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Beyond the Wall: This Week on Game of Thrones (S3 Episode 2 / April 7, 2013)

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EPISODE 2: Dark Wings, Dark Words

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). We open with Bran having another dream about the three-eyed raven, only BAM, he’s joined by Jojen Reed (and here’s a “What up” to the voice of Sean Bean). Bran is one of the most underrated characters in the GOT universe, but as his story unfolds he becomes one of the most interesting. Tonight gives us a taste of that by (finally) introducing Jojen and Meera. Jojen, like Bran, is a Warg and tonight Jojen explains to both Bran and the audience what Wargs are—they’re skinchangers who can enter the minds of animals and control them. Ironically, Jon Snow gets to meet one as well in the brief time we visit him. Many fans were worried Jojen and Meera would remain absent the series as in the books it was them who helped Bran escape Winterfell.

It was also nice to see what the Jamie and Brienne have been up to, which isn’t much when you’re laying low. A good deal of time is shared between these characters in the books, but I feel like the show is getting straight to the point. Their bantering and sword fighting were both entertaining, but damn, you guys are getting captured already? Things are going to get really rough for those two now. Rob’s still whining, but we get a great scene with Catelyn and Talisa. Catelyn admits to hating Jon Snow and being a terrible mother to him (she prayed for him to die—damn baby, that’s cold). She feels she’s to blame for all their family’s bad luck. I wouldn’t go that far, but I don’t exactly feel sorry for her either.

We meet up with Tyrion long enough for him to get a BJ, Joffrey show’s us, yet again, that the meaning of foreplay still eludes him—hey baby, wanna shoot my crossbow? Dude, for reals? Theon’s getting tortured, which is awesome because his bitch-ass deserves it. Like I said, we see Jon chatting away with Mance for about two or three minutes before getting the same Warg explanation (from Mance about that geeky little guy with the glass eye in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN) Jojen gives us later on. Now I hoped they were going to be smart about this and do three or four characters per episode, then switch. Tonight was ridiculous. Why bother showing up two or three minutes from two or three characters, with the bulk of the episode being shared by three of four more? Guys, get your shit straight, you don’t need to fit everyone into each episode.

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 3's second episode still feels like it’s building the story, but it’s hard to enjoy it when we get small bits and flashes from one perspective only to be thrown into the next. An hour is not a long time. I loved the scene with Sansa, Margaery and Olenna Tyrell. Granny Tyrell is hilarious to say the least. I enjoyed her immensely in the books and I’m glad to see she got the treatment she deserved in the show. I was looking forward to seeing Arya tonight (my favorite character), but dammit, all this jumping around left us very little time with her. She got her ass handed to her in a sword fight by a member of The Brotherhood, and then is exposed by the damn Hound for being a Stark. It was a fun night, but with all the jumping it didn’t feel like much happened. That said, what did happen was lots of fun.

SEX/NUDITY: Tyrion gets a BJ. No, it didn’t show it, thank god. Other than that, Margaery’s side boob’s looking pretty awesome.

VIOLENCE: No nipples were injured during the filming of this episode...but Theon’s getting tortured so I was still happy.

SHARPEST QUIP: Nearly everything Jamie Lannister says to Brienne is quote worthy, but when he makes fun of Brienne’s crush on Renly by dropping the gay card I almost fell out of my chair. Jamie: “It’s a shame the throne isn’t made out of cocks, they’d have never gotten him off it.”

MOST EPIC SCENE: I loved the scene with Bran and Jojen chatting it up on the road—the dream was cool too. It’s nice to see details come about with Bran, but Jojen steals the show. On a side note, Meera didn’t exactly say much at all.

FINAL VERDICT :

TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

Extra Tidbit: Poor Rickon. Nobody (including George R.R. Martin) seems to really give a rat’s ass about him.
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8:32PM on 04/08/2013
I agree about Bran being underrated (and your Tidbit is priceless funny), it sucks that he had an accident so people tend to "forget about the cripple", but in really, he's one of the most powerful and more dangerous characters. Or at least he will be in time. Go Bran!
I agree about Bran being underrated (and your Tidbit is priceless funny), it sucks that he had an accident so people tend to "forget about the cripple", but in really, he's one of the most powerful and more dangerous characters. Or at least he will be in time. Go Bran!
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6:14PM on 04/08/2013
This episode did feel crammed. We barely saw Jon Snow, Tyrion, Cercei, Rob and even Arya. They should have just kept it at Arya, Jammie and Brienne, Bran and his crew, with maybe one other character. Give the hour, and those in it, some damn meat to chew. I liked the Brotherhood finally coming into things, they're a seriously cool aspect of the story and I hope we see lots more of them.
This episode did feel crammed. We barely saw Jon Snow, Tyrion, Cercei, Rob and even Arya. They should have just kept it at Arya, Jammie and Brienne, Bran and his crew, with maybe one other character. Give the hour, and those in it, some damn meat to chew. I liked the Brotherhood finally coming into things, they're a seriously cool aspect of the story and I hope we see lots more of them.
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5:15PM on 04/08/2013
I also enjoy Margaery's ability to play the game. Joffrey doesn't stand a chance of wearing the pants in that relationship.
I also enjoy Margaery's ability to play the game. Joffrey doesn't stand a chance of wearing the pants in that relationship.
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3:35PM on 04/08/2013
Favorite part of the episode was watching Joffrey and Margaery together, she's the only woman who knows how to handle that dick.
Favorite part of the episode was watching Joffrey and Margaery together, she's the only woman who knows how to handle that dick.
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5:16PM on 04/08/2013
Playing him like a chump, too bad Cercei knows what's going on. It's like looking in a mirror for her.
Playing him like a chump, too bad Cercei knows what's going on. It's like looking in a mirror for her.
3:12PM on 04/08/2013
Joffrey's crossbow was impressively...large.
Joffrey's crossbow was impressively...large.
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1:28PM on 04/08/2013
How about some love for the Bond Girl of all Bond Girls, Diana Rigg as the hilariously unfiltered Grandma of House Tyrell. I'll be saying "ah, here comes my cheese" at every opportunity for the rest of the week.
How about some love for the Bond Girl of all Bond Girls, Diana Rigg as the hilariously unfiltered Grandma of House Tyrell. I'll be saying "ah, here comes my cheese" at every opportunity for the rest of the week.
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6:15PM on 04/08/2013
Granny Tyrell = Wicked
Granny Tyrell = Wicked
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1:10PM on 04/08/2013
I'd gotten the impression that since they were thinking of breaking this book into two seasons it would have made it easier to do what you were talking about: focus on a three or four people a night and then switch. It did feel kinda crowded, but it was still a good time. Jojen did own the night, but Jamie Lannister's mocking of Brienne was just as entertaining.
I'd gotten the impression that since they were thinking of breaking this book into two seasons it would have made it easier to do what you were talking about: focus on a three or four people a night and then switch. It did feel kinda crowded, but it was still a good time. Jojen did own the night, but Jamie Lannister's mocking of Brienne was just as entertaining.
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1:04PM on 04/08/2013
Sweet episode, but you're right they are jumping around a bit. How long was Tyrion there, two minutes, which was filled with Shae being all jealous. Seemed a bit wasteful to me. Jamie Lannister and "granny Tyrell" were the highlight of the night.
Sweet episode, but you're right they are jumping around a bit. How long was Tyrion there, two minutes, which was filled with Shae being all jealous. Seemed a bit wasteful to me. Jamie Lannister and "granny Tyrell" were the highlight of the night.
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11:36AM on 04/08/2013

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I didn't like the review thought it was too critical but love the extra tidbit, out of all the Starks don't really get to know Rickon much even in the books. He does need more love.
I didn't like the review thought it was too critical but love the extra tidbit, out of all the Starks don't really get to know Rickon much even in the books. He does need more love.
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11:33AM on 04/08/2013

Great episode!

I loved this episode! I didn't think they jumped around that crazy and Jojen isn't a warg he just has green dreams. Robb whining how so? Not a very good review in my opinion. From reading the books it looks like next episode things are going to start to get insane.
I loved this episode! I didn't think they jumped around that crazy and Jojen isn't a warg he just has green dreams. Robb whining how so? Not a very good review in my opinion. From reading the books it looks like next episode things are going to start to get insane.
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3:15PM on 04/08/2013
Rob is still whining about the war, and even his own man was telling him he lost the war the second he married Talisa. I'd probably whine too if one of my men said that to me.
Rob is still whining about the war, and even his own man was telling him he lost the war the second he married Talisa. I'd probably whine too if one of my men said that to me.
11:23AM on 04/08/2013
I thought the episode was great. I liked how they introduced Jojen and Meera into the series. They managed to give the characters the same purpose, but their presence seems much more prominent in the show. By that I mean they had a very dull and laisez fair entrance in the books. Whereas the show's entrance was very memorable.
Also, how awesome are the Direwolves? The show has done a fantastic job of creating those animals. They look so amazing on screen. Love it!
And I really
I thought the episode was great. I liked how they introduced Jojen and Meera into the series. They managed to give the characters the same purpose, but their presence seems much more prominent in the show. By that I mean they had a very dull and laisez fair entrance in the books. Whereas the show's entrance was very memorable.
Also, how awesome are the Direwolves? The show has done a fantastic job of creating those animals. They look so amazing on screen. Love it!
And I really can't wait for the Brotherhood storyline to get fleshed out some more in the series. Those are some characters that are really cool in the books.
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1:11PM on 04/08/2013
The Direwolves look real. It really is amazing.
The Direwolves look real. It really is amazing.
9:57AM on 04/08/2013
The first thing I noticed and said to myself when Bran and Arya premiered on screen was "Wow, Bran's voice is getting deeper, and Arya got really tall" .. what a difference a year makes when you're growing up. Fantastic episode, I'm glad they're throwing the Warg mytho's at us in full force.
The first thing I noticed and said to myself when Bran and Arya premiered on screen was "Wow, Bran's voice is getting deeper, and Arya got really tall" .. what a difference a year makes when you're growing up. Fantastic episode, I'm glad they're throwing the Warg mytho's at us in full force.
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9:18AM on 04/08/2013
Good as usual. Felt too short like last week. Loving that they can take their time w/ the book split into two seasons.
Good as usual. Felt too short like last week. Loving that they can take their time w/ the book split into two seasons.
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8:33PM on 04/08/2013
Two hour episodes would still feel too short I'm afraid.
Two hour episodes would still feel too short I'm afraid.
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