Backing up our theory, no content of Robb or Kings landing in the preview. We could see a very heavy focus on Dany and her issues with Yunkai. Plus Jon and Ygritte, Jaime and Brienne, and a little Arya for good measure. She seems to have remembered her lessons from Syrio.
Dany exchanges gifts with a slave lord outside of Yunkai. As Sansa frets about her prospects, Shae chafes at Tyrion’s new situation. Tywin counsels the king, and Melisandre reveals a secret to Gendry. Brienne faces a formidable foe in Harrenhal.
So we’ve been having a lot of discussion on Twitter since last night’s episode aired, and figured we would put all of it in once place here.
First off, No Dany in the entire episode. This isn’t surprising and hasn’t been the first time. I’d actually love to see some statistics on how many episodes she has been excluded from. It’s not surprising with how little her story advances. With only 4 episodes left, She’ll probably be in 3 of them. We’ll see.
The episode really hammers home the idea that we have talked about already that this show is no longer a true representation of the books, but rather a separate work of art. No characters or story lines are sacred. If a character is left out, it doesn’t mean that their role will be left out. Case in point, Gendry being taken for what seems to be the role of Edric Storm. King’s blood comes in many flavors it seems.
Arya and Melisandre. Do not read into this as foreshadowing of books to come. Think of all the things the show has changed in the past, and apply that to the future. Also, things are not always literal. Melisandre thinks she sees Arya in the fire in ADWD. She was wrong. Let’s just wait and see.
The on screen chemistry of Jon and Ygritte is best of breed. IF, and we say If, Ygritte is killed, it may be a more gut wrenching moment than the Red Wedding at this point. But what if she just escapes. She eludes to it with Jon before they climb. Loyalty to each other. It could be interesting. Not likely, but interesting.
The Queen of Thorns and Tywin have a spirited discussion. In fact the only thing disappointing about it, is that Tywin gets the best of her. Just when it seems like Olenna is in the position of power, Tywin plays the kingsguard card and takes the victory. But hold on. I wouldn’t give up hope for Ser Loras in the kingsguard just yet. Margaery and Loras could prefer the situation to marrying Cersei, and how would Cersei’s walk of shame go down when she is married to Loras?
Jojen’s affliction seems like a reasonable means for viewers to understand why his health quickly deteriorates.
Did anyone else think there was a chance that Coldhands was going to show up at the fire with Sam and Gilly?
And poor Sansa.
Now lastly, we’ve mentioned on Twitter a couple of times now that we’d love to see simultaneous weddings. Given the expectation that the Red Wedding is going down in episode 9, it would take some stalling on the writers part, but it’s possible. The Frey’s at the table say they want a speedy wedding, but episodes 7 and 8 could focus on the activities at the wall and in Mereen and with Theon and with Arya, and with Stannis, and Jaime and Brienne. There are enough side stories to keep Robb’s story line and the King’s Landing story line from advancing much further.
Imagine an episode similar to that of Blackwater from season 2. The entire episode is a combination of the 2 weddings from start to finish. Start in King’s Landing, show the crowed gathering, transition the The Twins with the crowds and camps gathering there. Scenes cut back and forth, Tyrion installing his Lannister cloak, The GreatJon drinking at the feast, the singers, the food, the dancing, the beddings…
After all, Gendry’s blood has to be cast in the fire to start things in motion….or will he be burned alive as a gift to the Red God?
So as we have discussed before, Talisa may be a Lannister spy. I find it very suspicious that in last night’s episode (episode 3), Talisa is again shown with Lannisters, this time with Martin and the other captive.
This video does a nice job of summarizing all of the new characters that get introduced in Season 3. I’m constantly under the impression that viewers who haven’t read the books must be very confused all the time. And don’t miss out, you can now pre-order the entire third season on DVD and BluRay from Amazon.
Well this certainly is an interesting take on things…
My response was “Bullshit.” While I was watching Cat Stark speak with Talisa in episode 2 of Game of Thrones, my expectation was that she would say Robb. And then make some comment about how if it weren’t for her, she wouldn’t have a husband. But Jon Snow? Come on guys, Cat shows no remorse and any sort of warmth for Jon anywhere in the novels.
Obviously the writers of the are going somewhere with this, but I just find it very hard to believe.