Puberty is coming. 😀
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Oh, and SPOILERS too! SPOILERS EVERYWHERE!
Let’s take this one setting at a time…
Somewhere in the North
Bran is running through the woods and chasing the three eyed raven we saw in the useless promo from HBO. We immediately realise that this is just a dream. I got a kick out of hearing Ned Stark’s voice though (Hello there, Sean Bean). We also see Rickon, useful as ever, and Summer and Shaggy Dog, their direwolves. Also, Hodor. Hodor! It’s interesting that the writers are really keeping Osha’s character, instead of just having the Reed siblings with the Stark boys. I want more Tonks! 😀
Speaking of the Reed siblings, I was excited to finally meet Jojen and Meera for the first time. They did not disappoint. It’s worth noting that Jojen’s claim to see happenings, past, present, and future, is going to prove helpful as the show progresses. With limited characters and elimination of some important flashbacks, we’ll still be able to have some legit backstories from his, er, magical ability. Hopefully, the writers will think to put in more clues to the R+L=J theory. George, make it happen!
Also, hurray Summer! Such a cool wolf! More CGI porn, please! 😀
Jeyne Westerling tells a REALLY dull story about her mother and some stinking barbarians. At this point, I honestly couldn’t care less what she thinks or says. She’s simply just a tool for, er, a character climax later this season. Book readers, you know what I’m talking about. Robb Stark, King in the North, gets some bad news from Riverrun and Winterfell. Lord Hoster Tully, his grandfather and Catelyn’s father (duh!) has died, Winterfell has been burned, and there is STILL no news of Bran and Rickon.
The entire Northern army head to Riverrun for the funeral, while Lord Roose Bolton is left to garrison Harrenhal. We get an exposition from Catelyn and Talisa here, one which I’m still not sure how I feel about. Catelyn, in the books, is less likeable and was always VERY harsh to Jon Snow. In the show, it seems they’re trying to make her more human by making her feel er, more for her husband’s bastard(?). As always, I don’t care for Talisa here. Cat could’ve been talking to a rock and I wouldn’t have minded.
Another exposition between King Robb and Lord Karstark is also shown, one which I didn’t mind at all. It not only showed Greywind (hello there, Greywind), but it also introduced the audience to the thought that Talisa really is NOT right for the King in the North. In the books, it’s shown explicitly but in the show, well, at least they’re showing it now.
Somewhere STILL in the North
Theon Greyjoy is seen captured and bound on a cross. Book readers know what’s happening here but I’ll try to veer away from revealing book spoilers here, I promise. 😀 Anyway, he’s tortured for some unknown reason. Kudos to Alfie Allen for, ahm, his acting chops.
A “spy” attempts to help him, claiming that he was sent by Theon’s sister. We’ll soon find out who this spy is and what his motivation REALLY is.
Somewhere AROUND Harrenhal
Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister are on their way to Kings Landing. Every banter and quip between these two is really quote-worthy. I’m really starting to appreciate Jaime Lannister in the show. I’m already empathising with him in the books, especially when I found out he’d only been with one woman, and that’s Cersei Lannister. Call me sentimental, but that’s true love right there, albeit a gross twisted incestuous version.
The dynamic duo meet an old man guiding a horse wagon by the road, and Jaime immediately wants him dead for fear of being caught. Brienne, on the other hand, is convinced the man is innocent and won’t jeopardise them.
We get a nice swordfight/showdown between the Kingslayer and Lady Brienne. Go, Brienne! I kinda doubted the part when Brienne easily defeated Jaime, though. I mean come on, he is supposedly the best swordsman in Westeros. Sleeplessness and exhaustion can’t make him that lame. Still, kudos!
But surprise surprise, some North men arrive carrying Bolton’s banner and they’re immediately captured and taken to Harrenhal.
Cersei Lannister soon learns that if you spoil your inbred shitty son, he’s going to act like an inbred shitty little jerk and grow worse each day. More bitch slap for Joffrey! 😀 Sorry, I digress.
Anyway, blonde queen is trying to convince Joff to be wary of Margaery. There’s a reason she dotes on filthy urchins, there’s a reason she dresses like a harlot, there’s a reason she married Renly Baratheon…blah blah blah. Cersei, readers, and show fanatics know what Margaery is; cunning, hot, and hot. But Joff cares naught for any of that because all he cares about is that Margaery does what she’s told. Yeah right. 😀
Sansa and Shae are talking about Littlefinger, Lord Petyr Baelish, and his, ahm, affection for little Sansa. Shae is warning her not to trust him and its obvious that the show is trying to make Shae likeable and relatable. She appears to genuinely care for Sansa and even Tyrion, which will prove interesting in a future story development.
Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones) appears and invites Sansa for an afternoon snack time with Margaery and Lady Olenna Tyrell. It’s so nice to meet the Queen of Thorns for the first time, not only because she’s played by the sensational Diana Rigg, but because she’s a wise character that plays a large part in this game.
When I first watched this episode, I couldn’t help but be in awe of Sophie Turner. It’s clear that she’s intimidated by the acting chops of Natalie Dormer, who flawlessly plays Margaery, and of course Dame Diana Rigg, who’s perfect as Olenna. But she definitely manages herself, though she is outshined by the other two, and succeeds in delivering her lines. “He’s a monster” by Sansa is perfectly executed. Yes dearie, he IS. 😀
Tyrion and Shae get some alone time together and, again, Shae is portrayed as a more “human” character; jealous, charming, and caring. It’s completely unlike her character in the books.
Margaery and Joffrey get an “intimate” moment together, if perversion, manipulation, and sexual overtones is what you call intimate. Margaery is clearly testing the waters with Joffrey. When she notices that her sexuality isn’t working, she uses another card, his sadism and shittyness. And obviously, it works. You can almost see how turned on Little Joff is.
Beyond the Wall
Jon Snow and Mance Rayder are trudging through some hellish snow, gossiping like old women. LOL. Their story is still dragging and its understandable why; the writers are going for character development here and a few introductions to different magical elements: wargs, giants, White Walkers, etc.
Sidenote: Is it just me or does Orell (the warg) look like the dude from Pirates of the Caribbean? The dude that always loses his fake eyeball? 😀
The men of the Night’s Watch are on their way to The Wall, tired and wounded from their recent death match with The Others. Samwell Tarly is, as usual, useless, fat, and bullied. I’m seriously geeting tired of his story/POV, though I still can’t get over Mormont’s “You had one job, Sam! One job!” Harhar!
Arya Stark, Gendry (remember him?), and Hot Pie (remember him too?) are strolling in the park, er, forest, when they meet Thoros of Myr and his Brotherhood without Banners. He’s singing Rains of Castamere, that closing song from the Blackwater episode. I love that song. 😀
Angmar (or is it Angnar?), a bowman of the Brotherhood, displays one of the coolest bow and arrow stunts I’ve seen in TV. Watch it for yourself.
They don’t recognise Arya Stark though, until The Hound shows up and asks Thoros, “What in Seven Hells are you doing with the Stark bitch?” #facepalm She almost escapes them, almost.
Overall, I’d give this episode a 7.5 out of 10. I found it disorienting jumping from one location to another in a span of 2 minutes. I get that they’re trying to check in with each important character, but it’s something that I’m still wrapping my head around. I even found writing a review about this, ahm, challenging.
How about you? What did you think of Dark Wings, Dark Words?