Game of Thrones – Season 3, Episode 5

Warning: Spoilers for Game of Thrones up to Season 3, Episode 5

I’ve been avoiding writing about Game of Thrones due to the massive amounts of discussions already out there on the Internet. However, after last night’s episode, I spotted something that I don’t think others have.

I’ve read half of the first book, so everything here is based on the TV show. So, I could be right or totally wrong in my assumptions here.

Firstly, the Tyrells seemed to have played the Lannisters exceptionally well. I don’t think anyone else has picked up on this, but I think their whole cultivation of Sansa was just a ploy to get them closer to the Lannisters. They found the perfect way to get Loras married into the royal family.

They know that the Lannisters need the Tyrells because of the war. They also know that they’ve gotten a great bargain in getting Joffrey to marry Margaery. So they need some way to squeeze an extra marriage out of the Lannisters. The best way is to threaten their support by showing they could change sides. I believe they never meant to marry Sansa to Loras. Loras knew that Little Finger’s spy was a spy.

Otherwise, I am finding it difficult to relate to any of the characters. It’s been a problem in previous seasons, but this season it seems to be getting worse. There are just too many characters to follow. Counting on IMDB, I get to fifty characters that are currently on the show and have appeared in more than five episodes.

Those aren’t minor characters either: Ygritte has been in 7 episodes; Margaery Tyrell also 7 episodes. 6 episodes and above seems to be mostly major characters or their sidekicks.

If there are going to be this many characters, I think this show needs to be twenty episodes long. That way we can follow Jon Snow’s story for longer than two minutes, for example. In episode 5, he gets to say about four sentences. The same with Daenerys.

It’s my second favourite show on television (After Breaking Bad). The characters are all excellent. There’s a lot of talking (I’m presuming for budget reasons), but occasional action. I’m glad that a fantasy series is this popular, but shouldn’t HBO have expanded it? Season four, if it’s going to be as expansive as this, needs to be more than ten episodes. That would give the creators a chance to stretch out scenes without losing the sprawling nature of the show.


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