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Beyond the Wall: This Week on Game of Thrones (Episode 7 / May 13, 2012)

05.15.2012

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EPISODE 07: A Man Without Honor

THE PLOT:

The long summer is at an end, winter truly is coming and with it the cold winds of war as five self proclaimed Kings claim dominance over Westeros, but there can be only one winner when you play the game of thrones.

THE LOWDOWN:

By now, it should be obvious to fans of the novels that this season's changed a few things. Realistically I'm not opposed to new forks in the road; on the plus side, new paths create surprises which in turn keep things fresh and interesting for those who find carbon copies of the source material a touch stale. On the flip side, keeping it as real and true to the books as possible gives us a chance to revel in the magic of seeing one of the best stories ever written strut off the page in style. I've seen it done both ways, and feel for the most part GAME OF THRONES is doing well at catering to both sides of this coin. That said, too many changes opens up the possibility of writing one's self into a corner, and that's one path I'm praying this show doesn't take. Bran's storyline is a prime example of how this could indeed happen.



In the books Bran's escape from Winterfell included two missing characters from the HBO series, Meera and Jojen, who as of tonight are nowhere to be found, leading me to believe they won't be joining us this season or at all. This provides quite a conundrum when it comes to where Bran goes from here. You might not think so, but Bran's got some great storyline ahead of him, at least in the books anyway, so it'd be a shame to ruin what could and should be. Another scenario is Tywin and Arya. One second she seems to almost like him, the next she's ready to open his throat with a knife. This is also new territory, and since I know what happens with both characters in the books, nothing seems to add up here either, yet with such a distinct emphasis being placed on their screen time together you can all but guarantee this relationship will have some effect on this season's ending.



Then there's Dany. In the books, Daenerys is a strong willed woman who gets what she wants and burns all who stand in her way, but you never hate or resent her for it. I felt the first season cradled her beginnings well, but this season she tends to come off as spoiled and pouty, bitching and whining when she doesn't get her way. I'm not fond of her attitude right now at all, and yes, her story's going in a different direction as well but I'm digging the warlock angle and loved where tonight led her. Oh, and I poked fun at Jorah's absence last week, but I'd totally forgotten he was off in search of a ship, which I could care less about, I'd much rather know more about the masked chick he keeps bumping into. And poor Jon Snow, constantly getting outsmarted by Ygritte, and what a smartass she is, I found her quite amusing tonight. Of course, the path Jon's stupidity leads him down is no laughing matter, but one fans of the books knew was coming (next week's trailer will put a big smile on your faces--hello Mance Rayder!).



GAME OF THRONES SEASON 2's seventh episode is still a kickass good time despite my highlighting of changes. Don't get me wrong, as I've said before, I'm still very much entertained and hell, you can't win them all right? There's always something to nitpick if you look hard enough. Tonight did bring back the Kingslayer (much to my delight), whose commanding performance deserves a standing ovation. I wanted to give him sharpest quip but truth be told his entire dialogue here is pure win. To say he steals tonight's show is an understatement. His storyline seems like it's falling into place rather nicely, so here's hoping they keep that going "as is". I also really enjoyed Cersei and Tyrion's scene together, it felt genuine and exceedingly moving, especially when you figure out what they're actually talking about. Cercei also shared a cool moment with Sansa, who's thankfully becoming more of a presence in King's Landing. Lastly, there's Theon, sigh, yes, he's still alive and tonight's ending will have you hating him even more.



SEX/NUDITY:

Jon gets sexually harassed by Ygritte...does that count? And we get some nude body painting, but nothing worth getting excited over.

VIOLENCE:

Sansa has a violent time of the month, the thirteen have a rough night and we get some charred corpses.

SHARPEST QUIP:

There's a ton of sharp dialogue tonight, everyone was a contender (loved hearing Ygritte say "You know nothing Jon Snow"), but the win goes to Tyrion as he and Cercei discuss how out of control Joffrey's become. Tyrion: "It's hard to put a leash on a dog once you've put a crown on his head."

MOST EPIC SCENE:

Jamie Lannister's discussion with Sir Alton, their revelations about life and seizing the moment, and Jamie's escape plan. Then there's the back and forth with Catelyn Stark. Like I said, he's pure gold tonight. These are rumored to be Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's favorite scenes he's played as Jamie Lannister to date and I can see why.

FINAL VERDICT:



TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

Extra Tidbit: Are there any particular changes from the books that stand out to you, and what are your thoughts on these changes thus far, good or bad?
Source: JoBlo.com

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2:40PM on 05/19/2012
Bring on the battle of Blackwater.
Bring on the battle of Blackwater.
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2:42PM on 05/18/2012
I want to see more of Bran and is wolf transformation and or connection, I hope they don't fuck it up.
I want to see more of Bran and is wolf transformation and or connection, I hope they don't fuck it up.
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11:43AM on 05/18/2012

Jaime Lannister

"Is that a woman with you?" Priceless.
"Is that a woman with you?" Priceless.
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11:01AM on 05/17/2012

Mance Rayder

Haven't seen that cool of a helmet since Willow.
Haven't seen that cool of a helmet since Willow.
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11:44AM on 05/18/2012
His helmet owns.
His helmet owns.
2:40PM on 05/19/2012
His helmet does look sick.
His helmet does look sick.
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10:33PM on 05/16/2012
Welcome back Jamie Lannister! I'm hard pressed about who I love more, him or Tyrion, but it's probably Jamie.
Welcome back Jamie Lannister! I'm hard pressed about who I love more, him or Tyrion, but it's probably Jamie.
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2:20PM on 05/16/2012
Changes aren't all that bad, especially considering there's nothing we can do about it anyway, but you're right on the money with Jamie Lannister this episode. What a performance!
Changes aren't all that bad, especially considering there's nothing we can do about it anyway, but you're right on the money with Jamie Lannister this episode. What a performance!
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11:22AM on 05/16/2012
I don't mind the changes so far this season, my only complaint is that it seems to be going faster and because it's so spread out nothing much seems to be happening.
I don't mind the changes so far this season, my only complaint is that it seems to be going faster and because it's so spread out nothing much seems to be happening.
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2:22PM on 05/16/2012
It's a bitter sweet tradeoff, more is happeneing than last season, but yes, too quickly and spread out. I'l probably watch both seasons back to back after this one ends to see just how much give and take there really is.
It's a bitter sweet tradeoff, more is happeneing than last season, but yes, too quickly and spread out. I'l probably watch both seasons back to back after this one ends to see just how much give and take there really is.
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8:27PM on 05/15/2012
I'm just happy we're finally getting somewhere with Jon Snow and Mance Rayder looks awesome.
I'm just happy we're finally getting somewhere with Jon Snow and Mance Rayder looks awesome.
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10:33PM on 05/16/2012
Skull Helmet = Badass.
Skull Helmet = Badass.
11:02AM on 05/17/2012
Nuff said.
Nuff said.
2:25PM on 05/15/2012
Not sure how I feel about the changes to Dany's storyline but I agree she is annoying this season.
Not sure how I feel about the changes to Dany's storyline but I agree she is annoying this season.
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12:21PM on 05/15/2012
This was a good episode and I kinda cringe when they change something, but nothing's really stood out as bad just yet, of course I'm also curious as where they're going with Bran now as you pointed out, but hopefully all will remain good.
This was a good episode and I kinda cringe when they change something, but nothing's really stood out as bad just yet, of course I'm also curious as where they're going with Bran now as you pointed out, but hopefully all will remain good.
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9:23AM on 05/15/2012
I wasn't crazy about last episode, but this one was really good. The only problem is I feel like Tywin is a little too friendly towards Arya--but then, maybe TV-Tywin is less cold and distant from everyone than book-Tywin was.
I wasn't crazy about last episode, but this one was really good. The only problem is I feel like Tywin is a little too friendly towards Arya--but then, maybe TV-Tywin is less cold and distant from everyone than book-Tywin was.
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2:26PM on 05/15/2012
I'm kinda rooting for the new TV-Tywin.
I'm kinda rooting for the new TV-Tywin.
11:23AM on 05/16/2012
Arya and Tywin's relationship is something I look forward to lately.
Arya and Tywin's relationship is something I look forward to lately.
2:04AM on 05/15/2012
I dont hate Theon, I feel bad for him. His entire life hes paid the price for his father being a complete douchebag. He was taken away as a child from his home to live with strangers because of his fathers inserrection, and then when he gets back hes met with nothing but ridicule. His speech about how he was given away like he wasnt wanted anymore, and now hes not welcome back was heartbreaking. And now hes iin so deep hes starting to drown. Ive always liked theon, but I was always quite
I dont hate Theon, I feel bad for him. His entire life hes paid the price for his father being a complete douchebag. He was taken away as a child from his home to live with strangers because of his fathers inserrection, and then when he gets back hes met with nothing but ridicule. His speech about how he was given away like he wasnt wanted anymore, and now hes not welcome back was heartbreaking. And now hes iin so deep hes starting to drown. Ive always liked theon, but I was always quite sure hed end up a villain, poor lil feller.
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8:28PM on 05/15/2012
I feel sorry for him too, but he's still a douche.
I feel sorry for him too, but he's still a douche.
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1:25AM on 05/15/2012

The final scene

Confused by the events of the final scene. Theon threatens the farm people and hoists two charred corpses, then looks like he wasn't expecting there to be two charred corpses. So... What was Theon expecting? Who were the corpses? Why did he get corpses instead of what he thought was going to happen? How exactly did they get charred? (did his men burn them or did something else happen?) Anyone know more about this?
Confused by the events of the final scene. Theon threatens the farm people and hoists two charred corpses, then looks like he wasn't expecting there to be two charred corpses. So... What was Theon expecting? Who were the corpses? Why did he get corpses instead of what he thought was going to happen? How exactly did they get charred? (did his men burn them or did something else happen?) Anyone know more about this?
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2:51AM on 05/15/2012
I took it as he just realized "holy fuck what have I done?".
I took it as he just realized "holy fuck what have I done?".
9:22AM on 05/15/2012
Yeah I think he was just realizing what a twat he's become.
Yeah I think he was just realizing what a twat he's become.
11:02AM on 05/15/2012
I suppose that makes sense, although it seems like a strange realization to come to considering he's already taken to personally beheading people. I think we were also confused because we thought the charred bodies were supposed to be characters of some importance, and we couldn't figure out who they were supposed to be.
I suppose that makes sense, although it seems like a strange realization to come to considering he's already taken to personally beheading people. I think we were also confused because we thought the charred bodies were supposed to be characters of some importance, and we couldn't figure out who they were supposed to be.
12:23PM on 05/15/2012
Yeah, I think he's more horried than anything, realizing now there's no going back.
Yeah, I think he's more horried than anything, realizing now there's no going back.
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