Game of Thrones: “First Of His Name” Quick Thoughts

Before I start a couple of things. There will be spoilers, don’t go moaning at me when you read something that you haven’t already watched yet ok? If you do I will hold you in as high regard as I hold Dany’s story lines. Secondly, I’m not going to go through everything that happens in the episode, just little things that popped into my head as I watched. Sorted? Good, off we go.

Well RIP Tanner. My favourite villain in the GoT series who had all of about 10 minutes screen time overall. I hope the guy who played him has a long and fruitful career as a Willem Dafoe tribute act.

Karl Tanner Game of Thrones
Goodbye Sweet Psychopath

So Craster’s Keep has been burnt to the ground, the mutineers slaughtered and Craster’s daughters are off to survive by themselves…Yeah, good luck with that. One thing that struck me about the way that Jon Snow (on his 9th different northern accent) and his Night’s Watch brothers attacked their former comrades was just how poorly planned it was. Jon sends Locke out to have a little scout of the camp, comes back and tells them there are NO GUARDS PATROLLING and most of them are drunk so what does Jon Snow do? Sends them in screaming to signal they were coming. Good work Jon Snow, Lord Commander Mormont taught you well. Surely the best but would have been to sneak up, take a couple out on the outskirts while they were doing their beating and raping and then keep going from there? What do I know though?

Dany is finding out that while it’s pretty easy to take cities it’s not so easy keeping them under your rule when you just walk out of them expecting things to be all hunky dory. She has a lot to learn that one. We will now look forward to twenty pretty dull Dany episodes of her being a terrible queen, being undermined by Daario while Jorah and Selmy try and tell her what she should be doing. Joy. One thing I did miss off of last weeks thoughts while I remember it; where the hell did they find a bloody great Targaryen flag to hang off the Harpy of top of the pyramid in Mereen?

Game of Thrones Mereen
Also, who’s job was it to climb up there? Sod that.

Long live King Tommen, the realms greatest puppet King. Everyone wants a piece of him and even Cersei seems to be doing nice things to help him not turn into a little shit like his recently deceased brother. I’m sure that won’t last long. If Cersei isn’t being a bit of a dick then that’s just not Game of Thrones.

Poor Sansa and poor Sophie Turnere who is the actress that plays Sansa. It must be quite demoralising as an actress to turn up to work every day and just be told to cry, look sad, get beaten up, cry some more and then just frown when not doing those other things. We did get to see her smile for about half a second this week before realising her Aunt Lysa is crazier than anyone she had met in Kings Landing. Lysa and her lungs kept her up all night and then she was interrogated to ask if she had slept with the irish villainess vampire Littlefinger before then being told she was going to marry Robin Arryn who, thank god, we didn’t see sucking on his mothers tit this time. Chin up Sansa, it might get better (it won’t).

From one Stark girl to another. Arya got her dancing shoes on and started twirling Needle around. It was great to see Arya doing some water dancing and allowing us reminisce about the good times of season one when she was enjoying her sword lessons. I bet you that Maisie Williams will be keeping the Needle prop and pulling that dancing shit out at parties and get togethers, I know I would anyway. Arya is most people’s favourite, or at least high on that list and it’s scenes like this that prove why. Without going on too much about the actress I have to say that Arya is one of the best acted and I certainly hope that there is some kind of award down the line for Maisie Williams. It certainly helps that she has amazing dialogue to work with and being paired with The Hound is simply brilliant, it’s always one of the highlights of the show and I don’t want that pairing to end, it will though, nothing lasts in Game of Thrones.

Let’s end on probably the most awesome thing that has ever or will ever happen in Game of Thrones; Hodor Hulking up with the help of Bran and nearly ripping a mans head off.

Hodor Locke
Drink your milk and take your vitamins, brother.

The internet (and book wankers like me) were up in arms after last week’s episode showed Hodor getting stabbed in the leg last week. You can change anything from the books but Hodor is sacred. So even though it was through Bran’s warging and not just Hodor going full out Hulk Hogan it was great to see Hodor nearly rip Locke’s head off. It’s a bit of a shame we didn’t see more of Locke, he was a pretty awesome character but now he is dead Bran is free to wander off for three seasons through the bitter north to find the Wierwood tree that he and Jojen have seen in their vision, that’s going to be a fun watch.

So, here is looking forward to next weeks episode, “The Laws of Gods and Men”. Get a taster by checking out the preview.


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