So what did a non-book-reading viewer think of last night’s episode? Our newbie recapper We Do Not Sow gives you his take on “The Ghost of Harrenhal” after the break.
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We Do Not Sow: It didn’t take long for that shadowy figure to change the course of the war. As Catelyn and Renly discuss being allies after the battle of Baratheon brothers, the shadow comes in and there goes Renly. During the course of the week I had thought that Renly might not make it too much farther this season with a shadow figure coming for him. I hardly expected it to be so soon, so now we are down to four kings all fighting for the iron throne.
It wasn’t all for nothing though, Brienne really kicked some ass in the tent. So now Catelyn and Brienne escape and are on their way to Winterfell. I feel I have said that too often, and then a week later we learn that it’s not going to be that easy of a trip. Brienne’s scene where she devotes herself to Catelyn is pretty cool and it should help because I feel that Wintefell will be attacked pretty soon by the sea.
Bran is actually holding things together up there and now he is going to have to deal with the Torrhen’s Square attack and reading between the lines it seems like Theon will move to Winterfell after Torrhen’s Square. Which really sucks! I really want to like Theon and the Greyjoys, but they are making it so hard for me this season. We will see what really happens but I am bracing myself for the disappointment now. I have no problem with Theon trying to prove his loyalty to his father but at the cost of Winterfell? Fingers crossed but I’m not holding my breath… the Sea Bitch, really, haha.
So now with Renly dead, Stannis has his ships and almost all of the men who were going to fight for Renly. It seems like the battle on King’s Landing could be any Sunday night soon. I had the same expression on my face that Tyrion had when he saw all the pots of wildfire. Bronn and Tyrion nailed it too; King’s Landing is more likely to burn down from the wildfire than all Stannis’s men and ships. Thank goodness Tyrion is around, he might be the only Lannister at court who is thinking their actions through.
In Harrenhal, there were some great scenes tonight, first off Arya serving Tywin is pretty funny and ironic in itself. When he asks her what she thinks of her brother Robb, I was just chuckling to myself and what a great answer she gave him too. Riding into battle on a dire wolf and some say he can change into a wolf himself, priceless! Arya’s new friend Jaqen H’ghar seems pretty awesome. I thought all along that somehow he would play a bigger part than a prisoner being transferred to the Wall. Arya has been muttering names every night before bed, I am really eager to see what two names she will give him next.
Tonight we got some dragon action, my friends! The graphics for the dragons, the direwolves and the shadow figure surpass my expectations every time I see them. Daenerys has found herself in some trouble, right? Am I the only one who sees this? These guys are all rich, the city is full of gold statues and men and women wearing expensive clothing. It seems like Qarth is a city of people who do anything to increase their wealth or social standing. Daenerys has a few things going for her… the dragons. I feel like these people in Qarth want her dragons or want her powers of the dragon. We will see what happens here, but I don’t think they will give her a boat to leave there for nothing.
I can’t wait for more of the Night’s Watch next week. I feel like we are slowly marching deeper past the Wall and I keep waiting for something to erupt, it has to happen soon, either that or they will be too far north if the Wall gets attacked by these undead.
It was another great episode tonight, we lost a king but honestly did anyone think he was going to be on the Iron Throne? And if so we all knew it wasn’t going to be for long. New Viewers, sound off and let me know what you think of all this magic that has been revealed to us this season. Honestly, I thought everything was cool, the shadow figure threw me for a loop and this week the guy that magically cloned himself made me do a double take as well.