Game of Thrones: Dark Wings, Dark Worlds
“Dark Wings, Dark Words” picks up the pace for the second half of the opener to season 3, but not by much. More happens, but more importantly, we meet a few more key players, and meet back up with some old. In essence, the episode finishes setting up the game bored, and even makes a few opening moves. In the end, we find ourselves thoroughly inside the rabbit hole, or whatever kind of holes they have in the seven kingdoms of Westeros. If the trip wasn’t too jarring, you should be excited enough to need bigger pants. This episode is directed by Daniel Minahan, their 5th and final for this season, it looks like they are moving onto a feature, but I expect we will continue see them around HBO for a while. Dark Wings was written by Vanessa Taylor, her third (and looks like only for this season) GOT episode. As usual, they have done a fantastic job and will hear no complaints from me.
In King’s Landing
Margaery Tyrell and her grandmother invite Sansa Stark to lunch to tell them about King Joffrey. Sansa grapples with the most painfully obvious white lie in the history of white and lies. I can’t have been the only one that seriously wanted the 45 minute extended version where she highlights Joffrey’s greatest hits. Later, Joffrey invites Margaery to his chamber to discuss, Renly Baratheon. While Tyrion returns to his chamber to find Shae who warns him that Lord Baelish has taken an interest in Sansa Stark, to which he replies that, now that she is no longer Joffrey’s future queen, many men will take interest in her. This is what we call, in the literary circles, planting seeds.
In The North beyond The Wall
Jon Snow meets Orell who is a warg, and capable of seeing through the eyes of animals. This was something alluded to last season, but not really discussed. Meanwhile, marching back to the Wall, Samwell Tarly is forbidden from dying by the Lord Commander, and informs his night watch friends that if he dies, so will they. Good to see Sam is being taken care of.
In the North
Previously, Theon Greyjoy is knocked unconscious and betrayed by his own men, who drag him off. Luwin, in an attempt to save Theon, is stabbed. Bran Stark, Hodor, Osha and Rickon escape the remains of Winterfell, bound for the Wall. Hodor.
Now, while heading toward The Wall, Bran meets Jojen Reed, who is a seer like Bran. He is accompanied by his sister, Meera. Jojen tells Bran about being a Warg. This is about the only plot point I really felt like had been neglected, glad to see it’s finally coming up. Meanwhile Theon (oh, how we missed you) is being tortured, seemingly just because he deserves it, by parties unknown. After they leave, a boy, who claims to have been sent by Yara Greyjoy, promises to aid him, which is too bad, I wanted to see Theon get hurt more.
In the Riverlands
Robb Stark receives two letters, informing him of the death of his grandfather, Hoster Tully, that Winterfell has been sacked, burned, and Bran and Rickon were not found. He informs his mother, Lady Catelyn of this news, and they depart for Riverrun.
Previously, at the Outskirts of Harrenhal Arya, Gendry and Hot Pie, run into Jaqen H’ghar (the super awesome person that was not around nearly long enough), who helped them escape. Jaqen offers to take Arya with him to Braavos to train her as a Faceless Man Arya declines. Before departing, Jaqen hands Arya a special coin and the phrase “Valar Morghulis,” which Arya may use to seek him if she meets anyone from Braavos. You all remember this, right? You probably don’t if you watched this with me the first time. I was squeeing too loud.
Now, travelling north, Arya Stark, Gendry , and Hot Pie are caught by the Brotherhood without Banners, and takes them to an inn to eat, and lets them go. When another group of Brotherhood soldiers enter with a captive Sandor Clegane, as Arya is leaving, The Hound recognizes Arya and outs her. Seriously uncool dude. Meanwhile, Jaime Lannister takes one of Brienne’s swords, and they have a pretty cool fight on a bridge, where Brienne kicks his ass a little bit. Then they are caught by Locke, a bannerman of Lord Roose Bolton. This means the banter between Brienne and Jaime is ending. I was enjoying that.
This whole episode just feels like a good plan coming together, or that split second between when the fuse runs out and the firework explodes. Or when you finally finish cleaning the kitchen just before you start to make dinner. Or when you finish that second bottle of Miralax, wait, that doesn’t work. Well it totally does. What I really mean to say is shit is about to get real…. I’m talking about the show…. Not sharting.