Game of Thrones "Walk of Punishment" Review: Scoot Your Chair In for Comedy

Let's get this out of the way so we can get straight to the "comedy-a-palooza" I mean "insightful analysis" I mean "blabberings of a loser who gets names wrongs" (sorry "wArgs" and Paul Kaye): "Walk of Punishment," the third episode of Game of Thrones' third season, was an outstanding hour that touched on every aspect of why we love this show. Impeccably written to capture the sentimental, humorous, and dangerous side of Westeros, "Walk of Punishment" was easily the most complete episode of this young season so far. And a lady-like curtsey to the directors, who masterfully put a keen eye on all the happenings for a truly beautiful episode. 

A quick visit to Wikipedia says we can thank showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss for all of the above; as if the Hodor-sized task of adapting George R.R. Martin's books for HBO isn't enough, the two are credited with both writing and directing "Walk of Punishment." It's the first episode the duo has directed, and it was a confident outing. And maybe that's because the heavy lifting of the first two episodes was already out of the way, but "Walk of Punishment" felt like a more comfortable hour for the show, shaking off the jitters that come with having to reestablish things and swapping them for lean scenes that lent themselves to funny business and a better understanding of show's characters. 

Can you tell I liked this episode? Anyway, light your dead brother on fire with a flaming arrow and let's talk about it!

"I could have had his head on a spike by now. Instead I have a mill." —Robb Stark

Ain't no funeral like a Tully funeral! It would have been easy enough to show Edmure Tully's (Catelyn's brother) incompetence via the reaming he took from Robb over letting The Mountain scurry away, but "Walk of Punishment" opened with a monumental botch on his part during Lord Hoster Tully's (Catelyn's father) viking funeral. Edmure took three flaming-arrow shots at his dad's floating coffin and whiffed on them all. It doesn't get more embarrassing than that. Frustrated, Catelyn's uncle Brynden "The Blackfish" Tully snatched the bow out of Edmure's hand, gauged the wind, and nailed the S.S. Watery Grave in one go, turning away before he even saw it land, like a true badass. I'd pay money to see The Blackfish and Thoros's skilled archer Anguy shoot the apples off people's heads from 500 yards away. 

It was a wonderfully uncomfortable funeral scene, the air of solemn silence (there was zero dialogue in it) broken by snickers and "oh geez" looks from those in attendance. And it was pretty emblematic of many of the scenes in this episode; there were several moments where everyone went out of their way to be more entertaining with small flourishes and dark comedy, but the meaning of each wasn't lost in the process. Lord Tully is dead, and that's sad, but it doesn't mean his funeral has to be only tears. There's room to grow new characters with small touches. 

The uncle-nephew feud continued in Robb's temporary kingly quarters at Riverrun, as Edmure's incompetence showed even more once talk turned toward his recent "conquests" in battle. Edmure boasted that he sent The Mountain running with his tail between his legs (the analogy would have worked better if you were talking about The Hound, Edmure), but Edmure must have been asleep during the big team meeting because that wasn't the plan. This is why you don't work with your family, folks. Edmure is the Cooper Manning to Robb's Peyton and Eli (Brits, substitute your favorite footballin' family here), a man who doesn't just botch things, but thinks he's doing good when he's actually screwing up. Edmure is the kind of chessmaster who captures two pawns (in this case, some Lannister squirts) while letting the King wriggle away; Robb was fed up with him, letting Edmure have it with a stern talking to. Richard Madden has shown some real chops when he needs to knuckle down as King Robb, and in this scene he was downright regal and mean. 

Catelyn continue to extend her world record for longest self-inflicted guilt trip, bemoaning the "loss" of her two sons Bran and Rickon. Hey lady, they're not dead! But she doesn't know that, and it was pretty painful to watch her stare out the window like a teenage girl whose boyfriend just moved away. It was a double-doozy this time around because her dad died and (unlike in the book) she wasn't there for him in his final days, and she wondered if Bran and Rickon had waited for her like she used to wait for her dad and like my cats wait for me. Someone get this woman a Klondike bar and a hug, STAT! Will she ever learn the truth, or is this show going to continue to torture her and us? Comforting her like a Snuggie was The Blackfish, who in just a handful of scenes has already become one of the series' truly good guys, perhaps the most honorable man we've known since Ned Stark. So obviously he's going to die any minute now, because if this show has taught me anything, it's that nice guys finish dead.

Lady Talisa got her own scene this week! It was a short one, but she was bandaging up blondilocks Martin Lannister—"Tywin's father's brother's great grandson," as Robb put it. She went reverse Patch Adams on the little lion, confirming the lies about Robb's lycanthropy and his preference for eating children during a full moon. Was there a real purpose to this scene? Not really, but any scene in which a Lannister kid craps his pants in fear is a winner in my book.

"My brother ain't no king, I'm not a Stark of Winterhell." —Hot Pie

Guys! I think Arya's luck might be turning around! The little Stark who inherited her mother's knack for having everything go terribly wrong got a piece of bread! That's a step in the right direction, Arya. Next thing you know she'll move up to sleeping on a pile of hay and peeing in a toilet. it's time to play the lottery, young lady, because things are definitely on the up-and-up.

But until then, she's still semi-voluntarily a captive of Thoros and his Brotherhood without Banners, and they seem like a pretty good lot to be stuck with, if you ask me. Anguy (the archer) is as on-target with his mouth as he is with his bow, and he hounded The Hound by insinuating that he likes close combat because it favors his homosexual tendencies, then threw a hood on the dog not because he didn't want The Hound to know where they were going, but because he's "one ugly fucker and [he'd] rather not see [him] anymore." Did you guys notice how this show is becoming a comedy? If YouTube doesn't have a supercut with a laughtrack added by the end of the week, the internet has failed.

But the real highlight of Arya's lone scene was a tearful goodbye to Hot Pie (tears on our part, not Arya's, because Arya doesn't cry). The chubby doughboy was sold to the innkeeper who hosted the Brothers Without Banners as payment for the dinner tab, which would normally be an insult to anyone with an ounce of pride. Thankfully for Hot Pie, the only sense of pride he has is with his baking skills, which he'll put to use as the inn's oven master. But the farewell between Hot Pie and Arya and Gendry served up a fresh loaf of melting hearts. Hot Pie baked Arya some brown bread in the shape of a mammal (he claimed it was a wolf but somewhere out there, a bear is saying, "Hey that's me!"), and as Arya rode away on the back of Thoros's horse, she yelled back at Hot Pie, "Hey Hot Pie, it's really good!" And that sweet sentiment was that.

"When it's time I'm going to light the biggest fire the North has ever seen!" —Mance Rayder

It was another quick visit with the North this week with just a scene each for Jon Snow and Samwell. The white blanket of the North was interrupted by some very cool White Walker performance art. Horse bits were carefully arranged in the pattern of the spiraling tendrils of a galaxy, and the art critic in me wants to say, "The White Walkers combine the raw shock value of Damien Hirst with the naturally influenced Andy Goldsworthy for a piece that stirs thoughts of mortality in an ever-expanding universe that cares none about the notion of individuality humankind so dearly hangs onto. Alas, The Godfather did it better with more subtlety. B-." 

But the real star here was Mance Rayder, thanks to a fierce performance by Ciarán Hinds. This is the first time Mance has seemed like the Wildling King, all cranky pants and chest-thumping bravado as he spit dialogue like, "Whether he's Lord Commander of the Night's Watch or a blue-eyed corpse, he's a long way from home" and "If he's useful, good, if not, throw him off the wall. See if crows can fly."

Mance also set up a plan that's bad news for the Night's Watch stationed at Castle Black. With the forces of the Night's Watch split up (and hundreds possibly now soldiers for Team White Walker), war-hungry red-beard Tormund Giantsbane will CLIMB THE WALL and hide out in a pile of snow until Mance gives the signal, at which point he and 20 others (including Jon Snow) will pluck every crow they can in their sleep. All they have to do is climb a 700 hundred foot wall of magic ice first, no big deal. 

Elsewhere in the North, Lord Commander Mormont led the tired members of his murder of crows back to Craster's Inn of Incest, the motto of which is "where your mother can be your sister." Craster hosted the Night's Watch and made Sam his black kettle, reeling off fat joke after fat joke even though he's no Adonis himself. To escape the ridicule, Sam left the room and followed the sounds of incessant shrieking and moaning to his pretend girlfriend Gilly, who was popping out another product of Craster's dirty deeds. We don't know the sex of the kid, but does it really matter? Either it's a girl who can look forward to a life of... well nothing, really, or it's a boy who becomes a White Walker snack. It might be better if the kid has boy parts so it can be over quick. But knowing Sam, he's going to do something stupid!

[UPDATE] As many of you pointed out, Baby Gilly Craster definitely had a penis, making him a boy by the rule of nature. Due to the poorer quality of DVD screeners, I didn't catch it the first time. That, and I really felt weird about rewinding and pausing to enhance the screen on a baby's private parts. Usually, there's public outcry for me noticing a baby's penis, so this is like a Freaky Friday situation.

Now this means Baby Gilly is in immediate danger, which will force Sam's noble bravery/ill-advised stupidity sooner than we thought.

"You're a long way from home, and winter is coming." —Theon's mystery savior.

Once again, Theon had a few scenes thrown in that didn't give us much to go on. Could this time with the young Kraken be better spent with Bran or Sansa? Probably. His unidentified helper, supposedly under the employ of Theon's sister Asha, freed him from his binds and later saved him from being on the wrong end of reenacting a scene from Deliverance. Who is this guy? Last week I thought it was Ramsay Snow, the bastard son of Roose Bolton, but now it appears as though he's an all-new character. Whoever he is, he's handy with a bow, and that final kill execution style was particularly nasty. Ride, Theon! Ride your horse all the way to the Iron Islands (I hope it can swim) and run back to daddy!

"Your fires burn low, my king." —Melisandre

A quick check in with The P-Whipped King and his fiery new-age therapist. Melisandre is "following the flames" to who knows where, which sounds like code-speak for "It's not you, it's me." Stannis gave it one last shot, gruffly mumbling what I'm sure he thought was a seductive "I want youuuuuuuuu" into Mel's ear, but she responded with a burn of a response: "Your fires burn low, my king." Ouch! I don't know what that means but it sounds a lot worse than standard breakup talk. That's why you don't fall for gypsies, Stannis. Their wanderlust is greater than their manlust, they can't be tied down. They sweep you off your feet, break your heart, and steal your stamp collection.

"We're going to need details. Copious details." —Tyrion Lannister

The King's Landing drama started with one of my favorite scenes from the series of all time. I mean this opening bit with the Small Council was absolutely brilliant. Tywin is the new Hand of the King, and all the suck-ups did their best to jockey for favorable position in the Game of Thrones version of The CW's Oh Sit!. Cersei calmly and smugly grabbed a chair and moved it to the other side of the table next to her daddy, outsmarting Littlefinger, Varys, and Maester Pycelle. But it was Tyrion defiantly and purposefully dragging his chair to the opposite end of the table from Tywin that was downright hysterical. It put him as far away from Tywin as he could be yet still directly in his line of sight, a direct response to his father taking his job. 

The talk turns to Littlefinger marrying Lady Lysa Tully-Arryn, Catelyn's sister, to which Littlefinger says something along the lines of, "She's always wanted me." That got a perfect eye roll from Varys and a smirk from Tyrion, who quipped, "Far be it for me to hinder true love." Have fun with that psycho lady, Littlefinger. Tyrion also noted that if Littlefinger runs off to The Eyrie, King's Landing would be without its Master of Coin when the city needed it most to help prepare for Joffrey's wedding to Margaery. Without missing a beat, Tywin made Tyrion the new Master of Coin, the job no one wanted. Cersei got the giggles from this and sarcastically said, "I have no doubt you will prove equal to this challenge," with that look plastered across her face. And to make things even worse, that sycophant Pycelle follows with a "Here, here!" This was everyone crawling over each for power or the last word and reveling in each other's misfortune. This was exactly what this show should be.

Later, Tyrion got the boring accounting paperwork from Littlefinger and discovered the King's account owed a lot of money to Tywin, but Tyrion had a more important debt to pay. It was time for his squire Podrick Payne to be rewarded for saving Tyrion's life, and apparently Tyrion's life is worth an afternoon with three whores, one of whom is the lovechild of a human and a pretzel or has no bones in her body. There were more laughs as Bronn and Tyrion huddled around Pod asking for details after the ladies refused payment for their services. This episode was too funny! Game of Funnybones more like it.

"He was not the last dragon." —Daenerys Targaryen

Dany soaked in some Astaporian culture, which mostly consists of slaves hanging out to die on the boardwalk (Lonely Planet calls it a must-see attraction). She did not like this and tried to give one of the slaves water from her own supply, which is a really good way to get mouth sores. Ser Barristan had only been a member of her posse for about a day, but already he was butting heads with Ser Jorah over the advantages of having an army of soldiers who love their king versus a robot army.

I get the feeling Dany wanted the best of both worlds and was looking to turn an Unsullied army into robots who love her, so she went straight to work on negotiations with Master Kraznys to acquire ALL OF THEM and the little ones in training. But in order to get all of them, she had to offer her most powerful dragon in exchange. She crazy! But she's got some sort of plan in the works, right? I mean, you don't just hand over one of your three dragons when your whole political platform is built on dragons. A dragon in the hand is NOT worth 8,000 men in the bush, or whatever the saying is. Maybe she'll send out Ser Jorah dressed in a rubber dragon costume or something. That's what I would do. Man, I would OWN Westeros with my sneaky mercantile techniques.

"If I was a woman I'd make them kill me. I'm not, thank the gods." —Jaime Lannister

I'm not sure the Bolton men are doing it right. They had Jaime and Brienne tied together riding on a horse, but some of their own men were walking? Someone needs a lesson in villainy. Jaime was still in denial about getting his butt kicked by Brienne, so he changed the subject to one that couldn't be denied: Brienne, monstrosity that she is (his words, not mine), was going to get raped. "Just close your eyes, pretend they're Renly," Jaime told Brienne, continuing his string of quotable life advice which should be compiled into a book and sold at an Urban Outfitters near you. 

When it came time for her defilement, Jaime stepped up big, telling the leader Locke that Brienne's dad would pay her weight (and she's a big one!) in sapphires for her safe return. As off-color as Jaime can be, he's also a suave dude who has a way with words, and a few SAT terms later, he'd convinced Locke to unchain him and let him eat. Alright! I was sure nothing could go wron—OH MY GOD Locke cut off Jaime's hand! His right hand, too! 

Well, I'd guess Locke just signed his death certificate there, and now we have firmly established an us (Brienne and Jaime) versus them (those jerks) situation. I can't wait for Jaime to pick up his severed hand and slap Locke in the face with it. Maybe Jaime can create a chainsaw attachment like Ash or a knife attachment like Merle Dixon. Either way, shit just got real for Jaime. Who has one thumb and is really pissed right now? That guy.



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:
"Walk of Punishment" boasted a handful of standout scenes (the reconvening of the Small Council being the best) that showed off the series' humor and sentimentalism. We didn't see Bran or Sansa this week, but neither felt missed as big things happened elsewhere. Dany's storyline continues to impress, and Jaime and Brienne have just been pushed over the precipice toward major changes. The reorientation period is over, and big things are getting started. 

1. "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 had a funeral for her father, Hot Pie said goodbye to Arya, and Jon was headed to The Wall.


2. "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. 


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

We saw Arya, Jaime, and Bran for the first time in the 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.



NOTES FROM THE RAVENS

– I promised my mom I wouldn't be so blue in these reviews, but I can't finish this reviewcap without mentioning the brilliant boob smash cut between Missandei's airy dress and Ros' bent-over cleavage as we lept from Astapor to Littlefinger's quarters in the brothel. Sorry mom! But it's art! 

– Bronn's nickname for Tywin: "Twatbeard." Sounds about right.

– The Bolton man who lopped off Jaime's hand appears to be the replacement for the nasty Vargo Hoat from the book, which kind of surprises me. According to people who know better than I do, this character's name is Locke. 

– Ghost sighting!

– Jorah's line, "There's a beast in every man, and it stirs when you put a sword in his hand," was said in a way that only Iain Glen could make it sound so cool. That dialogue should inspire many tattoos. 

– Look, I'm not saying "The Bair and the Maiden Fair" isn't a decent song, but I don't know how intimidating it makes a bunch of sellswords look when they sing it. What's their next battle song, "Row, Row, Row Your Boat?"



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Absolutely awesome episode!!

Am I the only one who's smiling inside when Jamie got his hand chopped off? He used to be one likable Lannister but not too much recently.

Kinda hate to admit but I miss Joffrey and Marjory. Are they gone hunting somwhere?
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I thought "Twatbeard" was Brons nickname for Littlefinger? Makes more sense doesn't it?

Also, was I the only one that noticed that Varys was doing a bit more than rolling his eyes at Lady Aryn's "disposition" towards him? Sounds like Varys was hinting something with his tongue and cheek action :P .

Also, Podricks full name is Podrick Payne? Damn, is this just how it's credited or have they used his full name in the show before?
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"don't fall for gypsies, Stannis. Their wanderlust is greater than their manlust, they can't be tied down. They sweep you off your feet, break your heart, and steal your stamp collection. "

Is it weird that this actually happened to me? Twice? Well I didn't lose any stamps out of it, but still.
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My own Game of Thrones review posted here: Television-anonymous.blogspot.com
Probably not the place to plug, especially as it is not for this episode but the premiere, but wanted to be brave and gauge any possible reactions and comments people may have ahead of doing a quick catch-up and doing them regularly, along with other shows....
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Wowwww!!!!!!!
This show is the best thing since TV began. I look forward every week to tune in and see what's in store for this episode.. This gives you insight how far we have come to in this life time...My hat off to all the actors and creators who make this show happen....Pls keep it going, I'm won of your biggest fan ever....
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I am not someone who rants about the differences between books and movies/tv shows, but there are some aspects of the show that are annoying me.

Like Stannis. I'm not liking the way the relationship between Stannis and Melisandre is being portrayed. He looks much more clingy and dependent of her. Although their relationship could be secretly like that in the books, he's been too emotional in the tv show... I don't like him even in the books, but there at least I thought he was worth of some respect.

Robb's wife. I can't like her at all. She's pretty but don't have any charisma. Also, she is an alone woman from far away. It's not like she has any family to demand a wedding because her "honor" was taken. I can understand Robb getting married because he is a honorable man, but other than that it doesn't make sense.

And in this episode in particular I am a little disappointed with the context where Jaime's hand was cut. I think the way it was in the book was much more dramatic and intense, at least it felt that way. But it's good to see the other aspects of him beyond the guy who pushed Bran and hurt Ned.
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I love these books and love the way the story is being brought to life on HBO. I don't mind the changes they've made on the TV show, some are improvements over the books even. I've stopped trying to compare the TV show to the books, it was making me crazy. To understand what's going on with Theon this season, remember back to last season after he had captured Winterfell. Some attackers were coming and it was never really disclosed who they were, but Theon tried to rally his men to fight them. In the middle of his rousing speech, one of his own men knocked him out and they all took off, leaving Theon lying on the ground unconscious. One of Theon's men let it be known that whoever was attacking had promised them they could go back to their homes if they would incapacitate Theon and leave him behind, just as they did (how much do you want to bet they never got very far on their journey homeward? just a guess). So that's who has got Theon this season and is torturing him, trying to brainwash him into thinking he's the one who burned and murdered everyone at Winterfell. The young man who released Theon and then "saved" him in the forest has to be Ramsay (Snow) Bolton, saving Theon to be used as a pawn in some sadistic game. I will only make comments based on what we see on TV, not from the books, I don't want to spoil anything for anybody. As a reader of the books, it's fun to see how they arrive at the same place on the TV show but sometimes via a slightly different route. It's more exciting to watch because I don't know exactly what's going to happen next, even though I've read the books three times.
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Loved this episode. So many awesome scenes. The look on Bronn and Tyrion's faces when Pod came back with the payment was just hilarious.
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Personally, I believe the only problem is to adjust to the idea there are bad guys within every group, and a good guy within any villain (like Brienne proved one existed within Jaime).
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that was one of the best so far and i am only saying that because I've read the books. i can imagine new viewers having trouble keeping track all the new characters and story lines.

Rob being kingly and lecturing the fail Tully was awesome, i always thought he was being overrated as a king but that scene proved me wrong :D he's a effin genius... god damn you woman!

and then there is Tyrion, that scene with Tywinn, Tyrion, Cersei and the three stooges had me clapping and laughing like a mad dog. as soon as i saw Tyrion look at Cersei i knew it, he was gonna sit at the end of the table. i was encouraging Tyrion the whole time he was dragging the chair, i was like do it! do it! do it!!..

Katelyn was awesome, i teared up ;p. The King beyond the wall, still trying to light that biggest fire in the north. Craster's keep just became very grim and for good reason :( i don't want the next episode to happen.

Melisandre and Stannis, oh ever the wailing lovers :D, Missandei's little ones where bouncing and trust me, she is not a man for sure.

Details podric! copious details NOW! poor Jaime,Briene and the Bear :(

the ending song was kind of distracting and pulled me straight back into reality. catchy song but did he drums and guitar did not go well with the episode.
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From there to here
From here to there
All black and brown
And covered in hair

He smelled that girl
In summer air
The bear, the bear
And maiden fair

I got this damn song stuck in my head!
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Me too! It is kind of dirty, when you think about it, but I don't care.
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.... 'cause a Tully funeral don't stoooop! Furthermore, I always fall for gypsies. Great review Tim.
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Biggest WTF of this week.

The punk/rock-ish music at the end credits.

I don't mind the Bear and Maiden fair song in the episode itself. Hell I've seen/heard hardcore brutes sing along on disney tunes in the past - but that song in the end took me out of GoT-world faster than my girlfriend farting would!

Did the nephew of the lead writer play this with his band or something?
Please don't ever play that song again...
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I do kind of mind its not the same lyrics as in the book, but I do like the show's version better,
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LMFAO!
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lol that release was nuked isnt part of the show is part of the encoder xD wtf... think before u write
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Of course it's part of the show. Take your own advice and add "look into it" before you write. ;)
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Actually, I think Bronn's "Twatbeard" was directed at Baelish.
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Overall a decent episode with many facets covered but all the new characters and angles may prove too diluted to sustain interest between faves.
Shouldn't the, 'ey-'up-tut-whippet-king-of-the-north not spoke with a bit more respect of Tywin and his abilities to his nice-but-dim uncle? That way it might've given him pause, instead of a dire need to save a fresh loaf or thrice?! If Tywin is such a mindless attack dog, why didn't he continue the assualt whatever? Ee bah gum lad - sais his headless dad.
Pod appears to have made a friend in Little Finger's red head partner, who'll no doubt be screwing him (in all senses) for info of Tyrian's financial endeavours.
I'd be surprised if some black magic wasn't employed to get Jaime a newly attached mit. A wrong-handed King Slayer won't be as much use/fun surely? I found Brienne's not getting raped a bit of a let off - not even a broke tooth! Back in the day, surely (Stop calling me Shirley!) such 'men' would've done the deed on reasoning of 'conquering' a 'beast' and that a ransom for life would've been enough, as who'd wed such an ogre - virgin or no?
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He was referring to 'The Moutain That Rides' Gregor Clegane, as a mindless dog and it was him he was trying to ensnare and capture. He is one of Tywin's bannermen and is currently raping, pillaging and burning land all over the Riverlands, something that Robb is trying to stop.
He would not talk about Tywin with such little respect, everyone knows Tywin is a keen strategist.

There's magic in this world but not in a gimmicky sense, what you are talking about is better suited to other fantasy worlds.

They most certainly would have raped her, if they hadn't been sold a lie by Jaime about Tarth 'The Sapphire Isle'. If he wants lots of sapphires, Locke needs to ransom her back without letting his men rape her. What he doesn't know is that Tarth gets its name from its gorgeous blue lakes and has no sapphires.
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Forgot about Clegane, as I couldn't recall him mentioned directly in the chat with uncle but upon rewatching, you're right, he is mentioned as 'the mad dog'! On the face of it, quite how I forgot him I don't know! But then the previous series floated about that his capture or death was high on the agenda and imminent. Not seeing it onscreen led my subconscious to assume a done deal. Although I always hoped that The Dog was the one to take revenge on his scummy brother.
I don't think getting a hand reattached or conjured would necessarily be gimmicky if done well. They've gotten away with some magic 'antics' already which could be seen as dubious or childlike. The trouble with using magic is that it can be an easy get-out-of-jail-free for script writers. For example, the ghost killer was done well but opened the argument of why not use its method more often by others. There's certainly enough King's blood and sorcery types to try such. Limits of a kind though are what makes for good books/scripts.
I stand by my thoughts on the non-rape. Jaime sold a lie, yes, but my interpretation was more that it was bought on the basis of seeing just how far Jaime would push his luck and/or flirt with belittling his captor.The latter is playing with Jaime like a cat with a mouse to see how far it'll go to escape, before snapping it back. He was having fun at Jaimie's expense and waiting for increased reasoning to punish his arrogance. If he'd lopped off the left hand It'd of been of less concern, as Jaime opted for its use as the second weapon style of fighting. To relearn the left as primary at his age would be tres complex - old dog, older tricks.
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Yea but remember the script writers can't really diverge hugely from the books, so no get out of jail free cards can be used unless used in the books.
The shadow killer can't be done again in the TV show because Stannis' "fire burns low".

It will indeed be extremely difficult for Jaime to learn to use his left hand, you may need to reconcile yourself that the best swordsman in the realm just effectively got taken out of the game.
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I haven't read the books and don't intend to until the series is done. One can only detract from the other.
You'd think more than one king would give themselves to the Fire God if it meant having an invincible mechanic. Or that Stannis should've dealt with his bro' in a duel and used the ghost to off Joffrey at the critical time near battle - mucho disarray courtside.
It's doubtful it would scare off viewers if Jaime got a paw back. The shock factor was high, however after all that's gone on and the build up to what could only be assumed as a big dust up between him and another it's turning into a damp squib. The Beansters exit proved a gaping wound that never healed for many viewers and I can see the same with Jaime.
Tick tock till next week.
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I read a rant yesterday stating that the term is actually "hear, hear". Great review as per usual however.
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Indeed... I do cringe when I read 'here' (or role when it should be roll or chaise lounge when it should be chaise longue...) but that's just OCD tendencies...
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This season it feels like they are trying to cram way too much story into a very limited number of episodes -- so all we see are snippets of what's actually happening…

It's kind of like a patchwork of glimpses of what everyone is doing but they never take enough time to stay through one scene, everything feels kinda jumpy this season…
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Anyone knows the title of the ending song?
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I can go one better... https://soundcloud.com/weallwantsome1/the-hold-steady-the-bear-the
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That's the right version. Thanks
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It was mentioned in the review and several times in the comments.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7AZ291u05M
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I figured only afterwards... Thanks
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You forgot to mention that in the last scene with Danny, she showed us she understands the language of the slaver dudes, which means she was understanding everything that guy was saying about her, which means he will be dragon food next episode most probably.
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Not sure if Dany understood or not but I think he got the guy was being 'disrespectful' from his leery looks... At any rate I agree, this dirty dude is not long for this world... And I am convinced baby dragon will go back to Dany somehow as she is THE Dragon....
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You're wrong to assume she knows the language.

When slave girl said something Danny understood she said "Valar Morgulis" which is high valyrian. A third language which wasn't the language used for the dealings.
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He'll be dragon food because Danny would never give up her dragons.
He could have said the kindest words she'd ever heard, she'd still toast him so she could have her slave army.
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Apparently she understood what the guy on the cross whispered, but that could have been in a different language. Even if she understood everything, I don't think *that* will be the reason she's going to have him killed. She doesn't like how he's treating his slaves.
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Can someone help me out? I might have missed this whole thing in season 2, but what is Jon Snow doing with the wildlings? At first I thought he went in as some sort of a spy and that's why killed that old dude back in the previous season. Now I'm not so sure. So what exactly is he doing with Mance and the gang?
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Duhhh, if he is going there as a spy than he has to make the wildlings believe he's with them and not a spy. What kind of spy would he be if he walked up and said "Hey, I'm a spy, killed any Crows today?" P.S. I'm not saying he is a spy, or a confused bastard looking for a place to belong, or a guy just looking to get laid before escaping. He may be there because... Go read the books.
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Didn't really get what you meant in the first part. He's now with them and convinced them he's with them. My question was whether he was doing it because he somehow started to believe they are the good guys and betrayed the Crows or he is just a spy. I ask because lately it doesn't seem clear anymore. Or perhaps I was mistaken before.
Anyway, that's what I wanted to find out. Thanks for the answer though
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I hope this doesn't mean 'SPOILER' for you. In the books, he joins them at Halfhand's (the dude he killed) command. His goal is to kill Mance and scatter the wildlings. However, at some point he looses sight of his objective and starts to wonder who he really is. I believe this remains to be shown in TV still.
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Thank you :)
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Great episode, but just a place holder for badass Dany next week. FIRE AND BLOOD!
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Can I hope these guys take over more of the writing and/or direction of this show? I am a non book reader, but I do read a lot of fantasy/horror serialized books, so a lot of the overarching story, well, sort of, feels predictable to me (like I don't know if they are still alive, but I imagine we are heading toward a point where Dany and Jon join forces, whether romantic or otherwise). But random dark humor and petty politics is so much fun that you can get a different perspective on the whole story.
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This episode was everything that us (the fans) expect to see every week in GoT. They kill me we that song in the end after the cut of the hand, but I can forget that. I can't wait for next week episode because what Dany is going to do and is exilirating. Great Episode!
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As much as I love Tyrion, I do believe there were not nearly enough scenes beyond the wall to balance King's Landing. Those we had were fairly good though (white walker's art thing and Cresler's family), but I think we need more time with the wildlings.
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I know it's silly but Jaime's hand situation made me think of T-Bag in PrisonBreak. Loved the surprise on both cases :)
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I just knew Jaime was in trouble when Locke caught him watching Brienne after his men brought her back. Something about his demeanor shouted "I'm the King of the world and you're just a worm". And thus, he cut him like a worm.
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Peter Dinklage is quickly becoming my favorite actor. I believe he could play James Bond and pull it off. Who saw him as ,Uncle Peter Drunklage , on this weeks SNL. The scene with the chair was truly hilarious, but check this YouTube scene out to see his funniest moment from G0T, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEXW7_lzXQA
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i dont get why do they have to change stupid things like catelyn not beeing there for her father's death, or Ghost making flash appearances, when he was clearly with jhon until he started climbing the wall?
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Great episode all around.Lots of comedy the arrow fail (lol) and the sitting scene.
I think symbolically Tyron sat directly across his father because he is the only one who gives him the truth straight to the face not unlike all those other kiss assess.
If the Black Fish is truly an honorable man as you say I hope they don't kill him off we truly need more honorable interesting good guys on the show.
I like Catelyn Stark she truly a brave honorable woman (I find her more interesting than Danny) true she made some mistakes but still she is a good person. I really wish you get off her back she just lost her father her husband and in her mind her two young children so cut her some slack.I was shocked to see that Jamie lost his hand his right hand.I actually felt sorry for him I would have cut out his tongue maybe one eye or kill all together but take away his fighting hand I think thats cruel and unusual punishment
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I've been sure he's the bastard since the first time he "rescued" Theon. Bolton's son had a thing for games like that (in order to "buld confidence").
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I don't know - I still think that guy helping Theon IS the Bolton bastard. He's just playing a very elaborate hoax....
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I think so too... Bolton is one of those guys that could possibly kill his own men for some amusement... And the guy he shoots says "You little bastard". Not definite proof but I think they are giving small teasers about the helper's identity.
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that's exactly what I though Arska. It seems to be confirmed below by zhivik but I'm not reading that post as, (even though I've read the books) I want to be surprised by the show as much as possible.
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Yeah me too. And to be fair I liked the changes they made to Theon's storyline in the second season. When I was reading the books I thought it was a bit odd that Theon would trust a guy he found in the dungeons of Winterfell... It was more believeable that a fellow Iron Born took the place of Theon's 'Devil on the shoulder' rather than a random guy from the dungeons.
I'd rather see a bit modified adaptation than a word to word adaptation, keeps things interesting.
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It's definitely Ramsey Snow, it actually ties well with the story in the books, even though it has been changed in the TV show.

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What they have done with Theon is to shift his story from A Clash of Kings (Book 2) to season 3 (and possibly 4). Here is what happens:

After Robb Stark goes to war, he leaves ser Rodrick Cassel, the master-at-arms, to rule the castle. He appeared in season 1, by the way, accompanying Catelyn Stark to King's Landing. Cassel is lured to a nearby settlement, Thorren's Square, taken by Theon's Ironmen. In his absence, Theon takes Winterfell, but realises he cannot hold it for long. In the dungeons of Winterfell, he finds a prisoner, posing himself as Reek, who is actually Ramsey Snow, the bastard of Roose Bolton. He promises to secure support, as not all northerners like the Starks.

Theon lets Reek go, and in the meantime asks his sister for help. However, she refuses to leave more than a few men, and leaves to follow her orders. When Rodrick Cassel comes to siege Winterfell, Ramsey arrives with a force of Bolton men. Cassel mistakenly thinks this is a friendly force, and he is slain, along with most of his men. After that, Ramsey captures Theon and brings him to the Dreadfort, the Bolton stronghold.

What we have here in episode 3 is that we are probably somewhere between the moment Winterfell is taken and the arrival of Rodrick Cassel. They could still play out the story similar to the books, with the idea that Ramsey wants to eliminate whatever forces the Starks have left in the North, as preparation for seizing power. It would also tie very well with forthcoming developments this season (hint: episode 9, not going to say more), and still cover Theon's story.

Regarding the ruise that Ramsey is playing on Theon, it connects very well with the events in A Dance with Dragons (book 5). Overall, I think it is a good approach, as in the books, Theon is absent from both A Storm of Swords (book 3) and A Feast for Crows (book 4). Though, it may be argued that since books 4 and 5 take place at the same time, they are essentially one book in two parts.

I hope this clarifies things a little. Mind that Theon's story may have been altered even further, so I guess we'll find out in the next few weeks.
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You said episode 3 is probably in the timeline between Winterfell being taken and the arrival of Rodrick Cassel. But wasn't that Cassel who got his head chopped off by Theon last year in season 2? That scene where he was comitting that horrible act (prodded by this right-hand Ironman to prove himself a worthy leader) with Bran screaming and cryng, "No, Theon, no! Don't do it!" in the background was truly gut-wrenchingly upsetting. I'm on my third reading of the books and still get confused, but I'm pretty sure Cassel is already dead on the TV show. I love seeing the story brought to life so brilliantly, the actors are all superb, and I don't mind the changes the TV show makes, some of which are improvements. I am sure that Theon's "savior" on TV is Ramsay Snow, setting Theon up in some sadistic game. Also, remember in the previous TV episode they were trying to torture/brainwash Theon into thinking he had burned Winterfell and killed all its people even though he hadn't (the show hasn't yet clarified who exactly sacked Winterfell and why, has it?). Anyway, the brainwashing of Theon was a big part of his storyline in the books. I hope I haven't said anything too "spoiler-ish" here and apologize if I have.
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'f course he is. Ramsay likes hunting trips after all ... Kyra comes to mind.
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Tim Surette, this was the best review I have read in a long time bravo.
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I love the parts where Edmure can't get the flaming arrow shot right and his uncle annoyed obviously grabbed and showed how things should be done and Tyrion dragging the chair a midst the uncomfortable silence... both occasions I figured someone would pop up out of nowhere and say AWKWARD!
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Funny, all right, but not THAT funny. But when Tim loves something, he loooves it, and when he hates it, he's merciless. Not much objectivity there.

Good drama it is, and the ending was shocking enough to wipe some residual laughs. For some reason I think mutilations are more disturbing than deaths, and disfiguring tops them all. Now is Jaime going to follow Merle's idea and attach a sword to his stub? I hope that teaches him a lesson in humility.

I don't really know what to think of Jaime. Most of the show he seems to me as quite likable and even displaying some honor code. The fact he's a snob and has a way with words doesn't bother me. But the problem is that this character is originally introduced to us the worst way possible, by having sex with his sister and throwing a child from the top of a wall most likely to his death. It's very interesting the way the story initially made me hate the guy until it came to the point when I thought he was the victim of a terrible injustice. Way to go, writers (better yet, Martin, if that's the case). Just one little issue: a hand is cut off and NO BLOOD???

Oh, and somehow I think Tyrion will end controlling the kingdom by managing the money creatively and Tywin will realize he made a terrible mistake and really underestimated his smartest son for a change.

What must be Daenerys' plan? Somehow I think the dragon given in payment will follow her like a puppy, leaving the other king (or whatever he is) very angry. But it can't be something that simple.

I hope Hot Pie's bread tastes better than his bread wolf looks, because, frankly, that was a poor excuse for a pastry wolf.

Naturally, John Snow will sabotage the attack to the Nightwatch garrison, right? He's just pretending to have defected, right? But if I were him, I'd sure come back for Ygritte. And perhaps to stab Julius Caesar's back on the steps of the Northern senate.

I know that Brienne is supposed to be such a "monstrosity," but I just noticed the actress has such a lovely voice.

I was surprised to learn Theon was still alive. I thought that roach had been killed last season. It seems he has a lot to pay for in this world before he's allowed into the next.

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You hit the nail on the head with Jaime, at the start you hate him but then you get to know him and he's great. The whole thing with GoT is that (excluding the white walkers) there is no big bad like Sauron in Lord of the Rings uniting everyone against evil. Instead we have more realistic characters who are more human, with plenty of flaws.
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Well there surely are 2-3 characters on the show right no that are bad with no chance of redemption ...
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The characters I was referring to are (book spoilers ahead!):

- Roose & Ramsay -> Roose is a man without heart, Ramsay is a monster. It's debatable who is worse on a global scale, though.
- Cersei -> She is bat-shit crazy. She does insane things and thinks that she is the best person ever. That's a bit toned down in the show.
- Joffrey -> He is awful, it is known. Book-Joffrey is very awful as well but it isn't made as clear that he is a sadist. But killing things (and people) with his crossbow is his hobby in both the book and the tv show.

Ok, those are actually four characters. But still they are black as night. Martin's next book won't be able to suddenly make them likeable.
Tywin has a pretty negative impact on the world (sending out the mountain to kill innocents and being all mean to his "heir"), too. But at least we haven't watched him killing people just for fun.
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Who, for example? Joffrey is a brat, an unruly child, a product of a crazy family and manipulated by his grandfather. I'm sure Tyrion could force some sense into his stupid head, and perhaps if he loses everything and, and acquires life experience from suffering he could reach some wisdom. But it's hard to have good values when society is rotten and the language of power and intimidation is the language most people only understand.
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Ramsey Bolton is the closest thing to pure evil in the books
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Yes, it's hard to empathize with him. I hear Jack Gleeson often has problems going to malls, and other public places because of the hostility of some people. If I were him, I'd check my popularity. I'd go to a restaurant and at the waiter's slightest mistake I'd say something, with that snobbish British accent, like "You stupid excuse for a servant. You're suppose to serve me because the customer is king. I demand to see the manager!" And then I'd run of course.
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Joffrey is the product of his mother, and while she is about there is no hope for him. But even she seems to be loosing control of him. Tyrion probably could have done something with him, but now that he is getting older and people have to do as he says because he is king, the redemption of Joffrey is unlikely. While some characters are pretty vile, there is always some human aspect to them. Cersei is ruthless, but there is no denying the love she has for her children. Even Joffrey, you can see the insecurities he has and that he is too much of a child to handle this position of power, although it is hard to empathise with the little sh*t :)
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Dude...you do know Cooper has a spinal disease man, he was a very talented football player (he actually played WR) but he had a genetic disease...not cool
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Army of Darkness!!!!! Yes, but I don't think they have chainsaws;-)
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save me barry
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I think I like the Hound better now he has scenes with Arya. Sansa used to render him into a humorless mute (tm Jaime Lannister), but Sandor Clegane is a more vivid character now. His verbal sparring with Anguy was priceless! Keep it coming.
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the best part of the episode was Cersei and Tyrion moving the chairs, other than that it very lackluster for GOT has lost it's appeal
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Constant "in world" references start to be really annoying. We are literally watching characters telling stories linked to the world's lore, period. Nothing else. This show is all talk, claim, talk, claim, story telling, claim, talk talk, claim, threaten, talk, story telling. Even Podrick's escapade which seems to be the only action the show will have this season is not shown but "told". Terrible.
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"Podrick's escapade which seems to be the only action the show will have this season"

Remember this claim, you will be outrageously proved wrong.
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OMG this was an epic episode. I loved the fact that Podrick (Never been with a girl before, sweet innocent lil' Virgin Podrick) was so good the whores didn't charge him! That was epic. My brother has said he would like to build him a silver statue with diamond studded balls, and worship at it's greatness. But I have to admit that was epic. I also loved Badass Brynden "The Blackfish" Tully, and finally Jaime's hand chopping happened. So much epicness happened this episode. But there was a Ghost sighting, and a Gendry Sighting. Which is what I'm usually looking for. I always look for Gendry and Ghost. So my episode was complete by seeing them. LOL! I'll be waiting eagerly for next week.
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But are we really sure he slept with them? and didn´t just take the money and his pants and ran?
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It was confirmed he slept with them in the next episode. Varys and Ros had a discussion about it. LOL!
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It's so much more fun to believe he did sleep with them. LOL! Besides he is quite honest even if he is shy. I think he'd have just said that he didn't if he didn't. LOL!
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Also, amazing small detail inclusion when Arya asked The Hound if he remembered when they were there together before. That was some S1/1st book shit right there! Aaaaaaand she is still holding a grudge. Atta girl Arry.
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Besides the Theon scenes, this was an amazing episode. The Tully funeral scene and the small counsil meeting scene are EXACTLY why I still watch this show. The books are full of detail and wonderful descriptions of everything horrid and beautiful, but barely a word was said in those scenes and so much was conveyed! Absolutely superb. Loved the inclusion of the farewell to Hot Pie as well, Arya is leading a lonely, tragic life and getting to say goodbye to someone who is actually alive is something that the character needed. Dany is still a badass with a heart of gold, thank god, though I am still secretly hoping we get to see Strong Belwas show up.
Extremely excited for next week after episode, even more so if I get to see Bran and his merryband of heroes!
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Agree completley, but I unfortunately don't share your optimism for the sudden arrival of our belly scarred friend.
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fantastic episode and a very funny review! but I am patiently awaiting FringeFanatic's comment.
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Oh no! Now I feel bad. Sorry, I had to work over the weekend and just watched the episode an hour ago. I'll be my usual rambling self next week. Promise.
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Great and funny review too! I loved the bit about the White Walker's "art". B- haha
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Best episode so far. This season is living up to the expectation created by the best book in the series.

Great introduction to the other Tully's, the Blackfish seems a great casting, not so certain about Edmure but I guess we aren't supposed to really respect him so much. Great laying down the law from Robb.

I enjoyed the small council meeting chair-chess but thought Tyrion was more showing that he is above pandering to Tywin's vanity (which is non-existent) than to "put him as far away from Tywin as he could be". Don't like how up front they are being about Littlefinger and his moves, he's much better in the books when it's all his own scheming without the sanctioned approval of hand of the king Tywin.

Gotta love Hot-Pie, a simple man meant for simpler things than potential game changing adventures with lost Ladies. "Goodbye Arry", a nice touch. You go knead the hell out of some dough and leave the complex stuff to others.
Also, love the Hound and how little he cares for anyone or anything, except of course getting some more vino. I believe next episode will bring great scenes with him and the brotherhood.

Talisa; yawn, I do not care for her, although I disagree Tim, the scene had a purpose. To emphasise that they do have SOME Lannisters.

Interesting twist making the White Walkers horse head arrangers, not in the books, sort of spooky, sort of pointless. Mance nailing it here so my initial worries have faded completley. Good old Tormund is off to climb the wall, which we all basically knew from the trailer. Ygritte is pretty pointless at the moment, I'm looking forward to episode 5 "Kissed by Fire", wonder whether they will go near the "Lord's kiss".

Theon's story is great, in the books he is MIA for the whole of book 3 (both parts) so it's nice they brought it forward. My only grumble is that I think us book readers (including Tim) should not be talking about his story, think of those who are totally clueless before you start laying down semi-spoilers.

Stannis scene was very brief but interesting as its invented for the show, we never got the taking of Storm's End in the TV series so I assume Edric Storm is being folded in some other way

Dany got some good time in, and it was brilliantly handled, although almost entirely lifted from the books. Apart from some dialogue such as the perfect "There's a beast in every man.."

Speaking of which, seems like the best in Jaime is going to be stirred by his crappy left hand from now on. I felt bad for Jaime when this happened in the books even though up until that point he is still pretty detestable. A truly character defining moment as he is stripped of his one gift, I look forward to seeing how its handled, hopefully with the same progression and development that book Jaime does.

BEST ADAPTATION SCENE (not found in the books):
Whilst there were a few contenders, with Theon's high speed chase, the small council positional pandering and Hot Pie's parting of the ways, the absolute best has to be Tyrion, Bronn and Pod's sexual deliberations.
Completely invented for the episode and nicely added a rich vein of humour, even if the whole thing did seem a bit unlikely.

P.S. Tim, good self-humility in the line about all the corrections you are bombarded with. But now I can't help but point out that Asha is Theon's sister only in the books, in the show they renamed her to Yara so as to avoid confusion with current wildling nanny to the wondering Stark boys (and Hodor).
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Just to be clear, no spoilers in my post, just my usual inane ramblings.
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BEWARE OF SPOILERS:

One of my favourite chapters of ASoS is the first small council meeting told in Tyrion's POV. It was a much grander affair in the book. Mace Tyrell, Paxter Redwyne, Lord Rowan, Ser Kevan and The High Septon were all absent from the proceedings in the show. Too many new faces I suppose. I understand the change, but I was still disappointed.

The chapter really served as a perfect summary for the current state of Westeros. They discussed Pike, Dorne, The Wall, the Young Wolf and even tales from across the Narrow Sea of a three-headed dragon. You saw for the first time the inner-workings and nuances of the Lannister/Tyrell alliance. And Joffrey's wedding arrangements were even discussed.

We witnessed Tyrion's wit, Cersei's stupidity, Littlefingers guile and Tywin's masterful manipulation. It was wonderfully written by GRRM.

But it was the smaller meeting (of Lannisters) after the small council that was the most fun. Not one but two proposals of marriage. I did so enjoy Cersei's indignation of her father's insistence that she must marry once again. And the Tyrion/Sansa coupling took me completely by surprise when I first read it. There was so much drama and progress packed into that chapter.

I really hope the show is just spacing out the genius of that first small council meeting. I'd love to see all the players at the table.
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I can't recall the intricacies as well as you right now but your summation does jog the memory quite well.

Whilst it seems we are going to miss some book small council members (at least for a while) the only real grievance I have is that Littlefinger isn't getting to show his true guile. Probably one of my favourite characters in the books as he is not having his strings pulled by anyone else, that and he's a dam fine player of this "game of thrones" (brilliant how some characters actually refer to it as a game).

Also whilst its a good call to put your spoiler warning you have avoided mentioning anything too bad apart from a certain coupling in your fourth paragraph.
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I loved the way Tyrion looked at everybody running to get closer to Lord Tywin: and then, slowly, he pulled his chair to the far side of the table. This is a cult moment !
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Funniest episode of GoT so far. The entire episode felt different than what we have had so far in the series, due to all these comedic elements. I still don't care about Talisa, Catelyn, Robb or Theon as they still are downright boring. But Edmure and the Blackfish made that atleast tolerable for this episode.

Best part for me is a tie between the hilarious council meeting and Arya and Hot Pie's emotional goodbye.

Oh, and i'm pretty sure thats the hottest whores they've had in this show so far. Obviously the showrunners are huge Podrick fan and wanted to reward him properly :P
(Or they did it because they were the ones directing said nude actresses..... :D )

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This episode seemed a bit weak to me. True there was some good parts, but alot seemed kind of pointless, like Pod's situation when he came back from the brothel and Hot Pie getting left behind. Who cares about Hot Pie? I really am starting to get annoyed at how naive Danaerys still is. If she wants to rule the 7 Kingdoms, she needs to grow the F up. While I understand (hope) these scences are going to lead into stronger character development or plot advancement, they dragged down the episode for me.

Poor Jaime. He should have quit while he was ahead. I was wondering when some of the favorites were going to start getting the axe. It's one of the big things you always hear about from the books and the big warnings that people throw out there. " Don't get attatched to anyone." So far, it's been all talk. Even tho Jaime didn't die, from what I can put together of the man, he'll be useless from here on out.
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I am in full agreement with you about Daenerys. She is starting to annoy. Also, while one must be a leader and command respect, she is too frequently rude to her Advisers.
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And how adorable was Jaime's little choke at telling Brienne those men were planning to rape her? Actually, it was the only adorable part in the whole thing,
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Ser Jorah was arguing (last week) that the slave soldiers would be better off with her, so that it would be a good deed to buy them. This is of course nonsense, since it would only encourage the slavers to "make" more slave soldiers, with all that this entails, including cutting the balls of boys. Now that she bought all of them, she gave them the best incentive ever to make at least 8000 more.

But I hope and believe that the first mission she's going to give them is to put an end to the slave business in that city, and take her dragon back. There have been some hints about it. She's not pleased with what she has seen.

I wonder what she's going to do after that. Is she going to set them free and hope that most of them will stay anyway, because they've got nothing better to do? My guess is that she will.
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I really don't know how the cast kept a straight face during the filming of the Small Council meeting. My sides hurt from laughing so hard--and you know the crew had to be laughing as well! Totally going to have to rewatch this episode: Wonderful on all levels.
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