Sunday, May 1, 2011

'Game of Thrones' episode three recap

As a newcomer to the "Game of Thrones" world I am constantly craving more information about the characters, but only because they're so well written and acted that I can't wait for the next episode.

This week the long trip to King's Landing finally comes to an end when the royal court arrives at the capital. Ned immediately finds out that the King is broke and $6 million in debt to the Lannisters. He must also deal with his daughters' reaction to the previous episodes events.

Arya is Candace's favorite character and you can see why in this episode. She's the only person who is willing to speak her mind regardless of the consequences. Ned explains that she must control her tongue and arranges for her to begin training with Syrio Forel. Unfortunately, this also gives him a vision of Arya's violent future.

Meanwhile, Dany is becoming more of a khalessi everyday and now that she is pregnant it won't be long before she drops her idiotic, petulant brother. We were also given a glimpse of the more gentle relationship between Dany and Drogo, which is one of my favorite storylines.

The show's most interesting character Tyrion Lannister was at the Night's Watch with Jon Snow helping him figure out how to fit into his surroundings. What makes Tyrion so fascinating is his ability to instantly size up any situation and figure out how to gain from it. Peter Dinklage is perfectly cast and steals every scene he's in.

Now that we are at episode three, you can see the building blocks for the plot twists that are to come. Dany's move toward the Dothraki and away from her brother, Cersei's control of Joffrey and the building war between the Starks and Lannisters.

The way this story unravels and moves amongst the different plots is a testament to George R.R. Martin's writing ability and HBO's talent at adapting stories into series.

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