Ned begins to look into the death of his predecessor and mentor John Arryn. He learns that Arryn was interested in a particular book and also visited a local blacksmith known for making quality arms. There he meets someone quite interesting. At the northern wall, Jon befriends Samwell Tarly an overweight, bumbling young man whose father gave him the choice of joining the Night's Watch or dying in a hunting 'accident'. Sam is the object of scorn from other trainees and their instructor. Jon makes it clear that no harm will come him. Sansa is still not speaking to her father after he was forced to kill her wolf. She is preparing to become Queen someday. Her sister Arya meanwhile is taking sword fighting lessons and sees herself as a knight. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys defends herself when her brother Vyseris slaps her making it very clear that she too can exercise some authority. Written by
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In Bran's dream he is about to shoot at a target when the three-eyed crow flies across. We see in closeup that the forefinger of his shooting glove is
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The sun tells an important part of the series back story, on its panels. It does so in three segments. First, as the credits start up, the sun depicts how the Targaryens and their dragons conquered Westeros. The second time the sun is shown, a dragon is depicted in a mortal struggle with 3 other animals: The Stag, the Lion and the Wolf. It is a very literal way to show how Robert Beratheon and Ned Stark rebelled, with Tywin Lannister reluctantly supporting them, in the end. Finally, the third time the sun is shown, before the series title enter the scene, a lion (among other animals) is shown "kneeling" to a triumphant Stag. Just as Robert was crowned King after winning the war. See more »
Not excellent, but a good set up for the next episode
Cripples, B*******, and Broken Things isn't nearly as excellent as the first two episodes, but much like Lord Snow, it's another good episode and a good set up for the next episode. Yes, some of the characters have been given little to no screen-time and the pacing could've used some more fixing, but those flaws don't matter as there are still some great things in it.
The performances are still great, the story is still good, and everything else is still perfect. The new characters are also interesting including Samwell Tarly, a coward with a heart and is willing to become a member of the Night's Watch and I did feel sorry for him since he's been treated like dirt.
So, overall, not excellent, but another good episode.
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