Kyle J. Steenblik

Game of Thrones: And Now His Watch Is Ended [Review]

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The payouts that started last week continue this week.  Episode 4 titled “And Now His Watch is Ended” was cathartic, bloody, and damn good.  We got to have some more fun with Theon, finally got some back-story on Varys, and watched the Nights Watch finally implode.  However, the biggest payout was for Daenerys.  This payout we have been waiting for since the end of season 1, it was worth the wait.

The way this season is escalating, I fear it may burn out too soon, but I remember thinking the same thing about seasons 1 and 2.  Next week takes us to midseason and I’m sure the actions started here will continue on, and tie up next week, where I expect we will see a few more pieces set in motion leading up to the last few episodes this season, which I hear will be something to make our heads explode.

I said before I stopped reading these books because of the show.  I am, right now, so very very happy that I made that decision.  I would recommend, strongly, that if you have not read these books, or you have not started A Storm of Swords, wait for season 3 to end.  If you have, please, don’t make fun of me when I’m surprised, but enough of that, on to the breakdown.

On their way across the riverlands, Locke and his men taunt Jaime Lannister, when Jaime falls from his horse, he steals a sword from one of Locke’s men and attacks them, but he is quickly beaten.  I am starting to feel just a little bit bad for him.  While at camp, Jaime refuses to eat because he wants to die. Brienne tells him that he has had a taste of real life losing something important and he needs to grow a pair.  I think these two are starting to like each other, or at least hold each other with a mutual respect.

Elsewhere, Arya, Gendry, and Sandor Clegane are being transported to the hideout of the Brotherhood Without Banners by Thoros and his men. Once inside, they are introduced to Beric Dondarrion. Dondarrion calls Clegane a murderer, a fact he denies. Arya tells the Brotherhood of Micah, the butcher’s boy, that Clegane killed. Dondarrion sentences Clegane to trial by combat, and says he will fight Clegane.  Arya looks about ready to fight Clegane, and in his defense, he was just following Joffrey’s orders.  I’m not sure if we are supposed to feel bad for him or not, I think I’ll feel a little bad for him, just a little.

thinkingishardIn Kings Landing, Joffrey takes Margaery on a tour of the Great Sept of Baelor, where Margaery encourages Joffrey to give love to the people, and takes him outside to wave to the crowd.  There is a moment where Joffrey seems to realize the people are cheering for her, and it almost looks like he is figuring out how she is playing him, but then thinking seems hard and he waves like a jackass.  Later, Cersei meets with her father, Tywin, where he reminds her that she is not nearly as smart as she thinks she is, and she has failed to control Joffrey, which he will now try to do.  I hope that this leads to more slapping Joffrey around.

whatsintheboxMeanwhile, Varys explains the nature of revenge to Tyrion, who is currently seeking revenge on a growing number of people.  To illustrate this he tells the story of how he was made a eunuch by a sorcerer.  Varys then opens a large crate to reveal the sorcerer is inside, and intends to exact his revenge upon him.  Real revenge takes time.  Tyrion is patient we know, but I’m not sure he is that patient.  I hope that he is at least as patient as we have been waiting for some back-story of Varys, I’m very glad to understand this character a little better.  Later Varys gathers information from Ros, who reveals that Baelish plans to take Sansa Stark with him when he leaves for the Eyrie.  I’m anticipating the point where Sansa actually becomes more than a prop.  She hasn’t really done much, I hope I’m not disappointed, I want to see her kick someone’s ass.  Continuing his investigations, Varys meets with Lady Olenna to discuss her interest in Sansa. He warns her that Baelish could become dangerous if he could obtain more power by controlling the heir to the North.  He and Lady Olenna come up with a plan to save Sansa.  Margaery then tells Sansa she wants her to marry her brother, Ser Loras.  The best laid plans.  I don’t think this will end well.

In The North, Bran has another dream, where he climbs a tree to catch the three-eyed crow, but falls when he sees his mother.  The story line following Bran is the new Daenerys, nothing much is happening right now, but pay attention to these details it will pay out in the end.  Elsewhere in the north, the cleaning boy leads Theon back to the dungeon he helped him escape from, and tells the men there that Theon killed his captors and escaped, but he brought Theon back, where he belongs. – This brings me joy, so much joy… I hate Theon almost as much as I hate Joffrey.

Beyond the Wall, The Nights Watch is getting uneasy about Craster and the whole freezing and starving to death.  Later, The Night’s Watch erupts in a mutinous, brother on brother fight when Karl challenges and kills Craster. When the lord commander attempts to fight Karl, Rast stabs him in the back, and Sam flees with Gilly and her infant son.  That will about do it for The Night’s Watch beyond The Wall.

Now I’m going to pause here for a moment.  The episode at this point has been very entertaining.  I was pleased, happy with the turn of events.  I could have walked away thinking this a solid episode, and then;

Across the Narrow Sea, (Really, it’s going to end with Daenerys, not getting what she wants, thinking she derives something she doesn’t, and I am stuck feeling bad for her.)  Daenerys and her followers arrive to trade one of her dragons to the slaver Kraznys for the Unsullied army. After completing the exchange, Daenerys orders her army to sack Astapor and kill the slavers, but harm no children and free every slave they find, and then reclaims her dragon by having it kill Kraznys.  I should add, that she did all of this speaking High Valyrian, and with more presence and authority than I believed her capable of.  It is a difficult task to grow a character at such a steady pace as to make it almost imperceptible until a moment such as this.  Emilia Clarke deserves high marks for this performance; I may have a new favorite character thanks to this.  After the battle ends, she frees the Unsullied and tells them they may remain as a free army with her, or leave if they choose. None leaves her, and she and her army depart Astapor.  Do you all remember when I said I‘d wait patiently for this story because it will pay out… yeah, it just paid out, and I have the feeling it will pay out again.  This absolutely sent this episode over the edge.

If you aren’t watching this show, you are wrong, and I feel bad for you.  If you send me an email I’ll send you a voucher for a free cookie to make you feel better (cookies may not actually be free, and may not actually be cookies).

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