Alright, as much as I would love to jump right into this review, there’s something I have to discuss briefly first that everyone should hear.
We have had a HUGE problem lately on these posts with people posting spoilers for upcoming episodes of Game of Thrones because this show is based on a book series that has already been written and read, and it follows it very closely. From what I can tell, these are people who either A) Don’t understand that we don’t want to know giant plot points about a show we like or B) Are smug and satisfied that they’ve read the books and we haven’t and want to taunt us with information. Or C) are assholes. A, B and C are not mutually exclusive.
I come to you on bended knee like Sansa did to King Jauffre in this episode to plead for mercy. There’s nothing I can do to actually stop random people from posting spoilers. If you’ve posted here before, you are approved to post from here on out for anyone to immediately see, and I would hope our regular readers would have the decency not to do such things. But visitors posting spoilers that can’t be seen by the public until I approve them still affects ME as I see all such comments regardless, and have to in order to delete them. I really do love this show, and I’m pretty certain this kind of dickishness has already ruined some giant plot points about the series for me. Please, just stop doing this, I beseech you.
Now that my plea is set forth, onward to the actual episode:
Please, please, please no more spoilers.
You know it’s a busy week when we have plot lines from every single group of characters on the show. And even more impressive is that it was all done with Ned Stark himself getting only a few seconds of screen time. Sometimes you forget what an ensemble this truly is.
Ned has been imprisoned for his act of “treason” to dare try and steal the throne away from Jauffrey. Ravens have been dispatched the countryside over, and all members of his family now know of what’s happened at King’s Landing.
Jon Snow receives a letter, and his first instinct is to march off singlehandedly, but is kept in place by his watch commander, where he soon discovers a pressing detail of the looming White Walker threat. They can turn people into zombies.
Skeptical zombie is not amused with your swordplay.
Yes, this plotline gets stranger and stranger. Apparently when White Walkers touch someone, they become zombiefied, as proven by the reanimated Knights Watch men who started lumbering around the commander’s quarters. This White Walker threat would seem to be the most pressing if they possess that sort of dark magic, but the kingdom is too busy with other dangerous nuisances.
There appears to be a two fronted war about to take place as Khal Drogo readies his forces across the sea. They’re pillaging villages to get slaves to sell for the gold it will take to have their army sail across the sea. I’ve no idea what the whole “Khaleesi adopts a harem” plotline was about, but I’m guessing that will come up more later. It was nice to see Drogo fight for a change instead of sitting on his ass scowling like he usually does. Hard to believe that he and Daenyrs have turned into that kind of couple no one wants to be around because they always call each other baby names and it makes everyone feel awkward.
But the most pressing conflict is the one that doesn’t need to scale a wall or cross a sea. It’s more or less full on war between the Lannisters and the Starks and Rob is forced to gather all those loyal to his father and march against the vastly superior armies of Jamie and Tywin Lannister. We didn’t get to see any action this episode, but I have to imagine we’ll see a pretty large battle next time. Can he possibly win? He’s outnumbered, and this is his first command while the Lannisters have tons of combat experience under their belts. I’m not sure why he let that spy go. I guess he has the same weakness as his father, honor that supersedes intelligence.
“Don’t worry, I’m going to send him back so he can tell Tywin Lannister he’s a cock.”
Even Tyrion Lannister is back, and once again talks himself out of a certain death by promising riches to those who would aide him. I was a little surprised at how lax the security was at the Lannister camp where they didn’t seem to mind a horde of barbarians creeping in their back door, and I’m wondering how long these hill people will be sticking around for.
I was a bit disappointed that since the title of the episode was an Arya reference, that she wasn’t featured a bit more. The scene with her “dance teacher” taking on an entire armed contingent of guards with only a wooden sword was amazing. I hope he didn’t actually die, but I think that’s what was implied. Arya is now the only Stark family member not connected to any of the others (other than Sansa, currently being cradled by the Lannisters), and I have to wonder where she will go now, and who she will meet up with.
I have a hunch she may join up with that old Lannister guard who I predicted would turn into an ally. He resented being forced into early retirement, and I don’t think it was a particularly wise move to publically humiliate such a supremely skilled warrior. I’m also surprised they didn’t execute him on the spot for his insolence. I think he’ll prove to be a valuable Stark ally soon enough.
That would be the pointy end.
The episode ends with Sansa pleading with Jauffre for mercy for her father. He says she can have her wish if she gets him to confess his falsehoods. Will Jauffre ever find out who his true father is? What will be his reaction when he does so? What would yours be? If he’s lucky, he’ll be dead before he ever discovers the truth.
Great episode, and my respect for this show is ever increasing. And there wasn’t even any nudity this week! Well, no female nudity at least. Who the hell was that guy? Next week is sure to be action packed and I can’t wait to see what happens. SEE what happens, NOT READ ABOUT IT IN THE COMMENTS HERE. Again, please, don’t post spoilers.