Monday, April 14, 2014

Game of Thrones 4x02 The Lion and the Rose

By Sati. Monday, April 14, 2014 ,
Ding dong, the psycho's gone.

Before we get to the event some of you were probably looking forward to since 1x02, where Joffrey turned out to be a deplorable coward, and most of you (all of you?) definitely were since he had Ned Stark executed in 1x09, let's start with the beginning, or as I'd call it - let's get everything out of the way so that we can show as much wedding as we can.
In the North, Ramsay is hunting. With dogs and his crazy lady friend. And Reek. Reek runs like shit having been tortured and well, considering everything that's been done to him. They are hunting a girl. We are treated to a lovely moment where Myranda, whose cruelty makes Ramsay smile, shoots her with an arrow and then Ramsay sets his dogs on the girl as Reek watches the carnage. Ah, good times.

Ramsay then welcomes his father Roose and his wife Wanda. Roose is joined by my favorite character invented for the sake of the series - Locke. Ramsay compliments Locke on chopping off Jaime's hand. Then Roose berates Ramsay for torturing Theon, who could have been an asset in dealing with Greyjoys. You know, since his father values him so much. Roose really doesn't get the most accurate information, does he?
Ramsay is visibly disappointed as he wanted to make his father proud. Ramsay orders Reek to shave him and as Reek is doing that he drops the news of Robb being dead. The fact that Reek is so very obedient impresses Roose. Reek also tells Roose that Bran and Rickon are alive. Roose and Ramsay decide to hunt them down. Reek also babbles something about Jon Snow to which Locke hilariously asks 'who the fuck is Jon Snow?'. One thing - as great as Alfie Allen's work is - his stare when Ramsay is talking with Roose was absolutely deranged - they should have made him look much, much worse. Reek in the books is so tortured and broken the people who knew Theon don't even recognize him anymore.

Meanwhile, in King's Landing, Tyrion and Jaime are sharing a drink. Tyrion tells Jaime he should practice his left hand and offers to send Bronn to help. Bronn arrives to a nice secluded part of the capital and him and Jaime practice sword fight. There was a remark, by Bronn, about Jaime shitting gold just like his father. That line was humorous, clever and most likely got an 'ohhh!' from all book readers.
On his way to the gifts giving ceremony for Joffrey, Tyrion runs into Varys and acts upset since Varys offered Shae a way out. Varys reminds Tyrion that Tywin will kill her if he finds out about her. During the breakfast Tyrion presents Joffrey his gift - a book about the reign of kings. Joffrey, unlike in the novel, accepts the gift in a gracious manner.

But then, Tywin presents Joffrey his gift - the second sword made out of Ice. Joffrey uses the sword to chop Tyrion's gift to pieces to the guests' horror. Also during the thing Cersei tells Tywin about Shae and Tywin plans on having her apprehended. In the scene we also meet Margaery's father, Mace, who gives Joffrey a great chalice as a gift.
Next we are treated to more nightmarish acting from Sibel Kekili as Tyrion tells Shae she has to leave and go to Pentos. He tries to explain his reasons but Shae grows more annoying and angry with each second. Bronn comes by to take her to the ship and she slaps him. I have no idea what the fuck is happening, I don't remember any ships to Pentos in the book and most likely it's just yet another device to get to plot to where it needs to be in few episodes. Seriously though if I were Tyrion I'd just threw her into the sea and told the bitch to fucking swim.

In the creepy island Dragonstone, Stannis (YEY STANNIS!!!), Davos, Stannis's wife Selyse and Melisandre observe the burning of 'infidels', one of whom is Selyse's own brother. While Melisandre and Selyse are acting like they have just seen the face of God, Stannis is clearly unmoved and doesn't get any religious satisfaction out of the whole thing.
For me it was quite clear in spite of Stannis' use of the word 'infidel' the reason for him killing his brother in law was his disobedience. Stannis is now a believer in Lord of Light and those who aren't, disobey their king. I had no problem with this scene or the following one, as much as I'd like that one and the one we'll see in next episode were reversed, given how Stannis' primary concern should be rebuilding his army, not the quality of meat at the dinner.

Anyways, we got a nice scene of him eating dinner with Selyse and Melisandre. I thought that went a long way with the audience in terms of showing Stannis in favorable light - Selyse tells Melisandre of Stannis not letting her starve when the castle was under siege, shooting seagulls etc. (*I'd die if he shot me a seagull*). Stannis looks grumpy as always and Stephen Dillane's expressions were just hilarious, as Selyse is gushing about him and he just sits there. There was also this fantastic line that Stannis had about him hating many things but suffering them. Then Selyse starts talking about Shireen and that she worries because Shireen doesn't believe in Lord of Light. She suggests their daughter should be beaten but Stannis comes to her defense saying that she is his daughter and he will not let that happen. Aw!
Melisandre goes to talk to Shireen and explains how Lord of Light works. She tells the girl that there is only one Hell - the one we live in now. I'm a little bothered by the 'there is nothing beyond this world' feel I've been getting from the show, with this scene and last year's Beric scene where he says there is nothing beyond. I took Melisandre's meaning in new episode as there is heaven out there for those who follow The Lord of Light. A lot of justice and tragedy in the series flows from the existence of after life, at least for me - you can at least hope those awful people will get punishment after they die. I'll write about it more after the finale since it also works the other way around.

Any who, back in the North, Bran is warging Summer. Then he is awaken by the Reeds and Hodor and Meera and Jojen warn him that if he warges too often he will forget everything about himself in the process. Then they see Summer standing next to the Weirwood tree and when Bran touches it, he has a series of visions. Now granted, I was pretty wasted when I was watching the episode last night, but even upon rewatch that was one trippy sequence.
Here's what Bran sees - a great Weirwood tree, a dead horse, the three-eyed raven, the crypts of Winterfell, Ned's sword Ice, Ned in King's Landing dungeon, a shot of dragon's shadow over King's Landing (I told you it's gonna be Bran's vision!), a white walker reflected in ice, the Iron Throne covered in snow., little wight girl from the very first episode and a flock of ravens that flew after Sam last season when he killed the white walker. While he is seeing those things a male voice tells him to come look for him under the tree...in the North.

Ah, the wedding. The whole wedding was essentially half of the episode, that was uninterrupted with any other events. I'm not sure if it was the way to go - perhaps all those previous scenes should have been sprinkled here and there, the way they did it you could kinda tell something big is going to happen in the end of the episode.
Margaery and Joffrey are married in the Great Sept while the guests look on. Oberyn, Ellaria, Olenna, Loras, Tywin,Tyrion, Sansa and Cersei are all there. There is also Tommen. You may remember him from Blackwater episode. Tommen is Joffrey's kind and sweet younger brother. The thing is that now Tommen was recast and they got this huge, smug looking kid to play him.

Granted he didn't even have any lines yet and I trust the show runners know what the fuck they are doing, but Tommen scenes in the books were very interesting because of the reactions to his sweetness and innocence from Cersei and Jaime. Cersei's bitterness wasn't affected by him, showing just how deep it runs, yet Jaime is very protective and caring towards the boy, who is his son after all.
Anyways, so MUCH happened during the reception.We got all of those great interactions between characters. Cersei humiliating Pycelle in a truly amazing manner, Olenna talking to Sansa about how awful it was what happened to her brother and how monstrous it is to kill someone at the wedding, Loras and Oberyn exchanging a curious look and Jaime threatening Loras in regards to his impending marriage to Cersei.

There was also a golden moment with Oberyn presenting Ellaria to Tywin and Cersei. I could go on and on about what's being said in this scene but it's just too good. You should rewatch it and then rewatch it again. The battle of sass, hidden insults and vague threats is just amazing there.
There was also a nice scene with Olenna and Tywin, I was very impressed with how gracious and calm Tywin was. Even when presented with Ellaria he was nice to her unlike Cersei who was in full bitch mode the entire episode. And then poor Brienne had a bad luck of running into her.

Cersei offends Brienne suggesting that Brinne swears loyalty to whoever she finds is convenient to. Then she says that Brienne loves Jaime. Brienne is speechless and Jaime observes the whole thing with clear 'oh SHIIIIIIT' expression on his face.
Ah, the joust. In the book there were only two jousters, but here they really took it to another level. In extraordinarily brilliant sequence, the joust turns out to be the mockery of The War of Five Kings! We have Balon, riding on a squid, we have Stannis, riding on Melisandre, bare assed Renly riding on something with golden curls (was that meant to represent just any guy or what it specifically meant to insult Loras?), Robb riding a wolf and Joffrey on a lion.

Not only was the representation exactly what Joffrey would do on his wedding, the reactions to the joust were glorious. It started in somewhat humorous way, with the jousters hitting their rubber lances on the guests' heads - the look on Varys's face was absolutely priceless.- but as the scene progressed and we were seeing the looks on people's faces the tone changed dramatically...
The Lannisters, excluding Tyrion, were laughing at first, so did many guess. But the joust was so cruel - not only was it all a lie, attributing the victory to Joffrey, someone people know didn't really fight the battle, but the mockery of the lords, dead Robb, dead Renly, Joffrey's own "uncle" Stannis (with Balon I'm all right with, I fucking hate Greyjoys) was in such incredibly bad taste, it was all a mixture of sadness and pity among the guests over the idiot king and perhaps themselves as they are now ruled by someone like him.

Loras stood up and left, seeing Renly humiliated like that. Margaery was appalled at the show, while Joffrey was laughing hysterically. We saw the disapproving looks of Varys, Olenna and Oberyn. And then there was Sansa seeing the further humiliation of her brother. The camera focused on her, wearing that necklace she got from Dontos with pride indeed. A little thing I noticed and liked was Tyrion protectively taking her hand as the joust was happening.
After the joust is over Joffrey asks Tyrion if he would like to join the show and fight with the kings. Tyrion declines, much more politely than he did in a book, where he downright called Joffrey a coward and a weak one, too, but Joffrey is still insulted. He comes over and pours the wine all over Tyrion and then orders him to refill his cup.

While Tyrion approaches to get the cup, Joff drops it on the floor. The cup goes beneath the table (a brilliant, brilliant addition on show's part) where Sansa picks it up and hands it over to Tyrion. Then cup gets refilled, gets placed on the table, gets refilled again. I'm saying - watch that cup. A great pigeon pie is brought in and Joffrey slices it open with his new sword - dozens of doves emerge from it and Margaery feeds the king a piece from the plate.
In this exact moment Sansa and Tyrion are leaving and Joffrey turns to them to order Tyrion to refill the cup. After he drinks Joffrey throws some more abuse at Tyrion and then he coughs. Then he coughs again. And again. Tyrion looks concerned and asks what is going on, as Joffrey's coughing turns worse and worse. When he turns to Margaery she shouts in a horrified way that he is choking.

Joffrey falls on the ground and Jaime and Cersei rush to him as Olenna calls Joffrey's guards idiots and tells them to help the boy. The way Jaime run and Cersei's shoving Marg aside to get to Joff was hysterical. Tywin looks concerned and angry, which is essentially the way he usually looks. Cersei is in hysterics and as she holds him we finally see Joffrey's face in a slow and chilling reveal.
Now that was quite impressive. The way in which Joffrey's face last we seen it turned to THAT so quickly was great. I've never seen the victim of choking but I'm not sure people bleed from eyes and nose, so I think the nosebleed here is a dead getaway to let you know the poison was involved. In the book Joffeey actually claws out a piece of flesh from his neck as he is choking but the way his face looked as he was dying made up for that.

It was also great seeing Jaime there. Jaime and Cersei, the parents of Joffrey, both there trying to save him. In the book at the point of the wedding Jaime wasn't there yet and it was Tywin standing the closest to Cersei. I did enjoy that change. Jaime indeed was trying to save the king, as was his duty, and he was the first one there.
As Joffrey is dying he raises his hand pointing to Tyrion holding the chalice. Cersei immediately recognizes what her son is indicating. As Joffrey dies Cersei whispers 'my son!' and cries. But whereas Catelyn's Stark faced with the threat of death and passing of her son approached it with pleas for mercy and profound sadness turning into catatonic shock, Cersei's grief immediately turns to wrath and thirst for vengeance.

I've been praising Lena Headey's performance as Cersei for years now and she was mesmerizing in the final scene of the episode. Her sadness when Joffrey died almost made me tear up. Cersei is evil, Joffey was evil, but in that moment here was a mother grieving after a boy who was once everything she had in her life. All the love, all of hers.
Dontos appears out of nowhere again, right behind Sansa, to tell her if she wants to leave she needs to go with him right now. Cersei says that Tyrion did it. She says he poisoned her son. Tywin turns to him, clearly contemplating that this may have been the case indeed as Cersei goes into full blown fury and yells for the guards to take Tyrion. They surround him and the episode ends on the close up of Joffey's dead face. We got to hear new rendition of The Rains of Castamere during end credits, sounding like a funeral song by Sigur Ros. The members of the band were also the band that showed up briefly during the wedding.

Overall it was a very good episode with many great ideas. However, I was shocked how poorly the parts of episode were directed. I was even more shocked when I found that Alex Graves was responsible, considering he directed my second favorite episode form last season - Kissed by Fire. The whole thing just didn't run smoothly.
George R.R Martin actually wrote that episode, other than Stannis scenes that were moved from the first episode. Yeah, will he ever actually write Stannis scene? We need the guy who said Stannis is the closest thing to the hero this series has writing his scenes not the guys who come in their pants whenever they get to write about Tyrion and Daenerys.

Anyways, I'm shocked. I'm shocked that Martin wrote this episode and the biggest reveal that happens during gift giving scene wasn't even hinted on here. If not now, when? That would only add to people wishing Joffrey dead and add to Tyrion's possible motive if they had him voice his findings to someone, unlike what happens in the book. You can say, hey, it's not a big deal, but that revelation was the answer to one of the central mysteries of season 1. To omit giving it, just because it was a long time ago, is bad storytelling.
And then there was Sansa. That is my minor complaint as I don't like Sansa that much to begin with - she is silly and naive - but I wish they focused on her more when Joffrey was dying. To witness her having the ability of feeling joy as this monster died would make her finally interesting. Alas, not today.

But all of those flaws aside the episode deserves the praise if only because of how extremely well the mystery as to who poisoned Joffrey was preserved. So many hints and possibilities. I must admit had I not known who did it, I wouldn't found the answer just from watching the episode. But it's there if you watch very closely.

And finally, let me just say how much I'm gonna miss Jack Gleeson's acting. He gave us such an exquisite villain to hate. I think entire fanbase agrees just how wonderful his acting was throughout the series.

In the next episode Breaker of Chains, we are getting another Stannis scene (yey!), we see more of Jon acting like a man, we see more of Cersei's fury - apparently the ending scene to this episode is also the beginning of next one - we get one of the most disgusting sex scenes in the whole series and more of Daenerys arrogantly shouting incoherent words.

40 comments:

  1. I learned that the band that played at the wedding was Sigur Ros.... AWESOME...

    And this is my reaction to the death of King Joffrey...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esCvMOMAFf0

    And that guy is having the best week ever. Last Sunday, he won 2 matches at WrestleMania becoming the champ, he got to hulk up with Hulk Hogan, and just got married.

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    1. They kinda brought the atmosphere down, from batshit to sullen :)

      I'd love to see this guy beat Joffrey up :)

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  2. I thought of you during that Shae scene, the acting was so awful. I'm not really thrilled with the way they are handling Shae's story, I feel like it's going to make where she ends up less of a surprise. I was fucking shocked when I read that in the book.

    "The thing is that now Tommen was recast and they got this huge, smug looking kid to play him." - LOL. Yeah, I'm not a fan so far. I liked little Tommen with his kittens in the book.

    I liked that the wedding was uninterrupted. It felt like a little movie, God Varys and Oberyn were hysterical. Their facial expressions were priceless. I loved when Oberyn was like "Hello" to the bendy girl, and Tyrion thought he was saying hello to him and Oberyn was like "Not you.."

    I'm astonished that GRRM didn't write ANY sex scenes in this episode. Like, seriously. I'm shocked.

    Great review as always, I like your little pros/cons at the end!

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    1. She is seriously getting worse and worse. I honestly think they dug themselves too deep with all those efforts to show how selfless and loving Shae is. That running in circles is no good. Hopefully the next time we see her is during trial and we get someone explain to Tyrion in his cell how the fuck Lannisters convinced her to do that.

      Oberyn was just full of win. He didn't give a fuck about anything.

      I think he realizes how awful that scene in Bear and the Maiden fair with Theon and two girls was. Good thing he didn't waste time here.

      Thanks, that one was a bitch to make! :P

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  3. See I NEED your recaps to understand the Theon storyline, I just can't find him interesting so I skip the whole thing and read your remarks.

    Knowing absolutely nothing about the Purple Wedding I was bit shocked at Joffrey's death, but at the same time not so much because I couldn't stop laughing, which kind of diminishes the dramatic effect. In fact the whole wedding was a laugh riot, I didn't even notice it was that long. Anyway I'm gonna miss Gleeson too, he was so funny - and he was *exquisite* here, such good acting until the end.

    What else, what else.... the pigeon pie, disgusting. And I felt SO bad for Brienne in that conversation with Cersei. Oh and Sir Loras saying to Jamie that he'll never marry Cersei LOL, burn. The whole thing was priceless, let's do it again.

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    1. I'm like that with Bran. His chapters are full of mysticism and histories, which is cool but it's just so much and the show is skipping over much of that so it's just him being carried by Hodor. As for Theon, since he is with Ramsay now there will be some interesting stuff, but also really gross stuff, in the future

      I really hope Thrones actors get some award love. Dinklage is gonna have his best season yet. Gleeson was just impeccable in each of his scenes in every episode he was in.

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  4. You know what I just discovered.. Roose and Stannis look so much alike to me and this is probably why I've been confused sometimes! Other than that, my oh my, what a came of chess that poisoning scene was giving to us.. I can almost taste the reveal of who actually did it.. Would be nice to find out by reading it but I can accept the fact that it will take me a while to catch up!

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    1. They are both in hot older Thrones guys club so I can understand the confusion :) But they are actually on opposite ends - Roose is one of the biggest villains, Stannis is closer to the hero, no matter what the writers are doing. I think they'll reveal the poisoning plot next week :)

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  5. Yaay awesome recap. I will miss Gleeson too. I hate his face but man, the guy is a good actor! His death face was awesome- scary and pitiable.
    Love Headey as always. I also really liked that the wedding was shown in one stretch. So much shade being thrown everywhere. I think I am definitely going to like Oberyn after this.
    Poor Tyrion. If anything took away from the joy of seeing Joffrey die, it is the fact that Tyrion is now in trouble. Surely no one except Cersei thinks he's guilty? He had like no time to prepare for things and he was in public the entire time :/
    What was the big reveal???
    Stannis is the closest thing to a hero? I know you love him but I am genuinely bored in all the Stannis scenes. I wish they would pick up.

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    1. Oberyn is just starting :)

      Oh, everyone thinks Tyrion is guilty. The way that poison works - it dissolves quickly. You only need to drop it in and it's done.

      Without giving much away it had to do with the second assassination attempt at Bran.

      Again, it's hard to explain to people who didn't read the books, especially with writers catering to the fans of easiest characters like the smart, witty Tyion and heroine Daenerys, while ignoring the complex ones. Let's just say that Stannis recognizes the real threat and soon goes after the real villains and helps House Stark, even if only coincidentally. And let's not forget he is the only one who tried to take King's Landing from Joffrey and the one who sent the word he got from Ned of Cersei and Jaime incest to every kingdom in the realm.

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  6. Although being sure that a blond-haired person would die, that didn't remove the shock (I knew about the red wedding coming, but I was with my jaw opened for a week after I watched it). When he got a little drunk I was sure he was already poisoned, and that gave me chills. Although after rewatching the episode I found out who poisoned him. Well played!
    And Margery trying to interrupt him from going into his full madness? Priceless.
    Well, if the wedding got a name, then it was quite a wedding. I think presenting the wedding in the form of a short film was a rather good decision. Being fully consumed by it.
    And what's with these people? When someone dies, blame the dwarf...

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    1. It is known as Purple Wedding, thanks to the color of Joff's face and the color of poison, I forgot to mention that in the post :)

      Given the hatred between the two and the amount of humiliation Joff gave Tyrion in this ep alone, Tyrion is in big, big trouble when it comes to getting out of this one.

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  7. I was sort of hoping for more drama in the purple wedding. It felt like there was too much played for laughs in the beginning, so Joffrey's death wasn't really played out too seriously. It just sort of happened. I remember reading the book and it was a pretty intense scene!

    Shae... what awful scenes. Just get gone. Seriously awful.

    Not really looking forward to the rest of Bran's adventure. My least favourite bit of the books so far. Well, maybe the guys will do something decent for TV.

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    1. The fact that it 'sorta happened', is the whole appeal. I thought it was just as intense as in the book. All the laughs were great, after all who of the fans will shed a tear for him?

      The only thing worse than Bran for me is Sam. Even more boring.

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  8. I was watching this with people who had no idea the death was coming and the whole time they were like "ugh can someone kill him already?!" I was just sitting there freaking out on the inside. The death was almost as good as in the book, the biggest thing setting it back was not having the Bran-related reveal. That amped up the tension the whole time for me thinking that Tyrion might actually just kill Joff until the poisoning happens.

    I think this show has changed Shae too much. It's going to be a bit harder to buy the rest of that storyline with how genuinely devoted they've made her to Tyrion.

    I really liked the invented scenes for Jaime/Loras and Cersei/Brienne. (I just freaking read the Brienne chapter when Biter shows up at the Inn which I was very not cool with.)

    Overall though, I'm still really liking the start of this season and thought both episodes were some of the best of the show's run.

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    1. I really don't know what the fuck is Martin doing - not adding the reveal is just a lousy thing to do. I hope one of Tyrion's visitors reveals it to him, if they won't include it at all I'll be very disappointed with the quality of writing.

      They screwed up big time with Shae story. Let's hope they can get back on track somehow.

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    2. They HAVE to reveal. Revealing it now lessens the impact for sure, but if they never do that's really lame.

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    3. I really hope they won't mess this up, they already avoided giving so many facts for the sake of invented scenes.

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  9. Awesomeness!! Loved loved this episode. Great write up!

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    1. Thank you! :) Hopefully next episode will be good too!

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  10. After this episode I keep thinking was LF somehow involved in Joffrey's death? I can't remember detalis from the book (I so need to reread those books right after I'm done with my master's degree this summer).
    Since the necklace was given to Sansa by that fellow who works for LF and QoT totally must have known where the poison was hidden I came to the conclusion that they must have somehow worked together. Again, I can't remember how it was solved in books but I think it was clear that QoT actually did it. Am I right?

    Lena Headey's performance was incredible but nothing can top Michelle Fairley during Red Wedding.

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    1. You'll get the answer regarding LF in the next episode :)

      But yeah QoT played with Sansa's necklace and if you pause, you see one of the gems is gone. The camera even showed her at the table closest to the cup when Tyrion was reaching for it.

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  11. Well, let's think about it.
    The Martells certainly would enjoy seeing dead Lannisters, so would pretty much everyone in the capital.
    Tyrion isn't stupid, even Cersei said that. Like, he makes non stop threats to Joffrey, and then to poison him...so obvious. Not to mention he saved them from Stannis. It is more logical to think that it wasn't Tyrion that killed him, but then again, Cersei and even Tywin hate him because he 'murdered' his mother, so this cannot be good for him.

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    1. While saving them from Stannis he was also saving himself, the people he cares about and innocent inhabitants of King's Landing.

      People know of Tyrion's acting towards Joffrey and since Joff humiliated Tyrion on his wedding to Sansa, poisoning him on his wedding actually seems like a perfect revenge.

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    2. And then of course he promised Cersei her joy would turn to ashes, and seeing her with all this wine I believe she was expecting it the whole time.
      I can imagine where Sansa is going, and why Joffrey was killed. After all, that means almost certain death for Tyrion, and I am sure who might get something out of the whole thing. Tywin probably knows, but I am sure he won't give a fuck. Actually, if he found out who killed him he would be obligated to send him some gold for a well done job, and he could finally get rid of the dwarf. I will really hate Martin if he kills Tyrion!

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    3. In the books Cersei continuously has nightmares about Tyrion trying to kill her. There is this prophecy regarding 'brother' that is a really shit prophecy in regards of Cersei's fate and she believes Tyrion is the 'brother' who will destroy her.

      It will all be answered and resolved this season, Tyrion's trial and predicament will be given plenty of screentime.

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  12. I liked that the wedding was uninterrupted! It gave a sense of clearity. I was horrified through it, though, but I couldn't stop smiling when Joffrey was dying. And damn if I don't want to give Gleeson all of the awards now... :D Oh, and I love the pros and cons!

    I'm so sorry for Tyrion. For everything. He's so much better than anyone there and he gets fucked over so much.

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    1. I just had a feeling it was a give away, just like with the Twins taking so much of Rains of Castamere episode, but even then there were more cut aways from that set piece.

      That's probably one of the reasons we keep rooting for him :)

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  13. WOW, this has got to be quite an episode. That FACE of Joffrey dying of poison is haunting. I like what you said here... "Cersei is evil, Joffey was evil, but in that moment here was a mother grieving after a boy who was once everything she had in her life." I always felt that every time a murderer or some evil person is dead, even if they deserve it, somewhere their mother/father are grieving.

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    1. There was this great scene in last year's finale with Cersei talking about Joffrey when he was little, before he became the cruel boy he was throughout the show - she said that for some time he was all she had (she didn't love her husband, in fact she helped getting him killed) and that Joffrey would always scream and cry as a baby but he never did that when she was with him.

      Lena Headey and the writers really added so much to her character in the show.

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  14. I really liked the conversation between the Lannister brothers where Jaime spills the wine. Very rare moment seeing both of them together like that.

    It will be interesting seeing what happens (not being a book-reader). I'm glad there are some surprises for the readers themselves. I have my own theories as to Joffrey's demise. I can't wait for next week. Thanks for the summary as always.

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    1. I think it's the first time they were on screen together since 1x02 :)

      As a book reader I live in constant fear of them fucking up my favorite moments :)

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  15. Awesome recap, as always!

    “You know since his father values his so much” haha. The girl hunting was disturbing and I also like Locke for Taylor’s great performance. And you were right, we finally had a new Waldau - Dinklage scene! LOL at Tyrion’s line: “your new hand is nicer than the old one”, and same with yours: “If I were Tyrion I'd just threw her into the sea and told the bitch to fucking swim.” Her scenes are not making any sense. Loved the moment at the creepy island when Stannis defended Shireen. And I hope they show us the scenes from the book with Tommen and Jaime/Cersei.

    About the wedding, too many things! Olenna and her great line, Loras-Oberyn and Loras-Jaime, poor Brienne and the great scene with Cersei, Tywin, Ellaria and Oberyn. Loved Varys’ faces and how they focused on Sansa. And I also fucking hate Greyjoys! I’ve liked Headey since The Broken and she was great here. As much as I hated Joff it was disturbing to watch him die so slowly and I also missed Sansa’s reaction. And you’re right, everybody hated Joffrey but praised Gleeson. The not interrupted wedding, they could have done a cut from the Sept to the rest, I think.

    “Daenerys arrogantly shouting incoherent words.” Loved that, and I’m quite afraid of the disgusting sex scene. HBO and sex… dangerous haha.

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    1. Thank you!

      Shae storyline is a disaster so far. The episode, with all their flaws would still be on a very high level BUT Kekili and the ridiculous handling of that story arc are bringing them down.

      Gleeson was very impressive in every scene he had, they really found the perfect actor for Joffrey. I hope people are not mean to him in real life :)

      The scene was really awful in the book but I hear rumors HBO made it even worse :/ It's not that it's particularly graphic, it's that what happens is messed up on several different levels.

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  16. Amazing episode. I'm not a reader of the books so this was a complete shocker!!!! Can't wait for next week now! Love your blog by the way - the design is beautiful.

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  17. I enjoyed the episode and as always, I love your recaps. Something did feel off about the episode and I could not pinpoint it and perhaps it was the directing. I really thought Alfie Allen is doing a great job as Reek/Theon, especially in the part where Ramsey tells him about Robb. But if I never seen Ramsey or Roose again, it would be too soon. And Sophie Turner has been
    killing it this season.
    Jack Gleeson did a great job as Joffrey. I hated the little punk but Gleeson made him watchable and he will be missed on the show. I also thought Littlefinger had something to do with Joffrey's death but I could be mis-remembering. It's been a while since I read the books. I do wish the show would do Stannis justice. Dillane is too much of talent to not be used.
    I also agree that the show does a better job with Cersei-thanks to Lena- then the books do.

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    1. Thank you! I think Littlefinger appears very soon in the show so everything will be made clear :) Turner is amazing and really makes me care about Sansa, as much as I wish the girl finally became the proper player instead of the pawn in the game.

      Dillane is doing wonders with what he is given, I hope by the time the season is over Stannis will be on the right track in terms of how they handle his character and he finally gets the deserved respect from the majority of the audience.

      Cersei is my fav POV in the books but she is much more complex in the series for sure.

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  18. Awesome recap! I have to admit that I did not expect Joffrey to actually get killed off. He just seemed too evil to die... not that I'm complaining! Like you, I'll miss Gleeson's acting, but if he is really retiring, he couldn't have ended on a stronger note.

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    1. Thank you! :) Gleeson was just tremendous. He never made Joffrey into caricature, just truly cruel kid who likes pulling wings off flies...on a massive scale.

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