Sunday, May 1, 2011

Game of Thrones (HBO): Season 1/Episode 3

1.3 Lord Snow
Ned finally arrives at King’s Landing to fulfill his duties as the new Hand of the King, and brings along Sansa and Arya with him. He later discovers that Cat has followed them because she is convinced that what happened to their son is no accident, and that the Lannisters are to blame. They find an unlikely ally in Lord Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen), who happens to be her old flame. Back in Winterfell, Bran could not remember anything from his accident, and tells his other brother that he would rather die than be a cripple. Jon Snow begins his training at the Wall as part of the Night’s Watch, and proves to be the best one there, which makes him rather unpopular among the rest. Daenerys embraces her new role as a Khaleesi, much to her brother’s disdain who keeps on insisting that he is the Lord of the Seven Kingdoms. She also finds out that she is pregnant with Khal Drogo’s child. Cersei schools Joffrey on how to be a good king, telling him that he can do whatever he wants once he inherits the throne.

This episode is a bit boring and there is no cliffhanger this time around. It is nice to see Goldilocks fully embracing her fate. She has also managed to tame Conan the Barbarian so kudos to her. Are you not going to take the Iron Throne back yet? We’re all waiting, just in case you haven’t noticed! Anyway, you know that you are watching a good story unfold when it is rich in well-crafted mythology, and the old hag’s rather dark story about the White Walkers is hinting on something that could unfold later on. That IS intriguing, because warring kingdoms are not enough, there should always be a more universal circumstance that they should face as a common enemy! Queen Bitch is 50/50 in my book for this episode. She was so repugnant the last time, throwing her weight around and out-Diva-ing Mariah Carey with her attitude problem. For this episode, though, you could feel her ambition which coincides with her big dreams for Justin Bieber. Maybe she is just being an insufferable stage mother, after all. But tonight’s golden star goes to Cat, for being the strong-willed woman that she is. She could totally out-bitch the Queen Bitch if needed be!

"Someday you'll sit on the throne and the truth will be what you make it." –Cersei Lannister

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