Fire and Blood
And I have finally reached the end of season 1 of Game of Thrones. It has taken me awhile to put down my thoughts on this episode. Mainly due to my increasing workload my university studies has offered me this semester.
The episode title refers to House Targaryen’s motto which is “Fire and Blood”. The first episode was called “Winter is Coming” which is House Stark’s words. It’s actually pretty fitting calling the episode “Fire and Blood” since the Stark’s has been scattered around Westeros – and it will only get worse. The dragons of House Targaryen is born out of the fire. House Targaryen is on the rise while House Stark is on it’s way to go under.
That was a bloody beginning of the episode – I mean with a sword dripping with blood – Eddard Stark’s blood!
Yoren makes sure Arya is “saved” by calling her a boy, cutting her hair and wowing to take her north – home to Winterfell. From now on she’s a boy called Arry. And we are finally introduced to Hot Pie and Lommy Greenhands. Uh and Gendry is back. Joe Dempsie is pretty hot. Always nice to look at.
Joffrey showing Sansa her father’s severed head along with Septa Mordane’s was just cruel. Well, what can one expect when he just ordered a singer’s tongue cut out because he didn’t like the song?
Catelyn is devastated upon learning of her husband’s death and Robb is taking his sorrow out on a tree. That can’t be good for his sword or the tree.
I have a couple of problems with Theon swearing fealty to the North. 1) He’s not a lord – his father holds the title Lord of Pyke and thus he has no right to swear fealty to anyone. It was a dumb decision by the makers of the television show to make this up as he correctly never does it in the books. 2) It undermines the whole plot about him going home to Pyke in the second season. Of course he would chose his own blood to that of his captors (the Stark’s). Theon was never a part of the family. He was a ward/hostage against his father’s good behavior. More on this topic in a separate blog article.
I like the conversation between Catelyn and Jaime. He is still as cocky as ever and she is heartbroken over her husbands execution.
I actually don’t like Shae at all. I wish she would disappear. She doesn’t bring anything to the story and she is boring.
I like how Jon was persuaded by Grenn, Sam and Pyp not to go south to King’s Landing or at least to join Robb. He would have been seen as a deserter and executed. It was a nice touch they said the oath of the Night’s Watch. I get goosebumps whenever I hear or read it. I think it’s beautiful in a melancholic kind of way.
Hear my words and bear witness to my vow.
Night gathers, and now my watch begins.
It shall not end until my death.
I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children.
I shall wear no crowns and win no glory.
I shall live and die at my post.
I am the sword in the darkness.
I am the watcher on the walls.
I am the shield that guards the realms of men.
I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.
Lord Commander Joer Mormont leads an expedition north of the Wall and I like how Jon is like his right hand man. He is after all the lord commander’s steward.
Daenerys’ plot still doesn’t catch on. Her dragon’s are pretty and I guess it really is explicit told that she has the blood of the dragon by surviving the funeral pyre.
Grandmeaster Pycelle is hilarious and horny. No one would have guessed that he visited whores or anything like that. I really like that scene though it wasn’t completely necessary. And the gymnastic things he did was fantastic.
Littlefinger and Varys are equally hilarious as Grandmaester Pycelle and their conversation of Varys’ nether regions is epic.
All in all this is a nice send off. And I’ll look forward to seeing season two when I have time. I think I’ll return with my thoughts on it as well. I like doing it.
In the meantime I have a small defense for Theon Greyjoy written. I have a habit of going against the tides and liking characters others hate. That is why I like Theon and Percy Weasley from the Harry Potter books among others.
Starring: Sean Bean (Lord Eddard Stark) (credit only), Michelle Fairley (Lady Catelyn Stark), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Ser Jaime Lannister), 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)
Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
Director: Alan Taylor
Original Air Date: June 19, 2011