23 May 2013

Missed scene - Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 7 - "The Bear and the Maiden Fair"

First of all I would like thanks those few people who always somehow encourage me to write my reviews.
I have been told off by them this week for not including a scene from episode 7 with Joffrey and Tywin. So there it goes:

Eye roll...

Lord Tywin is being summoned by the young king Joffrey to the throne room. Poor child has finally decided to be a king and rule a little. He obviously has no idea what is going on and the whole situation is probably arranged by Margery (or her lovely granny lady Olenna). Joffrey is a little concerned about meetings of Small Council being held in a new location (too many stairs to climb) and him not being invited every time. Well, I think Joff takes from his fake father when it comes to being a king. Their main interests are slightly different however: Robert wanted to drink and fuck, while Joff wants to kill and humiliate. And he tries...
Tywin however is not 14 years old girl and will not stand for some shmuck to push him around and jump through hoops. So all on all - same old routine.
I initially omitted the scene for few reasons. As I said in the review of the previous episode: the schedule of the show is so tight, there is no room for pointless scenes. And I still think this is true.
So why is this scene here? I was asking myself this very question since then and I simply can not find the answer that satisfies me. Therefore maybe there is something I do not know and will learn in the future?
Didn't want to write about something that was still bugging me a bit.

If this scene is there to show who is the actual ruler of Seven Kingdoms - to me and I think most of the viewers it was obvious it is Tywin Lannister. His intentions, actions, plans - his entire demeanour (and the POWER that comes with that), shown in almost every episode since he first appeared, were very clear about this.

If this scene was a little hint about Tyrells wanting to take control of Joffrey and by that the throne, I think that was pretty obvious too.

If they put this scene there to show that Joffrey is stupid, incompetent, ignorant and misinformed as a king... then, well... We kinda already knew.
Seeing him so nervous when his grandfather comes in to the throne room, really convinces me that someone put him up for this whole meeting.

This scene could be there to show all that at the same time of course. Not for just one of those reasons!
But that is still not enough for me.

The dragons are not letting me leave it alone. If you are still reading this, please be careful cause there will be SPOILERS!


So, how is it that nobody in King's Landing believes in dragons? With all the spies they have around... how is it that nobody fears that Daenerys is coming with an army.
I do not want to spoil everything, so I will leave one traitor out of this equation and will focus on Varys.

Varys is one of my favourite characters in the book and in the TV show. And the main reason is his conversation with Ned Stark:

Ned: Tell me something, Varys. Who do you truly serve?
Varys: The realm, my lord. Someone must.

One thing is certain: Varys is not a pawn in this story. He knew about Daenerys and Viserys, he is friends with Illyrio Mopatis, he knows about the dragons but decides not to tell anyone, or maybe he is just not telling Lannisters. There is a reason for making them believe dragons are dead. And whatever Daenerys has is not even close to a cameleon. Varys has a Targaryen blood in his veins, I am 99% sure of that. Very thin kind but still Targaryen...

And this small scene in the throne room is, to me, a proof that Varys can play Tywin Lannister, as he pleases.

19 May 2013

Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 7 "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" SPOILERS

Ah new episode! Because of the secret Mojang trip to Monte Carlo I missed it, didn't feel like watching it until Sunday. It is a good thing, now I don't have to wait all week because episode 8 comes out tomorrow.

The song The Bear and the Maiden Fair (Polish title sounds so funny and I love it - "Niedzwiedz i dziewica cud") pops every now and then in the book, which is an awesome touch from the author. Reminds me a little bit of Wiedzmin books (or Witcher if you like) by Andrzej Sapkowski - who, for me, is still the best fantasy writer of all times. Love these little things, that make the world in the book so real and believable.

My favourite version - short but the best!

We are yet again encountering a slow episode, which is surprising, but I guess the last two will be HUGE. Or maybe I am just waiting for something that is not coming? I am afraid that after last episodes of season two I am expecting too much. Hopefully not! 
Now don't get me wrong - there is plenty of stuff happening in the show, I just mean that there is not a lot of long, thrilling scenes. 

So we start off with Ygritte making fun of Jon Snow, not the first time, not the last. They are being so cute together, exactly how it suppose to be with young couple in love. They let me forget for a while what is coming, but we all know it is winter. Later on, Jon is being told how handle his girl, Tormund apparently has some good moves! Orell, one of the wildlings, tries to pursue Ygritte, badmouthing Jon. Ygritte however confesses she loves Jon and admits she would even wear a silk dress for him.
Jon tells Ygritte that the wildlings will be defeated, as they were six time before. She reminds him that he is one of them now, so if they die - they die together.

Ahhh, Ygritte is being CUTE again, she is making it harder and harder for me to hate her! 

Girls see more blood...

King Robb is on his way to his uncle's wedding, when he is told by his new and hot wife she is expecting a child. That information makes him really happy and a little bit afraid at the same time. Very hard time ahead of both of them.

But they do have fun too!
I am starting to think, now that I am rewatching the episode, that it is a sex education lesson. Margery spreads her (or rather her grandmothers) wisdom over poor Sansa who is still shaken up with the news of the arranged marriage. Sansa is still so silly...
Bron is also convincing Tyrion that this whole marriage is a good idea: Sansa is young, pretty and holds a key to the North... Tyrion however still loves Shae and would rather marry her. As a peace offering and "I am sorry I have to marry another girl" gift he gives her a golden necklace and offers to spoil her if she stays with him.

Far away from all this drama, Daenerys approaches Yunkai, with a strong urge to free the slaves. Lots of dragons this time! Emissary from Yunkai Grazdan mo Eraz pays her a visit, trying to bribe her with gold and ships. Daenerys is adamant, cold and confident. She takes the gold and gives ultimatums: free all the slaves, give them payment for their work or die. The emissary leaves empty handed and shamed. 

My dragons make no promises...
Grazdan mentions "powerful friends of Yunkai", which seems to worry Daenerys.

Upon arriving at King's Landing Gendry learns from Melisandre the truth about his father. He is not aware that his royal blood is a valuable asset to the red priestess. Melisandre shares a little bit of her dark past.

Home, sweet home.
Arya escapes the cave of Brotherhood without Banners, still angry at Beric for selling Gendry to Melisandre. She is taken captive by Sandor Clegane, who must have been hiding in the forest for quite some time!

Theon is still being tortured, but in a very different way this time. Two young and hot tormentors visit his dungeon, tempting and pleasuring him. Just as usual tho, the boy with a trumpet appears and takes away all the hope from Theon, as well as his genitals.

[*Rant*: Apparently people called "critics" are complaining about this scene - calling it unnecessary and even "boring and confusing to watch"... What the hell... Yeah, torturing Theon, again and again, must be boring to you people by now... so old...
I can understand that, from a perspective of a person, who did not read the book and therefore does not know what is coming, this doesn't make much sense. But at the same time (we are talking about critics here, who should not be mindless peons just hitting their keyboards to to produce words) consider this: Third volume of the book has around 1000 pages, they have to somehow fit that in 10 episodes. I know, I know they decided not to go season per book, but rather just go with the story, but still they are keeping with the books timeline for now. Don't you think, that with a schedule as tight as this one, every scene HAS A POINT!? Maybe it is just me, that thinks a little bit before publishing her thoughts... *End of rant*]

After promising Brienne, that he will keep his word and return Stark girls to their mothers, Jamie leaves Harrenhal, leaving Brienne behind. His newly formed conscience is challenged on the way, concerned about Brienne's well being he decided to go back to Harrenhal. Upon the arrival he finds Brienne (armed with only a wooden sword) in a pit with a bear! Yes, she is still wearing her pink dress. He jumps down to rescue her and soon after (with some help from the Steelshanks) they are free. Again, having rich and powerful father pays off as he is able to wiggle out by promising money to his captors.

And the bear just wanted a hug...

And here is a cool piece of art with Brienne by Rory Phillips (http://www.gogopicnic.com/)

Thank you all for reading!

09 May 2013

Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 6 - "The Climb" As usual with SPOILERS!

Seems like it is going to be easy to be brief this time. Another slow episode with few highlights. I think this season had and will have few huge moments, so we encountering the period of thickening of the plot.

Samwell and Gilly are happy campers, sharing stories and singing by the fire. It is nice to see Sam being happy for a change.
While by another fire we have a little tension between Osha and Meera Reed. The situation is quickly mended by brave Bran. Jojen has a vision which very much resembles an epilepsy seizure. I still can not believe this is the little boy from Love Actually. His performance is excellent so far.

Jon and Ygritte are preparing for the climb. Now that is an interesting scene. I think that this is the first time ever (books and TV show) that I actually like Ygritte. She is not my favourite character of all, I would even say that I dislike her.

It's you and me, that matters.
She finally acts fair, she doesn't judge, she doesn't mock. She loves Jon, even tho she knows he is still a Crow. Jon promises he will never betray her and he believes that, Ygritte doesn't, she knows he will have to do what is right. She is very genuine and honest in this scene, while Jon can not even look at her.

Robb sits with Freys to discuss the alliance against Lannisters. PERFECT portrayal of Freys if you ask me, they indeed look like peasants. I like, when they leave the room, one of them actually limps, that was a nice touch to add a bit to the image of village idiot. Edmure (Cath's brother) is being forced to marry one of Walder Frey's daughters - Roslin. Edmure is SUCH a typical guy in this scene, I had a good laugh. I feel sorry for him. This whole situation just reminds me how I dislike Robb for his decision to marry Jeyne.

You are paying for my sins, uncle...
I will just fail to mention Brienne in a pink dress...

Lovely gifs from uproxx.com

Tywin Lannister and Olenna Tyrell bargain and trade their children and grandchildren. They both take out heavy weapons against each other but finally Tywin wins, for now. However he is disgusted with the whole conversation, especially since he is accused of being gay. Very brave Lady Olenna!

And then Ygritte breaks The Wall. As much as I like dramatic scenes, the only thing that came to my head after seeing this was: "Boy! That escalated quickly..." and so I started to laugh.

Spent some time making this gif...

The Ron Burgundy quote is ambiguous in this case: 1. A small scratch leads to a huge catastrophe, I get that, but... 2. This scene is just too damn long. I don't know if that was suppose to make it more dramatic or something?! Well to me it failed horribly. Maybe it is the lack of music, or the scene being emotionless, since I knew what is going to happen? I won't say I was disappointed, but it did not move me.

Another funny one, in this episode, is the garden scene with Loras and Sansa. He is being properly daft. And this poor girl looks at him like he is a miracle. I guess being Joffrey's punching bag did not teach her anything yet. But remember my words... she will learn.

Girls? Ewww...

One thing that annoys me a little bit in this whole being gay situation is that they emphasize it EVERY DAMN TIME it is even possible. Whenever his name is mentioned someone makes a stupid face or not so funny "ha ha" comment about how he likes long swords. We get it already, he is GAY. I really have to compare this to the book version here. This entire issue is described so subtle in the book and yet it is quite clear, whereas in the show it just sounds opprobrious most of the time.

This episode's ending gets quite serious and sad. The most ambitious little creep in the King's Landing - Littlefinger - makes an excellent speech. Lord Baelish, aware of the agreement Varys had with one of Littlefinger's prostitutes - Ros - gives her to Joffrey as a punishment for the betrayal. And probably to suck up to the sadistic creep. Ros dies of multiple crossbow shots. Joffrey apparently still doesn't like close combat.

Chaos, is a ladder... the climb is all there is. 
Sansa is crushed by the news of the new marriage plans Lannisters cooked up for her, crying her eyes out, watching her last hope - Littlefinger - leaving King's Landing.

Ygritte's dream comes true as she stands on The Wall to see what is beyond; with Jon Snow.

Beyond The Wall

And that is a wrap!