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From: The Great Game of Thrones Rewatch of 2017






  • Cue the music!
  • What's this one called again? Oh yeah, "The Kingsroad".... otherwise known as the one where everyone splits up and nobody is ever happy again. All righty then.

  • I love Ramin Djawadi... I have heard talk about how he has distinctive musical themes developed for different characters - I haven't really spent a lot of time listening for them, but this opening on Daenerys with the Dothraki horde sets the mood right away. Brilliant.
  • Ser Jorah trying to be encouraging... but dang, life sucks for Dany right now. Here, chew on this horse jerkey. Keep your strength up for all the things that are causing you misery.
  • Long line of horses riding single file :unsure:
  • Oh, Viserys. "I'll stay with Drogo until he fulfills his end of the bargain and I have my crown." Oh, you will. :dry:
  • A dual purpose conversation... giving us some of Jorah's backstory, and demonstrating once again how much of a twit Viserys is. He really just has no clue, does he?

  • Tyrion's gone to the dogs! *snerk*
  • Oh. Joffrey. Someone slap him for me, will you?
  • AGAIN. Ahahahahaha, I love this scene.
  • AND AGAIN! *gleeful giggles*

  • Bread! And two of those little fish. And a mug of dark beer to wash it down. And bacon, burnt black. Breakfast of champions!
  • That look Cersei and Jaime exchange when Tyrion mentions that the Maester says Bran may live... Tyrion has EYES IN HIS HEAD, people. You are not as subtle as you think you are. :dry:
  • Apparently your incest babies have too delicate of ears to hear Tyrion talking about whores and p!$$ing off the edge of the world... Got it.
  • Heh... the irony in this exchange between Jaime and Tyrion, about not wanting to live as a cripple or "a grotesque".
  • "Death is so final, while life is full of possibilities." *nod* Tyrion has the best lines in the books, and hence in the show.
  • Tyrion says he hopes Bran wakes, he'd be interested to hear what he has to say... Jaime replies "My dear brother, sometimes I wonder whose side you're on." :unsure: WAY TO HINT THAT YOU HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH HIS FALL, JAIME. Tyrion has a brain in his head too.

  • Sigh... this scene. This is my least favorite change from the books in this episode. Cersei talking about the baby she had with Robert who died as an infant... it humanizes her, sure. But I hate the fact that the show wants us so badly not to hate Cersei that they dropped this bit of info that is apparently never taken into consideration again, and directly contradicted later on. Ngggh.
  • But nice acting from Michelle Fairley, trying to be properly courteous to the Queen while grieving over her son.

  • Oh Jaime. So brilliantly arrogant and condescending in this Jon scene. The really sad thing is that Jon will come to realize that Jaime's contempt for the Night's Watch was pretty much deserved.
  • Arya :wub:! And Nymeria "helping her pack" :laugh:
  • Oh, I adore this whole scene. Nymeria... and Needle... and Jon and Arya's closeness... and OMG I so want Jon and Arya to reunite in Season 7.
  • Stick 'em with the pointy end. :wub:
  • "All the best swords have names, you know." Well, not according to Sandor Clegane. :laugh:

  • Nnnnngh, Catelyn in this scene with Jon and Bran. She's so good at treating him so bad.
  • Jon and Bran reunion in S7, please. *sniffles*
  • "I want you to leave." Ouch. And Ned just standing there in the doorway, looking at them, knowing the actual truth and that Catelyn shouldn't even have to hate Jon but he can't say a word because "PROMISE ME NED" nnnnnnnnngggghhhhhh
  • This scene between Cat and Ned.... oh, it's heartbreaking. This is great acting by Michelle Fairley.

  • Jon and Robb.... *sniffles* *mutters about the cruelty of fate, and George R.R. Martin*
  • "Next time we see each other, we'll talk about your mother. I promise." DAMN YOU GEORGE. DAMN YOU.....

  • And King Robert is peeing on a tree. :unsure:
  • This conversation with Ned and Robert, laughing and talking about the war and their youth and women... and suddenly Ned turns sullen and reticent to talk about Jon's mother. OH NO, there's nothing he's trying desperately to hide there.
  • "I swear if I wasn't your King you'd have hit me already." "Worst thing about your coronation, I'll never get to hit you again." :laugh: I do love the friendship between Ned and Robert.
  • And then we go from Ned getting angry at Robert for prying about Jon's mother, to talking about the Targaryens, and what Rhaegar did to his sister. NOPE, NOTHING TO THAT. NOT AT ALL.
  • "There's a war coming, Ned. I don't know when... I don't know who we'll be fighting.... but it's coming." Don't worry about it, Robert. "We" won't be fighting anything but a wild boar, who is actually gonna win.

  • Back to the drums and the Dothraki... and oh hey, it's HBO, naked skin and slapping flesh.
  • Drogo, Dany doesn't sound like she's enjoying this one a bit. But she's totally fascinated by those dragon's eggs.

  • Segue on the fire close up to Jon, morosely moping into the campfire.
  • Tyrion telling Jon hard truths about the life he chose. :sad:
  • "my repulsive nephew will be king after him"... MORE BLUNT TRUTH. *hi5 Tyrion*
  • "My brother has his sword, and I have my mind... and a mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone." Have I mentioned Tyrion has the best lines?
  • You starting to regret the choice you made to join the Watch? Here, have some wine. Tyrion's solution for everything. :laugh:

  • "How much this royal visit has cost us" indeed. *significant look*
  • Catelyn making that weird charm thing... it's such a nice piece of worldbuilding that goes with the strange in-world religion.
  • Robb stepping up to become the grownup... *sniffles*
  • Fire! Danger! Stranger in the room! Panic! Knife! Blood! WOLF! TEETH!
  • And Summer just lays down on the covers next to Bran and licks the blood off his chops. Whew.

  • No dragon. Brave men kill them. It is known. #itisknown
  • I love the story Doreah tells about how she was told that the moon is an egg, and there were once two moons but one wandered too close to the sun and cracked, and dragons came pouring out of it. A Song of Ice and Fire podcaster and blogger Lucifer Means Lightbringer has spent entirely too much time and energy studying this series and he believes there's a symbolic truth to this myth involving meteors and Azor Ahai and Lightbringer, and oh just read it if you're interested.
  • Now we get Dany wanting to learn sex tips from Doreah...

  • And Jon and Tyrion get their first sight of ENORMOUS WALL OF ICE. "Welcome".

  • It amuses me how Catelyn was shaken out of her grief and misery by the incident with Summer and the assassin, and decides to go out and play CSI:Winterfell
  • Oh look, a long blonde hair in the tower. Cersei Lannister must have been here. And probably had something to do with Bran's fall. *thumbs up*
  • There's Rodrik with those prodigious muttonchops again.
  • It still feels weirdly contrived that Catelyn had to be the one to go to King's Landing to tell Ned about the assassin and her belief that the Lannisters were behind the attempt on Bran's life. I think in the books, being inside Cat's head makes it easier to accept - that internal monologue gives all her reasons for wanting to be the one to go, as well as the (somewhat lame) reasons nobody else could be the messenger. Not that the logic is all that great anyway, but the reader has the time and the insight to comprehend her motives better. Which doesn't make it turn out any better in the end :dry:

  • Aaaaaaaand it's HBO. Erotic teaching scene between Doreah and Dany. Could be more egregious, I guess. They are both wearing clothes, after all.
  • "If he wanted the Dothraki way, why did he marry you?" Good point, Doreah.
  • Oh hey, Jason Momoa's butt. *waggles eyebrows*
  • His face doesn't show much, but you can kind of get his thought process here. "You gonna say no to me? What? Oh, feisty blondie. You wanna try something different? OK, this is different. I kinda like it."
  • This all seems really romantic until you realize that Dany was basically sold to this guy and he's been raping her on the daily for quite some time now, and she's just sick of being abused so she's trying to make the best of it. SUCH ROMANCE, GEORGE.

  • Sansa walking Lady on a leash, all proper...
  • Ilyn Payne is a little creepy looking, but not terribly intimidating to be honest. Can't really feel why Sansa would be so scared of him.
  • Now Sandor Clegane, that is an intimidating bloke.
  • Sansa tries so hard to be courteous and ladylike. *sigh*
  • Oh hey. It's Joffrey. Someone smack him in the face for me, will you? Smarmy little twerp.
  • Arya and Mycah sparring by the river..... nnnnngh, it's all going to go so wrong :sad:
  • Joffrey trying to be all noble and protective while getting Sansa drunk. :tongue:
  • Oh Joffrey, you jerk, you jerk,"I won't hurt him... much."
  • KICK HIM IN THE FACE. OK, smack him with a stick. That works.
  • Nymeria! CHOMP.
  • Just stick him with the sword, Arya. He deserves it.
  • Whoops, it's in the river. TOO BAD.
  • Awwwwww no.... Throwing rocks at Nymeria to make her leave.... *sobs* :sad:
  • Arya and Nymeria reunite in S7? Please? Please?
  • Oh good lord, Cersei is soooooo terrible in this scene. I HATE HER I HATE HER I HATE HER
  • Someone slap whiny Joffrey PLEASE.
  • "It's a great crime to lie to a king" (Yeah, Ned. *cough cough*)
  • I love the contrast between Sansa being so polite and cautious, and Arya being so fierce and wild.
  • "We have another wolf." SHUT YOUR FACE CERSEI
  • Ned here... omg. Furious, and heartbroken, and disappointed that his best friend is ordering his daughter's wolf to be murdered to appease his unreasonable wife. "Is this your command, Your Grace?" nnngh Sean Bean I love you.
  • "if it must be done, I will do it myself. The wolf is of the North, she deserves better than a butcher."
  • This music. nnnnnnnngghhhhhhh
  • "He ran. Not very fast."
  • *sniffles* Lady....
  • *sobs uncontrollably*
  • And Bran opens his eyes.


Have I mentioned that I hate Cersei? At least HBO's great Cersei character whitewashing didn't try to make her look less terrible in this scene. Heck, maybe this last scene was the whole reason they tried to make her look more sympathetic earlier, because without that to balance it out there would be no semblance of a redeeming character trait to this vicious witch. Gah.


And if they don't reunite Arya with Nymeria eventually, a little piece of me will die.


Source: The Great Game of Thrones Rewatch of 2017



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