Effects for “Valar Dohaeris,”
Peter Dinkelage, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
If Game of Thrones had a lead or at least an actor it couldn’t exist without it would Peter Dinkelage. Co-creators David and Dan have said multiple times that Peter Dinkelage was the only actor they ever considered for the role and Tyrion Lannister was the first part cast. He has always been amazing. Good job on another nomination, sir.
Emilia Clarke, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Daenerys Targaryen is in the top three of my favorite Game of Thrones characters. I love that Emilia Clarke is only 25 and that this is her first role out of Drama School. She was super badass this season, in great contrast to the limping and screaming of last season. But with that said, I’m confused about this nomination and I don’t really agree with it. Of all the supporting actress for the third season, Emilia Clarke would not have been one of my choice. Much of the fandom has been saying it should have been Michelle Fairley. And yes, she was amazing in “The Rains of Castamere”, but she hardly had any lines in the rest of the season. My number one choice is Sophie Turner. She has been consistently amazing since the pilot and especially during the last two seasons as she has suck deeper into her abuse victim prison. She was the best in “Second Sons” this season. Sophie Turner was able to play both the scared victim and the cautiously cunning bride in the same episode. I’ll be rooting for Emilia Clarke to win the Emmy, but next year I think Sophie Turner should get the credit that is usual given to the more badass women of the show.
Diane Rigg, Outstanding Guest Actress on a Drama Series
Olenna Tyrell is awesome and so is Diana Rigg. The Queen of Thorns was almost too snarky to handle and really sold the sexual liberated High Garden vibe the show is going with. She had a stand off with Tywin Lannister and she and Charles Dance showed that nobody can out do the older actors on this shows. I died laughing when she perfectly teased her grandchildren about how messed up their family tree is going to be after all the weddings. I hope you win, Diana Rigg.
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, The Rains of Castamere
Duh. This was by far the most memorable episode of television this year. Millions of people freaked the hell out, while millions of other people already knew what was going to happen. The Red Wedding was perfect. It was terrible, it was emotionally straining and Michelle Fairley has never been better. But, the Red Wedding was not all that happened in this episode. Everything that was done with every other character was also great. And when writer can make a simple goodbye scene between two brothers as emotional as a massacre at a wedding, they deserve an Emmy.
Best Drama Series
Because of the above mention of “The Rains of Castamere”, outstanding performances by everyone from Peter Dinkelage to Kristian Narin and the expansion of the world, season three has been the best so far. But, I do say that at the end of every season. Really, GoT might be able to win this award just because of “The Rains of Castamere”. But, in addition to that there was Dany destroying a slave trader after listening to him insult her for two episodes, Sam killing a White to save his family, Jon and Ygritte’s relationship developing and falling apart and Tyrion and Sansa’s marriage. The Internet does not even have enough space for me to mention everything I loved about this season.
American Horror Story: Asylum
In addition to what I will mention below, American Horror Story: Ayslum was also nominated for Art Direction, Casting, Cinematography for “I Am Anne Frank Part 2”, Outstanding Main Title Design, Costumes for “Madness Endess”, Hairstyling, Makeup, Prosthetic Makeup, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing for “Welcome to Braircliff.”
Jessica Lange, Outstanding Lead Actress In A Mini Series
Constance Langdon won this award last year. For me that means there is no reason why Sister Jude shouldn’t get this award. Jessica Lange played Sister Jude perfectly. She started as the villain of Braircliff, but even when she was torturing the heroes she was still hilarious. She then slowly crossed over and become another hero and I loved every minute it of. Sister Jude really might be one of my all time favorite fictional characters.
Sarah Paulson, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini Series
Sarah Paulson seemed to come out of nowhere as Lana Winters in season two. She played a pretty small role in season one and like most of the supporting characters, was pretty one-dimensional. But, she stepped it up in season two, playing the overly ambitious and almost a villain sometimes Lana. I have previously expressed my praise of how well done the convulsion therapy aspects of Asylum were. Sarah Paulson played it heartbreaking-ly perfect. I hope you win and get an equally as cool part in AHS: Coven.
Best Mini Series
Can you tell that I like this show? I like this show. For me there is always an easy way to tell if a show is really good. If I and both of my sister like it, everyone does and it is usually Emmy worthy. Since all three of us become teenagers and young adults, there has only ever been two shows: Orange is the New Black and American Horror Story. Asylum was so much better than Murder House and deserves a win.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As I have said in an earlier post, slowly becoming an adult is distracting. Slowly becoming an adult with a social life is distracting and difficult. I only say this because I had to make time to watch “The Rains of Castamere” and that time was at about two in the morning on Monday alone in the dark after a night at the bars. I thought I was a terrible decision at the time — and my rushed morning might still think it was — but I have decided it was perfect. I was completely alone; just me and the Starks.
So much has been written about this episode and I have read more than I usually do before I write my own posts. So, I’m going to make this post more personal than usual. I loved this episode because of its focus on the Starks. The first episode I ever saw of Game of Thrones was season one episode three, “Lord Snow.” I watched the rest of the season through episode nine that day. About a week later I watched the first two episodes of the season. I only mention this because I saw Ned’s death before I ever saw all the Starks together and seeing it after knowing what was going to happen almost made it even worse.
That is also my thoughts on the Red Wedding and everything else that happened in “The Rains of Castamere,” which I feel like has been unfairly overshadowed. Don’t get me wrong my heart was sinking during the Red Wedding, but Rickon got me to cry along with him as he said goodbye to Bran, I felt Ygritte’s pain as Jon betrayed the Wildings and break up with her in one swift moment and I relished in the awesomeness of Dany conquering a city without leaving her tent. I probably thought all those moments were so important because of their punch in the books. A milestone happened for almost every Stark in this episode and they got so close to another member of their family just for it all to go horribly wrong.
Michelle Fairley’s amazing performance of watching Robb get killed, killing an innocent and waiting in defeat for her own death to come was the best example of the fandom’s current position. Nothing is safe, the world is not what we think and we are not sure what we are supposed to do now.
And that is why I liked my decision to watch this episode alone in the dark. It was just me and the Starks, just like the first time I met them all together. This show has hundreds of characters, numerous heroes, anti-heroes and villains, but everyone likes at least one of the Starks. They make poor decision but they are good people. And in American television, good people are not supposed to be slaughtered at weddings by bad people. But, that isn’t Game of Thrones and that isn’t George R.R. Martin.
The episode was perfect at destroying our hope for the backbone family at every level. Maisie Williams gave us an amazing childlike reaction of being so anxious and excited for the reunion only to watch in horror as it disappears. Jon and Ygritte gave us the romantic teenage sadness of the perfect relationship falling apart. Robb and Talisa were the young adult perfection of a tragedy you never thought would happen to you wrecking your life forever. Catelyn gave us the adult reaction of trying with all you have to stop what is happening around you and it still isn’t enough. And mixed up in all of this is Sansa, who is like a college student who will be told about the family tragedy after the fact through a message from home.
GoT is a television show. It is a fantasy show, where hot chicks conquer cities with dragons, priestess give birth to demons and teenage boys have supernatural powers. But it is also about life and family and the fact that sometimes evil triumphs over good and we are just stuck tuning in next week with the faint hope that it gets better or at least it couldn’t be any worse.
As Melisandre (Carice van Houten) told Gendry (Joe Dempsie) in the Lord of Light version, everything happens for a reason. In his case it is the choice King Robert made to grab his mother instead of the woman next to her and that act landed him in Dragonstone getting leeched by a red priestess as a blood sacrifice to the uncle who sees him as nothing more than that. I like the show replacing Edric Storm with Gendry. It ups the importance and anxious of what Melisandre and Stannis (Stephen Dillane) really mean by blood sacrifice.
The three political marriage couples in King’s Landing are faced with the everything happens for a reason theme or more just an it’s out of your hands version of it. Each of them it not overly thrilled with their situation. But they all play it differently. Cersei (Lena Heady) is a bitch about it by telling off future-husband Loras (Finn Jones) and future sister-in-law/daughter-in-law Margaery (Natalie Dormer). I’m glad Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg) took the time at Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Sansa’s (Sophie Turner) wedding to tease her grandchildren about just how messed up the Tyrell and Lannister family trees are going to be after all the weddings happen.
I’m still trying to decide if Peter Dinklage or Sophie Turner gave a better performance. He already has an Emmy so let’s shred some light on Sophie Turner. She goes from horrified by her situation to quickly accepting what she has to do as their marital duty to House Lannister to produce an heir, only pausing to pour herself a glass of wine. That was my favorite little action in this episode because of its great contrast from season one Sansa who told the boy of her dreams Joffrey (Jack Gleeson), “Father, only lets us have one cup at feasts.”
Sansa’s cup of wine is almost as great as Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) teaching slave-turned-handmaid Missendei (Nathalie Emmaunel) how to stay “pride” in Dorthaki much like Irri taught her so long ago. Dany pointed out to the leaders of the Second Sons that only a year ago she was nothing. But, now she has the ability to command Daario (Ed Skrein) to not kill a slave she freed and stand naked in front of him –something baby Daenerys from the first episode never would have dreamed of. She is then able to turn Daario and his group of sellswords, the Second Sons, to her side with only her beauty and a few words.
I liked the shows introduction to Daario and how it was able to handle the sacking of Yunkai swiftly. I thought it might be skipped completely. I really did think that scene with Dany in the bath was going to turn into one of her bicurious scenes from the book, but I’ll just have to accept that those are going to be left out of the show.
With all the fate and growth themes of this episode, some characters were only able to show that they still have control over their own lives with acts of rebel. Though Tyrion watches in amazement as his bride starts to undress, he tells her to stop because he doesn’t want to even if his father said he has to. That gets him relief from Sansa and a glance of appreciation from Shae (Sibel Kekilli) as she takes away the non-blood strained sheets, symboling the one thing Sansa and Tyrion had control over in their own marriage.
But in contrast to everyone else’s growth, the only scene with Ayra (Maisie Williams) and the Hound (Rory McCain) is an excellent example of just how young she still is. She mistakes a river hundreds of miles way from King’s Landing to be the Blackwater and gives an utterly horrified yet child-like non-understanding look as the Hound explains how her big sister was almost raped. The Hound is the same as he has been since season two. He gives zero fucks about the Lannisters and but wants to protect Ayra — maybe because of Sansa — because he feels it is the right thing to do.
Sam (John Bradley) and Gilly’s (Hannah Murray) last scene, that was just terrifying. Even knowing Sam was going to stab the White with the dragon glass dagger and survive, I still got scared. After I got over the horror of it, the scene is an example of Sam has taken control of the fate his father — who he really does not want Gilly’s son named after — has given him. He has adopted a little family of his own and grown out of the piggy label he was given by his Night’s Watch brothers. And if he gets back to him they will know him as Sam the Slayer.
Overall, I loved this episode. It was a great example for every character of just how far they have come since the first season either for better — in Dany’s case — or worse — in…well everyone else’s. George R.R. Martin, I hope you found that hotel in the middle of nowhere where you can’t be located and don’t have an internet connection. Next week is “The Rains of Cashmere.” May the Gods have mercy on your souls.
I’m glad I caught back up with Game of Thrones right when everything started to go crazy and get really good. I had not been as disciplined about watching season three as I had been with two when it was on. I have read all the books now and for a while I wasn’t that interested in it because I already now what going to happen. Now I’m not like one of these people.
But, I was getting a little annoyed with some stuff. Yes, Robb please go on more about how much you love your wife. I’m sure you will all be happy when the war is over. But there was one scene in particular that made me realize I wanted to see everything happen on the show.
Yeah it was Daenerys taking the Unsullied. Now everything I enjoyed so much in “A Storm of Swords” is happening and I’m all excited about the show again. This is pretty much my thoughts on what has happened from “Dark Wings, Dark Words” to “The Bear and the Maiden Fair.”
The Mother’s Camp
After being underestimated as a stupid Westrosi whore, Daenerys proved to Astapor and now to Yunkai that she really is the last Targaryen. She now has an army of 8,000 Unsullied and is making her way to freeing even more slavers in Yunkai. The dragons have gotten even bigger and scarier–and must be blowing the CGI budget. I liked how everything was with Dany’s story line in the books and it is staying pretty much the same. She should be meeting Daario in the next episode and the first real battle is growing closer. I like it. And Jorah and Barristan’s pissing constant has been awesome.
Robb has been doing far less fighting and more sitting in awkward family meetings and sleeping with his wife. Edmure and the Blackfish have been perfect. The introduction to Edmure being unable to hit his father’s coffin with an arrow was an excellent way to show us, he is not ready to be the lord of Riverrun. The Freys have been awkward and still make me feel nervous. Robb hit a Dany level of intense with how he dealt with the traitors. My only problem is that Talisa had gotten more nudity than Catelyn has lines.
Jon and Ygritte might be the cutest couple this show has ever seen. The show is doing an even better job than the books with explaining what it all means. As Ygritte said Mance does care about her and the Night’s Watch doesn’t care about him, all the have is each other. So, they follow along over the Wall and through Gift with the intent of attacking Castle Black. I think it was in Happy Place’s Facebook recap where there was a picture of them kissing on top of the Wall with the comment, “well it’s all downhill from here.” And it’s going to be so sad.
The Night’s Watch
The Night’s Watch drug themselves from the Fist to Craster’s Keep only for Rast and a few others to lead a mutiny and kill the Lord Commander. Sam grabbed Gilly and got the Seven Hells out of there. He then sang a song that didn’t seem so awkward in the books for some reason and plans to take her to Castle Black with him.
Bran and company
Bran and the newly added Reeds haven’t gotten much screen time. So far Jojen has scary looking dreams, Bran has more powers than he originally thought and Meera and Osha are too busy trying to out badass each other. And Hodor and Rickon are there.
Selyse is crazy. Stannis is awkward. Davos is still in the dungeon. And Shireen is the cutest kid in the Seven Kingdoms.
The Brotherhood without Banners
I’m a little mad I missed the Twitter explosion caused by the “my lady-milday” line. But, I’ll set my shipping aside for a moment. The Hound killed Beric only for Thros to bring him back to life for the fifth or sixth time. Gendry joined the Brotherhood as their blacksmith only for his season one story line of being King Robert’s son to be discovered by Melisandre. She needs King’s blood to give to the lord of light for Stannis. They replaced Edric Storm with Gendry. I like it. Ayra escaped the Brotherhood only to fall into the hands of the Hound. She got some awesome foreshadowing from Melisandre though, who said she will kill people with many different colored eyes.
My favorite thing that is happening in King’s Island right now is the marriage pentagon that Cersei, Loras, Tyrion, Sansa and Shae are caught in. That and Sansa utter lack of gaydar. The groan worthy conversations between Cersei and Tyrion have been kept up with the awesome zing offs from last season. Shae has been playing Shae the funny whore a lot. Speaking of whores, I would like to take a moment of silence for Ros’ unexpected murder at the hands of Joffrey. The show is not being shy about his evilness.
I’m still trying to figure out why Garlan and Willas Tyrell were eliminated as characters, making Loras the heir to Highgarden. I wonder if that is going to effect him becoming a member of the King’s Guard.
Jaime and Brienne
Staring from the moment they fought before being capture, these two have become my favorite characters– book and show. Jaime still acts arrogant and cocky, while still trying to protect Brienne, up until the moment his hand is cut off. The bath scene made me cry and Jaime jumping into the bear pit to save Brienne was just as epic as I always imagined it. I wish they would have kept in the virgin joke though. I can’t wait to see how the show does their relationship from this point forward.
Season three of Game of Thrones opened right where season two left off with Sam (John Bradley) running for his life. Only this time it was after the White Walkers attacked the Night’s Watch at the Fist of the First Men. Everything the show did with the Battle of Fist was prefect, from only giving us the sounds so we are forced to image the horror ourselves to having us blindly run through the storm with Sam to Lord Commander Mormont (James Cosmo) warning us that “if we don’t get back to the Wall before winter comes everyone you have ever known will be dead.”
Welcome to season three.
North of the Wall
As the bleeding members of the Night’s Watch start to make their way back to the Wall, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Ygritte (Rose Leslie) make it to Mance Ryder’s camp. Ygritte seems to have moved on from tormenting Jon with dick jokes to death jokes. But, as Mance (Ciaran Hinds) simply put it, “the girl likes you.” That is how Jon’s nervous and slightly confused conversation with the famed King beyond the Wall goes. Through he is supposed to be there only as a spy, Jon makes a convincing argument that he is there because he wants to fight for the living referencing back to the Lord Commander allowing Craster to give his newborn son to the White Walkers. With the thought of getting to actually touch his walking dick joke and be free, Jon seems pretty keen on joining the Wildlings.
The first scene in King’s Landing is a good old unnecessary sex scene in Littliefinger’s brothel between a nameless, naked –duh — whore and the newly knighted Ser Bronn of the Blackwater (Jerome Flynn). Pod did come in and awkwardly break it up because Tyrion (Peter Dinkelage) needed to see Bronn.
Tyrion spends most of the episode in scenes with Cersei (Lena Headey) and Lord Tywin (Charles Dance) filled with wine, banter and Lannister family relations. Cersei is amused at how far Tyrion has fallen since saving the city, but losing all the credit. Unluckily for Tyrion, his bad luck doesn’t stop there. Since he lost his position as Hand, he finally decides to request his birthright from his father: Casterly Rock. Though Tyrion is Tywin’s heir because Jaime can’t inherit anything being a member of the Kingsguard, Tywin refuses to accept Tyrion as his heir. And to make it even worse he says he better not catch him with a whore ever again.
Speaking of Tyrion’s whore-girlfriend, Shae (Sibel Kekilli) has a small scene in a beautiful location with still-a-Lannister-captive Sansa (Sophie Turner). Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) tells Sansa he is working on his plans to take her away from King’s Landing with him. Though it seems like a good thing to Sansa, who was also cutely worried and maybe a little happy to hear Ayra is alive, Ros (Esme Bianco) tells Shae to look out for Sansa, especially around Littlefinger.
We also get our first look into how the Tyrell’s are adjusting to life at court. Margaery (Natalie Dormer) has already started to butt heads with Cersei by being a normal, nice human being. She visits an orphanage in Flea Bottom, while Joffery (Jack Gleeson) is too scared to come out of his litter.
Davos (Liam Cunningham) barely survived the Battle of Blackwater Bay and has been stranded on a rather desperate looking island. Luckily, he is saved by one of Salladhor Saan’s ships. He tells him that going back to Dragonstone might not be the safest for them because Melisandre (Carcie van Houten) is pretty much ruling for Stannis (Stephen Dillane). She is also burning non-believes in the courtyard, so not good. Against Salladhor’s warning Davos plots to kill her. When he is taken to speak to Stannis, she refuses to leave. Davos pulls a knife on her after she brings up his son, who died in the battle and she has him arrested.
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) finally got a ship and some ambitious after her rather disappointing story line last season. After looking down at her comically small in the show kalasaar throwing up all over the deck, Dany admits that she needs a larger army because she can’t wait for her dragons to be fully grown. Jorah (Iain Glen) suggests the Unsullied, a group of elite slave-soldiers they could buy in Astapor. This would be the start of Dany’s never-ending crusade against slavery. She likes the idea of an army, but not the slave part.
Dany and Jorah met with a slave trader named Kraznys (Dan Hilderbrand) and his translator Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) to talk about buying 8,000 Unsullied. He is the first character we have met to speak Valyrian and it sounded pretty cool. I think the show should have added to a line to let everyone know that Dany speaks Valyrian and could understand all the insulting things Krazarys was saying about her and the mean stuff to Missandei, who is definitely not 10-years-old and almost has her tits out.
Dany is voicing her reluctance to Jorah about buying slaves when she has a mother-like connection with a little kid by the bay. The kid rolls a ball to her and she is almost attacked by a hooded man from behind. This was a pretty big WTF moment for me because it wasn’t in the books. I shared Dany’s freaked out look and realization after we see the blue mouth of the kid. The Warlocks of Qarth aren’t going to let her get away so easily. I guess that is replacing Xaro Xhoan Daxos’ plot to kill her from the books since she locked him in a vault last season.
It turns out the hooded man was actually trying to save her, not kill her. And it turns out to be Ser Barristan Selmy (Ian McElhinney). Yay, Ser Barristan! I was wondering how the show was going to pull that off and I liked it. Barristan isn’t disguised and Jorah recognized him imediately, but him calling him the head of Robert Bartheon’s Kingsguard and Barristan reminding him he was the head of King Aryes’ first shows they are not going to get along very well.
Overall, good start. It was slow for a few characters. Robb (Richard Madden)’s army did nothing more than arrive at Harrenhal to see that the Mountain had killed everyone there. The scenes with the Night’s Watch was by far the best part of the episode. It kept the eerie and alone feeling from the books. The confusion of nervousness of Jon’s first meeting with Mance and possible romance with Ygritte was portrayed very well. And of course seeing every character from Tyrion and Sansa to Ros and Talisa after almost a year was awesome. I don’t know if I’m going to put grades on Game of Thrones posts because I might just give every one an A+.