Tuesday, June 4, 2013

What I’m Watching: Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones: Season 3, Episode 9 “The Rains of Castamere” (B+)

I suppose it’s only fitting that Ned Stark’s name should be invoked before what constitutes the most shocking death in this show since Ned himself occurred. Seeing such a festive occasion interrupted first with the stabbing of Robb’s pregnant wife and then the murder of both Robb and his mother was extremely difficult, because it’s hard to imagine that these characters are not invincible. Having Arya miss a reunion with her family by just a few moments was equally devastating, though it’s good that she didn’t have to see her mother about to be executed as well. Bran and Jon were so close to each other as well, and Bran managed quite a neat trick by controlling the beasts around him to help ensure the safety of his company. It was refreshing to see Jon finally overcome his captors, though the look on Ygritte’s face as she ran away without him was haunting. All this focus on the Stark family, an unusual thing, meant that we didn’t see any of the Lannisters at all, which is slightly disappointing given that we have only one episode left this season, and that means there are only so many developments that occur, the loudest and biggest of which is sure to be the royal wedding. As one more player was taken out of the equation, Daenerys managed to solidify her status and path towards power as her latest gamble worked and, much to the chagrin of her closest advisors, also confirms the loyalty of her newest ally.

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