May 14 2012
We seem to be hurtling toward the end of this season of Game of Thrones now, and it saddens me that only three weeks remain. It’s just one of those shows you could watch forever, and I don’t know many that would complain if each episode was four hours long.
Last night’s “A Man Without Honor” might be one of my favorite entries of the season. Yes, there was blood and guts and the plot leaped forward in many ways, but it was the quieter moments that really showed how the show shines because of its writing and performances, not spectacle alone.
I’ll start with my favorite scene from the episode, one that both humanized Jamie Lannister for a moment, then made him perhaps the most monstrous soul in the land a moment later. You know of what I speak.
The eagerness of his distant cousin recounting the day he got to squire for him, and him matching the story with one of his own about Barriston Selmy was a fantastic conversation that made us believe perhaps there was more to the Kingslayer than murder and incest. But as he bashed the poor boy’s head in to open the door for an escape attempt, it’s clear that Cersei was wrong, Joffrey really is like Jaime, he’s just a lot less subtle about it.
I liked that scene between Cersei and Tyrion as well, as it’s the only time the two have actually bonded in recent memory. Similarly well done was Cersei’s talk with Sansa after “becoming a lady.” Cersei almost seems tired of her games, and seems to realize the end is nigh with Joffrey the vicious idiot on the throne. She’s seeing what her scheming hath wrought, and she doesn’t particularly care for it.
Jon Snow’s trip with Yvette in the North reminded me a lot of the tale of when Jesus trekked through the desert with the devil tempting him at every turn. Although here the devil is a promiscuous redhead, and the desert is full of ice and snow. You could tell she was really getting to him at the end, and I do think he’s starting to regret his commitment to the Watch. But now he’s a POW, and I’m definitely curious to see what life is like inside Wildling society. Yvette doesn’t exactly seem savage to me, and the “you’re just like us” statement seems to hold true.
“I thought he was done and then he said ‘turn around.’ “
Arya continues to impress Tywin in Harrenhal, but she’s going to have to decide whether to have him killed by her assassin before he figures out who she really is. He’s clearly got the scent. If he found out, would he use it to his advantage, or would he spare her because of his newfound attachment to her? He is a Lannister after all, so I would suspect the former.
Daeneyrs has gotten herself into quite a pickle down in Qarth. As I suspected, the creepy wizard did in fact take her dragons to the House of the Undying, but I did not think it was all part of a ploy to take over the city with the guy whose name I can’t pronounce. That’s quite the magic trick, killing the entire ruling body of Qarth in an instant with spectral clones. If he was a charlatan before, did the birth of the dragons give him access to real, powerful magic?
“Oh! Oh no!”
There were two lingering questions at the end of this week’s episode. One, did Lady Stark kill the Kingslayer with the sword Brienne gave her? I doubt it, but what else do you do with a sword in that circumstance? And Jamie Lannister’s head on a platter would make a hell of an opening to next week’s show. But again, that might be a little too jarring of a plot development, even for Game of Thrones. Maybe she’s just giving him a haircut. He does look rather scruffy.
The second question is if Theon actually killed Bran and his brother by burn-hanging them. The answer to this one is a very clear no. Don’t spoil it if I’m right or wrong I suppose, but those two bodies are most certainly those of the two orphans that were talked about and seen on that farm. The real troupe is still at large after giving the Greyjoys the slip.
This has to be Theon’s dumbest plan yet. And I didn’t think you could get much stupider than turning on the Starks and invading Winterfell for a family that hates you. In an effort to save face with his sister, father and the men under his command, he’s going to actually pretend to have KILLED TWO STARK KIDS? Are you kidding? An entire war was started when they just put one Stark in JAIL. Theon was dead before, but now if word of this gets out, the Lannister war will get put on hold until his head is on a spike. I know he was in between a rock and a hard place, but damn, bad move Theon.
I guess there’s a third lingering question, one that isn’t pressing and won’t get resolved soon. I’m just wondering as to who the masked woman is in Qarth, and how she knows so much about Ser Jorah, and that he once plotted to betray the Khaleesi. Curious.
And I really can’t wait for Barriston Selmy to show up again at some point. Maybe they can have him kill Jamie for a bit of cosmic justice.
Discuss below! No book spoilers as always please.
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