Bran is alive! But he remembers nothing and he'll never climb again.
Where were the direwolves this week? I thought Bran's wolf would never leave his side. Maybe it just didn't want to hear the creepy old wet nurse's creepy stories.
They worked very hard to get across the idea that the Night's Watch is a ragtag band of misfits sorely unready to hold back an incursion of the creepy crawlies from the north. They were successful in that regard, but what do they really expect Tyrion to do about it?
New scenes not in the book was Cercei listening to Joffrey's ideas of what he'd do when he's king and shooting down his crazy notion of conquering and holding Winterfell. Also, the scene with Robert getting drunk and yelling at Jaime Lancaster and Jaime and Cercei's tete-a-tete in her chambers. The show is doing a good job keeping the Lannisters in the mix as they're insidious background players, at least in the first half of the book.
Delighted to see Aiden Quinn (Tommy Carcetti from The Wire) as Littlefinger. The dagger that carved up Catelyn's hands when the assassin tried to kill Bran is his, but was won by Tyrion in a bet. Is Tyrion the one who made the call to have Bran killed?
Not a lot of action but quite a bit of intrigue this week, setting up bigger stuff to come.
I leave you with a few Tweets:
@BackoftheHead John Orquiola Anyone who makes an inappropriate "Needle" joke about Arya Stark is a terrible, terrible person. #GameofThrones
@BackoftheHead John Orquiola The Dothraki pregnancy textbook "Blessings From The Great Stallion". Chapter 3: Fondle breast, ask when she last bled. #GameofThrones
@BackoftheHead John Orquiola Breaking News. @BarackObama will address the world in mere minutes. He's probably going say "Winter is Coming." #GameofThrones
(edited by John Orquiola on 2.5.11 0635) @BackoftheHead
Originally posted by lotjx Arya has the potential to be one of the best characters on the show.
Right now, I think Arya is already one of the best characters on the show, right up there with Tyrion and the dire wolves.
This is more for fans of the books, because it hasn't been spotlighted quite as much on the show, but I got sent this link on Twitter after I noted George R.R. Martin uses considerable detail describing all the food the characters eat in Westeros.
Originally posted by lotjxIts up to you guys to keep me informed now that HBO has cut my feed. Arya has the potential to be one of the best characters on the show.
It seems I forgot most of the details of Arya's early storyline(s). Last week I marked out when she got Needle and this week they introduced her dance teacher, who is an awesome character too. Very VERY cool.
The scene with Joffrey and his mother once again showed what an ass he is. It also explained the workings of the kingdom a bit more. How it might be one king, but it's really seven different realms.
Originally posted by John O They were successful in that regard, but what do they really expect Tyrion to do about it?
Well, they expect the King/Queen to be smart and reasonable people. They probably never get noblemen visiting them, so this is their only chance to get a high ranked person telling the king that they need his help.
Is it getting tiring to us? Maybe; tell that to the viewers that call in asking where Ken Jennings is when the TOC starts. On another note -- good luck, Teapot! Kick some ass. Hell -- I *could* just look at the tape today... but I won't.