Robb goes to war against the Lannisters. Jon finds himself struggling on deciding if his place is with Robb or the Night's Watch. Drogo has fallen ill from a fresh battle wound. Daenerys is desperate to save him.
Sansa begs King Joffrey to spare her father's life. With his mother's support he agrees to spare him provided Ned publicly confesses that he is a traitor and recognizes him as the rightful king. Ned refuses at first but soon recognizes that the lives of his children are at stake and eventually agrees. Arya has eluded capture living in the town and scrounging for food. She goes to the square when she hears her father is to appear. What happens is something no child should have to witness. Tyrion arrives at his father's camp but the elder Lannister is dismissive of his diminutive son. He also tells him that he will be in the vanguard of the attack to take place the next day against Robb Stark's forces arriving from the north. For his part, Robb is proving to be an able field general and takes a Lannister prisoner. Daenerys finds she has little influence after Drogo falls ill and is unable to ride. Written by
WILHELM SCREAM: When Tyrion Lannister wakes up when the fight is over (which he didn't attend because of a blow to the back of his head), the camera pans over the battlefield. When the camera angle passes an old tree, you can hear a Wilhelm Scream. See more »
The cities and places featured in the opening credits change as the series progresses. For example, in the first episode, Pentos is shown whereas in later episodes, because it is not pertinent to the episode's narrative, it is not. See more »
This is the ninth episode of the first season of Game of Thrones. Now up to this point, this has been a very good show that I have come to love, but each episode fell just short of perfection. Now we have finally reached an episode that reaches that elusive mark. I loved nearly every moment of this episode, but the end is the climax. I will say I have never met a character I despised as much as Joffrey, especially for his actions in this episode.
In this episode, "Baelor," Sansa begs for mercy so that her father can live. Joffrey agrees, but only on the condition that Ned admits he was a traitor. Ned refuses at first, but then comes to his senses as he realizes the importance of his children. Meanwhile, Arya escapes and lives as a peasant. Robb Stark proves to be an able general and declares war on the Lannisters. Tywin Lannister orders Tyrion to be in the vanguard of the army against the Stark army. Finally, Khal Drogo is seriously sick and Vaenary's reputation is nothing without him.
Overall, this is the greatest episode yet of Game of Thrones. There is so much things going on, but it does not distract from the point of the show. There is great acting all around, but this is Sean Bean's time to shine. Did I say how much I hate King Joffrey? The ending is going to provide a great ripple effect, so it will be interesting to see how that happens.
My Grade: A+
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