Game of Thrones

Season 4 Episode 4

Oathkeeper

79
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 27, 2014 on HBO
8.5
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Jon welcomes volunteers; Bran, Jojen, Meera and Hodor seek shelter; Jaime and Brienne discuss his honor; Daenerys balances justice and mercy.

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  • Thoughts on "Oathkeeper"

    7.0
    Let me clarify my score for the episode: 7 doesn't meant this is a bad episode. However, in comparison to other episodes of the show or season, it was a relatively quiet affair that seems to be setting things up for future episodes (much like last week's).





    King's Landing:





    Jaime may be reprehensible to people who have hated him since pushing Bran from a roof (and since last week's episode, where he forced Cersei into having sex), I've always been able to enjoy his character. Maybe it's because I read the books and could get into his head, but I like Jaime. This week, we get to see more of his good side as he gives Brienne his sword, a new suit of armor and tasks her with tracking down Sansa Stark before anyone. Jaime may not be the most honorable man, but he has shown that he can be honorable. He is also one of the few people who believes that Tyrion didn't murder Joffrey. It seemed like the show focused heavily on Jaime as he flitted between Tyrion, Cersei, Bronn and Brienne, and it was one of his better episodes to date.





    We also get confirmation on who killed Joffrey: the Queen of Thorns, Lady Olenna Martell. I've always loved Olenna, and her conversation with Margeary just solidifies it for me. The scene between Margeary and Tommen was also great, and hints that Tommen won't be the beast that his brother was.





    Unfortunately, for another week, we get very little of Tyrion. This is where the downside to imprisoning Tyrion comes in: we know he has a trial, but you can't have the trial too soon in the season, so there are due to be some episodes where Tyrion is just sitting and chatting with people. Peter Dinklage is a great actor, but it's more fun when he's actively involved in events, and it feels like he hasn't been directly involved in things since Season 2, when he was Hand of the King.







    The East:





    Another week, another brief visit with Daenerys. A lot of people say the Daenerys scenes are their favorite, and I think credit is due to Emilia Clarke for that. However, I can't say I'm as enamored. She's a great actress, that much can't be argued, but the show loves to show Daenerys conquering cities in these little 5 to 10 minute scenes, and then quickly moves on. It would be one thing if the show returned to her, but so far, for the last two weeks, major events have happened that have been relegated to small, stand-alone scenes.





    That being said, I loved the Grey Worm scene. He's led perhaps the most miserable life out of any character on this show, so it's nice to see him get some focus. And that shot of Daenerys standing at the top of the Meeran pyramid, with the Targaryn flag waving, was beautiful.





    The North:





    A majority of the scenes in the North this week have no counterpart in the book series. The scenes with Jon Snow riding off to Craster's Keep to kill the mutineers, and especially the scenes with Bran and co. being kidnapped by the mutineers, were invented whole-sale, most likely to keep them busy until the end of the season. It could've gone wrong, but the writers of the show are so good at capturing George Martin's voice that it feels like these could easily be from the book.





    I like it when the show allows Jon Snow to stand up and act like a leader. It's one thing when he's a follower, but Kit Harrington is a good enough actor to pull of those moments when Jon Snow needs to lead. The show does a great job setting up next week's episode, which is sure to feature a great Jon Snow vs. Karl fight. I mean, Karl said he hadn't lost a fight since he was nine. That claim is begging to be challenged.





    Misc:





    We get a brief scene with Littlefinger and Sansa, which makes me like Littlefinger more than I already do. Littlefinger is a slimier Varys: just as smart, but a little more daring when it comes to grand gestures. There wasn't much here, just confirmation that Littlefinger worked with Olenna to kill Joffrey. Aiden Gillen was barely in Season 3, so it's nice to see him getting more scenes this year.





    Overall, the episode was as good as we expect Game of Thrones to be, but it wasn't mind-blowing in the way the first two episodes of the season were, but it's clearly setting us up for some big moments next week.



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  • Oathkeeper

    6.5
    The episode had some interesting developments and scenes, but I didn't think anything too major or noteworthy happened. 6.5/10 is fair.
  • aaaaa

    8.5
    cantn watch the episode
  • Oathkeeper (Spoilers Ahead)

    7.5
    Game of Thrones had another entertaining but largely setup filled episode as we got to see Benioff and Weiss diverge from the books quite a bit both in timing and events.



    King's Landing

    We got to see another great sparring scene between Jaime and Bronn. Their back and forth is becoming this year's Tywin and Arya scenes in terms of "not in the book but better that it's there" content. Bronn guilts Jaime into visiting Tyrion in his cell. Their scene was amongst the best in the episode as they both admit to being uncertain about whether Tyrion killed Joffrey. It was also great that given his distant relationship with Sansa Tyrion (and Sansa in her scene this week) were both certain of each other's innocence. We get even more details into the plot itself as Lady Olenna admits that she would never have met Margaery marry "that beast" in reference to Joffrey meaning that she was probably the one who took the stone off of Sansa's necklace and put it into Joffrey's wine. The editing suggests that when Littlefinger is talking about "new friends" that it cuts directly to this scene meaning that the regicide was partly the Tyrells and Baelish's idea. Olenna tells Margaery to win Tommen's favor to secure her position as Queen in the uncertain times before Cersei can turn her against him. She visits Tommen, who really is nothing like his sadistic brother was, and we meet his adorable cat Ser Pounce the cat. Margaery asks if they can keep their meetings a secret as they get to know one another and he agrees. The political aspects of this are quite fascinating given that so much is at stake with an eleven year old (not sure how old Tommen is exactly) is the new King. Jaime is chewed out by Cersei for failing to protect "their son" and that he is a terrible Commander of the Kingsguard. Jaime gifts his half of the Valyrian steel sword to Brienne the next day and tells her that it's hers because she is going after Sansa Stark, since he is needed in King's Landing. She dubs it Oathkeeper, and it shows that she may truly be in love with our dear flawed Jaime, also Podrick is going with her which is a good turn of events that he is heeding Tyrion's advice.



    At Sea

    Littlefinger explains much more about the wedding plot against Joffrey and tells Sansa to always remain unpredictable in the eyes of your enemies. Also Baelish is going to marry Lysa Arryn (the breastfeeder from Season 1) and that his "new friends" can offer him more than the Lannisters ever would.



    Castle Black

    Jon begins to train swordmanship to those remaining at the stronghold and how to fight Wildlings. He is chewed out by Ser Alliser Thorne and tells Jon to get back to his stewardship duties. A new recruit, Locke (the guy who cut off Jaime's hand and an agent of Roose Bolton sent to murder Jon), proves good at combat and he and Jon strike up a camaraderie. Janos Slynt warns Thorne that Jon's popularity could work against them and so Thorne approves Jon's plan to assault the mutineers at Craster's Keep but only volunteers can go along. Grenn, Pyp, and Locke (who will take the vows before going North) agree to go.



    North of the Wall

    We get a glimpse of Karl and Rast getting drunk and continuing to rape Craster's daughters. Craster's last son is born and Karl takes it into the woods to be offered up to the Gods of the North. Bran, camped closely to Castle Black, discovers that Ghost is being held at Craster's while skinwalking through Summer. They go to see for themselves but are captured by Karl and Rast's band of evil-doers. Bran admits that he is Brandon Stark which resonates among the group as him being worth quite a ransom as Jon Snow's brother. This varies greatly from the books but I'm glad they did it and incorporated Bran into Jon's quest since so much of the books are people doing their own thing and barely missing encounters with one another quite often. It also gives the raid on Craster's more stakes since Jon has more to lose than his own life storming the place. In the end of the episode we see the White Walker with Craster's sacrificed baby atop a dead horse get carried over to an ice altar and touched by one of (what appears to be 13 figures) and the baby's eyes turn blue. Not sure if they just ate the babies but surely by turning a baby into one of them there must be something afoot since this appears to be the White Walker elite. (Also something not shown in the books but gives us a peak at how they operate beyond the myths that we hear from scared Night's Watch members.



    Meereen

    Grey Worm begins learning the common tongue by Missandei as his duties as the commander of the Unsullied may demand him to know it one day. Grey Worm leads a group of Unsullied through the sewers of Meereen with weapons and he gives them to slaves to turn against their masters, saying that they must "take their Having taken over Meereen with her revolt Daenerys orders 163 of the slave masters be nailed and put on display as atonement for having nailed the slave children to mile markers on her way to the city. I'm glad that she is unafraid to deal out justice to the sick madness that the slave masters hold over the city and it shows how much into her own as a ruler she has come since Season 1.



    A decent enough episode that did a bit of world building and tied a few different threads together in a satisfying way.moreless
  • Baby Walkers

    10
    Once upon a time, actually, since the first time Craster abandoned one his sons, I assumed the babies were killed in a gruosome manner at best or given to the zombies to be eaten at worst. Why else would Sam run away with Gilly's baby for? In their world, incest is an abomination, the children born out of it no better than bastards. So the joke was on me when The White Walkers, not only carried the abomination as if the most precious thing in the world, but placed the baby in what can only be described as a batism table and embraced the inbreed as one of their own.



    It makes sense for only an abomination would care about an abomination in a world that rejects bastards, cripples and broken things. Ironic because the very abominations they reject are the ones coming to get them at the coldest of winter, fitting because it would also make The White Walkers men and, as we know it, all men must die. Valar Morghullis.moreless
Emilio Doorgasingh

Emilio Doorgasingh

Slave Master

Guest Star

Ross Mullan

Ross Mullan

White Walker

Guest Star

Richard Brake

Richard Brake

Night King

Guest Star

Mark Stanley

Mark Stanley

Grenn

Recurring Role

Ian McElhinney

Ian McElhinney

Barristan Selmy

Recurring Role

Daniel Portman

Daniel Portman

Podrick Payne

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Barristan Selmy: The city is yours. All these people, they're your subjects now. Sometimes it is better to answer injustice with mercy.
      Daenerys Targaryen: I will answer injustice with justice.

    • Grey Worm: A single day of freedom is worth more than a lifetime in chains.

    • Bronn: Your brother ever tell you how I came into his service?
      Jaime Lannister: You stood for him in his trial by combat at the Eyrie.
      Bronn: Aye. But only when Lady Arryn demanded the trial take place that day. You were his first choice. He named you for his champion because he knew you would ride, day and night, to come fight for him. You gonna fight for him now?

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