Game of Thrones – Wonder Wall

gotAfter last week’s memorable episode (some viewers, I hear, are still suffering from PTSD) I wondered what Game of Thrones could possibly have in store for the season finale. If you’ve seen the episode, click through. Check out my review, and share your thoughts in the comments.

The episode opened with the Red Wedding – more gory violence, and on a more epic scale than what we saw last week. The Hound escaped with Arya on horseback, but not before she saw the killers chanting “Here comes the King of the North” with Robb’s wolf’s head on a spike.

* It was actually the wolf’s head sewn onto Robb Stark’s body. (Ew.) I thought this might be the case when watching the episode, but had a hard time actually making out a body or a pole, so I took a guess. Thanks for the correction!

Later, Arya and The Hound passed some men bragging about the slaughtering. Arya jumped off the horse and killed one with a small knife. The Hound took care of the rest with his sword.

King’s Landing

Joffrey, of course, reacted with psychopathic glee when he heard of Robb and Catelyn’s death. In fact, he made plans to obtain Robb Stark’s head and serve it on a platter to Sansa at his wedding feast – he boasted about it right in front of Tyrion.

I loved the banter we saw between Tyrion and Sansa, and how he defended her to both Joffrey and Tywin. Tyrion truly is the only likable Lannister. So I guess at some point he’ll die, right? (NO SPOILERS. That was a joke, y’all.)

Winterfell (or somewhere?)

We finally found out who’s been torturing Theon Greyjoy… kind of. Feel free to jump in with explanation in the comments, please, because I know I could use some clarification. It was Roose Bolton, who betrayed and killed Robb Stark, who talked to Frey about the downfall of Robb Stark in this episode. I thought Bolton was the guy who took Arya as a cupbearer, but I don’t remember much else about him. It’s his bastard son who’s torturing Theon.

Theon’s sister Yara pledged to find her brother, but that was a pretty brief scene.

Jon and Ygritte

Ygritte caught up to Jon Snow after he abandoned her last week, and she shot him in the back with an arrow. A bunch of arrows, actually. Man, I didn’t think she’d do it. I thought she’d let him go, at the very least. She could have killed him and didn’t, but still.

Jon made it back to the Night’s Watch fortress, where Sam found him in rough shape.

Dragonstone

In Dragonstone, Davos got to know Gendry and tried to convince Stannis and Melisandre not to kill him – even though they were sure that the spell they did with Gendry’s blood led to the death of Robb Stark. I felt like these scenes were kind of skimmed over – what was the point? It had something to do with Jon Snow returning from beyond the wall. I obviously missed something.

Danaerys

So Dany is basically Princess Diana or something. She’s just traveling around, freeing enslaved people and becoming universally beloved. I know it won’t last forever, but for now it’s awesome. That last shot, with all the people lifting Dany up and the dragons, that was pretty epic. I need Dany to come put the Lannister jerks in their place, like, yesterday.

Well, I have to say, this episode probably wasn’t as exciting as last week’s. Overall though, I found this season more captivated and faster paced than previous ones – which is interesting, since this was only half a book. Usually I find the first 4-5 episodes pretty tedious, but I was into this one from the start. What do you guys think?

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3 Responses to Game of Thrones – Wonder Wall

  1. Aaron Sirois says:

    Actually it was Tywin Lannister that took Arya in as cupbearer. (Though he and Roose do look similar) Roose Bolton has been around for a while actually. He’s just not had much in the way of lines until rather recently. He’s been one of those guys that’s been following Robb all season. Although you may remember, it was his man that cut off Jaime’s hand. It was also he that sent Jaime back to King’s Landing.

    The scene in Dragonstone was actually about Sam coming back to the wall. He alerted the Night’s Watch to the white walkers, and Maester Aemon sent ravens to everyone hoping for help. Stannis and co. are pretty much the only people who believe it, in part because the fire god fears cold and the night being dark and full of terrors or some such.

    And as for where Theon/Reek is, that would be the Dreadfort, the hereditary home of the Boltons. Side note: I have read all of the books, watched every episode of the show, but for the life of me I didn’t recognize Balon Greyjoy until he read his own name on that letter. The show has done a pretty bad job of keeping some characters around so people can remember who the heck they are.

  2. Hannah says:

    Added: Robb’s wolf’s head wasn’t on a spike – it was stitched to Robb’s headless body.

    Book readers were, I think, primed for Joffrey’s marriage to Margaery Tyrell to close out the season. I was frankly disappointed that it didn’t, but there were so many narrative threads they needed to catch up on that they ran out of time, I guess.

  3. Jose says:

    I really liked the scene with Tyrion and Sansa early in the episode. It was nice seeing them start to get along. I think that will probably come to an end due to the red wedding. As likeable as Tyrion is, he is still the son of the man who is responsible for her mother and brother being dead (semi-intentional reference to the vine from the actress who plays Arya).

    To answer your question about Stannis, Davos and Gendry, the letter was from the Night’s Watch and basically said that their commander is dead and the rest of the watch is in shambles while the White Walkers are moving south towards the wall. Gendry and magic related to him was a separate issue. Stannis believes that Robb’s death was due to the spell with the leaches. He saw Robb as someone who was trying to steal part of his kingdom even if he didn’t have any real animosity towards him. So, his death was a positive thing for Stannis, but it didn’t get him closer to the iron throne. Getting to the throne would require a bigger act of magic, and a bigger act of magic and a bigger act of magic would require sacrifice. In this case, that was Gendry’s life. So, Davos helped him escape and used the letter to try to save his life by convincing him that winning the throne (and the magic required to win it) was unimportant with the wall in so much danger.

    Another thing I really liked was the story of the rat cook. There are a lot of customs and traditions in Westeros that don’t get explained in the show. One of them is guest right, which basically means that once a person is a guest under your roof (typically means you’ve offered food or drink) you are not allowed to cause them any harm. Doing so is considered an especially heinous crime. Bran called it the one thing the gods can’t forgive after his story. If you think about the red wedding, then the Freys (also indirectly Boltons and Lannisters) have committed one of the most monstrous acts ever. They now have to try to control people who will never forgive what they did. I think it is a very interesting situation.

    Let me know if there is anything else that needs clarifying.

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