Game Of Thrones: The Pointy End (8×01)

The Pointy End


My Thoughts:

I think Sansa just made everything worse by pleading for her father’s life. It’s obvious she doesn’t have a chance with Joffrey anymore. They consider Eddard Stark a traitor and she is basically worth nothing to them now.

Syrio Forel was awesome! I liked how he fended off 3 or 4 knights with a wooden sword and protecting Arya. I wonder if he survived his fight against  Ser Meryn Trant of the Kingsguard.
Once again Tyrion proves how cunning and convincing he is. He might be a dwarf, but his mind is sharp as his brother’s sword. I’m impressed!

Uh direwolf sightings! Grey Wind and Ghost. They are still awfully cute, but uh they are quite dangerous at this point. I believe Grey Wind bit off two of Gretjon Umber’s fingers. Ghost is a pretty perceptive wolf since he sensed what was going to happen to Lord Commander Mormont.

I have one problem and that is I barely understood what the actor who played Greatjon Umber said which is a shame. I guess it’s good that I’ve read the books.

My heart swelled when Robb declared he would go to King’s Landing as Joffrey wanted – with his bannermen. It was a beautiful sight when the ravens left Winterfell. I think it was great they showed the house sigils of the North during the feast. House Hornwood  (moose head on yellow), Bolton (flayed man), Umber (silver chains on red), and Karstark (white sunburst on black) are clearly seen. It broadens the viewers horizon to other houses and not just the main ones like Lannister, Stark and Baratheon.

Jon Snow did the exact opposite of what Lord Commander Mormont told him to after  Ser Alliser Thorne made a jab at him and his father. If I’m not mistaken he treats all recruits badly, but he has some history with the Starks going back to Robert’s Rebellion. I believe he was a supporter of King Aerys Targaryen and was sent to the Night’s Watch against his will after Robert was crowned king of the Seven Kingdoms.

I still don’t care much for Daenerys or her storyline in Essos. I already know that Khal Drogo is going to die within the next few episodes. It was kind of stupid of him to let himself get wounded.

Oh I could have done without seeing Hodor naked. I have never seen anyone that pale before and I’d rather not see it again. On the other hand I like Osha more and more everytime she speaks.

I’m looking forward to season two where Theon Greyjoy will play a larger role because House Greyjoy is my favorite house.

No Jaime Lannister in the episode because he was busy taking Riverrun and make life hard for Lady Catelyn Stark’s family.

Starring: Sean Bean (Lord Eddard Stark), Michelle Fairley (Lady Catelyn Stark), Lena Headey (Queen Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Princess Daenerys Targaryen), Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont), Aidan Gillen (Lord Petyr Baelish), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Richard Madden (Robb Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), Jack Gleeson (King Joffrey Baratheon), Rory McCann (Sandor Clegane), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) & Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo)

Written by: George R.R. Martin
Directed by: Daniel Minahan
Original Air Date: June 5, 2011

Game Of Thrones: You Win Or You Die (7×01)

You Win Or You Die

 

My Thoughts:
I could have done without the whore Ros and her plot. It seemed unnecessary to have Petyr Baelish explain his affection for Catelyn Stark while Ros and the other woman had sex. I’m liking her scenes a lot less than Daenerys’ scenes.

I don’t think Eddard should have confronted Cersei like he did. It was quite bold of him and I think it foreshadows the end of the beginning for him. Cersei was right when she said: “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”

Clearly Eddard’s honor stands in the way otherwise he would have claimed the Iron Throne for himself after the Sack of King’s Landing – and not have given it to Robert. Robert dies in this episode after hunting a wild boar – and everything goes south after this. However, it is clever of Eddard when he wrote “the rightful heir” and not “my son” in Robert’s will or whatever it is. He even turns down Renly’s proposal of taking Joffrey into custody and away from Cersei.

Renly would have been a better king than Joffrey. This opens for Lord Stannis of Dragonstone (who we haven’t met) and Lord Renly to battle for the throne with Prince Joffrey. This leads his to Eddard’s downfall because of his honor and his trust in Petyr Baelish. Eddard commands that the arrangement about Daenerys’ assassination being undone. Varys points out that she could be dead already.

As much as I love Theon, I love the way Osha put him in his place. I think that, Osha is referring to the white walkers I think in her conversation with Maester Luwin.

Benjen Stark’s horse returns without its rider. And Sam whines some more.

A wine seller tries to sell Dany some poisoned wine and is taken down by Rakharo’s whip. I’m still not hooked on her plotline – unfortunately. Anyway it is revealed that Jorah is Varys’ informant which is kind of interesting.

Starring: Sean Bean (Lord Eddard Stark), Mark Addy (King Robert Baratheon), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Ser Jaime Lannister), Lena Headey (Queen Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Princess Daenerys Targaryen), Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont), Aidan Gillen (Petyr Baelish), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Jack Gleeson (Prince Joffrey Baratheon), Rory McCann  (Sandor Clegane) & Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo)

Written by: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
Directed by: Daniel Minahan
Original Air Date: May 29, 2011

Game Of Thrones: A Golden Crown (6×01)

A Golden Crown

My Thought:

This episode title refers to Viserys Targaryen’s ambition to be king of the Seven Kingdoms.

I’m still not finding Daenerys plotline interesting. It was gross when she ate that stallion heart. But it was kind of cool how calm and collected she was after Viserys’ death. Robb chewed Theon out and harshly reminded the latter he didn’t belong to House Stark after a discussion about what happened to Eddard, Jory’s death and Tyrion Lannister’s capture. Theon thinks Robb should prepare the North for war. The discussion ended in Theon storming off in a huff. I think Robb could have been a little more grateful when Theon came to Bran’s rescue after three wildlings attacked him. Clearly Robb couldn’t do anything to help Bran. Blaming Theon that he could have hurt Bran was a little over the top. How about a “thank you”?

I love how cunning Tyrion Lannister is. It was a hilarious when he confessed to other crimes he had committed. And he wisely demanded a trial by combat since the lord of House Arryn is a 5-6 year old boy. Said boy is rather unhinged and his mother, Lysa isn’t really sane either. Anyway I’m happy Bronn won over Lysa’s champion. And indeed “a Lannister always pays his debts” as Tyrion promised Mord. He gave the latter his gold as he had promised earlier. It was brilliant and well played.

It still amazes me how great the child actors are. The casting directors had found pure gold in Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Jack Gleeson and Lino Facioli.

It’s awesome that Jane Espenson has co-written the episode. I fondly remember her work on Buffy – the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Angel.

Starring: Sean Bean (Lord Eddard Stark), Mark Addy (King Robert Baratheon), Michelle Fairley (Lady Catelyn Stark), Lena Headey (Queen Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Princess Daenerys Targaryen), Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont), Aidan Gillen (Petyr Baelish), Harry Lloyd (Prince Viserys Targaryen), Richard Madden (Robb Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), Jack Gleeson (Prince Joffrey Baratheon), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) & Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo)

Written by: Jane Espenson, David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
Directed by: Daniel Minahan
Original Air Date: May 22, 2011

Game Of Thrones: The Wolf and the Lion (5×01)

The Wolf and the Lion

My Thoughts:

This episode focused mainly on the differences between House Lannister and House Stark (with a side of House Baratheon via Robert and House Tully via Lysa Arryn (né Tully). It was nice to only focus on these houses because it allowed us – the viewers – to explore and get more insight of these characters.Eddard Stark resigned as hand of the king because his honor didn’t agree with killing children – and I applaud Eddard for his courage to stand by his believes. Of course it isn’t a help that his wife Lady Catelyn has taken Tyrion Lannister as a hostage.

The fight between Jaime Lannister and Eddard Stark was the icing on the cake in this episode. It’s always awesone to see Sean Bean fight.

Though it was quite creepy that Lysa Arryn still allowed her son, Robin to drink milk from her breasts. The boy was around 5 or 6 years old. And he is Joffrey jr. in the making, “I want to see the bad man fly, mummy!”

It’s nice we get bits and pieces about the Greyjoy Rebellion and House Greyjoy. I can’t wait until they are introduced next season. As I’ve stated before House Greyjoy is easily my favorite House of all the houses in Game of Thrones. I could have done without seeing Alfie Allen’s private parts – not that I’m a prude or anything. But was it really necessary to show? The scene made it very clear that him and Ros had a tumble without showing any private parts.

The TV version is not subtly in regard to Loras Tyrell and Renly Baratheon. When the former hands Sansa a rose he is looking directly at Renly. Later Loras shaves Renly’s chest. I actually like it more in the books. Not that I have anything against homosexuals – quite on the contrary many of my earlier posts on this blog is about homosexuality in television and movies. In the book their relationship is alluded to and George R.R. Martin flat out had to state that they indeed was in a relationship because of fan speculation.

I loved that Daenerys wasn’t in this episode in person – though her pregnancy was discussed in detail by Robert’s council and we learn that Ser Jorah Mormont is an informant – and maybe not as loyal to Daenerys as she thinks. That was a nice touch and that might be my turn around in regard to her plot.

Starring: Sean Bean (Lord Eddard Stark), Mark Addy (King Robert Baratheon), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Ser Jaime Lannister), Michelle Fairley (Lady Catelyn Stark), Lena Headey (Queen Cersei Lannister), Aidan Gillen (Lord Petyr Baelish), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), Jack Gleeson (Prince Joffrey Baratheon), Rory McCann (Sandor Clegane) & Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister)

Written by: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
Directed by: Brian Kirk
Original Air Date: May 15, 2011

Game Of Thrones: Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things (4×01)

Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things
My Thoughts:
I love how Jon Snow defended the new recruit, Samwell Tarly. The other boys were bullying him until Jon and Ghost paid the ringleader a little vist during the night. That was badass!

Bran is very annoying – I hope it will change.Nice to see Theon and Tyrion exchange words.

I still don’t care much for Daenerys’ plotline. And Viserys rubs me the wrong way. He is an arrogant little prick.

Hodor is pretty funny and pretty awesome!

We see Summer, Grey Wind and Ghost in this episode and uh they are so cute.

The episode title refer to Bran/Tyrion and Jon/Gendry. Both Bran and Tyrion are cripples – the former lost his ability to walk and the latter is a dwarf while Jon and Gendry are the bastard children of Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon. At that’s my interpretation.

The tournament of the hand was great. The Mountain, Gregor Clegane was really frightening sight.

The conversation between Sansa Stark and Septa Mordane is mostly info dump giving us background information. Is that really necessary?

Eddard Stark put two and two together when he saw Gendry and figured out why Jon Arryn was murdered. He had come to the same conclusion as Eddard did.

Starring: Sean Bean (Lord Eddard Stark), Mark Addy (King Robert Baratheon), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Ser Jaime Lannister), Michelle Fairley (Lady Catelyn Stark), Emilia Clarke (Princess Daenerys Targaryen), Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont), Aiden Gillen (Lord Petyr Baelish) Harry Lloyd (Prince Viserys Targaryen), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Richard Madden (Robb Stark), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon), Rory McCann (Sandor Clegane), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) & Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo)

Written by: Bryan Cogman
Directed by: Brian Kirk
Original Air Date: May 8, 2011

Game Of Thrones: Lord Snow (3×01)

 

Lord Snow


My thoughts:

It took me awhile to figure out it was Ser Barristan Selmy (Ian McElhinney) – and not Tywin Lannister the king was talking to when he sent Lancel Lannister away to fetch more wine. One should definitly recognize Charles Dance who plays Tywin.

Sadly no direwolves in this episode. I guess animals and especially wolves or dogs are difficult to work with.

I’m still not sure of the plot Across the Narrow Sea, but Elyes Gabel who plays Rakharo is kind of hot.

I love the conversation between Queen Cersei and Prince Joffrey. I actually can follow his train of thoughts about gathering an army loyal to the crown instead of having different units loyal to their respective houses. However Cersei is right when she told him they just couldn’t take the North. The North has a different mind set and way of thinking than the rest of Westeros because of the hard winters and so on.

It was great being introduced to Ser Joer Mormont (James Cosmo), Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch and Ser Jorah Mormont’s father. It’s nice to follow father and son in different lands.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau continue to amaze me. I knew he was a good actor from all the other things he has done both in Denmark and internationally. Actually I think he’s a better actor than Mads Mikkelsen. Maybe it helps he doesn’t have that dreadful accent the latter has whenever speaking English.

I was a little bummed that Theon Greyjoy wasn’t in this episode. The ironborn and House Greyjoy are my favorites from all the spoilers, reviews and what not I’ve read on the Internet in regard to both the books and the TV-Series.

Starring: Sean Bean (Lord Eddard Stark), Mark Addy (King Robert Baratheon), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Ser Jaime Lannister), Michelle Fairley (Lady Catelyn Stark), Emilia Clarke (Princess Daenerys Targaryen), Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont), Aiden Gillen (Lord Petyr Baelish) Harry Lloyd (Prince Viserys Targaryen), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), Richard Madden (Robb Stark), Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) & Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo)

Written by: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
Directed by: Brian Kirk
Original Air Date: May 1, 2011