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John Orquiola
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.16
Game of Thrones should be heralded for delivering the most spectacular green fiery explosion in television history. When Tyrion's wildfire gambit blew up Stannis' fleet (and seemingly Davos along with it), that kablooey deserved to be seen on the biggest HDTV screen one can park one's self in front of.

First time ever Game of Thrones stayed in only one location and focused on the most pivotal battle of the series so far. I don't know if anyone had time to catch their breath and miss Jon Snow, Theon, Daenerys, or even Arya this week. All the action, and then some, was in King's Landing, specifically the Mud Gate, and it delivered gruesome gore and a couple of surprising character turns as well.

This was the series best showing for Bronn. Bronn has to be the breakout star of this season, as Tyrion was last season. And hanging with Tyrion certainly didn't hurt. Could there be a more touching "we may both be dead in the morning" farewell than Bronn and Tyrion.

Bronn: "Oh, so we're friends now?"
Tyrion: "Of course we are. Just because I pay you for your services, it doesn't diminish our friendship."
Bronn: "Enhances it, really."

We were also teased with a showdown between Bronn and the Hound, which when it sparked seemed like such an obvious and natural rivalry, it was genuinely surprising no one really brought up those two should butt heads before. Bronn even saved the Hounds life with a well placed arrow during the Battle of Blackwater. And another flaming arrow lit the wildfire that exploded Stannis' ships to smithereens. Bronn doesn't just deserve to be knighted, he deserves a Lordship, a castle, and anything he desires for his service that day.

Meanwhile, the Hound cracked like an egg. I guess he always was the lesser Clegane brother after all. The Hound completely lost his nerve during the battle, quit, and ran like a scalded dog, by God! He offered to take Sansa with him back to Winterfell, but she was sensible enough to say no to the blood-soaked craven lunatic hanging in her chambers.

"Blackwater" is also the series best showing for Sansa, and considering George RR Martin himself scripted it, it's a wild about face for how Sansa is depicted compared to the book. Sansa was great; she totally Jedi mind fucked Joffrey when he demanded she kiss his sword ("A king doesn't discuss strategy with stupid girls!") and she was ultimately right when she predicted Joffrey would survive the battle. "The worst ones always do." Plus Sansa gracefully handled Drunk Cercei and kept morale up when Drunk Cercei skedaddled from Maegyr's Holdfast. Sansa on the show is lightyears beyond the Sansa in the books. She really could make a great queen one day.

How about Drunk Cercei, with her back up plans for suicide and having Ser Illyn Payne murder every one so as to avoid being raped by Stannis' men. "If it was anyone other than Stannis Baratheon," Cercei figures she could have fucked her way out of her head on a spike. Guaranteed her feminine wiles wouldn't have worked on Renly if he lived. Robb Stark wouldn't have gone for it either; he'd never have heard the end of it from his mom or his new girlfriend. Drunk Cercei was pretty well screwed, and not in the saving-her-neck way she hoped. The funniest thing in all her rantings and ravings to Sansa and Shae was Tommen in the corner passed out. Better than listening to his mom tell a teenage girl how much Stannis' men will enjoy raping her.

Considering he was knocked unconscious immediately before his first battle, Tyrion did a damn fine job leading the City Watch against Stannis' invaders. Weird that Shagga and the Mountains of the Moon men weren't involved in the battle since Tyrion brought them to King's Landing and even used them earlier in the season. Which King's Guard betrayed Tyrion and hacked up his face?

And you had to feel bad for Stannis, being so close to getting into King's Landing and claiming what actually is his crown, only to have it all go to shit in the last minutes when the combined forces of Tywin Lannister and House Tyrell lead by the Knight of Flowers arrived and routed his men. Since it's recorded as King vs. King, Stannis actually lost a war against Joffrey Baratheon. That's gotta be the most embarrassing defeat in the history of the Seven Kingdoms.

Finally, you also had to feel a little bad for Cercei, huddled on the Iron Throne with Tommen and trying to keep his morale up with a thinly-veiled metaphor fairy tale of the brave lion being crowned king over all of the evil stags, wolves and bears in the world. She was all set to gulp down that deadly nightshade when Loras Tyrell and and Tywin Lannister stormed in victorious.

"The battle is over. We've won!"

YES! WE DID IT! DAMN, IT FEELS GOOD TO BE A LANNISTER!

Oh wait, I was rooting for Stannis. Even though I was also rooting for Tyrion and Bronn.

Oh well, Joffrey's still King. That's what's important.



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.88
Amazing episode.
They managed to make the battles look great, though less grand than described in the book I think.

Tyrion rallying the men behind him when they were pretty much walking away was sweet. And the sight of him hacking off the lower limb of one guy was good.

Bronn and Sandor. Heh. The meeting of two men, both on different paths. One a rising star and the other one...well, what can you do after saying Fuck the king to Joffrey's face?
I bet the little rat will want to douse him with wildfire.

Speaking of wildfire, you were right. That explosion was awesome.
Also awesome was the reaction on the faces of the 4 men watching it. Hound=terrified. Tyrion=shocked. The alchemist and Joffrey=grinning like sick fucks.

I liked how they added a bit of drama to that scene compared to the book. First, no defending fleet, then a single ship leaking fluid. And then Davros noticing that there's already fluid on top of the water all around them. Boooom!

I really did like the drunken rants of Cersei. She's so good at those Sansa was great as well. Still naieve with her praying but she did help the women. And oooh we got so close to Shae being found out.

Oh! I -loved- how Shae called Tyrion her lion. In the books she usually calls him that (or her giant of Lannister) and I think she hasn't done anything like that in the tv show until now.

And John, you are right. I didn't have time to catch my breath and I didn't care about not seeing any of the other places. Because god damnit, this was awesome.




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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.94
Are you sure Cersei was going to drink the nightshade? It seemed like she was going to have her son drink it. Maybe she'd drink after giving it to him, but I don't think it was solely going to be for her.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.50
Shae has called Tyrion her Lion several times this season.

Cersai was gonna kill the kids. That's why she wanted Joffrey there. Really funny how smart she thinks she is compared to reality. Considering Stannis has already screwed around on his wife, he might be the MOST likely to give in to some pie.

This show goes by too fast.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.16
You're right, Cercei was definitely going to kill Tommen with the nightshade at least. But it only takes ten drops to kill someone with it, and she'd have probably drank some herself rather then let herself get raped and her head placed on a spike.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
    Originally posted by John Orquiola


    Meanwhile, the Hound cracked like an egg. I guess he always was the lesser Clegane brother after all. The Hound completely lost his nerve during the battle, quit, and ran like a scalded dog, by God! He offered to take Sansa with him back to Winterfell, but she was sensible enough to say no to the blood-soaked craven lunatic hanging in her chambers.


I'd say his quitting the battle made him the greater Clegane brother. He'd finally had enough of fighting for and being treated like crap by such a little shit king. You can't blame a guy for cracking and losing his nerve after watching hundreds of men die burning. Especially considering the whole being traumatized as a child by his older brother melting his face in a fire over a toy thing.


    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    Considering he was knocked unconscious immediately before his first battle, Tyrion did a damn fine job leading the City Watch against Stannis' invaders. Weird that Shagga and the Mountains of the Moon men weren't involved in the battle since Tyrion brought them to King's Landing and even used them earlier in the season. Which King's Guard betrayed Tyrion and hacked up his face?


I'm pretty sure it was Ser Mandon Moore. Of course I might be confusing him with Meryn Trant. I know Loras Tyrell replaces one of the two departed Kingsguard(Moore and Clegane), but can't remember who takes the other spot. Either way the Kingsguard just got much prettier!

    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    "The battle is over. We've won!"

    YES! WE DID IT! DAMN, IT FEELS GOOD TO BE A LANNISTER!

    Oh wait, I was rooting for Stannis. Even though I was also rooting for Tyrion and Bronn.


Heh, it hasn't been this easy to root for the bad guy on a show since Vic Mackey on the Shield.

Great episode, damn near perfect except for a few minor nitpicks(Stannis is the first one on the beach and up the ladder and he emerges unscathed?).
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.47
This was good. Like Lost season 3 finale good.

I didn't even miss the chain from the book. They designed the water part of the battle so well that the chain was not needed.

I can't believe there's only one more episode left and then a year of nothing. But then Storm of Swords starts and it'll somehow get even better.

I heart HBO.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.73
We finally got our big battle episode. Totally worth the wait cause when it happened the entire episode was built around it. So much tension between drunk Cercie, Shae, and Sansa I was quite sure one of the three of those ladies was gonna die, great directing.

Green Dragon Fire!!

I've made my man crush on Bronn pretty apparent. He totally deserves his own Lordship. I never thought of The Hound and Bronn having a rivalry, and it makes perfect sense with how distinctly different they are, and Bronn rising to political power. They have to continue their rivalry.

Speaking of, I thought it was weird how The Hound ran from the battlefield so suddenly until I read MUTigermask's post. I forgot that was the reason his face was burned. He has a vicious murderous streak, cares little for the approval of others, and he has a fear of fire because his face was burned by his older brother......omaigawd The Hound is Kane!
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.00
I have to wonder if the Hound was able to make off with Sansa in the mass confusion. Probably not, and she probably wouldn't willingly go with him thinking it was a setup from Joff or Cercei to test her.

I watched the episode twice and both times mistook Loras Tyrell for Lancel, did not expect that union at all. It wasn't until I read the wiki recap that I found out it was Loras.

Tyrion attacked by the Kingsguard and Cercei about to poison Tommel as Tywin waltzes in. Ya got some 'splainin to do.
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.24
It is a bit of a swerve on Martin's part to make you cheer for Tyrion and his forces when, the pseudo happy ending for the entire series is for Stannis to win and gut Joffrey. The Maddness of Queen Ceresi is starting to come through nicely. The fight was what I hoped and expected. I think even Martin realizes, that he sort fucked up with Sansa in the books that is why we are getting a better version of her here. And to be fair, his Arrya stuff didn't include the Tywin scenes and more of Arrya runs to one place to another getting into worse shit than before. It got old quick.

(edited by lotjx on 29.5.12 0910)


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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.14
My girlfriend doesn't really like violent things, and especially not war. As Stannis's men headed twords the castle in the small boats, she asked why they were headed straight into where there were archers waiting for them.

At that moment I realized that a) she'd never seen Saving Private Ryan, and b) how much the next couple minutes after that part reminded me so much of Saving Private Ryan.

It's ok, it was quickly replaced with me thinking about how much it reminded me of The Two Towers.

Both of which are huge compliments, of course.
John Orquiola
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.16
Next week's Game of Thrones finale will run ten extra minutes, so adjust your DVR settings accordingly.

This article (slashfilm.com) has a listing of new characters we'll meet in season 3. Beware of spoilers, A Storm of Swords virgins.



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