Warning: Spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 3, Episode 7
This episode was lacklustre compared to others. Not much seemed to happen of consequence. Instead we had a lot of small scenes that barely moved the plot forward. Don’t get me wrong, a poor episode of Game of Thrones is still interesting, but I almost felt like we could have skipped most of the scenes in this one and not been that worse off.
The main thing that interested me, however, was Daenerys going to war with the slave city. I don’t know if other people have picked up on this, but Rob Stark’s wife Talisa comes from a slave city. When she tells the story of her brother nearly drowning, she says that a slave saved him. I might be misunderstanding something, but I think that means that Talisa’s city is right in Daeneys’s path.
If Daenerys destroys Talisa’s home city and kills her family, then I have to imagine Rob will go to war with Daenerys as well. I can’t imagine it’s a coincidence that she’s writing to her mother in the same episode that Daenerys is declaring war.
Otherwise in the episode, I think we could have skipped Theon’s further torture. I do like seeing Iwan Rheon, though, as I was a huge Misfits fan.
Also, Bran’s campfire arguments seem completely unnecessary to me. We know they’re going north, but why should we care until they get there. It’s almost like we’re being reminded that they still exist.
Ygritte’s wondering about a windmill being a castle seemed a little much. What the Flick put it well in their analysis of the episode. They’ve just climbed a kilometre high wall of ice built by men and she thinks master builders must have been involved in building a windmill.
Finally, the bear scene was enjoyable. It was nice to see Jamie risk everything for Brienne. I was pretty sure Brienne was doomed, so I was happy to see her survive. It seems like they have a strong friendship growing there. Given time, maybe even a romance. Since Cersei will be leaving King’s Landing, Jamie may move on and find more appropriate love.
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