Game of Thrones: “The Laws of Gods & Men” – 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.

I think a lot of people have been rather disappointed this season. Not with the overall quality of the show but in the lack of screen time for Tyrion, pretty much everyone’s favourite character. And while he didn’t make an appearance in the first half of this episode the second was a stage for Tyrion or more apt, Peter Dinklage to shine.

Dinklage has taken a lot of plaudits for his portrayal of Tyrion and rightfully so and that final speech he gave in his defence was probably the best we as an audience have ever seen him. Tyrion looked ready to accept what Jaime was telling him, that he would live out his days on the wall if he just pleaded mercy. It was the perfect scenario for Tywin, not so much Cersei who just wants to see her little brothers head on a spike but Tywin did not forsee the effect that Shae’s lies in court would have on Tyrion.

A quick thought on Shae actually, when you saw her giving evidence initially it looked like she was scared and more for the fact that maybe Cersei had threatened her and that was why she was testifying but the more she talked the more it seemed to be coming from a place of hate because of what Tyrion said to her in order for her to leave. Now, if she couldn’t see that he was doing that for her own protection she is just an absolute idiot.

I Demand A Trial By Combat.

I Demand A Trial By Combat.

So over the net couple of episodes we are going to see who Tyrion chooses as his Champion for his trial by combat and I for one can’t wait to see how it all come across on screen. A quick note for those who haven’t read the books and don’t want to be spoiled, don’t read the title of the 8th Episode, it kind of gives it all away.

If Tyrion hadn’t had a great deal of screen time this year then one of my other favourite characters has had even less; Varys. It was great to see Varys back here being his usual self and there was something just fantastic about his brief scene with Prince Oberyn in the Throne Room. With Littlefinger gone Varys hasn’t had anyone really to pit his wits against so it will be interesting to see if they can keep him involved for the rest of the season, i’m sure his little birds in Mereen will have a big part to play.

It was good to see Yara Greyjoy and her band of squiddy men attacking the dreadfort in order to try and rescue Theon. it was all over a bit too quick for my liking but it did help to show just how adept the Ironborn are in battle. Saying that, how Ramsay Snow in nothing but a pair of leather bottoms survived that attack I have no idea. If you saw someone wearing no armour would you not try and take him out pretty quickly because he / she would be an easy target? Alas though, the raid was a waste of time for Yara who declared to her own men that her brother was now dead.

The scene following that with Ramsay and Reek had me on the edge of my seat. I think we have all had enough of seeing Reek be tortured, last season it was brutal and outstayed it’s welcome and I was muttering to myself throughout that whole scene “just let him have the bath”. Of course Ramsay wants something from Reek but it was nice to not have to see any more torture.

Ramsay Snow Sausages


Other quick thoughts:

– Not much to say about Dany’s story this week. It was nice to see one of the dragons in full flight doing dragon-y things but still, genuinely don’t care what’s happening in Mereen. Here’s hoping that Varys’ little birds can make something happen.

– Also, speaking of Dany. Christ she has a lot of titles.

– Long live Ser Davos Seaworth. For me Davos is my favourite character. He is, maybe apart from Sam, the truest character in the show. And let’s not forget, as much of an idiot Stannis is he is actually the true King.

– That establishing shot of bravos with the Titan guarding the entrance was simply stunning, some great work there by the CGI team, and nice to see it on the opening credits as well.

Ser Davos. A True Angel.

Ser Davos. A True Angel.


Game of Thrones: “Oathkeeper” 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.

We are coming up to the halfway stage of this season of GoT and it really has been a cracker so far. We have had Dany marching past dead children to Mereen and magically conjuring up some catapults from somewhere (seriously, how the hell could they have travelled the mountain roads?!) to throw broken slave chains at it’s walls. There has been Jaime being told where to go by Cersei who has turned into nothing more than a drunk middle aged woman at this point. Oberyn Martell has been introduced to us and nothing more than a full size version of Tyrion who also likes to sleep with men and of course we have had the death of King Douche himself; Joffrey.
As someone who has read the books (herein referred to as book wanker) then most of GoT becomes me just waiting in anticipation for things to happen. I was shaking in anticipation of the Red Wedding and when Joff was being an insufferable little shit to Tyrion at his own wedding I was shaking again, just waiting for the poison to take effect, it’s exhilarating even though you know what is about to happen. That being said my favourite episodes, or at least part episodes of GoT are when the story lines deviate from the book so much that I have no idea what is going on, I like to be surprised. Oathkeeper’s second half specifically had so much going on that is not in the books that I just sat there with my mouth wide open just taking it all in.
Karl Tanner - Leader of the Mutineers. Willem Dafoe's Lovechild

Karl Tanner – Leader of the Mutineers. Willem Dafoe’s Lovechild

Now we all know that Joffrey was a detestable little shit and Ramsay Bolton certainly runs him close on the show for sheer scumbaggery but my goodness, Karl – ex brother of the nights watch and leader of the mutiny at Craster’s Keep, he is one hell of a scary bloke. Part of that is down to the fact that he looks like the love child of Willem Dafoe and Lee Evans but still, when he opened his mouth he became one of the most truly despicable characters on the show (shame he will probably get speared through the heart by Longclaw net week). I was fully expecting to not be interested at all in the story of the heroic Jon Snow (now slipped back into his northern, but not so northern voice) ranging out beyond the wall to exterminate the mutineers but with the revelation that Ghost is being held captive and now Bran and the gang are as well I’m very much looking forward to seeing what happens. Will we see another instance of relatives just missing each other with Bran escaping while Jon Snow is fighting outside or will we actually see a small reunion of one half of the remaining Stark children? Who know’s but part of me would like to see a scene with the Starks coming together and the fact that Bran has so little to do this season it would mean the actor would earn his wage actually having to act a scene.The ending of Oathkeeper had me just saying to myself “what the hell is going on, what the hell is this place, WHO THE HELL IS THAT?” Part of me thought I had switched over to reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer when we get to see who, I am assuming, is the Night’s King. The character design there was pretty terrible but who cares he turned a babies eyes blue!

Anyway, roll on Episode 5; “The First of His Name” and fingers crossed that Dany becomes less boring, Karl somehow survives and the Direwolves get to have some revenge.

Where's Buffy when you need her?

Where’s Buffy when you need her?