How are the hangovers? We’re assuming a few of you raised a glass this long weekend to the end of King Joffrey – we certainly did. After last week’s spotlight on one particular storyline, this week’s episode is very busy checking in with nearly everyone save Bran’s Gang and the Dreadfort shenanigans, so no time to waste!
We’re all liars here
So the Fool was working for Little Finger, but who is Little Finger working for? Maybe Little Finger is our king killer, but we don’t think he’d act alone in this. He’s far too self-serving to risk being caught, but then again Cat Stark was the unrequited love of his life so her death at the hands of the Lannisters would be likely to piss him off. Hmmm, we’ll put him in the ‘Possible’ section of our list. And yes, we think Aiden Gillen’s accent/voice thing is actually getting worse too. It’s like a joke that’s gone on for so long that stopping it would just make things awkward.
Sitting in the ‘Definitely Did Not Kill Joffrey’ part of our musings are the Lannister siblings. Cersei does seem genuinely upset at the death of her son, Jamie and Tyrion less so. And we know Thrones does walk a thin line sometimes, but incest rape next to the body of their bastard son is certainly one of the darker moments.
As for their father, Tywin is off making deals in brothels. Prince Oberyn will serve as a judge for Tyrion’s hearing with Twyin presiding. Does anyone else not think there’s a conflict of interests here? And does Tywin believe that Tyrion killed Joffrey? It’s entirely possible that Tywin did it; the speech he gave to Tommen about how to be a good king already has him maneuvering the soon-to-be-crowned king into the palm of his hand.
No other work
Meanwhile, in the North we spend an inordinate amount of time with Sam and Gilly. This is possibly our least favourite storyline at the moment because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere, which is ironic considering the journey they went on last season. But now that Gilly has been shipped off to Mole’s Town and Sam is likely heading back out from under The Wall, we won’t have to endure it again for a while.
But, hurrah, we have got an update on the mutineers’ story from last season. It seemed a bit odd that the people in charge of the Nights Watch didn’t seem that bothered about the rebellion at Crasters Keep, we’d almost forgotten about it. But we’ve now learnt that the mutineers are staying put, and are likely to spill their guts (figuratively and literally) when the Wildling Army shows up at their door.
We just hope that the Nights Watch walks a bit faster this time; if we wanted to watch a show with people wandering aimlessly around for hours, we’d put The Walking Dead on.
Westeros is not the world
Catching up with Stannis, or ‘Crazy Eyes’ as we’ve now renamed him, is always fun. He is a little bit on the crazy side now, and finding out about Joffrey’s wedding mishap has delighted him, but you won’t be able to tell. With no army and no money, he’s clearly not even considered a threat anymore, which we assume is the reason the Lannisters haven’t tried to finish him off. He’s just sitting there at Dragonstone, burning people.
But Ser Davos has a plan; we don’t know what it is yet, but we do know that it’s going to involve The Iron Bank of Bravos. So our prediction last week that we’d hear more about the Iron Bank was right; the Iron Bank was briefly mentioned in Season 3, but with two mentions in two weeks we’re guessing it’s going to have a more prominent role this year.
The champion of Meereen
Dany has finally reached Meereen and while her scene didn’t have the same feel to it as the liberation of Astapor, it’s still pretty good to have her make another big speech. It was clear when the Challenger rode out of the city that the new and improved Daario Naharis would be the one to step up, and Dany played out the selection process very well; politely declining both Jorah and Selmyn’s offers of assistance.
It certainly was clever to use the neck coverings from the bodies of the slaves on the signs designed to spur on the slaves in the city to rebel, though we’ll have to wait until next week to see how it goes as the episode did end rather abruptly. It’s likely they are saving the budget for something else this season. Now with the third, and final city of Slavers Bay liberated, it is to be hoped that Dany stays still for a while; it would be good to have her rest her poor horse, and with Tywin mentioning her existence to Oberyn (we whooped when he did) it’d be nice for her to take a bigger role in the story.
One more thing about Dany’s story: what happened to the Dothraki? There was still a bunch of the Dothraki alive when they left Qarth so where are they? We might have missed something, so if you know where the missing Dothraki are, please get in touch.
So, that’s this weeks episode done. It certainly has a touch of filler about it, but even when you have episodes where nothing really happens, we’re still glad to have this show back on our screens!
Game of Thrones continues on Mondays at 9pm on Sky Atlantic