Sunday, May 26, 2013

Game of Thrones (HBO): Season 3/Episode 9

3.9 The Rains of Castamere
Daenerys entrusts the sacking of Yunkai to Daario, who Ser Jorah thinks would betray them. He wins their trust after the city is successfully conquered. Bran and company seek refuge in a tower and are almost discovered by Jon Snow’s crew of marauding Wildlings due to Hodor’s constant grunting. Bran uses his Warg powers to possess and calm him down. The Wildlings turn on Jon Snow after he refuses to kill an old man. Killing everyone except Tormund and Ygritte, he flees on a horse, much to her dismay. The Freys welcome Robb’s entourage for the wedding and everyone is surprised that his daughter is actually pretty. The merriment turns sour as Catelyn senses something wrong. Finding out that Roose Bolton is donning chainmail underneath his garb, it becomes clear to her that they’ve just walked into a trap. As arrows fly hitting both mother and son, Talisa is repeatedly stabbed to death. Catelyn desperately tries to save her son by taking Frey’s wife hostage, but to no avail. As Bolton fatally drives a knife into Robb’s heart, Catelyn enters a state of catatonic hysteria before having her own throat slit by one of Frey’s men.

Perhaps there is nothing more heart-wrenching than seeing a mother try in vain to bargain for the life of her son, and then having her witness that very child slaughtered right in front of her. Lady Stark, you will be missed. You have already suffered enough, perhaps it is indeed the best time to go. Again, I have to ask, what have these Starks done in their past lives to deserve such kind of karma? Weren’t they just living a happy and quiet life up north before all this shit got real? I guess we have to say kudos to the writers again, huh? They really do know how to surprise their audience. What I find really amusing in this episode, though, is that not a single Lannister makes an appearance, but their presence is greatly felt regardless, further emphasized by Michael Bolton’s “The Lannisters send their regards.” I bet Joffrey Bieber will be annoyingly ecstatic in the next episode although such a brilliant, albeit, sinister plan couldn’t have been conceived by that idiot. My money is on Queen Bitch and/or Daddy Lannister. I don’t think Gimli is capable of such a horrendous act, especially after wedding Little Dove. Wait and see!

“Show them how it feels to lose what they love.” –Catelyn Stark

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