Damn you Game of Thrones! Why must you be the best show on television yet have the shortest seasons of anything out there? Ten episodes. What are we British? Bah.
In any case, we’ll just have to enjoy them while they last, and now we’re officially over halfway done with the season after last night’s bloodbath.
Last night may have been the best episode from an action perspective yet, and opened up strong with Theon (not Ian) Greyjoy’s awkward “storming” of Winterfell. I like Game of Thrones because they can take what initially appears to be a background character and fully flesh him out with his own plotline that makes him as important to the story as any king or warlord.
I’ve always thought Theon’s betrayal has been a bit out of nowhere. I never really saw any past indications that he was particularly unhappy, and he was practically worshipping Rob Stark when he left him. Why a reunion with his hateful family inspired him to turn traitor, I do not know, but now there’s no going back after sacking Winterfell and murdering Ser Rodrick.
Osha the wildling appeared to turn as well to ensure she survived Theon’s new rule, but as it turns out, it was just a ruse to get the Stark children safely out of Winterfell. And as an added bonus, we got to see what is perhaps the most severe creepy-face-to-hot-body ratio on TV. Googling her made me just now realize that the actress, Natalia Tena was Tonks in Harry Potter and the punk girl in About a Boy, and currently looks like this when she’s not all wildling-ed out.
The other hullabaloo of action this week was the people’s revolt against the tyrannical reign of King Tinyface. After the mob almost tore them apart, Tyrion had one of the best lines of then night when he lamented the misfortune of having a “vicious idiot” as a king. I was desperately afraid we were about to see the first Game of Thrones gang rape (what, if FX can do it, HBO can too I imagine), but thankfully
The Mountain The Hound was there to save Sansa from that horrible fate. I think his allegiance to Joffrey is beginning to wane. Side note: What happened to the old head of the King’s Guard? You know, that old guy who was cast out near the end of last season? I thought he’d be returning in some form or another, but not so. At least not yet.
Where are you?
I was not a huge fan of Jon Snow’s adventures in the North Pole, which ended up having him spooning with a wilding that he was supposed to execute. I get that he’s a “good guy” and all, but it seems just a touch stereotypical for him to be unable to kill a woman. Not once, but twice mind you. The same goes for the fact that the rest of the Night’s Watch troupe would just wander off instead of waiting the four seconds it should have taken him to cut her head off. Her writhing around on the ground with him was a bit funny, but a bit out of place, and I’m wondering how this all ends for him now that he’s separated from the group. And if he does find them and has her in tow, then what?
Do you think that Littlefinger recognized Arya and just isn’t saying anything? He likes having power, and with secrets usually come power, so I think he might be keeping the information under his hat for a later date. Arya and Tywin both seem to be becoming quite fond of each other, in a thankfully non-creepy way. Her secret was almost given away but her assassin genie saved her from exposure. One more to go! Will it by Tywin, or does she like him too much now?
The episode ended with Daeneyrs losing her precious dragons to what I can only imagine is the Mages Guild (or whatever they’re called) in Qarth. I can understand the appeal, but what exactly are they going to do with three stolen baby dragons? Dissect them for potion ingredients? Harvest their bones and scale for armor, Skyrim style? Whatever the case, Daeneyrs needs to get her shit together, as she’s been kind of crapped all over for the past two seasons straight now.
You may have to suck it up and marry the fat guy at this point.
All in all, one of the better episodes of the season in my estimation. Next week, I think Shae might finally die as Cersei pretty much spelled that out to Tyrion at the docks. And will Rob Stark betray his oath to marry some ugly girl so he can fool around with the medic? Tune in next time to find out! (But the answer is yes).