Game of Thrones – Looking Stark

Margaery and Joffrey enjoy some quality time together.Thanks to a two-hour Mad Men premiere and the fact that Rob can stay up much later than I can on weeknights, I watched Game of Thrones solo on Monday evening. Sp my apologies if the recap is spottier than usual, I usually count on Rob for filling in some gaps for me.

This episode was kind of tiring, with so many characters on the run and so little happening. I almost nodded off at one point. It’s not that the episode is bad, it’s just that Game of Thrones takes so long to put all the pieces in place – most of the season – before letting things actually happen. With so many characters to keep tabs on (we didn’t even see Daeny this week) it can be a lot to take in.

The Stark Children

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The episode began with Bran having a dream. I’d forgotten literally everything there is to know about Bran: he’s paralyzed and has weird dreams. I was off to a great start. He’s still on the run with his brother, that dude, and Tonks from Harry Potter. This week they added two more to the posse – a dog whisperer named Jojen and his sister, Meera. They’re kids from the North and their father knew Ned Stark. So, allies.

 

aryaMeanwhile, Arya ended up back in captivity, of sorts, this time with the Brotherhood Without Banners. So now we need to know who they are. They’re led by a guy named Thoros, who definitely isn’t trustworthy but is at the very least against Tywin. Arya seems safe for now, even if she did embarrass herself in the sword fighting department.

Sansa has a crush on Margaery’s brother Loras Tyrell, and met his spunky grandmother. She grilled her about Joffrey, because Margaery is set to marry him. Sansa didn’t want to tell them anything, but she broke and said that Joffrey was behind her father’s death, and had made her look at his decapitated head. They promised to keep her secret, and she told them Joffrey’s a monster. I’m very intrigued by Margaery and her grandmother. No one in GoT ever seems to be completely good, but they seem nice. Will thy betray Sansa? This was my favorite seen from the episode.

Icy Snow, Steamy Romance, Torture

I’ve always had trouble caring about Jon Snow, but his character is slowly coming along. Catelyn’s story was compelling and sad, and I like Jon as a fish out of water. But when his chubby little friend had trouble walking, I nearly fell asleep. Up, down, dead, alive – who cares?

I also could have done without Tyrion and Shae’s lover’s spat. I like Shae as a protector of Sansa and as Tyrion’s lover, but watching them bicker over whether Tyrion thinks Sansa is pretty is not what I signed up for. All this stuff with Littlefinger and the rest of them better be going somwhere.

Theon is being tortured. That’s pretty much all I know about that.

Road Trip Gone Wrong

EP302I’ve always liked Jaime and Not Tilda Swinton together. Brie? Is that her name? Like the cheese? Brienne. I was close. Anyway, “It’s a shame the throne was not made of cocks, they’d have never got him off it,” was a thing Jaime said this week. He was referring to Renly, Brienne’s deceased BFF. Watching the two of them on this adventure has been providing some much-needed comedic relief, but things just got complicated.

Jaime finally found the opportunity to break free, grab a sword (Brienne carries two) and fight for his freedom. Seeing them finally sword-fight was exciting, and Brienne pretty handily beat Jaime. It didn’t matter though, since they were both caught by someone named Locke, who I think is basically a bounty hunter. That’s where the episode ended. Not the most exciting installment, but it ended in suspense. What did you guys think?

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7 Responses to Game of Thrones – Looking Stark

  1. Aaron Sirois says:

    “Arya ended up back in captivity, of sorts, this time with the Brotherhood Without Banners. So now we need to know who they are.”

    Cause what this show was lacking was more characters, right? 😀

  2. Davide Maistrello says:

    I’m quite puzzled by this Locke character, because in the books no one called Locke captured Brienne and Jaime. In the books there is indeed a Mallador Locke, but he’s a Nightwatcher and has nothing to do with Jaime or Brienne’s storyline. However, Game Of Thrones Wiki says that he takes the place of Vargo Hoat, who captured Jaime in the real story, so this all should make sense (more or less).

  3. Melissa says:

    I enjoyed your review, a friend linked it on facebook. As someone who read the books, all I can say is, “just wait, it’ll all matter” I’m very disappointed that they’re not going to have Vargo Hoat, though I can see how it is easier to edit out the Bloody Mummers. I was really thrown off by how much the actor who plays Bran has aged, can’t be helped, but it’s really noticeable.

  4. Dana says:

    I think you summed it up very well when you said that the action is always a slow build in this series and indeed it is.

    This was a kind of a slow episode but for me it showed how every single one of the Stark children are basically screwed.

    The only things I’ve ever known about Bran are that he has dreams and he’s paralyzed. Now he is walking around in the north with the kid from Love, Actually. Hodor.

    I thought Margaery’s grandmother was a kind of Dowager Granny for the show with all her quippy one liners about cheese. She’s like the medieval Maggie Smith.

    One thing I don’t get is why Sansa is still in King’s Landing. I know she has no where to go, but is she still basically the Lannister’s prisoner or what? What I don’t get is why she lives in relatively high style, she strolls in gardens, has a lady in waiting, etc. If she is the child of a traitor, why don’t they put her in a more cell like environment now that she is not engaged to Joffrey.

    And does Sansa win the TV award for worst picker of men? First she falls for Joffrey and now is sweet on Loras Tyrell?

    • Jose says:

      About Sansa. Think of her more as a hostage than a prisoner. She is a valuable hostage at that, so it is not in the Lannister’s best interest to abuse her. Well Joffrey did, but he is crazy.

  5. Vanessa says:

    I also forgot that Bran was paralyzed, I was too distracted by thinking about his aging and if he will need to be replaced, and going “hey it’s the kid from Love Actually!”. I really enjoyed the scenes with Margaery and her grandmother, I agree with Dana she’s basically a medieval Dowager. Margaery is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters, though I thought she was new to the season, I only remembered her once she starting talking about her gay ex husband,

  6. Alex says:

    Never having read the books I get the sense Margarey Tyrell is the kind that will do anything for power. The nice routine is so she can allow for more mobility and stab you in the back easier. The whole “I care about orphans” was to try to rehabilitate Jeoffery’s image.

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