What an episode! While there were certain, rather expected things (did anybody really expect Joffrey to be lenient with Stark?), other touches showed the show’s strength perfectly.
- Small things which connected with me, such as the messenger crow getting shot down.
- Or when Lord Walder, guardian of the bridge across the Trident River tells one of his sons, “Your mother would be a milk maid if I hadn’t squirted you into her belly!”. Good times.
- At around the 17th minute we see the high price Robb’s mother, Caelyn, has compromised a lot in order to reach an agreement with Lord Walder Frey to allow her son across. A serious scene with some underlying funniness as Robb asks his mother repeatedly, “And?”.
- Aemon Targaryen reveals his identity to Jon Snow. What a surprise. It doesn’t seem to affect the story much, but is still a shocker!
- Daenerys Targaryen shows what a woman she is in the way she protects her husband’s life and pretty much bullies all his friends. The ‘witch’, the healer she saved from certain death, offers the only way to cheat death for Khal Drogo: Blood magic. “Only Death pays for Life!”. This of course enrages some people, and heads roll (well, one does).
- The head that rolls, metaphorically speaking, is that of Qotho, courtesy of Jorah in sort-of-shining armour. I guess polishing your plate armour in the middle of the desert isn’t exactly a great pastime.
- “Stay low.” “Stay low!?” Guess who had this short conversation.
- “To Battle!” Not quite, my man. Not quite. Tyrion Lannister keeps providing some much needed comic relief.
- The episode closes with some story-changing stuff. At least it would have been story-changing if it hadn’t been half-expected. Yet it was still somewhat of a surprise when Eddard Stark, as expected, gave his speech and then was NOT pardoned by the new King. We see the King’s mother, Cersei Baratheon show a touch of humanity as she too almost pleads for Eddard’s life. Yet the new King, may we say it, is enjoying his newly found power too much to listen. Will this backfire later on? MY guess is yes, most probably, especially since everybody seems to be dying off rather quickly. What do you think?
Here’s the full synopsis, by the way. Straight from the horse’s mouth.