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Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 4: And Now His Watch is Ended
Episode 4 of the third season of Game of Thrones picks up the pace, showing major events from King’s Landing to North of the Wall to the slave city of Astapor, ending on a high note meant to brace viewers for the coming events.
It’s the fourth episode and we’re starting to feel the heat. Compared to the rather slow third episode that was painfully lacking in the hair-raising moments that Game of Thrones is known for, this episode made sure the viewers knew that we’re reaching the mid-point of this season. From here, things can only get more complicated and intense. With brief glimpses of Tyrion, Bran, and Theon, this episode explored the aftermath of the disaster that befell Jaime Lannister, the ensuing plots and schemes in King’s Landing where the Tyrells and Varys are gaining friends and making their moves, the men and reason behind the Brotherhood without Banners, the tragic events at Craster’s lands North of the Wall, and finally, Daenerys Targaryen’s plans for Astapor.
The series continues to add delectable details that make it a tad bit juicier than the books at points, including Margaery Tyrell manipulating both Joffrey (to Cersei’s ire) and Sansa (to Sansa’s delight), and the Spider Varys’’ quest for personal revenge. Unfortunately, to make that scene with the sorcerer count, Tyrion’s involvement was one of his lackluster moments. He’s smart enough to know that asking for proof of his sister’s intent was ridiculous to begin with – it only gave the show an excuse to display Varys’ ruthlessness cloaked in mincing politeness. Varys himself steps out of character to be as honest as he can to the Queen of Thorns, Lady Olena of house Tyrell, saying plainly how Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish is one of the most dangerous men in the realm.
A few other small moments are worth mentioning; they were brief yet meaningful. Cersei approached her father Tywin only to be told the basically same thing Tyrion told her: she’s not as smart as she thinks. The Hound had a small exchange with Berric Dondarrion, the evident, but perhaps informal, leader of the small Brotherhood without Banners. We get a glimpse of what happened to the small detachment Ned Stark sent after the Mountain, and a hint of how far the influence of the Red God has spread. Theon suffers a moment of weaknesses, revealing his true feelings and a precious bit of information: Bran and Rickon Stark are alive.
The main events, however, were even juicier. Jaime’s façade cracks under the loss of his sword hand, showing an almost vulnerable, kind character. Certainly, we’ll learn more about what makes Jaime tick in the next episodes. The Tyrells are proving more than a match for Cersei and a worthy ally for the powerful Spider Varys. I kind of see Lady Olena as the female version of Tywin Lannister. Her small discussion with Varys was quite entertaining. It would be a neat treat to see her plot and scheme with Tyrion – that conversation would be the stuff of memes. The eponymous event of the episode occurs North of the Wall, where strife, hunger, and dissent had caused the remnants of the Night’s Watch to turn on each other, leaving both Craster and Lord Commander Mormont dead. Sam takes the opportunity to leave with Gilly and her son. Across the Narrow Sea and in the slave city of Astapor, Daenerys Targaryen implements her plot, mixing cunning, betrayal, and slaughter into a climactic and satisfying end to the episode. [by G Dino]