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: (at around 45 mins) The famous scream is heard on the battlefield in the aftermath of the Lannister-Stark battle. See more »
All throughout the series the same trick is used - whenever there is an open wound on the screen, the sound of buzzing flies is heard. However, flies don't live in the desert where Drogo's wounds are shown. See more »
[Tyrion and Tywin talk about the savages of the mountain clans that Tyrion recruited recently]
Ferocious? Last night, a Moon Brother stabbed a Stone Crow over a sausage. Three Stone Crows seized the Moon Brother and opened his throat. Bronn managed to keep Shagga from chopping off the dead man's cock, which was fortunate but even still, Olf is demanding blood money, which Shagga and Gunther refuse to pay.
When soldiers lack discipline, the fault lies with their commander.
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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 »
Interesting episode, but I am starting to see a worrying pattern
This episode is great entertainment, no question about it.
But there is an emerging pattern already in which the idiots always wins. I hope this is a pattern that will break or it will become predictable and boring to watch. Very predictable. I saw the dramatic end of this episode coming. It was so obvious.
And all this Stark/Lannister drama in the last three episode are still based on the lamest plot I have seen in a long time (see my reviews of S01E07 and S01E08 for more details about that)
I also don't understand how Arya can run around like that in the streets. Isn't she wanted or at least missed? You would think she would be a recognizable face for many of the citizens.
It will also be interesting to see how Sansa will cope with this. At first I didn't like her "blinded by love", naive appearance, but she has started to become a more deep character over the last few episode or maybe it's a simple matter of her lover acting so retarded that she finally realize it?
I also found it interesting how even Cersei tried to stop Joffrey from making his "bad call" in the end of the episode. Is Cersei losing control of her son? At first you got the impression that she agreed on most of his actions.
Joffrey is an insecure control freak and now he is king and the perfect example as to why inbreeding is not good. That does not bold well. Jack Gleeson is a perfect actor for that role. I wanted to kick his face from the very first episode, almost before he even said one word.
And finally there is some interesting development from the Targaryens. Until now most of those scenes have just been a bore. For that I raise by vote from 7 to 8. Had it not been for the too obvious and "dramatic" ending I would even have considered a 9.
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