Game of Thrones: Season 1, Episode 8

The Pointy End (5 Jun. 2011)

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Eddard and his men are betrayed and captured by the Lannisters. When word reaches Robb, he plans to go to war to rescue them. The White Walkers attack The Wall. Tyrion returns to his father with some new friends.

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Joffre has claimed the throne and he and is mother eliminate Ned Stark's supporters. Ned is imprisoned and Sansa remains engaged to Joffre but Anya seems to have escaped. Cersei gets Sansa to write to her eldest brother Robb to ask him to swear loyalty to the new King. Robb agrees to go, but at the head of an army. Catelyn receives word of her husband's imprisonment and learns that her sister will not support her. Tyrian and Bron encounter the Stone Crows and makes them an offer they can't refuse. At the wall Jon's wolf, Ghost, alerts him to trouble and it seems that the White Walkers have returned. Daenarys has trouble accepting the rape of new female slaves and when Drogo supports her, he is called out by one his men. Written by garykmcd

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The episode title refers to the first lesson about sword fighting that Jon gave to Arya before their farewell in Game of Thrones: The Kingsroad (2011): "stick them with the pointy end". See more »

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After Barristan Selmy tosses his sword in front of Joffrey and leaves, the right-most Kingsguard facing him (from Joffrey's view) is unable to sheathe his sword as the four other Kingsguards do. See more »

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Osha: I tried telling your brother, he's marching the wrong way. All these swords, they should be going north, boy, not south. The cold winds are rising.
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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 »

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A lot is happening in this one, but with a lot of lame ingredients
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The ridiculous concept from the previous episode continue (read my review of the previous episode for reference) where much of the plot are derived from a unbelievable scenario where the dying king wrote down his throne's faith only with Ned as witness. This entire conflict is based on this stupid plot from the previous episode.

I find the fighting scenes with the dothrakis really lame. It is so overdone. And arguably the two most stupid and deceitful characters in the entire show, Joffrey and Cercei, are suddenly running the show. This can only go bad.

But beside that, the story takes some interesting twists and you can't help but root for Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly. They are a really cool duo. And there is a little cliffhanger to what exactly happened to Arya Stark, another nice character. Well we'll see. I guess I might get over the lame excuse of a reason that triggered this Lannister/Stark conflict from last episode, but it might take a while. It was so lame and I am stunned no other have pointed it out here.


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