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Beyond the Wall: This Week on Game of Thrones (S3 Episode 10/ June 9, 2013)

06.10.2013

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EPISODE 10: Mhysa

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: (The following column contains MAJOR SPOILERS, so I don't recommend reading this if you haven't watched this episode). It’s been quite the entertaining week following the ridiculous online blubbering concerning the Red Wedding. I’m sure after what happened to Ned Stark, many people wanted Robb to sit on the iron throne, but as anyone familiar with the books knows, he’s barely a cohesive thought in the books. Show runners David Benioff and D.B.Weiss admit to giving Robb more screen time simply because they loved actor Richard Madden. Let’s be real here folks, only two characters are contenders for the iron throne, Daenerys and Stannis, and not because they’re brilliant or best suited or the job. It’s because they both have an edge. Danny has her dragons, and Stannis has Merlin’s evil twin sister, Melisandre. That said, we must move forward. Roose Bolton looking out over a field of burning Stark banners was a terrible thing to see, no more so than seeing what they did to Robb’s body. I hoped they wouldn’t, but they did. There’s a special room in hell waiting for you boys.

There’s a lot going on in King’s Landing…too bad we got shorted on the good stuff. So yeah, we’re all waiting for Jamie Lannister to get home, and he’s in the episode for about thirty seconds (crickets). Nice. As always, I thoroughly enjoyed Tywin Lannister’s every word, the highlights being his condescending scene with Joffrey, but his back and forth with Tyrion was no less moving—especially when he schools Tyrion about how he nearly went swimming with the fishes when he was born. Ouch. We get a short bit of boasting from the Frey camp, with Frey and Bolton pretty much sucking each other dicks as his people mop the blood soaked floor. And I also enjoyed seeing Varys. I could care less about Shae and her problems, but Varys’ quote about having only one name, when family names are the ones that matter, was pretty slick. I still think Shae should’ve taken the diamonds and bolted.

Bran and crew bed down for the night…again. Only this time in the den of the Rat Cook. Sigh. But it was a nice little wink in the direction of Frey and Bolton. My question for Bran is this: If you felt/saw your father die, why the hell didn’t you feel/see your brother and mother go? Doesn’t make a hell of a lot of sense considering he’s A: getting better at wielding these strange powers, and B: Jojen (who also saw Ned die) should’ve seen it too. But at least they got to meet Sam and talk about white walkers…you know, the gargantuan threat we were led to believe was coming with winter (I still don’t understand how anyone survived the attack from the season 2 finale, I mean damn, there was an army of them and the Night’s Watch hadn’t figured out the dragonglass angle yet). Speaking of which, thank god Sam actually did have the dragonglass on him. Nice work, Sam.

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 3's finale sadly had its thunder stolen last week by Frey’s f*cked up after party, which isn’t to say tonight’s episode was flat (it wasn’t) or as bad as that other finale (yes, I’m looking at YOU, Walking Dead), it just didn’t feel much like a finale is all. Stannis made plans to hit the wall, Theon got tortured a bit more (the sausage imagery made me cringe), Davos flexes his reading chops (Go Davos!), and Cercei got to bicker with Tyrion and stare at Jamie’s stump. It all happened way too fast. Although, Balon Greyjoy’s mystery box scene was interesting. So much for Theon’s sausage. For me, Arya stole the show with her roadside confrontation. Pure brilliance. Jon and Ygritte felt a bit forced, and as much as I’m a of Jon Snow, it was kinda funny seeing him confess his love only to have her shoot his ass full of arrows. We see Daenerys crowd surf (odd that they’d named the episode after such a small scene). The dragon’s looked badass though. So ends another season, and so begins the long wait till next April.

SEX/NUDITY: Images of Theon’s sausage will haunt my dreams.

VIOLENCE: The last of the Stark men are killed off, we get some torture, and Arya and the Hound take care of business on the road. Oh, and Jon gets shot full of arrows. Good times.

SHARPEST QUIP: Tyrion serves up one of his best quotes yet at the small council meeting when Joffrey calls him a monster. “Oh, a monster, perhaps you should speak to me more softly then. Monsters are dangerous and just now kings are dying like flies.”

MOST EPIC SCENE: Like I said, Arya stole the show when she put that Frey soldier in his place. That place being six feet under.

FINAL VERDICT :

TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

Extra Tidbit: Great season overall, and I hope you all enjoyed the column. I’ll be back covering GOT next season, as well as the last of BREAKING BAD in August. See you then.
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6:00PM on 06/10/2013
Cool episode, and loved all the columns. Can't wait till next season and looking forward to Breaking Bad!
PS: Loved the jab at the Walking Dead finale. Priceless.
Cool episode, and loved all the columns. Can't wait till next season and looking forward to Breaking Bad!
PS: Loved the jab at the Walking Dead finale. Priceless.
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5:44PM on 06/10/2013
Recently finished book 5, a long wait til April.
Thanks for the articles JA, look forward to Breaking Bad.

Recently finished book 5, a long wait til April.
Thanks for the articles JA, look forward to Breaking Bad.

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5:26PM on 06/10/2013
Recently finished book 5, a long wait til April.
Thanks for the articles JA, look forward to Breaking Bad.

Recently finished book 5, a long wait til April.
Thanks for the articles JA, look forward to Breaking Bad.

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4:50PM on 06/10/2013

Frey and Bolton

I didn't get the feeling they were sucking each others' dicks at all. It seemed to me that Bolton's demeanor had an undercurrent of complete disdain for Frey, which is why I enjoyed the scene so much.
I didn't get the feeling they were sucking each others' dicks at all. It seemed to me that Bolton's demeanor had an undercurrent of complete disdain for Frey, which is why I enjoyed the scene so much.
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5:31PM on 06/10/2013
I agree, I thought that undertone was awesome. I think Bolton realizes how unfavorably people will look upon Frey even though he ended the war in the north. He probably wants to be associated with him as little as possible.
I agree, I thought that undertone was awesome. I think Bolton realizes how unfavorably people will look upon Frey even though he ended the war in the north. He probably wants to be associated with him as little as possible.
4:02PM on 06/10/2013

What's in the Box?!

The finale was great but what in the world was in that box the Greyjoys opened? [link]
The finale was great but what in the world was in that box the Greyjoys opened? [link]
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6:01PM on 06/10/2013
LOL!
LOL!
1:28AM on 06/11/2013
A certain SNL song comes to mind
A certain SNL song comes to mind
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3:10PM on 06/10/2013
Solid enough episode considering the split, but I agree with you in terms of an 8/10 as like you said, it got it's thunder stolen last week. I fucking LOVED that Arya scene! Her creeping up behind that dude and then dropping the coin. Epic. It's gonna be a long year.
Solid enough episode considering the split, but I agree with you in terms of an 8/10 as like you said, it got it's thunder stolen last week. I fucking LOVED that Arya scene! Her creeping up behind that dude and then dropping the coin. Epic. It's gonna be a long year.
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3:00PM on 06/10/2013
Fuck the wait, I'm going out to buy all the books RIGHT NOW!!!!!!
Fuck the wait, I'm going out to buy all the books RIGHT NOW!!!!!!
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12:30AM on 06/11/2013
Be warned you will fly through to the end of the 5th book and be stuck with a lot longer wait than next April. I finished the fifth almost 2 years ago right after its release and am probably still looking at another 2+ years before the 6th is finished. It is torture.

That said. Hell yea you should read the books cause they are f**ing awesome.
Be warned you will fly through to the end of the 5th book and be stuck with a lot longer wait than next April. I finished the fifth almost 2 years ago right after its release and am probably still looking at another 2+ years before the 6th is finished. It is torture.

That said. Hell yea you should read the books cause they are f**ing awesome.
2:02PM on 06/10/2013
Episode 9 was a tough act to follow, but this finale was still pretty good. Since book 3 was split into two seasons, I feel as though the next finale will be amazing since it will actually be the end of the book. My favorite scene has to be when Yara Greyjoy decides that she'll be the one to rescue Theon. Just a great scene.
Episode 9 was a tough act to follow, but this finale was still pretty good. Since book 3 was split into two seasons, I feel as though the next finale will be amazing since it will actually be the end of the book. My favorite scene has to be when Yara Greyjoy decides that she'll be the one to rescue Theon. Just a great scene.
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1:10PM on 06/10/2013
Wonderful episode and a wrap to the best season so far. Splitting the 3rd book into 2 seasons was a great move, wish they had done it with the 2nd book. I have a feeling Jamie is going to become one of our new favorite characters to root for, he's been to hell and back and seems to be the better man for it.
Wonderful episode and a wrap to the best season so far. Splitting the 3rd book into 2 seasons was a great move, wish they had done it with the 2nd book. I have a feeling Jamie is going to become one of our new favorite characters to root for, he's been to hell and back and seems to be the better man for it.
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12:11PM on 06/10/2013
It was bound to happen, last week overshadowing the finale. All in all still a good episode though. It will however, be a longass wait till next season.
It was bound to happen, last week overshadowing the finale. All in all still a good episode though. It will however, be a longass wait till next season.
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11:35AM on 06/10/2013

And...

Some of the story lines are books apart , now
Some of the story lines are books apart , now
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12:14PM on 06/10/2013
I know right, or the story lines are all of the fourth book are here in the third season of the show. Not sure how this will play out in the long run either.
I know right, or the story lines are all of the fourth book are here in the third season of the show. Not sure how this will play out in the long run either.
11:34AM on 06/10/2013

What I don't get ...

is why they are making Stannis seem like such a douchebag. He's much cooler in the book. There, he's inherently trustful of Davos, doesn't really WANT to kill his "nephew" and still harbours doubts about Melisandre. And Davos never has to plea for his life. He's much more passive. In fact, both are more likeable charcters in the book, imo. And then there's the issue of them using Gendry to cover 2 book characters - That one's got me confused.
is why they are making Stannis seem like such a douchebag. He's much cooler in the book. There, he's inherently trustful of Davos, doesn't really WANT to kill his "nephew" and still harbours doubts about Melisandre. And Davos never has to plea for his life. He's much more passive. In fact, both are more likeable charcters in the book, imo. And then there's the issue of them using Gendry to cover 2 book characters - That one's got me confused.
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10:45AM on 06/10/2013
Oh and in response to your opinion about Stannis or Dany sitting on the Iron Throne. I don't think it's really going to matter. Melisandre says in this episode that the War of Kings means nothing, the real fight is beyond the wall. I think as this story progresses the threat beyond the wall will become the more prominent storyline as it will truly decide the fate of Westeros.

But in the end if one character does end up sitting on the Iron Throne, I think it's going to be Tywin Lannister.
Oh and in response to your opinion about Stannis or Dany sitting on the Iron Throne. I don't think it's really going to matter. Melisandre says in this episode that the War of Kings means nothing, the real fight is beyond the wall. I think as this story progresses the threat beyond the wall will become the more prominent storyline as it will truly decide the fate of Westeros.

But in the end if one character does end up sitting on the Iron Throne, I think it's going to be Tywin Lannister. I have no proof to back that up. It's just where he's considered such an underdog but is truly smarter than everyone else, something will slip up where he becomes the king by show's end. Just a gut feeling, not based on anything in the show or books.
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11:46AM on 06/10/2013
That would be intense if Tywin is sitting on the throne when Daneris comes back to claim it- two characters we all truly love at odds
That would be intense if Tywin is sitting on the throne when Daneris comes back to claim it- two characters we all truly love at odds
10:44AM on 06/10/2013
Oh and in response to your opinion about Stannis or Dany sitting on the Iron Throne. I don't think it's really going to matter. Melisandre says in this episode that the War of Kings means nothing, the real fight is beyond the wall. I think as this story progresses the threat beyond the wall will become the more prominent storyline as it will truly decide the fate of Westeros.

But in the end if one character does end up sitting on the Iron Throne, I think it's going to be Tywin Lannister.
Oh and in response to your opinion about Stannis or Dany sitting on the Iron Throne. I don't think it's really going to matter. Melisandre says in this episode that the War of Kings means nothing, the real fight is beyond the wall. I think as this story progresses the threat beyond the wall will become the more prominent storyline as it will truly decide the fate of Westeros.

But in the end if one character does end up sitting on the Iron Throne, I think it's going to be Tywin Lannister. I have no proof to back that up. It's just where he's considered such an underdog but is truly smarter than everyone else, something will slip up where he becomes the king by show's end. Just a gut feeling, not based on anything in the show or books.
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10:45AM on 06/10/2013
Shit, I meant Tyrion Lannister. Not Tywin.....
Shit, I meant Tyrion Lannister. Not Tywin.....
12:13PM on 06/10/2013
It would nice, but it'll never happen.
It would nice, but it'll never happen.
10:34AM on 06/10/2013
All in all, I thought this was a fantastic season. They really did the books and the show justice with everything. But regarding the season finale, there was no way they could top what happened last week. And the season finale's of this show have never been about an epic ending, it's always about setting up the plot for the next season. Remember in season 1, Ned died in the second last episode and the finale was all about the fallout from his execution.

But season 3 had it even harder
All in all, I thought this was a fantastic season. They really did the books and the show justice with everything. But regarding the season finale, there was no way they could top what happened last week. And the season finale's of this show have never been about an epic ending, it's always about setting up the plot for the next season. Remember in season 1, Ned died in the second last episode and the finale was all about the fallout from his execution.

But season 3 had it even harder because they're splitting up book 3 for two seasons and matching it with the storylines of book 4. So it's hard to end it on a high note when everything that has come so far is really about 3/4 of the way through book 3. I'm not giving any spoilers, but people don't lose faith in the show now, what's on the horizon is going to be epic. There are big changes for everyone's favourite characters for better or worse.
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4:38AM on 06/10/2013
I can't remember exactly what the line was, but when Tyrion said something like "Kill any puppies today?" to Joffrey, I lost it. Hilarious!
I can't remember exactly what the line was, but when Tyrion said something like "Kill any puppies today?" to Joffrey, I lost it. Hilarious!
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4:19AM on 06/10/2013

what do you mean all the Stark men are kiled off...

Isn't Bran a Stark? Doesn't he become the heir to the kingdom now that his brothers are all dead?
Isn't Bran a Stark? Doesn't he become the heir to the kingdom now that his brothers are all dead?
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4:48AM on 06/10/2013
everyone thinks that Theon killed both Bran and Rickon which would only leave Jon but hes a bastard so...
everyone thinks that Theon killed both Bran and Rickon which would only leave Jon but hes a bastard so...
11:35AM on 06/10/2013
Heir to Winterfell, yes - Kingdom - no
Heir to Winterfell, yes - Kingdom - no
3:12PM on 06/10/2013
Pretty sure he meant the Stark army, that's who Roose Bolton was looking out over at the beginning as the banners were burning. Obviously Bran and Rickon are still alive. They may be boring, but they're not dead.
Pretty sure he meant the Stark army, that's who Roose Bolton was looking out over at the beginning as the banners were burning. Obviously Bran and Rickon are still alive. They may be boring, but they're not dead.
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4:08AM on 06/10/2013
Man that last scene was so bad it almost ruined the whole episode. Yeah we get it, Dany is some saint whos overly righteous and loves slaves. I almost wanted to change the channel when she gave that same speech she always gives. Dont know why they always want to end the seasons with the most one dimensional main character on the show. Other than that it was a nice episode.
Man that last scene was so bad it almost ruined the whole episode. Yeah we get it, Dany is some saint whos overly righteous and loves slaves. I almost wanted to change the channel when she gave that same speech she always gives. Dont know why they always want to end the seasons with the most one dimensional main character on the show. Other than that it was a nice episode.
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1:46AM on 06/10/2013

Tough Act To Follow

This episode was obviously going to be hurt because there was no way it could match the intensity, shock, and emotion of last weeks episode. I thought it was pretty good overall...Tyrion had a lot of good scenes which is always great (Peter Dinklage deserves an Emmy, Golden Globe, Grammy, Tony, Oscar, BAFTA and every other award on the face of the planet for his performance) and it really set the stage for the leaders for each house and the impending battles to come. 8/10.
This episode was obviously going to be hurt because there was no way it could match the intensity, shock, and emotion of last weeks episode. I thought it was pretty good overall...Tyrion had a lot of good scenes which is always great (Peter Dinklage deserves an Emmy, Golden Globe, Grammy, Tony, Oscar, BAFTA and every other award on the face of the planet for his performance) and it really set the stage for the leaders for each house and the impending battles to come. 8/10.
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1:19AM on 06/10/2013

weak weak finale

Really disappointed in this episode. For a season that's been rock solid from the beginning, I really feel like this was the weakest entry by far this year. Where's the tension? I felt like the name of the episode and the ending itself were supposed to be some sort of pumping up for what is to come in S4, but we've been watching Daenerys travel, talk, and give speeches in the desert now for 3 seasons. If they were trying to get me as excited as the ending of when she gained control of the
Really disappointed in this episode. For a season that's been rock solid from the beginning, I really feel like this was the weakest entry by far this year. Where's the tension? I felt like the name of the episode and the ending itself were supposed to be some sort of pumping up for what is to come in S4, but we've been watching Daenerys travel, talk, and give speeches in the desert now for 3 seasons. If they were trying to get me as excited as the ending of when she gained control of the Unsullied, then they failed miserably.

The dialogue is always top-notch, but I felt they again spent too much time on less enjoyable characters such as Sam, Bran, and Theon, instead of Jaime, Arya, or heck, even Joeffrey himself. Seriously, we've seen him for like three minutes of screentime the season.

I had realistic expectations after thinking last week's episode was the finest piece of television I've ever seen, but this was a hard, hard fall. It doesn't change my view of the show whatsoever. Still awesome as all get out. But this was the wrong night to deliver what we got. Perhaps as someone else noted, if the season was extended, this problem wouldn't have happened.
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10:30AM on 06/10/2013
Regarding Dany, not to give any spoilers from the books. But warning if you take what I write as a spoiler.
Dany in the books is not very interesting. You think seeing her on screen for the past 3 seasons was boring, try reading about her for 5 books now. And let me tell ya, the show writers are doing A LOT to make her more interesting in the show. She's just a very boring character and as you said, one-dimensional. So I completely agree with you, it's a very boring note to end the season
Regarding Dany, not to give any spoilers from the books. But warning if you take what I write as a spoiler.
Dany in the books is not very interesting. You think seeing her on screen for the past 3 seasons was boring, try reading about her for 5 books now. And let me tell ya, the show writers are doing A LOT to make her more interesting in the show. She's just a very boring character and as you said, one-dimensional. So I completely agree with you, it's a very boring note to end the season on with her storyline.
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1:06AM on 06/10/2013
I didn't get the idea that Frey and Bolton were fellating each other. Bolton looks like he is up to something.
I didn't get the idea that Frey and Bolton were fellating each other. Bolton looks like he is up to something.
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1:48AM on 06/10/2013
I thought Bolton was going to kill him during that scene. So I agree with you, I got the exact opposite vibe from that scene.
I thought Bolton was going to kill him during that scene. So I agree with you, I got the exact opposite vibe from that scene.
12:52AM on 06/10/2013

Holy shit!!!!

Last week was awesome, but this was pretty good. I hate to admit it but it got me teary eyed a couple of times. They tied some of the story lines together. And as someone who hasn't read the books, I'm guessing that Bran Becomes a bad ass. but I'm prob wrong. Red shot john Now with arrows, that's pretty messed up.
Last week was awesome, but this was pretty good. I hate to admit it but it got me teary eyed a couple of times. They tied some of the story lines together. And as someone who hasn't read the books, I'm guessing that Bran Becomes a bad ass. but I'm prob wrong. Red shot john Now with arrows, that's pretty messed up.
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12:39AM on 06/10/2013

Another brutal wait for next year now

Impossible to top last weeks episode, that should've been the last episode imho. I haven't read the books yet, and last week literally gave me anxiety lol! This show pulls no punches putting it easily above the rest! Arya said the words to the coin, I'm sure that's where she's going next season. Dany is pretty much the only person left with a cause that you can root for. Too many questions left unanswered, 10 episodes is way too short, why don't they 13, or at the very least 12? I won't be
Impossible to top last weeks episode, that should've been the last episode imho. I haven't read the books yet, and last week literally gave me anxiety lol! This show pulls no punches putting it easily above the rest! Arya said the words to the coin, I'm sure that's where she's going next season. Dany is pretty much the only person left with a cause that you can root for. Too many questions left unanswered, 10 episodes is way too short, why don't they 13, or at the very least 12? I won't be able to wait to next spring to find out what happens, I'm ordering the books tomorrow.
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12:34AM on 06/10/2013
Arya is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters. She's turning into quite the bad ass.
Arya is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters. She's turning into quite the bad ass.
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4:02AM on 06/10/2013
becoming? Shes been one of the best written characters since the first season
becoming? Shes been one of the best written characters since the first season
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12:28AM on 06/10/2013

10/10 for me

What a great episode, not a lot of action, but who cares when the dialogue, acting and drama is so good. And the ending scene with that epic music, god damn.
What a great episode, not a lot of action, but who cares when the dialogue, acting and drama is so good. And the ending scene with that epic music, god damn.
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