Sunday, June 12, 2011

Game of Thrones (HBO): Season 1/Episode 9


1.9 Baelor
Tyrion gets a new concubine in Shae (Sibel Kekilli), a prostitute that Bronn “kidnaps” from one of the tents. Playing a game of truth or drunk, the Imp narrates how he was once married, how it was all just a ploy, and how he lost his wife. He later leads the vanguard against the northerners, but gets knocked out in a stampede. They win the battle, but end up losing Jaime Lannister as he is taken captive by Robb, who gains the allegiance of Lord Walder Frey (David Bradley) of the Twins in exchange for him and Arya marrying two of his children. Weak due to his infected wounds, Khal Drogo falls off his horse. Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) advises Daenerys that he is a lost cause and would die soon. He suggests they flee before that happens knowing how Dothraki traditions would deem her useless as a Khaleesi without a Khal. Desperate, she asks one of the witch slaves to perform blood magic to revive her husband. Famished, Arya wanders the streets in search of food, but ends up at the Great Sept of Baelor to witness her father’s judgment. Sansa beams with pride as Ned confesses his “treason” in exchange for a life of exile at the Wall, except that Joffrey has other plans and orders the Lord of Winterfell beheaded in front of the crowd.


This episode’s pacing is a little slow and concentrated on the war, which is probably intentional so that Boromir’s fate would have the intended impact. Damn it, Joffrey Bieber. You are annoying as fuck, but I must give it to you. You have the makings of a real supervillain, you blonde bastard. Perhaps the only good thing in this episode, Prince Charming’s capture aside, is Queen Bitch’s panicked reaction upon witnessing her son go Red Queen on Boromir. It looks like someone is not totally in control, huh? Gee, this is all that Fat King Robert’s fault! The Starks were leading peaceful lives in their grey wasteland, and now this? In the end, even Iron Man could not save Boromir’s head. Damn it, Sansa. You sent a raven to the wrong Stark. The Avengers could have fixed this. Joking aside, who else thinks that this episode is damn legit? Seriously! Do David and Daniel have, like, summer screenwriting workshops or something? I would really, really love to attend! Anyway, I offer my condolences to House Stark. I guess Goldilocks would be next in line for more suffering in the season finale. Sigh, this is just so sad.

“I have never been nothing. I am the blood of the dragon!” –Daenerys Targaryen

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