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TV Review: This Week on Game of Thrones (S4 Episode 1/ April 6, 2014)

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EPISODE 1: Two Swords

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). The long winter is finally over and GAME OF THRONES is back! For diehard fans like myself, the opening moments of this episode (before the theme song) are hard to watch. It nearly brought tears to my eyes as Tywin Lannister has Ice (the Valyrian steel greatsword of Eddard Stark) melted down by one of his armorers to forge two new blades—one for Joffrey (Widow’s Wail) and one for Jaime (Oathkeeper). To add insult to injury, he then throws the wolf pelt in the fire and watches it burn—a final FU to the Stark family. This scene not only defines the episode, but it’s my feeling that it will define the season as well. Tywin’s reaction to Jaime’s seemingly unambitious decision to remain in the capital is equally cold—I think disowning him was a little much. I mean, sure, Tywin thinks the only reason he wants to stay is because of Cercei, but what makes this as equally awesome as it is tragic, is the fact that, at long last, honor is guiding his path.

Jaime isn’t long realizing why good guys finish last though, as on top of getting shunned by his father, Cercei is being a world class bitch—and that’s to say, more-so than usual. Telling him he “took too long” to get home. Are you kidding me? Dude was captured, tortured, had his hand lopped off, fought a bear, and killed just about anyone in his way to get back to King’s Landing, and it wasn’t because he was itching to fight a war. He wanted to get back to her. And boohoo, Cercei, you had to be alone for a while (and by “alone” I mean sleeping with that bony little twerp, Lancel), you suffered through a brief siege, which I’ll give you, would’ve been very stressful had Stannis won, but he didn’t, and you did have your daughter shipped up to Dorne, but hey, that’s not Jaime’s fault. All in all, I think it’s pretty cold the way she’s acting, and if I were Jaime, I’d have licked the back of my golden hand and pimp-slapped her in the teeth.

Poor Tyrion is stressed to the max, and I don’t blame him, but as much as I love the guy, seeing his uneasiness in the wake of Prince Oberyn’s appearance is a delightful change of pace. Oberyn, also known as The Red Viper, is nothing short of impressive. I love the guy’s storyline, his fearlessness and overall “all Lannisters must die” attitude—the brothel scene that Tyrion walks into is priceless. And if that were not enough, it appears as though his ruse with Shae is about to be up, which won’t end well. Two more scenes that stood out in King’s Landing tonight are Sansa’s meeting with Ser Dontos, and Margery and Granny Tyrell’s surprise visit from Brienne. The Ser Dontos scene might easily be overlooked if not for the fact that Sansa hasn’t had many breaks or reasons to smile of late. It’s heartwarming seeing him seek her out to thank her for saving his life. I sincerely loved this scene. Ironic however, that as Jaime and Brienne are above discussing how best to protect her, a drunken slob is able to slip past everyone unnoticed and present her with a gift. Good thing he didn’t want to slip a dagger between her ribcage.

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 4's first episode didn’t have that “everything got shoehorned in” feel to it, which is nice, because at the same time, we visited just about everyone and get a lot of ground covered. Jon Snow’s unveiling of the truth to the Night’s Watch (Maester Aemon is the man), Tormund’s Wildling band meeting up with a new group of badass looking mofo’s whose favorite meat is Crow (and I don’t mean the bird), and our Mother of Dragons roaming the desert, yet again, looking to make more slave traders pay the iron price. These scene weren’t too short, but were only long enough to progress the story. The only complaint I have in this regard is the painfully obvious actor swap of Daario Naharis. The previous actor, Ed Skrein—who was awesome I thought, dropped out to star in the upcoming TRANSPORTER reboot/prequel (who gives a rat’s ass because it probably won’t be any good). The good news is, aside from looking nothing alike, the new guy’s fine. The same can’t be said for his boring gambling oriented scenes tonight, a bit of a waste of Danny’s limited screen time if you ask me. The real treat comes in the form of Arya and The Hound. The story’s most unlikely duo are an electrifying spectacle to behold. Both characters realize they have nothing but each other at this point (although I’m waiting for Arya to seek out Jon Snow, now THAT is a reunion I want to see), but you can tell they’ve grown fond of one another. Neither of them would ever admit it, but it’s never been clearer than it is tonight. Every word of dialogue that comes out of the Hound’s mouth is pure gold, and as for Arya, nothing made me happier than seeing Needle back in her hand, that is, aside from burying it in that fool’s throat. I’m so pumped this show’s back! Is it Sunday yet?

SEX/NUDITY: We get some brothel action in the beginning when Oberyn and his woman get to town, but it doesn’t really go anywhere. Jaime wants sex, but Cercei’s being a biatch, and I think the Arya and The Hound indirectly save a chick from getting raped.

VIOLENCE: Oberyn sets this ball in motion with an awesome confrontation in the brothel, but Arya and The Hound are the true death dealers tonight and it’s pretty damn sweet.

SHARPEST QUIP: Everything The Hound says, and nearly everything Oberyn says, but I have to narrow it down to Oberyn stealing the Lannister’s credo after pretty much telling Tyrion he’s there to avenge his sister; “Tell your father I’m here. And tell him, the Lannisters’s aren’t the only ones who pay their debts.”

MOST EPIC SCENE: There are more than a few to choose from tonight, but I have to go with the obscure but meaningful scene with Daenerys and her black dragon. It opens with her coddling him like a kitten, but once the other two come back with meat, he gets all alpha male on them and tries to take it. Danny tries to mildly scold him and he snaps at her. The look on her face is what makes this scene epic as hell.

FINAL VERDICT :

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And, here's a preview of next week's episode "The Lion and The Rose"

Extra Tidbit: Dividing STORM OF SWORDS into two seasons was a great idea.
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10:58PM on 04/07/2014

Arya and the Hound.

totally Terminator 2, right?
totally Terminator 2, right?
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10:08PM on 04/07/2014

I'd only disagree on one point.....

.....the scene of the night was The Hound piledriving that thug's face onto his dagger three times. That was one of the best kills I've ever seen on screen (not far behind Ed Norton's brilliant curb-stomp). He and Arya are an amazing arc that has me loving both characters and to the point where I can't wait to see their scenes.

Jamie was great, and I really like where it's going with him as Sansa's protector. There may even be future romance (since I can't imagine the very tall Sansa ever
.....the scene of the night was The Hound piledriving that thug's face onto his dagger three times. That was one of the best kills I've ever seen on screen (not far behind Ed Norton's brilliant curb-stomp). He and Arya are an amazing arc that has me loving both characters and to the point where I can't wait to see their scenes.

Jamie was great, and I really like where it's going with him as Sansa's protector. There may even be future romance (since I can't imagine the very tall Sansa ever falling for Tyrion). I liked the scene with the cannibals.....that army is shaping up to be a great threat to the kingdom (of course right in the middle of the White Walkers and Daenerys' invasion). Get rid of Joffrey already.....he's just bogging down the plot!
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4:58PM on 04/07/2014
Great start. I thought it was clearly a Jamie episode. Not just for his scenes with Cersei and Tywin but with Brienne reminding him of his promise and Joffrey mocking his 'uncle'. I was disappointed there was no Littlefinger though, still haven't seen his reaction to Cat.
Great start. I thought it was clearly a Jamie episode. Not just for his scenes with Cersei and Tywin but with Brienne reminding him of his promise and Joffrey mocking his 'uncle'. I was disappointed there was no Littlefinger though, still haven't seen his reaction to Cat.
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12:19PM on 04/07/2014

The most epic scene is a blonde petting a dragon?

The absolute show-stopper was The Hound taking out that entire tavern over a couple of chicken, and Arya getting vengeance for her dead friend. It is absolutely bad-ass when The Hound just defiantly says: "Fuck the king." Somehow Daenerys remains the most overrated character.
The absolute show-stopper was The Hound taking out that entire tavern over a couple of chicken, and Arya getting vengeance for her dead friend. It is absolutely bad-ass when The Hound just defiantly says: "Fuck the king." Somehow Daenerys remains the most overrated character.
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10:44PM on 04/07/2014
I agree about Dani. She bores me in the books and the showw
I agree about Dani. She bores me in the books and the showw
11:58AM on 04/07/2014
This was a serious start to the season and man oh man is the Red Viper looking great on screen. One thing I'll hand to HBO, they have a knack for finding the right people to bring these characters to life. That said, the Daario swap did stand out like a sore thumb.
This was a serious start to the season and man oh man is the Red Viper looking great on screen. One thing I'll hand to HBO, they have a knack for finding the right people to bring these characters to life. That said, the Daario swap did stand out like a sore thumb.
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10:31AM on 04/07/2014

Lots of resolution from season 2

First off if you are someone who complains about spoilers and your reading this page you have no-one to blame but your idiot self. In this episode I saw a lot of things hearken back to season 2. Three scenes in particular were when Janos Slynt was at Castle black, Sir Dantos in the garden with Sansa and of course Aria's revenge on Pullimer for killing her friend back in Season 2. I almost forgot that during season 2 there were a lot of things put into motion that resulted in characters
First off if you are someone who complains about spoilers and your reading this page you have no-one to blame but your idiot self. In this episode I saw a lot of things hearken back to season 2. Three scenes in particular were when Janos Slynt was at Castle black, Sir Dantos in the garden with Sansa and of course Aria's revenge on Pullimer for killing her friend back in Season 2. I almost forgot that during season 2 there were a lot of things put into motion that resulted in characters completely missing for an entire season. Of course it's the same in the books (even more so) but these little nuggets throughout the episode made me pump my fists in the air with glee.
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10:13AM on 04/07/2014
Loved most of the episode. Drogon snapping at dani and the dragons in general were awesome. I love that Snow isn't all emo anymore. Didn't take shit from the Watch.
I'm also thrilled that the wedding is already happening next week. Can't wait!
Loved most of the episode. Drogon snapping at dani and the dragons in general were awesome. I love that Snow isn't all emo anymore. Didn't take shit from the Watch.
I'm also thrilled that the wedding is already happening next week. Can't wait!
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11:58AM on 04/07/2014
I know right, Emo Jon Snow was getting old.
I know right, Emo Jon Snow was getting old.
12:30PM on 04/07/2014
Agree. It was so nice to see him give it back and stand up for himself. Finally.
Agree. It was so nice to see him give it back and stand up for himself. Finally.
8:42AM on 04/07/2014

Pretty good episode

Seemed like a lot of filler, but maybe its setting up story for the rest of the season. Still enjoyable. My favorite parts were when the cannibal clan met with Tormund, and also when Jaime Lannister got his hand and had to deal with super bitch Cersei. The wave that he gives is classic.
Seemed like a lot of filler, but maybe its setting up story for the rest of the season. Still enjoyable. My favorite parts were when the cannibal clan met with Tormund, and also when Jaime Lannister got his hand and had to deal with super bitch Cersei. The wave that he gives is classic.
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2:50AM on 04/07/2014
Great episode but I really shouldve rewatched the other seasons. I vaguely recall things like Jon's departure from the wildlings, Needle being taken etc. This show is so intricately made, I thing it will be one of the best shows to binge watch to get the full effect when the show runs its course
Great episode but I really shouldve rewatched the other seasons. I vaguely recall things like Jon's departure from the wildlings, Needle being taken etc. This show is so intricately made, I thing it will be one of the best shows to binge watch to get the full effect when the show runs its course
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1:55AM on 04/07/2014
This episode was awesome and filled with references to events from past seasons. There is one sorta sex scene that you missed and that was when Shae dipped Tyrion's digit.
This episode was awesome and filled with references to events from past seasons. There is one sorta sex scene that you missed and that was when Shae dipped Tyrion's digit.
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12:52AM on 04/07/2014
The Hounds 'Chicken" stuff was awesome, you just see him slowly resign himself to realizing all the men he didn't want to kill needed killin'.
The Hounds 'Chicken" stuff was awesome, you just see him slowly resign himself to realizing all the men he didn't want to kill needed killin'.
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12:32PM on 04/07/2014
I loved he and Arya eating chicken as they left the pub, each on their own horse. They done good. :)
I loved he and Arya eating chicken as they left the pub, each on their own horse. They done good. :)
11:36PM on 04/06/2014
The Hound: A Man's Got to Have a Code.

Awesome.
The Hound: A Man's Got to Have a Code.

Awesome.
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10:49PM on 04/06/2014
Great solid first episode. I thought the pace was perfect and the time spent on each character's arc was just enough and satisfying to fit into one hour.

I thought the last scene (fight) was easily the best part about the episode.
Great solid first episode. I thought the pace was perfect and the time spent on each character's arc was just enough and satisfying to fit into one hour.

I thought the last scene (fight) was easily the best part about the episode.
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10:02PM on 04/06/2014
FINALLY! This is the best show on TV and tonight's premier was perfect. I'm loving everything about the Hound and Arya's storyline. I haven't read the books so I don't know where it goes, but I can't wait to find out.
FINALLY! This is the best show on TV and tonight's premier was perfect. I'm loving everything about the Hound and Arya's storyline. I haven't read the books so I don't know where it goes, but I can't wait to find out.
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2:52AM on 04/07/2014
She marries the Hound! In all seriousness, never thought that duo would have an extended storyline but it's paid off
She marries the Hound! In all seriousness, never thought that duo would have an extended storyline but it's paid off
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