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TV Review: This Week on Game of Thrones (S4 Episode 4/ April 27, 2014)

Apr. 27, 2014by: J.A. Hamilton

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EPISODE 4: Oathkeeper

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). Damn. Now that’s what you call an ending, but I’ll come back to that. We open with Greyworm learning to read. It was a cute scene, and I say ‘cute’ because you can tell he’s hot for teacher. I like him as a character, but his story is extremely sad. Glad to see their trying to expand on him—and he gave a sweetass speech too. The assault/conquering of Meereen didn’t take long, and despite being warned against it, Dany hands out the proper justice as far as I’m concerned. I mean, come on, these fools were crucifying children as land marks. Eye for an eye is the right message. I know I’ve said that Dany’s story has been a little tedious of late, but I do like her. She’s the queen of justice alright, but I’m worried that if she head’s to King’s Landing, her and her dragons will level the damn place or die trying.

I’m loving the pairing of Jamie and Bronn, and what’s not to love about two wisecracking warriors going back and forth? Backhanding him with his own hand, oh god, that was priceless. And then when Jamie asks if he talked that way to Tyrion, Bronn smiles and responds, “All the time.” Say what you want about the guy’s morals, but Bronn’s as solid a friend as Tyrion could have, and not only defends him as such, but puts Jamie on the spot for not doing so sooner. Jamie and Tyrion’s visit in the dungeon was fantastic, and the intensity these two show one another when the truth comes out makes you feel just how deep their bond truly is. It’s a great moment. Cercei’s reaction to this truth…not so much. She won’t believe Tyrion is innocent, nor will she rest until Sansa’s head’s on a spike. She tries to get Jamie to go after Sansa, but Jamie has a plan of his own.

Now as for Sansa, she’s treated to some truth of her own (everyone’s spilling the beans tonight), as she confronts Littlefinger about Joffrey’s murder—and then we have Granny Tyrell getting in on the truth too with Margaery, although she ends up sharing a little too much once she delves into the sexcapade stories. I don’t think Sansa expected to be a pawn in this ordeal, but it’s clear she’s now realizing that, Eyrie or not Eyrie, she’s not ‘safe’ with Littlefinger. Jaime’s decision to send Brienne after Sansa was handled beautifully. The armor he gives her is flawless, joined by the Valyrian Steel sword given to him by his father. The look on her face when he tells her it was made from Ned Stark’s sword was perfect, as is her decision to name the blade Oathkeeper. I love the dynamic between these two, and I hate seeing them split, but pairing her with Podrick is bound to keep things interesting, and at the very least, humorous.

GAME OF THRONES SEASON fourth episode was roaring on all cylinders as everyone’s making moves or setting them up. Jon Snow pushes for a raid on Craster’s Keep, not knowing Thorne is secretly hoping it becomes a suicide mission—or that his newfound friend is a spy for Roose Bolton. Add to that, the fact that Bran and his friends (poor Hodor) also wander into Craster’s Keep and get taken prisoner—now I know where Ghost is. But all that is nothing compared to the final scene with the white walkers. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the Honest Trailer guy (he’s hilarious and should look him up if you’re not), but he said it best when doing a trailer for the first three seasons of this show. He was describing the fact that everyone is fighting over the throne while ignoring the ice zombies plotting to kill them all, and added, “Shouldn’t someone get on that?” We finally see a bit more of what’s going on with the walkers, and suffice to say, it’s blood curdling, but in a good way. Here’s to another fantastic episode.

SEX/NUDITY: There’s some raping going on at Craster’s (oops, hope that didn’t offend anyone), and Granny Tyrell talks about how ‘good’ she was back in the day. Oh, and I’m pretty sure Tommen’s going to have sweet dreams.

VIOLENCE: The slave masters of Meereen had a rough night, and there’s some torture going on at Craster’s. Hodor!

SHARPEST QUIP: : Bronn takes it when he says, “That, was me knocking your ass to the dirt with your own hand,” after unhooking Jamie’s gold hand and smacking him with it during a sparring match. Awesome.

MOST EPIC SCENE: It should be obvious, but clearly the final scene with the white walkers (I thought Sam killed the leader guy, but I guess not). It’s one of those scenes that you know is epic, but feel bad admitting to it because of the baby. Either way, it was something to behold.

FINAL VERDICT :

TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

And, here's a preview of next week's episode "First of His Name"

Extra Tidbit: Theres no animosity between Jamie and Cercei tonight for a reason, because as much as everyone went on about last weeks now infamous scene, there was far more to it. That said, GAME OF THRONES is a show that pushes the boundarieswhich should have been evident in the first episode after Jamie pushed Bran out of a window. We have torture porn, baby killing, rape, sacrifices, gruesome murders and the list goes on and on. Bottom line is, this show is now in its fourth season, so if youre easily offended, why are you still watching it?!
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10:24PM on 04/29/2014

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

As good or better than anyone in the cast this season. He did some interesting things with his voice in the prison scene. That Shakespeare experience paying off.
As good or better than anyone in the cast this season. He did some interesting things with his voice in the prison scene. That Shakespeare experience paying off.
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10:26PM on 04/28/2014

Can't find fault with anything.....

that happened this week. We got to find out who carried out the poisoning (I thought Margaery was responsible, but at least I was close), more brilliance from Tyrion, Jamie showing his good side isn't dead yet, Sansa realizing she's an idiot for trusting a con man, Daenerys continuing her march, a great setup for the battle that cements Jon Snow as a badass, and the freaky White Walker scene. The only thing it lacked was more with Arya and The Hound. Their arc is easily my favorite at the
that happened this week. We got to find out who carried out the poisoning (I thought Margaery was responsible, but at least I was close), more brilliance from Tyrion, Jamie showing his good side isn't dead yet, Sansa realizing she's an idiot for trusting a con man, Daenerys continuing her march, a great setup for the battle that cements Jon Snow as a badass, and the freaky White Walker scene. The only thing it lacked was more with Arya and The Hound. Their arc is easily my favorite at the moment and I can't wait to see more.
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9:28PM on 04/28/2014
Don't forget... Granny Tyrell was the only Bond girl to get him to tie the not. She WAS very very very good ;-)
Don't forget... Granny Tyrell was the only Bond girl to get him to tie the not. She WAS very very very good ;-)
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3:02PM on 04/28/2014
This season is great so far. What I love about this show the most are its characters. Its really hard to give out the "good guy" "bad guy" labels, because the characters are so complex. I have always labeled Cersei as the worst, but in this episode it occurred to me that basically, all that she cares about are her children and protecting them. Just like the White Walkers. And this show definitely has the best teamups. Brien and Pod on the road together is going to be great.
This season is great so far. What I love about this show the most are its characters. Its really hard to give out the "good guy" "bad guy" labels, because the characters are so complex. I have always labeled Cersei as the worst, but in this episode it occurred to me that basically, all that she cares about are her children and protecting them. Just like the White Walkers. And this show definitely has the best teamups. Brien and Pod on the road together is going to be great.
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2:29PM on 04/28/2014

The Justice League News in the previous article

NIkolaj Coster Waldau would make a cool Aquaman. Although I would rather see him do a cameo in the series "Vikings", him and Alexander Skarsgard.

NIkolaj Coster Waldau would make a cool Aquaman. Although I would rather see him do a cameo in the series "Vikings", him and Alexander Skarsgard.

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2:09PM on 04/28/2014
I'm officially ready for Khaleesi and Co. to do something other than take control of yet another city. It's played out like three times now, and it's getting repetitive. I understand she's supposed to be building her support and army for the eventual Westeros invasion, but I don't feel the need to watch every single step along the way. Let's fast forward to something new.
I'm officially ready for Khaleesi and Co. to do something other than take control of yet another city. It's played out like three times now, and it's getting repetitive. I understand she's supposed to be building her support and army for the eventual Westeros invasion, but I don't feel the need to watch every single step along the way. Let's fast forward to something new.
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2:50PM on 04/28/2014
At least in the teaser for next week, it seems like shes setting her eyes on just that.
At least in the teaser for next week, it seems like shes setting her eyes on just that.
9:00PM on 04/28/2014
Don't worry. It gets fucking awesome. I don't want to spoil anything, since I have read the books and want to respect everyone, but it just gets so good.
Don't worry. It gets fucking awesome. I don't want to spoil anything, since I have read the books and want to respect everyone, but it just gets so good.
12:44PM on 04/28/2014
The only ones i think I missed was the Hound and his little Gray Mouser.
The only ones i think I missed was the Hound and his little Gray Mouser.
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10:33AM on 04/28/2014

Jamie Lannister is super complex

Last week, Jamie Lannister was a bad guy again. But after watching his interaction with Brienne, this week, I like him again and I completely forgot that he raped his sister over their dead incestuous son's corpse. His moral inconsistency is one of the reasons why he is such a good character. He's good, he's bad. He keeps you entertained because you never know what your getting. This 40-year old, one handed king slayer without a family is one of main reason why I keep tuning in each week.
Last week, Jamie Lannister was a bad guy again. But after watching his interaction with Brienne, this week, I like him again and I completely forgot that he raped his sister over their dead incestuous son's corpse. His moral inconsistency is one of the reasons why he is such a good character. He's good, he's bad. He keeps you entertained because you never know what your getting. This 40-year old, one handed king slayer without a family is one of main reason why I keep tuning in each week.
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10:22PM on 04/28/2014
Don't forget he pushed a child out of a window crippling him just for the crime of finding out about his incestuous relationship. I like Jamie too, but he's definitely not a good guy.
Don't forget he pushed a child out of a window crippling him just for the crime of finding out about his incestuous relationship. I like Jamie too, but he's definitely not a good guy.
10:35PM on 04/28/2014
I see what you're saying Des1, although I do believe he's come a long way between being a prisoner all those months and his time spent with Brienne. Real world scenario I'd never get over what he did to Bran, but for the sake of fiction I'm looking at present and hopefully future far as Jaime goes. :) He's
shaping up to be the man he should have been if not for being the spoiled entitled man-child he was when this series started. He's growing and maturing. I believe anyway.
I see what you're saying Des1, although I do believe he's come a long way between being a prisoner all those months and his time spent with Brienne. Real world scenario I'd never get over what he did to Bran, but for the sake of fiction I'm looking at present and hopefully future far as Jaime goes. :) He's
shaping up to be the man he should have been if not for being the spoiled entitled man-child he was when this series started. He's growing and maturing. I believe anyway.
8:04AM on 04/28/2014
I enjoyed it, but there were astronomical levels of deviation from the books. The readers are now as in the dark as everyone else as to some future events.
I enjoyed it, but there were astronomical levels of deviation from the books. The readers are now as in the dark as everyone else as to some future events.
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9:27AM on 04/28/2014
That was the first thing I thought. I only remember half this shit. Wut??????
That was the first thing I thought. I only remember half this shit. Wut??????
10:34AM on 04/28/2014
That's how I started to feel toward the end of the second season. That's actually one of the things I really like about the show--it still manages to be surprising even after having read the series three times over.
That's how I started to feel toward the end of the second season. That's actually one of the things I really like about the show--it still manages to be surprising even after having read the series three times over.
3:56AM on 04/28/2014
Great episode lot the fact they worked in all the major characters tonight and how it did not feel rushed. JA love the extra tidbit, so true.
Great episode lot the fact they worked in all the major characters tonight and how it did not feel rushed. JA love the extra tidbit, so true.
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2:57AM on 04/28/2014

Am i the only one?

Who is rooting for the white walkers? I'm saying this without reading the books but every other storyline seems either hopeless (like everyones going to die) or they're all just cunts or both. I'm Team Ice Zombies!
Who is rooting for the white walkers? I'm saying this without reading the books but every other storyline seems either hopeless (like everyones going to die) or they're all just cunts or both. I'm Team Ice Zombies!
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1:17AM on 04/28/2014
Jaime almost made me forget that he raped his sister over their son corpse last week
Jaime almost made me forget that he raped his sister over their son corpse last week
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1:14AM on 04/28/2014
Finally some white walker action! This season keeps getting better and better.
Finally some white walker action! This season keeps getting better and better.
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12:04AM on 04/28/2014
Great episode tonight. The white walkers are scary as hell and I can't wait to see where that story goes in relation to everyone else's arcs.

But my favorite scene had to be the conversation in the prison cell between Tyrion and Jaime. Two great characters with such great animosity and chemistry between the two.

Fantastic season so far.
Great episode tonight. The white walkers are scary as hell and I can't wait to see where that story goes in relation to everyone else's arcs.

But my favorite scene had to be the conversation in the prison cell between Tyrion and Jaime. Two great characters with such great animosity and chemistry between the two.

Fantastic season so far.
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1:15AM on 04/28/2014
The prison scene was definitely a highlight.
The prison scene was definitely a highlight.
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