Sunday, May 29, 2011

Game of Thrones (HBO): Season 1/Episode 7

1.7 You Win or You Die
Robert Baratheon is fatally wounded in a hunting accident. He has Ned Stark write a will proclaiming him as protector of the realm until Joffrey is old enough to rule. He also changes his opinion about Danaerys, but the move comes a little too late as the assassins out to get her have already been dispatched. One of them tries to poison her with wine, but the attempt is foiled. Furious, Khal Drogo promises to install their unborn son in the Iron Throne. Jon Snow is bewildered by the disappearance of his uncle, and also mad for not being designated as a ranger. Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony), attempts to get Ned’s support to crown him as King, but Ned thinks the crown should go to Stannis, the other brother after concluding that Cersei’s sons are Jaime Lannister’s bastards and hence have no claim to the throne. Petyr convinces him to seize Joffrey knowing that Cersei has plans to ignore the King’s last words, which she does. A showdown at the Iron Throne room ends with Petyr betraying Ned, and Joffrey as king.

Wow. Just wow. I mean, WTF! This is how you create an engaging TV episode! This show has got to be one of the most unpredictable ones out there today, if you have not read the books, that is! Anyway, Queen Bitch finally wins her game of chess against Boromir. I am actually rooting for Boromir here, but he is just so righteous and honorable. To quote Queen Bitch, there is no middle ground in the game of thrones! You win or you die! And come on, why would you trust your wife’s stalker, for crying out loud? So yeah, kudos to Petyr for being such the epitome of a snake in the grass! The ambitious and the clever win most of the time after all. Anyway, I am lost for words. If there is one episode so far that captures the essence of the show’s title, it has to be this one! Perhaps it is now safe to say that we have to brace ourselves for more annoying Joffrey Bieber antics now that he is king. Well, at least Goldilock’s brother is gone. That means one less annoying spoiled brat to deal with. I hope Joffrey Bieber dies soon too.

“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.” –Cersei Lannister

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