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On Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, not much really happened. This echoes what went on in the season premier. It is my general understanding that this will be a recurring theme for season three based solely on the source material, A Storm of Swords, which is largely about movie chess pieces on a board and less about crowning a king, so to speak. That isn’t to say the show is bad or boring, but I have to say that I expected a bit more action than what we’ve gotten thus far.
Beyond the wall, we got very little going on in this episode. We’ve been introduced to Mance Rayder, but we’ve so far gotten very little of what makes him the leader he is supposed to be. Ciarin Hinds is a good actor and I’m sure he will bring gravitas to the role, but so far he hasn’t been given the opportunity. We do get to meet Orell, a “warg” (a person who can see through an animal’s eyes), but we don’t get the opportunity for much more to happen. Jon Snow is still a target of ridicule for Ygritte, though it is clear that a more intimate relationship between the two is developing.
In King’s Landing, Tyrion meets with Shae, who warns him that Sansa should be protected. Tyrion concedes after some physical intimacy, and who knows what will happen to the poor girl during this season. Sansa meets with Margaery and her grandmother, and they question her about Joffrey. After some minor cajoling and a promise to be kind, Sansa admits that Joffrey is an absolute monster. Sansa has grown so much as a character during the past two years. I enjoy the actress’s (Sophie Turner) performance and her scenes so much more now than I thought I ever would.
Lady Margaery, the would-be queen, uses the information gained from Sansa to actually find herself on the young king’s good side. Joffrey’s penchant for violence, sadomasochism, and cruelty are wholly off-putting, and Margaery knows this. But she also knows that to be queen she must play the game, and her seduction of Joffrey by way of a new crossbow is actually kind of genius. Hearing her forced to speak ill of the late Renly Baratheon isn’t so easy. Renly is sorely missed from this show.
Young Robb Stark squares off with one of his lords over the direction of the way, and the lord freely speaks ill of Stark’s marriage to Lady Talisa, claiming it will be the downfall of the war for the Starks. Robb takes offense to this, but at the same time it seems he knows the marriage was hasty and foolhardy. The Starks learn both of the death of Hoster Tully, Lady Catelyn’s father, and the destruction of Winterfell, which has been burned and looted by the Iron Islanders. Robb suspends military actions to attend his grandfather’s funeral and Lady Catelyn gets a nice character moment discussing her children with Lady Talisa.
In the most interesting parts of the episode, Arya Stark, Gendry, and Hot Pie (who still hasn’t been given an official name) run afoul of the Brotherhood Without Banners, a group of free men fighting for neither the North nor the Lannister’s. The Brotherhood also takes into capture the Hound, who hasn’t been seen since the Battle of Blackwater. In closing out the episode, Brienne and Jaime are hunted down and seemingly captured by Locke, a bannerman of Roose Bolton, who serves the Starks. The episode cuts out as the bannermen approach Jaime. We’ll just have to wait until next week to see what happens.