Kyle J. Steenblik

Game of Thrones: The Lion and the Rose

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King Cunt-Face

This is the episode we have been waiting to see.  I am of course talking about the royal wedding of the century.  By the old gods and the new what a wedding it was.  The fourth season of Game of Thrones jumps into high gear with The Lion and the Rose.  This episode, written by George R. R. Martin, and superbly directed by Alex Graves completes the re-introduction of all of our main characters.  I really hate to give aways the prize here, but really, there is absolutely no way around it.  Here is your fair warning.  I am going to talk about the glorious death of King “Cunt-Face” Joffrey.  If that was a spoiler I’m sorry, but I don’t think it robs any of the pleasure of seeing that shit meet his end, all too swiftly.

I’ll get to the wedding in a moment, there are other things that happened in this episode, although they were vastly eclipsed, but are none the less important.  Fist, Theon (Alfie Allen) has been completely converted into Reek, the faithful servant of  Ramsay Snow (Iwan Rheon), and Ramsay is to be dispatched to take back part of the North from the Greyjoys.

Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) offers the services of  Bronn (Jerome Flynn) to help train Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) to fight with his left hand.  Then Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) is presented with wedding gifts, which is graciously accepts.

Meanwhile Stannis (Stephen Dillane) and Melisandre (Carice van Houten) have a little bonfire of people, as tribute to the lord of light, he likes his souls extra crispy.

Up north Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) meets and talks to a Heart Tree which tells him where he needs to go.

Finally, it is the wedding, which I refuse to describe in any way for you.  If you saw it, you understand.  If you haven’t, you will thank me for not ruining what is some of the best television in the history of television.  There is a lot to talk about honestly, and this is a point where the book readers and the non-readers are going to butt heads.  The readers know what happened, and they know all about what happened after the fact.  None of the fallout has happened on screen, the fallout will be the remainder of Season 4.  It is going to be one hell of a ride.

This episode was exquisitely performed.  As usual, the cast is magnificent.  To pick one person out would be unfair.  However when you watch the game of thrones you get to be unfair.  Natalie Dormer (Lady Margaery) was especially fantastic to watch, not just in appearance, although it would be foolish to not mention her costuming, in this episode her wedding dress is gorgeous.  Her performance was crucial to the tone of the wedding feast, as well as driving the action toward its terminal conclusion.  It is likely her role in this episode will be overshadowed, which is remarkably unfortunate.  If you have the means, watch this episode again, and pay special attention to Margaery, Natalie Dormers subtle expressions are easy to miss, but add a great deal to each scene.

Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 2 “The Lion and the Rose” directed by Alex Graves, written by George R. R. Martin, 9 out of 10

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