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Game of Thrones Season 3 Finale Review: As Happy of an Ending as We'll Get

Game of Thrones S03E10: "Mhysa"


Let's get something straight: Game of Thrones likes to end its seasons confidently, but not splashily. The show elicits most of its "oohs" and "ahhs" and the "THEY DID WHAT?"s and "I'M GOING TO KILL YOU GEORGE R.R. MARTIN!!!"s in its penultimate episodes, and spends its finales preparing you for what's ahead. But even knowing that going in, the Season 3 finale, "Mhysa" lacked that single nod to fans to keep us all happy between seasons. I don't know about you, but Dany crowdsurfing on a bunch of poor people didn't hit me in the same way that an army of White Walkers or a naked lady covered in ash and dragons did in Seasons 2 and 1, respectively. 

Those who were looking for some Stark payback after the tragedies of the Red Wedding got very little of it, because neither we nor the show's characters have suffered enough, apparently. In fact, in the Facebook-free world of Westeros, we only got to see a few people react to the kingdom-changing news, while others remained blissfully unaware. 

But where "Mhysa" did stand tall was in its attempt to provide the Game of Thrones version of a happy ending. Don't get me wrong, every character in this story—and especially the orphaned, innocent children—is doomed to live a life of suffering and pain while the scheming highborns sip wine in castles, because we are collectively George R.R. Martin's punching bag. But several characters experienced pretty substantial victories in "Mhysa," even if they weren't ideal. Dany conquered a city and adopted a bunch of new "children" (all of whom need a bath ASAP), Bran and his gang finally made it past the Wall (right into the teeth of the White Walkers), Jon returned to Castle Black (and even brought a few arrows!), Theon's penis returned home to the Iron Islands (at least it needed a box of respectable size), Davos put his reading lessons to good use (though he had to be saved by his BFF's wench girlfriend), and 95 percent of Jaime reunited with his sister-lover (though Cersei didn't exactly jump out of her chair in excitement). Hey, it's a step in the right direction after the slaughter of a bunch of your favorite characters in a matter of minutes! (Kidding, Catelyn was no one's favorite character.)

So with this season closed, let's shake some sausage and discuss what happened in the finale.


"The next time you're going to do something like that, tell me first!" —The Hound

Just in case you forgot, "Mhysa" began with a slap in the face by reminding everyone just how badly the Starks got f*cked over. Not gonna lie, when Roose Bolton appeared on the screen I stood up, booed, and threw rotten tomatoes at the TV. A week later and I still experience feelings of murderous rage at the sight of his ugly mug. Can't we be done with this pain, Game of Thrones? Remember when you used to show us direwolf puppies? Now we're watching members of the Stark clan die in droves. Oh, and Greywind's head on Robb Stark's body? Sure why not? Yeah, we needed to see that. Poor Arya didn't, though, so of course she got a front row seat for it! 

But that was all set-up for one of the best scenes in the episode. Arya has always been our avatar in this world, reacting and responding with the kind of off-the-cuff emotion that we feel as viewers. And while eavesdropping on a braggart from Frey's camp as he performed a hilarious impression of Catelyn watching her eldest son die and then boasting about the Frankenstein'd man-wolf creation he claimed to've helped create, Arya played the sweet young hungry girl, lured the Frey guy into a false sense of security, and then adorably stabbed the man in the carotid artery. Can Arya get any better? Nope, she can't. You know those characters in movies and TV who you shout at, egging them on to do something vicious and cruel because your emotions are running so high that you just need to see blood RIGHT NOW? That was Arya in this scene, and for once, a character listened. And remember those sorta happy endings I mentioned above? This was Arya's, shanking a nobody just because it felt good.

It was a good half-plan on her part, but a little shortsighted when it came to the other three dudes. Thankfully, the Hound did his thing and took care of the other goons, but come on, that was pretty rude on Arya's part. Anyway, the Starks and the Freys are even now, right? 


"Is that bad poetry, or is that supposed to mean something?" —Tyrion Lannister

Apparently Lady Sansa is easily won over: All you have to do to win her affection is not rape her on her wedding day! Sansa and Tyrion were getting along swimmingly and boy howdy was that a relief. For all the flack Sansa gets for being a prissy princess, sometimes she's an absolute doll. And yes, her suggestion to prank those who guffawed at Tyrion's wedding circus by sewing sheep shit into their mattresses qualified as one of those times. Sansa is a back-and-forth characters who you can't firmly take a stance on because she's all over the place; she'll do something like lie about Nymeria and Joffrey's assault on Micah, but then she'll earn our sympathy because she's a willful captive in this game of thrones, and then she'll win us over with talk of a bed full of dung. Wasn't it great to see Sansa smile for once, and wasn't it great to see that Tyrion's kindness clearly had something to do with it? This marriage is destined for great things!

Or maybe not. Word of Robb's death ravened its way into King's Landing, and no one was happier than Joffrey, King of the Inbreds. Joff planned to serve Robb's head to Sansa at his own wedding feast, which would be worse than unflavored oatmeal but slightly better than an Edible Arrangement. What I liked about this Small Council scene was how everyone turned on Joffrey together, throwing him into a tantrum. Tywin even said the king was grumpy because he was tired, and recommended that Joff catch a nap and drink some sleepytime juice. These are the kinds of things you say about a toddler, and maybe not even to a toddler's face—yet here were Tywin and Cersei and Tyrion talking to Joffrey as if he needed a diaper change. It was so great! Game of Thrones has done fantastic things with the dynamic between Joffrey and the rest of his family, straddling the line between making him mightily powerful and merely petulant, and this scene laid everything out perfectly. The crazy thing is that Joffrey could have Tyrion's tongue ripped out at a moment's notice, but he won't do that because he knows that his place in the family supersedes his place in the kingdom. But what will happen when Joffrey goes through his full-on teenage rebellious phase? It'll be Mad King Round Two, and that's why Tywin has to get as much done now, while he still can. Fun, entertaining stuff. And maybe we should talk about a new show starring Jack Gleeson and Charles Dance as mismatched roommates, because they're great together.


Also of note: Tyrion's passionate defense of Sansa. It was borderline romantic! With Sansa warming up to Tyrion and Tyrion staunchly defending his child bride in the face of the angry boy-king, maybe their marriage can actually work! Except for the fact that Tyrion's family slaughtered Sansa's parents. Shame on me, for a second I almost forgot we were talking about Game of Thrones, where "Stark" is just another word for "ill-fated." All that positive progress for Sansa wiped away by news from the Twins.

Varys tried to pull more strings by asking Shae to leave King's Landing exchanged for some major compensation (I'd pitch in for that Kickstarter, let me tell you). Varys wants her out because she's a distraction to Tyrion, and Tyrion is the realm's last hope. Shae suspected that it was Tyrion who wanted her gone, which could be true but I don't think actually is. Also, I have to call sheepshit on Shae's claim that she loves Sansa and would kill for her. I just don't see it. But that's partly because I really despise Shae—I think she's a terrible character who just whines all the time—so I'll jump at the chance to poop on her. And thus I can't be trusted for an unbiased opinion on anything Shae-related; if she pulled me out of a burning building I'd do all I could to shove her back in.

Finally, before we leave King's Landing I suppose I should also mention the anti-climactic reunion between Jaime and Cersei. Is it me or should a reunion between two great character/siblings/lovers in a season finale not end with them just staring at each other? Maybe I was over-anticipating this. Now I have to wait nine months to hear her say, "What happened to your hand?" 


"We didn't build 500 miles of ice wall 700 feet high to keep out men." —Samwell Tarley

You can easily argue that at the moment, nothing else on Game of Thrones matters more than Samwell's story. The White Walkers, they be a-coming! And who woulda thunk that the fat kid we used to throw rocks at would be the key to informing the world of the threat and teaching everyone how to defend themselves?

But first, he had to send Bran on his way north of the Wall—with a stash of White Walker B-Gone a.k.a. Dragonglass—after another one of Bran's miraculous meetups with other characters from the books. Admittedly, Bran's storyline went back to being boring after last week's explosion of entertainment when he mind-controlled some direwolves. Doesn't this show have more important things to do than tell us ghost stories about the haunted spirit of a chef? Yes, we were reminded of the Westerosi policy of "No killing guests under your own roof, the Gods don't forgive that" along with a sweet cut to Walder Frey, but besides that one fitting transition, some details are probably best left to the books. Especially if the show is going to choose mundane chatter over the book-exclusive secret-word ceremony that Sam had to perform to get Bran through the Wall. Unless the Rat Cook is real, then never mind I said that. 

Jon, meanwhile, ran into his ex—and boy, was it awkward. Oopsie! He had to admit to Ygritte's face that he'd been lying all along about leaving the crows, but he was telling the truth about his love for her. "I do know some things. I know I love you," he said, which I will totally be using word for word the next time I apologize to my wife. That's got to be awfully confusing for a girl. Am I the only one who wondered why he didn't do the classic "Come with meeeee!" thing? Normally I'm adverse to that sort of trope, but this is Ygritte we're talking about! The further Jon gets from her, the less likely it is that we'll get to hang out with her. What is the show going to do, follow Ygritte around with her wildling friends? I don't think so. At least throw the option out there, Jon. You don't tell someone you love them and then "Smell you later!" in the same sentence. Grab her, throw her over your shoulder, and then make love to her on top of the horse all the way back to Castle Black. That's how you get it done. You know nothing, Jon Snow! Instead, you took home a few keepsake arrows. (Did any of you non-book-readers have mini heart attacks when she shot him? Could you imagine if Robb and Jon died in back-to-back episodes? Ladies would be throwing themselves off bridges.)

Back at Castle Black, Samwell gave Maester Aemon (the best of all Maesters) the download on the WW situation and delivered a fine speech about who the real threat is, saying that all thawed men deserve to be protected. Though it may seem innocuous, this should end up being one of the most important scenes of the series. Aemon's response was to send the whole flock of ravens to every lord and lady in the kingdom, to beg for their attention and help in stopping the White Walkers. All the ravens? That's a big commitment! That's like using up all your cell phone minutes at once, that's how important it is! Now Game of Thrones will potentially see its focus shift from battling for a chair to stopping a horde of blue-eyed, dead-man-shaped moving popsicles. And it's all because of porky Sam. 


"See, Ser Davos? You've been saved by that fire god you like to mock. You're his army now." —Stannis Baratheon

One problem Game of Thrones faced this season was figuring out how to make Stannis relevant again, and that wasn't going to happen without some sort of miraculous intervention. And before that could take place, the Gendry-Melisandre sidebar had to be resolved. I'm not sure the "Melisandre wants Gendry's juice to cast spells" thing worked as well as David Benioff and D.B. Weiss hoped it would (as far as I know it wasn't part of the book, but perhaps someone else can correct me... maybe you, @seven_hells?), and just as it was getting somewhat interesting, it was concluded by Davos sending Gendry away on a tiny boat. Yes, Melisandre could continue to hunt for him with the fire gods guiding her, but Melisandre searching for Gendry again would be the show repeating itself, and that's something Game of Thrones does not need unless it's just stalling until Martin finishes the books. As of now it's goodbye to Gendry and that storyline, and we've been left wondering what the point really was beside casting a hex on Robb, Joffrey, and Balon. It was probably just to keep Stannis in the picture somehow, I guess? 

ANYWAY, that's not important. What's important is that Dragonstone got some sun! Did you see that? It wasn't just darkness and grey skies! Never thought I'd see the day. Oh, also important was that Stannis received Aemon's cry for help through Davos, and even Melisandre was like, "Screw the chair and those five bickering kings! This is the real war! Death marches on the Wall, only you can stop them." Whether that's Mel seeing an opportunity for Stannis to get back into the limelight by saving the kingdom, or whether she actually believes it's the right thing to do is a different question. But either way, P-whipped Stannis is going to do what she says and kick some White Walker butt... and standing at his side will be Davos, who went from being meat on the chopping block to commander of Stannis's army in about 30 seconds. I don't know about you, but this has me EXCITED. Fire shall meet ice!


"My mother taught me not to throw stones at cripples. But my father told me to aim for their heads." —Ramsay Snow

As expected by the book-readers in the crowd, the mystery "boy" who was torturing Theon was Ramsay Snow, Roose Bolton's bastard... emphasis on the bastard. His sausage snacking and talk of phantom limbs while Theon hung there dick-less was about as mean as it gets, and I loved it. Ramsay's a total knob, but he's an entertaining knob and Iwan Rheon is killing it in the role.

All of Theon's appearances in Season 3 could have been summarized in a 30-second clip and you'd still think it went on too long, but things finally opened up with a special delivery to Balon Greyjoy. I think the Lonely Island dudes and Justin Timberlake did a song about this? "Leave the north now, or more boxes will follow with more Theon. XOXOXO, Ramsay," the note said. Balon didn't care because Theon no longer had the pen with which he was supposed to write down the next generation of the Greyjoy line, but Asha Yara did, and immediately began assembling a fleet to take down Bolton HQ at the Dreadfort. And you know what? I think right about now we all wouldn't mind seeing Yara run down Roose Bolton and all his spawn and introduce them to the Drowned God with a few lungfuls of brine. Anyway, more set-up for Season 4 between two very minor characters that is suddenly very interesting! Maybe Yara can stop at the Twins and kill a few hundred Freys while she's at it?


"Mhysa!!!" —a bunch of dirty people

I wish I could be a little more positive about Dany's final scene, but when the most exciting part of it was the number of extras/copy-and-paste CGI the show managed to wrangle together in one spot, I just can't say it left the same awesome taste in my mouth that Dany emerging from a fire naked with dragons or Sam looking at an army of undead soldiers and other creepy crawlies did. This was the scene we're supposed to live with until next April (probably), and it was a bunch of freed slaves hoisting Dany up like she'd just pitched a Little League no-hitter. And don't they say anything other than "Mhysa?" Are they a bunch of Jar-Jar Binks impersonators?

Dear readers, don't hate me for this, but that ending was the cheesiest thing this very mature series has done since we first met the Stark children goofing off in the pilot. And the chanting music that went with it? No thanks! I experienced a range of emotions during the scene, and "enjoyment" was not one of them. Visually striking? Sure. But it was also a little tangential to the "a bunch of White Walkers are coming to murder everyone!" revelation that preceded it, and that seemed to unite people and places together. I love Dany, really I do. She's a sweetheart. But this was not the high-oomph ending I had hoped for.



WEEKLY POWER RANKINGS

Each week, I'll rank the episodes of Season 3 from best to worst. But remember, these are just my opinions! Feel free to post your own in the comments!

This week:
No one expected the Season 3 finale to top "The Rains of Castamere," right? "Mhysa" opened up a lot of good possibilities for Game of Thrones Season 4. There will be plenty of in-fighting within Westeros and lots of battles near the Wall, and Dany's presence will grow stronger and stronger in the South. But "Mhysa" itself didn't stand out from the rest of Season 3 on its own. That's not a diss; Season 3 was a fantastic 10 hours overall, but I'm still perplexed as where to place this hour of it. It wasn't a top-five episode, but it wasn't a bottom three. Somewhere in the second half, I'd guess. I know I liked "Second Sons" more, so let's plop it right behind that.


1. "The Rains of Castamere" (Episode 9)

The Red Wedding. But also Bran warged his way into Hodor and Ghost, Yunkai fell, and Arya almost made it to the wedding. 


2. "And Now His Watch Is Ended" (Episode 4)

Jaime vomited horse pee-pee, Varys crafted a plot to derail Littlefinger's plan to marry Sansa, the Brotherhood Without Banners brought the Hound to trial, Dany got her army with a little trickery, and anarchy took over the Night's Watch. 


3. "Walk of Punishment" (Episode 3)

Dany concocted a plan to buy the Unsullied from their slave master and offered a dragon as payment. Jaime and Brienne found out that being untrue will cost them a lot more than their honor. Tyrion got a new job as Master of Coin, Catelyn attended her father's funeral, Hot Pie said goodbye to Arya, and Jon was headed to the Wall.


4. "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" (Episode 7)

Jon and Ygritte looked at a windmill, Dany brought her dragons to Yunkai and laid down some terms, Robb learned that he's going to be a father, and Jaime Lannister became Brienne's knight in shining armor. George R.R. Martin wrote this one. 


5. "Kissed By Fire" (Episode 5)

Themes of loyalty and oaths were explored with the help of Bryan Cogman's excellent script, creating an episode unlike most. Jon and Ygritte went hot-tubbing in a cave, Jaime and Brienne went hot-tubbing in custody, and Stannis's dead babies went hot-tubbing in jars.


6. "Second Sons" (Episode 8)

Tyrion and Sansa got married in one of the Seven Kingdoms' most awkward unions, Dany and Daario showed each other what they have to offer, and Gendry got sucked on by Melisandre's leeches. 


7. "Mhysa" (Episode 10)

Everyone took the next step in their journeys as Bran went beyond the Wall, Jon returned to Castle Black a few arrows richer, Samwell warned the kingdom of the White Walkers, and Dany got to crowdsurf over a bunch of bums. 


8. "Valar Dohaeris" (Episode 1)

The season premiere found Tyrion wondering why he wasn't getting dap for saving King's Landing, Jon getting pledged into the Wildling fraternity, Davos pissing off his friend's girlfriend, and Dany shopping for an army.


9. "Dark Wings, Dark Words" (Episode 2)

We saw Arya, Jaime, and Bran for the first time in this season. But the most exciting parts of the episode were the introductions of the Queen of Thorns, Thoros of Myr, and the Reed super siblings. And we may as well mention that Joffrey got a boner from imagining Margaery killing things, that pervert. 


10. "The Climb" (Episode 6)

Jon and Ygritte climbed a big ice cube, and Tywin got his way with the King's Landing marriages. Sansa cried, Edmure was betrothed to one of Walder Frey's daughters, and Gendry was taken away from Melisandre.




NOTES FROM THE RAVENS

– Did you notice the ladies swooning when Pod walked by? That man swings the most effective sword in all of Westeros! 

– The best line of the night went to Tyrion, who immediately corrected his own grammar: "Who? Whom?" More talky corrections with Gilly and Sam: "MAY-ster" not "Ma-ster." Have I been saying "MY-ster" this whole time? Can I pretend that's the American pronunciation?

– Aghhhh! Ygritte makes the saddest of sad faces! That poor woman! But even through sadness, she's a hell of a shot. 

– So Samwell saw the army of White Walkers at the end of Season 2, but he—the lardo who can barely handle a mile-long hike–beat them all back to the Wall with plenty of time to spare? Are the White Walkers stopping at every souvenir shop along the way or something? 

– Once again, Pycelle proves himself the kingdom's best suckup. 

– "Hodor" echoes! 




Follow TV.com writer Tim Surette on Twitter if you want to: @TimAtTVDotCom

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CATELYN WAS MY FAVORITE FEMALE CHARACTER
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Her again.

WOW!
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Anyone know who this actress is? She is one of the slaves at the end of season 3 ep. 10, the camera is on her about three times. She is standing next to the guy with the kid in his arms when the guy says "Mhysa".
IMO she HOT!
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So now season 4 is out (spoiler) the answer to this"What is the show going to do, follow Ygritte around with her wildling friends? I don't think so." Is yes. Yes they are. And I'm not complaining about that.

Also, you said Arya is the avatar for the audience. I think that's sort of wrong. I agree she is how we would like to respond emotionally. But I doubt there are many people who would actually do it. How many people would steal a knife from the guy who kidnapped you and then stab a guy by the fire in front of his three friend when you're half their size and have no real plan to follow up except to rely on your kidnapper to rescue you, no matter what he said about your mother. People like Arya because she acts how you would like to. But in reality I think most people would be like Sansa, doing whatever it takes just to stay alive. And maybe that's why so many people hate her, because she is what most of us are, total conformists, while Arya represent personal freedom inspite of danger.
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Season 1 was quite impressive.
Season 2 started to go downhill.
Season 3... seriously? All my girlfriends and I were disappointed. There was no reason they had to involve mens privates like that in a series. It does not matter what was in the books.
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So you were cool when it was female parts that were involved in season 1, but got intimidated by male parts? Now that's more disappointing than anything.
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It sure as fuck does matter what's in the books, and it matters even more that the author of the books wanted to do it. If you don't want to watch it anymore be my guest, but if shitstains like you had their way this would go down in history as yet another horrible parody of a series of works of great literature.
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I haven't seen Season 3 yet, or all of Season 2 but I just finished A Storm of Swords and fans need to stop their b!tching!! If you only knew what was in store for Season 4! When I was reading it I couldn't possibly understand how they were able to get so much content into 10 episodes because in the book the Red Wedding takes place between pages 689-701 yet there's 1130 pages in Storm of Swords. Those that are complaining of the so called boredom or lack of action after the Red Wedding just wait cause the first few episodes of Season 4 are going to start off with a HUGE BANG!! I'm not going to spoil anything of course but there's going to be some really happy fans out there.

I for one can't wait to watch through Mhysa and then get prepped for that the awesomeness that will be the Season Premiere. For those of you who complained or are thinking of giving up on the show, don't, there's so many good things coming you won't know what to do with yourself next April.
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But inbox me, dont want to spoil it for other people :)
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Hehe cool, cannot wait! The thing I want to see is Arya decapitating some Lannisters and Frey's! Haha no but seriously give a few hints what will happen?
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purple wedding
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The interesting part about Theon's plot is that, if only the Starks would've known what kind of man was Bolton's son, it would've gave them a hint as to what kind of person Lord Bolton really was.

The biggest red flag about the father's tru nature, was the real nature of the son as experienced by Theon, the somewaht fake son the House Stark raised.
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Okay, so.... "Mhysa" was not a bad episode. But I agree with Tim here. I didn't like the ending. i was expecting so much more to be honest. But I did get a Gendry Sighting. So that alone made my day. But now two direwolves are dead, two direwolves are missing. Well at least Bran and Rickon have their direwolves right? I can't wait to see Yara/Asha trying to get her brother back. That will be epic, even though it didn't happen in the books. Although it is heavily implied that Theon got castrated in the books, there is never a direct mention of it. So the fact that the show makes it obvious is actually cool because we actually know what's happening now. Anywho... I can't wait for next season. All you book readers, just think of the second half of "A Storm of Swords" with glee and enjoyment. You all know you want to. Plus we should be seeing Dorne next season, which means OBERYN MARTELL BIATCHES! I love Oberyn Martell. Still, is anyone hoping to see Gendry and Ghost next season?
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Its so weird to see the Game of Thrones kids doing normal things, sounding like normal kids in the commentaries, or even acting like modern day kids like Jack Glesson does in Batman Begins.
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Was watching Batman Begins the other night when some little blond kid showed up on the screen and I thought "hang on, that chin looks familiar..." sure enough, it was a baby Joffrey! he was so adorable, clinging to Katie Holmes in wide-eyed terror.
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The only issue I have with Sansa is that she isn't Margaery: if Margaery would have married Tyrion, now that's a power-couple to be reckon with!

I would totally agree with Varys that Shae was a complication if that were the case.
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Little late here but wish I hadnt read this review at all. I used to love your reviews Tim, because you took the shows seriously and actually had somethingninteresting to say, now you just make snarky comments and diss characters. Even more so you seem to miss the point of the story, Sansa and Catelyn and Cercei are some of the most beautifully written characters Ive ever come across, because they are honest, yet you keep criticizing them for that honesty. And about Gendry being at Dragontone, that is from the books, hes supposed to be Edric Storm, but I suppose others have said that already. At any rate, I hope next season you'll write reviews for this show like you used to do for Fringe and Sons of Anarchy.
As for the show itself, i shall miss it greatly till it returns next year! Though I gotta agree on the lackluster ending with Dany.
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I don't think its Daenerys but Lord Varys the one missing the point: Tyrion is not running for President. It doesn't matter if he has a "complication" because the mind, the will and the right last name to make the country a better place do not ensure him a political position.

Tyrion could be as useless as Joffrey to make the country a better place but, as long as he's born in the right House, he would still have a shot at it.
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Good season but with each passing episode i am starting to hate dany's more...giving freedom in front of everyone so they choose to obey her.....as if they are going to say no in front of everyone. Secondly if everyone is equal, why are people protecting her or bringing food for her when there are no slaves....such a hypocrite. At least starks were true...they believe they have slaves...abide by rules and respect people rather than trust the guy who killed his own brothers to give her second sons (who are apparently free now...lol).Tywin is a villion but of the remaining characters i think he is becoming my favorite..will see how season 4 goes but judging by rains of cashmore..they will probably kill everyone except sam, joffery, freys, dany,,
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''At least starks were true...they believe they have slaves'' - I don't understand this line.. Because either you think stark's have slaves or you wrote wrong..


On the Dany thing - you equate people from roughly middle ages to modern times which is very wrong.. Then a thing as ''peer pressure'' wasn't in existence so when a slave was freed he did not stay unless he wanted.. but the former slaves consider Dany their mother because she gave them a new life, hence the chanting of the word ''mother'' or ''mhysa''
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Choosing to serve does not necessarily make one a slave.
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I just want people to explain to me What the hell did they like in season 3
(Except for episode 9 shocker) I find this season to be the worst of the 3
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Opinions, everyone is allowed to have their own opinion, it is great that you prefer season 2, but other people enjoyed season 3. No need to dwell on other people's opinion.
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I just want to understand
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I thought the episode was pretty solid. I tend to judge Game of Thrones on the basis of the whole season rather than on each episode. Season 3 has definitely been the best of the three so far. Leaving us on a mildly cheerful note is quite a good thing for the show since death and gloom in all the season finales tend to become very predictable.
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A fitting finale. I enjoyed all the little tidbits, and things calming down a bit - very much needed after the recent shocks. They managed to give at least one scene to almost everyone, and I honestly couldn't pick a favorite. I also appreciated the cinematic ending, strengthened by a great musical score.

Possibly my favorite season so far. Game of Thrones continues being as strong as ever, and still has no equal. And now it's time for our 9,5 months long painful watch to begin...
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Let's do this Daenerys!!!
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youll feel good "Game of Thrones" Ultimate Birthday Rap Battle (Featuring Taryn Southern) on youtube
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Season 3? Excellent. All in all, just excellent. And the few folks on here who are bored with the show.......buh-bye!! What you poor inhabitants of Fleabottom don't seem to get is that this show IS NOT A COMIC BOOK MOVIE! it moves in "real time.". Sorta. But that's why Dany takes an entire season to get fron Qarth to Runkai. Thats why it took an entire season for Jaime to FINALLY get to Kings Landing. That's why it took an entire season for Jon to run his arc with Ygritte. What you're watching, twitchy peeps with incurable ADD, is NOT a fucking video game. You're watching CHESS being played. Chess is slow, thoughtful, deliberate. The actions in Westeros.....the moves on the chess board....take time to set up. The BRILLIANCE of GOT is that the setting up is JUST AS GOOD AND JUICY AS THE PAYOFFS. for those who don't get that, who get bored with the slow, THOROUGH building of the story arcs involving Bran, Theon, Ramsey, Davos, Gendry, Sam, and others, GOOD NEWS. 24 is coming back soon. Enjoy!
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Who the hell is watching most of this season I have been yawning and trying not to fall to sleep (except for episode 9 where I could I was so mad I could throw something on the TV)
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I'd suggest either Big Bang Theory or The Walking Dead. Maybe True Blood? Definitely NOT The Newsroom!!!
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"Doesn't this show have more important things to do than tell us ghost stories about the haunted spirit of a chef?"

Foreshadowing.
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The Gost story itself was irrelevant, it was the explanation of Guests Right that was important, as the Freys had broken it again with the Red Wedding.
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I don't think it was about the chef as much as about the Frey.

After all, who else on this show killed a guest in his own house, and has several children around him, but the good old Lord Frey.
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Oddly enough, the reason I liked the no-cliffhanger ending is because it goes against TV convention, especially for the first part of an ongoing book.

Any show can make a cliffhanger, but create closure out if thin air? After an episode such as The Rains of Castemere? Only these writers IMO.
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Brilliant article. I was reading it with a Stephen Colbert voice, it was great lol.

My opinion on the episode? This article summed it for me, it was "meh" :/. I feel emotionally disconnected to the show now, not sweating about Season 4, it can come back it cannot not, i certainly wouldn't lose sleep over GoT now.

Thanks G.R.R Martin, you gave and you took. It was a great series though, i regret nothing.
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Haha the part about Jon in your review was just Hilarious.. Women would throw themselves off bridges indeed!
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No huge cliffhanger and everybody loses their minds..
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This
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Light skin or dark skin? Couldn't care less. Try thicker skin.
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yes, i agree with everyone, this is show is the best on TV right now and that makes them getaway with a poor season finale like this season 3 finale where episode 9 make us break the tv and wait for another episode to explode the remains of our TV and instead they calm us down with a zzzzzzzzzz episode and the ending was boooooooooooring...

I never know whats coming with this episode and the last scene screamed for someone to make a move against Daenerys Targaryen, but even after episode 9 surprising events i knew anything bad would happen because i felt bored...

Anyway, i would love to ask the director what he have against Starks?? ahahah XD
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Bran 'warged' with Summer, not Ghost. Ghost is pure white, dirty white at times but it was Summer and Shaggydog who saved Jon. I actually completely forgot that scene from the books, and it was mostly, if IRRC, Bran thinking that it was a dream.

Arya was awesome and I totally share the Shae-hate.
One thing I just cannot wait for next season would be to see if they actually keep the scene of Tywin's demise (I LOVE GoT's Tywin and some of him in the books but I think they should still keep the scene because the amount of betrayal done to Tyrion by his family and by Shae just made me root for some badassery on Tyrion's part)
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WTF, dick! >:(
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Ugh, huge spoiler, thanks a lot. Flagged
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Spoiler, dude, serious spoiler. Rookie move.
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There is not a lot to say about this Season 3: very good, very well done, nobody is safe in this show, very entertaining. It is in my opinion the best show at the moment.
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For such an amazing show it's hard to come up with anything to say because it's already been said. I agree that it's the best show on TV at the moment.
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While watching a George R. Martin interview, where a British lady asks him how was he coping with Hollywood i got an image in my head ,,,
Georgie (portrayed unfairly as a white hooker) was walking the beat in his small town, waiting for his usuals, and then out of nowhere, this low riding, purple with orange Cadillac, drives by and the big black PIMP (hollywood) behind the steering wheels sees him/her taking some money from a customer and he wants to get his beak wet also.
So he introduces himself, buys flowers and candy, practicly give Martin what he want's so he could compromise himself and his work.
So my point is this, although i am a great fan and respect Mr. Martin a lot, i can't help but feel betrayed, about how he gave in to the Big Man (HBO) and changed small but crucial parts of the story in ways that overall change the characters. ex jhon snow having one final talk with igrete and saying i love you while arrows are going thru him in a frenzy. WTF R MARTIN STAND UP FOR YOUR Masterpiece, and dont let them skip another battle, more money for the show, more control over the story!!! don't forget you are Snop Dog holding your Pimp Chalice and HBO, although not really a Ho, can be made so if you know how to!
So cant wait to see jhon snow being resurrected by Melisande.
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Another grumpy literalist......
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"Hodor!!!!!" Hodor listening to his echo was the best thing ever, love that guy he always knows the right thing to say.
Yeah, it was no "Rains of Castamere" but did we really expect it to be.
I almost threw up when I saw what the Freys did. Greywind!!!!!!! It killed me. It really did.
On an awesome and related note Ayra!!!! Me and my sister were saying "I hope she stabs that bastard repeatedly" and she did so we gave her a round of applause.
I cant believe Ygritte shot him but bitches be crazy and you know something about no fury like a woman scorned.
I am so sick of these damn near misses. If Bran had gone to Castle Black he would have seen Jon.
I love Tyrion and love that Sansa was not a sad sack the whole time they were together. Tyrion in that scene in the small council was awesome, all sticking up for his wife and shit, good on him!
Dany has new fans, yay!
And Joffrey was a little you know what as usual. (Cun*).

Well now all we have to do is wait onths and months for season 4.
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john snow does not know how to ask a girl wild or not to come with him. Arya will lead her own army to join the fight of the kingdoms. Dany as Mhysa=Mother of all free slaves will find a place that makes bloody ship and sail away to join the battle and wipe out the lannisters with her 3 fire breathing dragons. Red women and stannis will bow to almighty Dany. Sam is your SAM wise he is an Hobbit. LOL over all need the quite after the red wedding ..
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Arya should def get the assassin skills from the faceless man and be awesome and ninja-kill everyone that has done her wrong. As Cersei said, there is no end to these things...
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I did not think the Mhysa scene doing the GoT equivalent to Shakira's wakawaka was THAT bad.... I guess it is easy to find a 'feel good' scene corny esp. in the middle of GoT which is generally 'feel bad' or better yet, 'feel worse' (eg Red Wedding - I am still freaking out over a week later). Frankly in the middle of the suffering of the cursed Stark clan and the torture by the psycho-Ramsay on Theon 'asshole' Greyjoy a bit of optimism was welcome even if it is not to last...

I actually really liked the Jamie-Cersei reunion because such a reunion after what Jamie's been through would always be anticlimactic... Jamie's subdued look echoed how he looked saying goodbye to Brienne. Some great acting this season which I thought was brilliant (haven't read the books)
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Actually, Jaime felt more weepy in his goodbye scene with Brienne: it was as if each or both of them were going to lose it if any of them said another word.

With "Cersei" it was as if every word they needed to say in the finale was said and done.
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Is it just me or does John's direwolf sword hilt kinda look like a Pez dispenser?
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Ok is it me or is Theon's sister's name Asha not Yara?
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Yara is a better name, anyway. Wonder if it was inspired by (T)asha Yar(a)?

TNG shout out, yo!
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I'd say Asha is a better name because it means Hope.
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Asha on the book. Yara on the show.

To be fair, the show hasn't adressed to her by name in a year.
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It's probably cuz "Asha" and "Osha" sound too much alike. It's hard enough keeping everyone straight without nearly identical names!
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Ok that makes sence, thought I missed something there.
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I liked season 3 more than season 2. After a few episodes of season 2, I found myself thinking "nah, this is not the same show anymore". It could be because of the lack of Ned Stark, don't know. This season, however, I got a very good feeling from the very beginning.
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Going against the popular vote, I have to say that season 3 was boring. Not even the last two episodes saved the season, something that is common in other series, I mean a season being saved by two very good last episodes. Not here. Any episode of GOT without Tyrion Lannister, regardless of how much blood gets spilled, or how many people in one family died, it is boring. Add little time for Dany/ Mhysa and YES the episode is extra boring. She is the one we all want to see. What really happened in this season? People walking across the fields from North to South, or the opposite. One lost his hand in the way, one lost her love, one almost lost her virginity, one lost her family, one lost his freedom and some blood, one lost his... well we all know what. Plus an ex misfits as a torturer, a kind of Abbott and Costello type of wedding couple, and the cutest pair of dragons. That is season 3. If they make a new serie with just Tyrion and Dany I´ll be watching it. But not this. Not any more.
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I could kinda buy some of your argument until you went pro-Dany. I think the overall story of GoT would be much tighter if the continent of Essos and everything on it - slaves, Dothraki, dragons, etc. - all fell into the sea. And from what I've read in the books it feels to me that Dany's storyline doesn't progress so much as it just falters and withers away. I want to fast-forward through all her scenes.
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Well, I do agree with Tim on this. She does bring something different to the series. While most of the time we see black, darkness, dark colours, shadows, serious faces, negative drama, you get my point. With Dany we get the opposite, some more positive drama, and I like the little smiles she shows some times. A blonde Mona Lisa. I have not read the books, maybe some day, but I do hope she does not fades away. Together with Tyrion they are the ones to keep the humor up.
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the final was not epic, rains of castamere was better.
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The episode was solid (the Ayra/Hound collaboration was satisfying enough) but... that "Mhysa" scene at the end just RUINED it for me. Can't believe they aimed that low for the last scene of the finale. So contrived and cheesy that I actually walked out of the room. Dany has become my least favorite character on the show.
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Just realized, no curtain call for Maragery or Olenna this episode. Boo.
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I agree, especially since they weren't in last week's episode either.
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To be fair, there's no curtain call needed because their stories are not done. The book this season is based on is not over yet.
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While I admit that I was hoping for Stoneheart at the end, I'm kind of glad they didn't show that scene. It would take away the emotional impact of the last episode. Also, will somebody tell Robb that, that is not the way to warg into a wolf??? And go Arya.
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Great recap.

Just a couple of things:

If you didn't like the scene of Robb's body with Grey Wind's hair, why did you put that awful and disgusting image at the beginning of the post?

I don't know why you hate Shae, she truly loves Tyrion.

And yes, I was expecting more from the Jamie/Cersei reunion.

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If you read the books, you would hate Shae too.
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Ok, I didn't know she was in the books :P
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I meant Grey Wind's HEAD.
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I hate what this show brings out of me! The whole time Arya was mindlessly stabbing that poor soldier to death, all I could think was "Yes! Retribution! Go Arya!!" Gosh.
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loved seeing Arya go all nuts....I think i dislike Daario as much as Tim dislikes Shae hahahahha
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I just realized Daario was also on the episode (he's just standing there on the corner).
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yeah he was. just did nothing...he should continue doing that and go away :D
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I don’t usually leave feedback on TV shows and I don’t actually plan to. I just haven’t got the time, maybe in another life when everyday matters aren’t so pressing. It’s just that it would be criminal for me to let another season pass without ‘biggin’ up’ Tim Surette for his absolutely fantastic weekly reviews which we look forward to as much as the show. You da man bro, just wanted you to know that you have your own following and I can’t honestly recall anyone ever coming close to you in terms of your critical acclaim, big hugs and big thanks.
BTW GoT is kicking-ass.
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Are you kidding, I read Tim's stuff even when I don't watch the shows! The man is a comic genius!
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Completely agree... although I've cringed and/or disagreed with some of the politically incorrect tidbits he's written in jest, overall I've been very impressed (especially these last couple recaps).

Like the show itself, Tim seems to be a notch above the rest.
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10 notches!
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In the book there was another bastard of Robert that was being held at Dragonstone with Stannis. He was friends with Stannis's daughter as I recall. So in the show they combined that bastard with Gendry. Because he just sort of goes away in the book with the Brotherhood Without Banners.
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I thought it was rather comical when Samwell was trying to explain the whole baby thing to the Maester and Gilly up and says, "I've named him Sam". He shot her about the best "seriously, you're not helping" look I've ever seen.
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I don't see his look like that, I thought it was more a "You name him after me, that is so sweet" kind of look. He wouldn't lie about him being the father IMO ;)
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It was a great episode not like the "Red Wedding" Episode but we already know that the best episodes are the 9th episodes of every season , anyway I liked :
* Arya killing Scene , it was Awesome !!! More of Arya and the hound please !
* I though Sam left the dragonglass behind but he still had a lot !!!
* Hodor is getting better , Hodor (echo) Hoooodooooooooor !!!!
* Dick in the box :P
* Snow leaving the read head again , best decision -again -
* I fucking <3 Tyrion !
* Mhysa Moment was kinda cool :)

Finally , a fucking 10 episodes per year is not enough !!!
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I agree but Snow leaving Ygritte, sucked big time! :(
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I totally agree, except for Snow leaving the "red-head". On that I am with Tim.

Also.... what was that scene we all obsessed over, with Sam dropping the dragonglass, all about if in the end he had a bunch of it? In hindsight that was sort of strange.
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It's just a dick in a box.... baby!!! Reminded me of a SNL skit I was shown a year ago
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Also, I don't know why...

But that Joffrey screen-grab cracks me up.

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Gets me too!
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