Game of Thrones- And Now His Watch Is Ended- Season 3 Episode 4

The burning of the city

The burning of Astapor

Ohhhhh that’s her plan. Good show Dany. Poor Jamie. What is happening with Bran!

Jamie’s hand is now hanging around his neck as a harsh reminder of what his father cannot protect him from. Gross and rude. Jamie is begging for water and Locke gets him to drink horse urine. So mean. I love that I am actually now feeling bad for Jamie Lannister. What is happening to me?! Jamie grabs a sword but cannot fight left-handed and is beat to the ground and his face is pushed into the mud. Ugh, the feels! It’s a Lannister! Don’t care so much. But I do. I feel bad for the Kingslayer.

In Bran’s storyline he is still with the boy Jojen and dreaming of the three-eyed crow. Can’t wait to see this story line play out. Also took me this whole episode to remember that Jojen is the little boy from Love Actually. Awww. Adorable. But back to Westeros.

In King’s Landing Varys is meeting with Tyrion and delivers him a crate. He is telling Tyrion the story of how he became…lacking downstairs. He was drugged by a man who then cut off his manhood and burned it in a dark magic ceremony. Creepy. So Varys despises “magic and all those who practice it.” The crate is finally opened and inside it is the wizard who mutilated Varys with his mouth sewn shut.

Back to the Night’s Watch. The men hate working at Craster’s. And they should. He sucks. They need to just get out of there. Samwell is talking to Gilly and bothering her about the name of her baby. Sam is kind of annoying. I’m waiting for him to surprise us all and be a great hero.

Varys is speaking with Ros and has been informed that Littlefinger’s ship has two feather beds in it for his trip to the Eyrie. The assumption is he is trying to sneak Sansa away with him. Gross. So he can’t have the mom, go for the daughter? I guess that’s a thing in Westeros.

Ugh, more Joffrey. He is walking with Margaery telling her the history of King’s Landing in the Sept of Baelor, where their wedding is going to take place. Margaery is so gifted at playing the young king, but I guess he’s not that difficult to figure out. She convinces him to go outside and acknowledge the crowd. The crowd is shouting for Margaery but she tells him it’s really all for him so they go outside to greet the people.

Mystery boy is now leading Theon Greyjoy to his sister through some tunnels. He says Theon’s dad knew what was happening ti him this whole time. Theon is reflecting on his decisions from past episodes and then says “my real father lost his head at King’s Landing…I made a choice, and I chose wrong, and now I’ve burned everything down.” Awwww, but I still don’t like you Theon. You had a good thing going for you, I think they call this karma. The man now leads Theon back into the dungeon. Whaaaa? Other men put Theon back on the cross. What was that all about? Who is this guy?

At camp we return to Jamie Lannister. He is dying and not eating. Brienne is trying to get him to snap out of it. They fight because Brienne is calling him a wuss and to get over himself and the loss of his hand. Basically Jamie needs to man up. So he finally eats. She then asks why Jamie told that story about her family being wealthy since it isn’t true in order to save her. Why is he helping? Feelings for someone that’s not his sister? Interesting.

Cersei is now in Tywin’s office asking if he is doing everything possible to get Jamie back. He shoots her down and then gives Cersei an opportunity to prove she isn’t worthless to him. Then he delivers this beauty “I don’t distrust you because you’re a woman, I distrust you because you’re not as smart as you think”.

Lady Olenna and Varys are chatting about Littlefinger and his attachment to Sansa. They form a plan and Margaery finds Sansa to put it into action. She mentions to Sansa she likes her very much and would love to become sisters with her. The best way to that? Why marry her brother Loras of course and then they can be sisters. Oh Sansa, what will we do with you. She is so happy about it and can’t wait to marry Sir Loras. Oh boy.

At Craster’s again the Night’s Watch are burning a corpse of one of the men who didn’t get enough food. Craster tells the Lord Commander to kill all the wounded men and it makes the men rightfully angry. Craster is awful. The men start arguing with Craster and then things go crazy. Craster is killed (WOOO!! Finally!) but so is the Lord Commander. Sam grabs Gilly and they get out of there as fast as tubby Sam can go.

Arya! She is still with the Brotherhood without Banners in their hideout and their prisoner, The Hound. The leader of the crew is Beric Dondarrion who is looking for The Mountain (The Hound’s brother. Solid nicknames guys). Beric is also a fan of the Lord of the Light just like that red head, Melisandre. Arya tells them The Hound murdered the butcher’s boy and so The Hound will go to trial by combat.

Dany is still in Astapor. Remember, she traded one of her dragons for those slave soldiers? Let’s watch that play out. Dany is in the center of the square with all of her Unsullied, slave masters, and Kraznys waiting around. Kraznys is talking but Dany isn’t really listening. She opens a basket and one of her dragons is on a chain leash which Kraznys takes from her in exchange for the whip that gives her control of the slaves. She asks if the deal is done and Kraznys insults her in Valyrian. She walks down the steps and overhead the dragon is screeching. Dany then looks to her Unsullied and starts to speak to them…in Valyrian. Ohhh what?! Dany orders the Unsullied to do certain things and then the magic happens. Dany turns and starts berating Kraznys in Valyrian. She then tells the Unsullied to kill all slave masters but not harm any of the children. Kraznys is outraged and tells the guards to kill Dany and then you know what happens? DANY HAS THE DRAGON SET KRAZNYS ON FIRE! The city is now burning and Dany turns to the Unsullied and tell them they are free men now. They can join her if they want, but they will never be slaves again. They all follow her as she marches triumphantly away from the burning city. Hell yeah.

Game of Thrones- Valar Dohaeris- Season 3 Episode 1

Dany

After what seemed like months and months of torture, the fight for the Iron Throne returned on Sunday night with the premiere of season 3 of Game of Thrones. I was beyond excited when the episode finally came out. The build up was so enormous. Was anyone else a little underwhelmed with what we were given? Granted, this episode was clearly setting the stage for what was to come but since I had been waiting for so long I was yearning for more action.

Yet the episode was wonderfully put together and gave the audience the taste of Westeros we had all been aching for. This episode was less about the physical battle and more internal and within various relationships in the kingdom.

Open on Sam running for his life in the snow. Poor guy is running as fast as he can away from the grasp of the White Walkers. He sees a man sitting in the distance, and as he draws closer he finds the man dead and grasping his own head. Gross. A minute in and it’s bloody already. Got to love HBO. Here comes the Walker Sam was presumably running from when a dire wolf comes and jumps on the beast. Seriously I really need a dire wolf. Then the rest of the Night’s Watch comes and sets the White Walker on fire. Sam gets scolded for not sending out a raven. Although, who wants to put Sam in charge of important things like that? The boy can barely remember his own name.

Credits appear again, Winterfell is on fire in the credits because of last year’s finale. And a new city is added. I love the little intricacies. Now focus on Jon Snow. Poor Snow, always mixed up where he shouldn’t be. He is still being held by the Wildlings just getting abused. Do you think he will be breaking the Night’s Watch vows to be with Ygritte, the Wildling woman who seems super into him in a pull-your-pigtails-3rd-grade-love type of way? Only time will tell (or the book, but who knows where deviations and such will come in!) In Mance’s tent Jon is asked why he wants to defect and be a part of the Wildlings. His first answer is shot down by Mance, but then he tells the Wildlings about how much he hates the agreement the Lord Commander has with that awful Craster and how much he wants to fight the White Walkers. This answer comes across much better and Jon is safe.

Returning to King’s Landing Tyrion awakes and is checking out his battle scars. The Queen comes into his room assuring Tyrion that she doesn’t want to kill him. Oh the bond between siblings is a powerful thing. I always need to preface to my family that I don’t want to murder them before entering a room. The conversation between the two is tense. Finally Cersei gets to the reason she came and asks Tyrion why he wants to see their father. Tyrion says he wants to visit him since his father did not see him once during his recovery. Cersei is sure he wants to spill the beans on what awful things she has done (namely trying to kill him, incest, trying to kill the king, getting the previous hand of the king killed, you know, the usual stuff). Then she finally leaves and Tyrion walks off with his bodyguard who is now demanding more money to protect him.

Would you be holding your mom prisoner? Robb Stark still is for letting Jamie Lannister go. When they get to Harrenhal they find 200 more dead Northerners strewn about the place. It’s a gruesome site. There is one survivor who is quickly tended to. The awkwardness of the mom/prisoner situation shows on Robb’s face and the rush to find Jamie Lannister is even more imperative now.

Ahh Tyrion has finally found his father, who is now Hand of the King. Tyrion expresses his sadness about his father not visiting him to which Tywin says in the most nonchalant way possible that he knew the wounds were not fatal and therefore did not see a point. Tyrion then gets down to the heart of the matter, he wants Casterly Rock. Tywin is an awful man. I mean his disdain for Tyrion is so outright rude and terrible and Charles Dance portrays it brilliantly. He rejects Tyrion’s request so brutally and Tyrion turns his back on his father and leaves. Wow, I’m really feeling the Lannister love in this episode.

Oh look Sansa is still here. SHe is hanging out with her fake handmaiden Shae. Then Littlefinger comes over and tells her he is working on getting her out of King’s Landing. His servant warns Shae to be careful about Littlefinger and what he is doing for Sansa. Duh.

Oh look Dany, the dragons, and the Dothraki are on a ship on their way to Astapor. The Dothraki are vomiting everywhere and just all around miserable from being on the sea. Aww they don’t seem so tough now. The dragons are much bigger but Dany says they aren’t growing fast enough. They are on their way to get an army.

Aww man, I was hoping to get out of this episode without seeing Joffrey. But let’s be real, we all love hating him so it’s almost nice to see him as well. His betrothed Margaery stops the carriages they are in to meet with some orphans. Cersei is not pleased and does little to hide this fact. Joffrey also seems to be getting impatient with his mother and they exchange quick remarks. But really, do any of the Lannisters like each other? Guess we will have to wait for the Cersei-Jamie reunion to know for sure.

Seems like Dany has found her army. It is an army of slaves from a man named Krazny who clearly has no respect for Dany. His subtitles are rude but his translator softens each blow as she speaks with Dany. Death means nothing to them. Then Krazny shows the evidence of this when he chops off one of the army men’s nipples. Eww gross. That just happened. Dany is taken by a little girl who seemingly wants to play with her. The girl rolls her a ball and a scorpion pops out. She is saved by Ser Barristan Selmy. Interesting.

Hmm..that’s the end of the episode. What did you think? Can it keep the momentum of the past two seasons going? Are you excited for what’s to come in season 3?