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Winter Has Arrived the Game of Thrones is Afoot
Winter Has Arrived The Game of Thrones is Afoot
My makeshift crown is set askew as I sit before the throne of television that is HBO. The dark room is slightly lit from the fires of the hearth of Tywin as the Valerian steel sword of Rob Stark is being dismantled and melted, repoured and forged in the fourth season opener of Game of Thrones. Sadly, the carcass of one flat dire wolf is tossed into the embers as well. Let the Game of Thrones begin!
Jamie Lannister is clean and looking as shiny as a new penny in sparkly armor as he defies his father’s request to return to Casterly Rock to rule in his stead. Cersei is more self-centered than ever, failing to understand what Jamie has been through and not willing to give the man any love. He didn’t get any from his king/son either, who mocked him.
Prince Oberyn arrives at King’s Landing for the royal wedding, but Tyrion fears he’s come to the Red Keep for something else. Oberyn wasn’t with the arrival party, who mocks the pint sized greeter, who may be small in stature, but tall on brains, knew where to find the prince. His right hand protector stated that if he had been on the road that long, where would he go, “I would go to sleep, but I am getting old.”
He is met with resistance from a few of Lannisters in the brothel, who suggested instead of a woman they “Bring him a shaved goat and a bottle of olive oil.” It may have been preferable to the young man and woman he selected for his amusement and pleasure earlier in the evening.
Meanwhile, Jon warns the skeptical Night’s Watch superiors about an impending attack, even confessing he broke his vows and lain with a Wildling woman. He laid with her good too, so good, she is hunting his ass down. However, there is a leg on the spit roasting over the fire for wildling dinner. That still is unsettling to me.
Arya encounters a face from her past and asks the Hound for her own horse because she is tired of smelling his stink. They encounter Polliver, who still is carrying her sword “Needle” that he stole in Season 2 when he thought she as little boy. She runs that needle through him (it would have been cool if she had run the needle through his eye). She gets her horse, some chicken and rides with a smile on her face.
The extra delicious Daario Naharis has been replaced by one that is not so sexy to discuss strategy with Daenerys on the journey to the slave city Meereen. The roads are paved with dead children. Speaking of children, those dragons are acting like a bunch of randy teenagers, and Mama doesn’t have that much control over these babies any more.
Damn, I love this show.
Sunday nights on HBO, The Game of Thrones, 10/9 c.
Cheryl Corbin is an Augusta-based freelance writer and regular contributor Cinemablaze. You can follow her on Twitter.