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Beyond the Wall: This Week on Game of Thrones (Episode 6 / May 6, 2012)

05.07.2012

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EPISODE 06: The Old Gods and the New

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:

I'm sure by now most people are hoping Theon will screw up and maybe fall on his own sword, but uncross your fingers folks because unfortunately this episode opens with Theon doing exactly what he set out to do, take Winterfell. I hate Theon even more than I hate Joffrey. We can't really blame Joffrey for the way he is, it was instilled in him, he's always been without honor. Theon, on the other hand was raised to be a man of honor and instead chose to piss on it. It may not go as well as he planned, but he certainly rocks the boat. And who'd have thought amidst all the chaos, a wildling would win a medal for loyalty? Now without spoiling anything, I have to add that I love where this goes, but one has to wonder (aside from the obvious story arc reasons) why Osha didn't give Theon the same treatment she gave the other dude on the way out considering she had ample opportunity. Don't you just love poor character decisions?



And speaking of chaos, King's Landing is in an uproar as the peasants revolt against the King and his subjects (yeah, cause we didn't see that coming). Ironically, it's Sansa who nearly pays for it. There still hasn't been much in the way of "her and Joffrey moments" and I'm still hoping we get some. This is a key moment in the book for another character, Sandor Clegane, the King's "Dog". There's been a glimmer in his eyes from time to time giving off the impression he may not be the heartless baddy we think he is, so this is definitely a turning point for him. I liked it and found it very reminiscent of the book. I don't recall reading much about Marcella, but they sure are putting great emphasis on her being shipped away, if for no other reason than to test the patience of Cersei. Good thing too, because she's even more of an afterthought this season than she was in the last. I remember her being more of a frontrunner in the books, but then again, it's been awhile since I read this one.



I can't get enough of Arya's storyline, especially her time in the same room with Tywin. Seeing them talk sends chills up my spine, and we get a good development here when Littlefinger shows up and though he clearly recognises her, says nothing. I hate how it all feels so rushed though, especially Jaqen's presence onscreen. He's just as good a scene stealer as he is a life stealer, but damn I wish he was there for more than five seconds at a time. A character like him deserves better. And just when I really start to like Robb, he becomes such a buzzkill with all his drooling over Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. Pacing people, pacing! Stop throwing a wrench into my adrenaline surge, otherwise I'm need another red bull to jumpstart me back up!



GAME OF THRONES SEASON 2's sixth episode is eighty percent adrenaline, ten percent douchebaggery and ten percent Love Potion No. 9. We do go out on a high note with both Daenerys' and Jon Snow making waves. For new faces we got Qhorin Halfhand last episode and now Ygritte the wildling. I enjoyed Ygritte in the books and have no doubts I'll enjoy her here. Their meeting does pose a second (WTF) character decision moment though, with Qhorin and the rest of Jon's crew telling Jon to kill her and "we'll meet up with you later". Ah, so you're leaving a dude whose been pouring wine for the Lord Commander on his own deep in wildling territory...with a damn wildling!? I can see them in the editing room now; "Just quickly cut to Daenerys and her cliff hanger climax and nobody will notice a thing." It's all right guys, I forgive you. As for our Mother of Dragons, I told you she was being slack on dragon detail (not to mention she's being far too arrogant and demanding considering she's neck deep in hostile territory). And where the hell's Jorah when you need him? Banging that chick with the weird mask? These people really need to get their priorities straight.



SEX/NUDITY:

Osha gives up the goods...too bad it's to Theon's dumbass. And I'm pretty sure Ygritte was thinking dirty thoughts as she squirmed about...you know what I mean.

VIOLENCE:

The uprising in King's Landing has peeps being butchered (one even torn apart) in the streets, and poor Sansa's nearly raped. Jon and his crew kill a couple wildlings, Theon gets his hands dirty, there's dead bodies in Qarth and Jaqen strikes again. Red God 2, bad guys zip.

SHARPEST QUIP:

I love pretty much all the dialogue between Sir Rodrik and Theon, but Arya and Tywin's conversation stands out just a touch more, especially when he asks her about her father. Tywin, "Is he dead?" Arya, "Yes." Tywin, "What killed him?" Arya, "Loyalty." Tywin, "You're a sharp little thing aren't you?"

MOST EPIC SCENE:

Though all too brief, tonight goes to Jaqen H'ghar for being able to deliver on short notice. Damn that Arya's demanding isn't she?

FINAL VERDICT:



TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

Extra Tidbit: I'm ready to see Jamie Lannister back in the game now!
Source: JoBlo.com

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4:58PM on 05/07/2012

Question:

Where the hell did this review of a TV episode come from?? And why don't JoBlo ADD a permanent TV subsection to review and discuss other great shows every week too?
Where the hell did this review of a TV episode come from?? And why don't JoBlo ADD a permanent TV subsection to review and discuss other great shows every week too?
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8:45PM on 05/08/2012
A TV subsection sounds like a cool idea to me.
A TV subsection sounds like a cool idea to me.
11:15PM on 05/07/2012
This is the funnest column I've seen on here a in awhile.
This is the funnest column I've seen on here a in awhile.
10:41PM on 05/07/2012
I'm with you, I seriously hope they keep up with the TV reviews.
I'm with you, I seriously hope they keep up with the TV reviews.
10:05PM on 05/07/2012
That's the best idea I've seen in awhile, I hope this spawns more TV show action.
That's the best idea I've seen in awhile, I hope this spawns more TV show action.
8:36PM on 05/07/2012
There's one for each episode (five others), they've been hiding in the Digital Dorm until now :)
There's one for each episode (five others), they've been hiding in the Digital Dorm until now :)
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5:12PM on 05/07/2012
Same as last season, episode 6 is where things go from good to great as this was my favorite episode so far this season. Big BIG moments for everyone and I actually find myself enjoying the changes from the book quite a bit. I know the world is spoiler paranoid, but I think this could be a much more entertaining recap if we just post a spoiler warning and then we can really get into the episode. Without spoilers, a lot feels just glossed over IMO
Same as last season, episode 6 is where things go from good to great as this was my favorite episode so far this season. Big BIG moments for everyone and I actually find myself enjoying the changes from the book quite a bit. I know the world is spoiler paranoid, but I think this could be a much more entertaining recap if we just post a spoiler warning and then we can really get into the episode. Without spoilers, a lot feels just glossed over IMO
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10:05PM on 05/07/2012
Loved this episode, especially the ending. Still unsure if we'll see Mance this season or if it'll end at that point. Either way I'm lovin it.
Loved this episode, especially the ending. Still unsure if we'll see Mance this season or if it'll end at that point. Either way I'm lovin it.
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10:41PM on 05/07/2012
It's a shame about Jaqen's screentime, I'd enjoy seeing more of him as well, same can be said of Tywin Lannister. He's a scene stealer too.
It's a shame about Jaqen's screentime, I'd enjoy seeing more of him as well, same can be said of Tywin Lannister. He's a scene stealer too.
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11:14PM on 05/07/2012
Daaamn, Ygritte's looking hot and obviously a little skanky...god bless her dirtly little heart.
Daaamn, Ygritte's looking hot and obviously a little skanky...god bless her dirtly little heart.
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11:49PM on 05/07/2012
OH NICE, a joblo GoT column. When did this start happening?
OH NICE, a joblo GoT column. When did this start happening?
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2:44PM on 05/08/2012
At the start of season 2, and I'm assuming it's ongoing.
At the start of season 2, and I'm assuming it's ongoing.
2:13PM on 05/08/2012
Not soon enough, just this season so far.
Not soon enough, just this season so far.
11:04AM on 05/08/2012
I started writing them this season (there's one for every episode) but they were in the Digital Dorm until now.
I started writing them this season (there's one for every episode) but they were in the Digital Dorm until now.
11:58PM on 05/07/2012
Btw, I believe Osha didn't kill Theon because she used the guards knife on himself. But I guess one could argue strangulation.. but can she really strangle him and be able to kill him?
Btw, I believe Osha didn't kill Theon because she used the guards knife on himself. But I guess one could argue strangulation.. but can she really strangle him and be able to kill him?
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12:18AM on 05/08/2012

slap!

I fist pump whenever Joffrey gets slapped by Tyrion. Then Tyrion comes up with such a witty comeback he forgets he was slapped at all! He hasn't figured out Tyrion like Cersei has. The little imp had better watch out when he does. Btw, where was Tyrions bodyguard during the riot?
I fist pump whenever Joffrey gets slapped by Tyrion. Then Tyrion comes up with such a witty comeback he forgets he was slapped at all! He hasn't figured out Tyrion like Cersei has. The little imp had better watch out when he does. Btw, where was Tyrions bodyguard during the riot?
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11:16AM on 05/08/2012
What did the five fingers say to Joffery's Face?
What did the five fingers say to Joffery's Face?
3:14AM on 05/08/2012

10 out of 10!

Just like every episode of Game of Thrones for me it gets a 10.
Just like every episode of Game of Thrones for me it gets a 10.
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11:15AM on 05/08/2012
Why is this the first time I'm seeing this, is there one for every episode? I love this idea for a column and hope you guys do more TV work.
Why is this the first time I'm seeing this, is there one for every episode? I love this idea for a column and hope you guys do more TV work.
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9:04PM on 05/08/2012
You and me both, they better do more TV stuff.
You and me both, they better do more TV stuff.
+2
2:12PM on 05/08/2012
I liked how you pointed out/asked "where was Jorah" during all this madness and for that matter, where was Bronn when shit hit the fan in the marketplace? Love the episode, love the column, next sunday please.
I liked how you pointed out/asked "where was Jorah" during all this madness and for that matter, where was Bronn when shit hit the fan in the marketplace? Love the episode, love the column, next sunday please.
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2:43PM on 05/08/2012

Jaqen

Jaqen's the man, he DOES deserve more scenes and I'm just as excited about his and Arya's relationship as you are. I read all the books except DANCE WITH DRAGONS (which I don't think has Arya in it anyway), so I'm still dying to see where her story takes her. Sigh, sounds like a long wait for us to "see" it on HBO.
Jaqen's the man, he DOES deserve more scenes and I'm just as excited about his and Arya's relationship as you are. I read all the books except DANCE WITH DRAGONS (which I don't think has Arya in it anyway), so I'm still dying to see where her story takes her. Sigh, sounds like a long wait for us to "see" it on HBO.
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12:07AM on 05/09/2012
Jaqen should be getting much more airtime and I'm sure he will at some point...hopefully.
Jaqen should be getting much more airtime and I'm sure he will at some point...hopefully.
+1
8:44PM on 05/08/2012
Looking forward to the battle with the warlocks...actually there's a lot of battles coming up. Also excited to see where the leave Jon Snow...and it better be spectacular for making us wait so damn long.
Looking forward to the battle with the warlocks...actually there's a lot of battles coming up. Also excited to see where the leave Jon Snow...and it better be spectacular for making us wait so damn long.
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9:04PM on 05/08/2012

Cersei

I know what you mean about how it feels like she's a bigger fish in the books, and she is, I just think with the timeframe they've got to work with here, her spotlight just isn't as bright right now. I could be wrong, but they are trimming stuff here and there and I think Cersei's feeling that end of things as well as the Sansa and Joffrey issue you mentioned.
I know what you mean about how it feels like she's a bigger fish in the books, and she is, I just think with the timeframe they've got to work with here, her spotlight just isn't as bright right now. I could be wrong, but they are trimming stuff here and there and I think Cersei's feeling that end of things as well as the Sansa and Joffrey issue you mentioned.
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9:52PM on 05/08/2012
I really hope someone kills Theon and after watching the new trailer I can't wait to see what happens to Jamie!
I really hope someone kills Theon and after watching the new trailer I can't wait to see what happens to Jamie!
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12:05AM on 05/09/2012
Best part of my night was watching Joffrey get bitchslapped by Tyrion. Long live the King!
Best part of my night was watching Joffrey get bitchslapped by Tyrion. Long live the King!
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12:02PM on 05/09/2012
There are more changes from the books than I thought there'd be, but I'm still enjoying it and like Walking Dead, it's kinda've a good thing I guess because it gives us something new while enjoying the story we love. I just hope they don't push things too far with it.
There are more changes from the books than I thought there'd be, but I'm still enjoying it and like Walking Dead, it's kinda've a good thing I guess because it gives us something new while enjoying the story we love. I just hope they don't push things too far with it.
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11:29AM on 05/10/2012
There's been a lot of changes, like Bran's escape with Osha for example, it's a slippery slope but with Martin on the team I'm sure it'll still hold up.
There's been a lot of changes, like Bran's escape with Osha for example, it's a slippery slope but with Martin on the team I'm sure it'll still hold up.
8:08PM on 05/10/2012

Daenerys

Daenerys is an awesome character in the books and was written well the first season but she feels like she's coming apart this season. I hope they fix that soon but other than that, I'm loving what they've done with the show this season.
Daenerys is an awesome character in the books and was written well the first season but she feels like she's coming apart this season. I hope they fix that soon but other than that, I'm loving what they've done with the show this season.
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