'Game Of Thrones': Dark Winds, Dark Words
In this week's installment of "Game of Thrones," we have romance! Intrigue! Oh, and a little old-fashioned rack torture.
Last week's episode focused in a lot on Daenerys and Tyrion at the expense of many of the other important characters in the "GoT" universe, but this week's episode, forebodingly titled "Dark Winds, Dark Words," picked up on those dropped narratives and carried them out to exciting and terrifying ends.
But oho, who's this cutie lurking in the dream forest? It's none other than Jojen Reed, a boy who, like Bran, is able to slip into other creatures' subconsciences (a gift he called "the Sight").
Osha and Hodor are still traveling with Bran, baby Stark Rickon, and their two direwolves, but while the others in the gang fleeing Winterfell do not understand Bran's new companions (not that Hodor can really understand the complexities of anything), the crippled Stark is convinced that there's something more to his supernatural gifts, although: "I didn't ask for black magic dreams." Word.
Speaking of Bran's older brothers, what's up with Jon Snow and Robb Stark? The former's still hanging around with the Wildlings, and when he's not getting leadership advice from Mance Rayder, he's busy freaking out while watching a warg named Orell do his thing. And what does this warg speak of? Dead Crows—and Snow just slightly cracks his traitor's veneer in a moment of pure fear.
Robb Stark is also dealing with death, but of the more familiar kinds—of war sacrifices and natural death. Roose Bolton interrupts Robb and Talisa's ~*steamy makeout sesh*~ to deliver not just one, but two pieces of bad news. From Winterfell: the news that Theon turned traitor and that Bran and Rickon Stark are missing. From Riverrun: the news that Catelyn Stark's father, Robb's grandfather, is at death's door.
If it seems as though Robb's taking it bad, boy, does Catelyn take it worse. Lady Stark believes both her daughters captive and now knows nothing about two of her three sons (not counting Jon Snow, of course). When Talisa tries to have a moment with Cat, she is instead treated to a tearful confession of unreasonable, supernaturally-based guilt. Yes, it sucks to be Catelyn Stark—but it's so easy to dislike her when even she admits that her pride and insecurity have really f*cked things up.
Also, damn, does she dislike Jon Snow. But he's so ~*sad*~.
Whatever else happens to the (current) series regulars, it's apparent that the Tyrells are in it to win it... something that, so far, only Cersei is keen enough to pick up on, even as her son eyes his bride-to-be with not quite respect, but not total disdain.
Outside of the hornet's nest of King's Landing, Arya Stark, Gendry, and Hot Pie find themselves in... another hornet's nest! They're captured by Thoros of Myr, whose character appears to be a mixture of Tom of Sevenstreams (the bard) and the Thoros of Myr of the A Song of Ice and Fire Series (who's supposed to be bald). Thoros is leading a group of fighters who belong to the Brotherhood Without Banners, who fight against the king's men in the general Westeros countryside.
(Side note: how great is it that Thoros is singing "The Rains of Castamere" during his character introduction? Arya almost smiles when she hears it... but boy, does that song take on new meaning later.)
Even as they insult each other, the two are slowly opening up and becoming... friends?, or as close to friends as captor and captive can be. Brienne slips from her stone-faced act when Jaime tears open the still-raw wound that is Renly, and when she tries to shut him up, he says, "We don't get to choose who we love." Ohhhh man.
In the rest of the "Game of Thrones" universe:
- Theon is having the opposite of the time of his life as he's tortured by Roose Bolton's crew. Seriously, that flayed man sigil is like a warning beacon for "DON'T F*CK WITH THIS CREW." But it appears the tortured soul (literally) is going to get some help, from none other than Simon from "Misfits" (side note: Brit TV's inclination for incestuous casting continues).
- Tyrion and Shae have a lover's spat which reveals that at least one Lannister still harbors some feeling of protection for Sansa (whose name this recapper keeps typing as "Santa"). Shae's doing her best to watch out for the Stark girl, but to what end? She's already in danger by choosing to be with Tyrion; looking out for a known traitor's daughter doesn't seem to be a savvy move for a decidedly savvy person.
- Sam Tarly continues making a fool out of himself in the Night's Watch, but in an "awww" moment, he's lifted up (no really) by his brothers and he continues on his way back to the Wall along with the rest of those battered Crows.
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