Thoughts on Game of Thrones Season 3, Episode 9

Warning: Major spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 3, Episode 9. Do not read further if you haven’t seen the episode.

Wow, just wow. I just finished watching episode 9 from season 3. It was just unbelievable. Episode 9 from season 1 saw Ned Stark get the axe. Episode 9 from season 2 was Blackwater. My reaction when watching this episode at around minute 45: they’ve dropped the ball this season. This is nowhere near the level of the last two seasons’ penultimate episode.

My reaction 10 minutes later was one of dumbfounded astonishment. I said last week that I thought Robb Stark dying could lead to intriguing possibilities, but I never imagined him going out like that. The ambush was so fast, so brutal. In one second, the Starks went from powerful players in the Game of Thrones to forgotten casualties.

I have to applaud the writers, producers and director for the way they set this episode up. With the events from Daenerys and Bran interspersed with Robb and the wedding, it seemed like a standard episode. Wham! This is why I watch Game of Thrones. This season has been slow and bitty, but this episode demonstrates in one fell swoop why Game of Thrones is different from almost every other show on TV.

Anyway, calming down a bit… Robb Stark is one of the three people Stannis named in the previous episode. All of whom are scheduled to die shortly. So, if the Lord of Light is as powerful as he seems, then Joffrey and Balon Greyjoy’s days are numbered.

On the Lord of Light, I’m not sure if gods genuinely do exist in this world. As it is a fantasy setting, gods might actually be real. So far, we’ve had no physical signs either way. The Lord of Light might just be what people attribute successful magic to. The power may just lie in the people themselves. It will be fascinating to see if a god beats three dragons.

The second revelation in the episode was Jon Snow riding away and leaving Ygritte. I was not expecting that either. The affection Jon Snow has shown towards Ygritte seems real, but I could have been just as fooled as she seems to have been.

There aren’t many places he could be riding, but you have to assume he’s going straight to Castle Black to warn his brothers.

We got a small catch up with Bran and Sam, both of which I could honestly do without. I’ve been wrong before, but it seems like their stories are actually only set-up for what they’ll do in season 4 or 5.

Sam didn’t mention the dragonglass dagger, so it seems like he’s left it behind, which seems odd. It’s the one thing that can kill the undead following them, and he leaves it on the ground.

As to Daenerys, her sacking of the city was a bit less dramatic. We got to see a brief planning session, a little sword fight and then her hearing that the attack was a success. A nice big battle might have been good for episode 10. However, if I’m right, I think they rushed this because the events of episode 10 are going to blow our socks off. I for one can’t wait.


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