Each week of Game of Thrones this season I’m going to be posting a collection of my thoughts about the episode in the form of a recap/review. This is from the perspective of someone who has read up to a Storm of Swords and not any further than that, so the show’s plot will all be new to me. Also, please watch the show beforehand because there will be SPOILERS! Enjoy!
Holy shit. Game of Thrones is back. Immediately we are reminded of the defeat of the Starks at the hands of the Lannisters, with Ice, Ned’s Valyrian Steel greatsword, being melted down and hearing the Rains of Castamere. The burning of the wolf afterwards really drove that point home. It was also a move so typical of Tywin, being so pragmatic as to make two swords out of the steel.
“Tell him the Lannisters aren’t the only ones who pay their debts.” We’re introduced to Oberyn Martell, a prince from Dorne. On the surface he looks like a charming womaniser, who’s allegedly slept with half of Westeros. Beneath that lies a hot-headed warrior who wants to avenge his sister. He possibly brings some danger towards the Lannisters, though he is just one person. But it emphasises the fact that even though they’ve “won the war”, the Lannisters have made many enemies and these enemies will continue to sprout up. The plot revolving around Oberyn will definitely be interesting this season.
Meanwhile, across the narrow sea, Daenarys’s dragons have grown a bit bigger, to the point where she cannot control them so easily. Jorah is as somber as ever and Daario Naharis (who has been recast) continues to try and charm his way into Dany’s pants. The location scouting was impeccable, as this shot of Dany is just gorgeous.
Back at King’s Landing Jaime is having trouble with well, everyone he seems to run into. After a less than fun conversation with Tywin, Cersei denies him sex claiming he “took too long” (seemed pretty unreasonable to me), Joffrey mocks him and Brienne pesters him leading to him saying she could be a Lannister (maybe then he would be interested in her). Joffrey is ever present as that entitled little shit he is, claiming that “I won the war” and blatantly disrespecting his uncle/dad with “A 40 year old knight with one hand? How can you protect me with that.” All done with that shit-eating smirk.
Up north the wildlings have been joined by a menacing tribe of cannibals called Thenns. These guys looked seriously menacing and its no wonder Tormund fucking hates them. Jon is put on trial for his deeds and gets away with it having told the truth about Mance and the wildlings and their impending attack.
They really saved the best for the last scene. Possibly the most likeable duo on the show, Arya and the Hound stumble upon an inn where Polliver happens to be. The Hound was menacing as ever, downing a jug of ale without breaking eye contact, and delivered some great lines: “If any more words come pouring out of your cunt mouth, I’ll have to eat every fucking chicken in this room.” The real star however, was Arya. Maisie Williams was absolutely cold-blooded in recounting the words Polliver said as he killed Lommy, and then wiping Needle of its blood afterwards. I thought it was poetic that they decided to end the episode with Arya regaining Needle after the loss of Ice in the opening scene. The showrunners don’t hesitate to remind us that this is a small victory though and that the burning road ahead is filled with danger. The white horse she’s riding on is a symbol of hope and we as viewers must also hope that she can get the vengeance she deserves.
This episode featured many scenes to set up the rest of the season and get us all back into it. Strap yourselves in, because this season looks like it’s going to be one hell of a ride.