Kyle J. Steenblik

Game of Thrones: Oathkeeper

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I am starting to think that those White Walkers are up to no good.  Also I think we are now set up for a the mid season climax.  Here is the problem now, that climax is a wild card.  After the fallout from the royal wedding there are so many balls and blades in the air I would be very surprised if we didn’t lose several cast members next week.  But, before we talk about what might happen next week. let’s talk about what happened this week.

Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) takes control of Meereen by encouraging an uprising of their own slaves; it also helps if you give them lots of weapons.  This gives Daenerys control of all the slave cities across the sea, and gives her an impressive army.  Unfortunately we didn’t get to see any expensive CG dragons this episode, but that is alright, we will get to see plenty of them soon enough.

At Castle Black Jon Snow (Kit Harington) squares off against Ser Alliser Thorne (Owen Teale) because for some reason Thorne sees Snow as a rival for the loyalty of the Night’s Watch.  Thorn decides to allow Jon to go back to Craster’s Keep to capture or kill the rebellious brothers.

Meanwhile Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) discovers that Petyr “little finger” Baelish (Aidan Gillen) is going to marry her aunt Lysa, and he is very creepy and wants “everything.”

While back in King’s Landing Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) finally visits his brother Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and is convinced of his innocence in the murder of King Joffrey.  To keep his vow to Catelyn Stark he charges Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) with finding and protecting Sansa Stark, and Arya if she is still alive.

All the while at Craster’s Keep the former brothers of the Night’s Watch have a good time breaking vows, until it is time for one of them to give Craster’s last son to the gods.  Shortly after, they capture Bran, Hodor, Jojen and Meera.

There are more than enough goodies in this episode to make fans very, very happy.  There is also enough foreshadowing to choke a frozen baby.  I think I spend an inordinate amount of time putting the pieces together from each episode only to be very surprised a week later.  And then when I re-watch the previous week’s episode I am amazed how obvious everything was and how much I missed.  It’s like this show is made by magicians, only they do sleight of hand with the plot instead of fake coins and foam balls.

Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 4 “Oathkeeper” directed by Michelle MacLaren, written by Bryan Cogman 8 out of 10

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