Recap Round-up: “And Now His Watch Is Ended”
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Here are some notable recaps and reviews of episode 24 of Game of Thrones:

Book Readers
Sean T. Collins – Rolling Stone
Myles McNutt – Cultural Learnings
James Hibberd – Entertainment Weekly
Alyssa Rosenberg – ThinkProgress
Scott Meslow – The Week
Todd VanDerWerff – A.V. Club
Sarah Hughes – The Guardian
James Poniewozik – Time
Charlie Jane Anders – io9
Elio Garcia – Westeros.org

New Viewers
Alan Sepinwall – HitFix
Andy Greenwald – Grantland
David Sims – A.V. Club
John Kubicek – Buddy TV
Brian Juergens – The Backlot


85 Comments

  1. Yago
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    Hodor?

  2. Hollyoak
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Rickon?

  3. caoimay
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Think hero do a great video review!

  4. Ser Lyonel the Laughing Storm
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Nimble Dick?

  5. TonyGen
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    I’m really surprised that Sean Collins didn’t enjoy the episode outside of the big set pieces. -Most of these pairings were too friendly to generate the sparks that GoT’s usual “put two interesting people in a room and watch what happens” modus operandi for such things. [snip] But this was all just heavy plot-lifting, and it showed. The show sputtered a bit without major conversational heat being generated.-

    I loved all the scenes in King’s Landing that happened last night. I don’t understand how you can’t appreciate seeing these intriguing characters who we have never seen paired before interact with each other. I found it terrific and those scenes are needed for the viewer to really understand these players.

  6. Mike Chair
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    ¡ɹopoH

    Deal with that!

  7. Omar Brown
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Elio liked it…maybe the wife is outta town. :p

  8. anne
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    I noticed that the Huffington post and the Hollywood reporter both do recaps, maybe we can add those to our ever growing list above?

  9. Erik Snow
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Do you guys actually have time to read all of these recaps every weak ????????
    Not to mention all the forums,
    and the Podcasts , so many good fan podcast..

    I need to quit my job.

  10. sunspear
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    I’m loving all the reactions to the proposal of Sansa marrying Loras. Strangely, few people comment on the fact that Loras is gay, and how that will complicate the arrangement. It seems stretching out her marriage arc was a better idea than I thought it would be. Can’t wait for the bait and switch!

  11. Jen
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    I always agree with the io9 ones the most! Thank you for the Theon feels / understanding! I can’t stand the haters!!!

  12. zaprowsdower
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    I love Charlie Jane’s recaps.

  13. Sherri
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Watch out….Daenerys (Danni) Targaryn & her “fired up babies” are coming full force w/a new army all around her! Man, this is gonna be “off the chain”!!

  14. Andy Gavin (@asgavin
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    An episode packed with goodies. Severed hands. Lots of Varys. Dondarian reborn. And the final shot, in all it’s glorious CGI of city, army, and dragons, dragons, dragons, more than made up for the skimpy (budget) battle before it. Drogon and Dany both literarily brought a tear to my fantasy geek eye. In any case, you can find my more detailed thoughts on this episode on my blog as usual.

  15. anne
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    The Atlantic also does a roundtable recap with the TV critic from the NY Times I quite enjoy. (Two readers and one non)

  16. Isabelle
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    I like that there’s a beat during her speech where none of the Unsullied move. They’re all: Uh, really? Can we do that? And you know there must be a few thousand men in the back rows who cannot clearly hear her order to kill the slavers. (Dude, did she say ”drill the ravers”? Nah, I’m pretty sure it was “bill the neighbors”).

    James Hibberd’s recaps always makes me giggle!

    Here’s the review from Wired, always worth a read:

    http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/04/game-of-thrones-3/

  17. Ser Lemon Cakes
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Now that we see it in Australia only a few hours behind, the Sydney Morning Herald does a pretty good recap:http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/box-seat/less-sex-and-more-strife-as-scores-are-settled-20130422-2iag8.html

  18. Dickon Manwoody
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Erik Snow:
    Do you guys actually have time to read all of these recaps every weak ????????
    Not to mention all the forums,
    and the Podcasts , so many good fan podcast..

    I need to quit my job.

    Not me. I’ll read Oz’s ‘Unsullied’ review, and then wait eagerly for the Happy Place Facebook recap on wednesday!

  19. Arthur
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    I really hope last nights episode broke ratings records. Because how can you not keep watching this series every Sunday night after witnessing that?

  20. Greyjoy Servant
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Why does Andy Greenwald hate Theon so much? Every time Theon has a scene he complains about it.

    If it was Ros or Shae I would have got it, but this is bloody Theon played to perfection by Alfie fricking Allen.

  21. Suzaku
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    TonyGen:
    I’m really surprised that Sean Collins didn’t enjoy the episode outside of the big set pieces.-Most of these pairings were too friendly to generate the sparks that GoT’s usual “put two interesting people in a room and watch what happens” modus operandi for such things. [snip] But this was all just heavy plot-lifting, and it showed. The show sputtered a bit without major conversational heat being generated.-

    I loved all the scenes in King’s Landing that happened last night.I don’t understand how you can’t appreciate seeing these intriguing characters who we have never seen paired before interact with each other. I found it terrific and those scenes are needed for the viewer to really understand these players.

    I get the distinct impression that there are quite a few viewers who don’t have any interest in the show’s politices or conversational sparring and are basically only in it for those big action setpieces, which only come a few times a season.

    Not saying this is the case with this reviewer (I’d have to go back through his previous reviews to discern that) but there are certainly people who complain about the show “losing steam” any time it focuses on conversation or movement more than action.

  22. Aleksa
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    Isabelle,

    Hibberd’s reviews are my favorite. First thing I read after the episodes.

  23. Mike Chair
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    Aleksa: Isabelle,

    Hibberd’s reviews are my favorite. First thing I read after the episodes.

    It’s my Monday morning GoT season ritual. I read Hibberd, then for a bit of culture shock to get me going, I watch Larry Williams.

  24. Chris
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Havent seen the Larry Williams review yet, where is it? Why can I never find them? lol

  25. Mike Chair
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Chris: Havent seen the Larry Williams review yet, where is it? Why can I never find them? lol

    Heeeeeere’s Larry.

  26. Superdeluxe
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Erik Snow:
    Do you guys actually have time to read all of these recaps every weak ????????
    Not to mention all the forums,
    and the Podcasts , so many good fan podcast..

    I need to quit my job.

    Podcasts you can listen while working :)

  27. Clob
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    way OT, but, have you seen talk/articles stating that Emilia Clarke is now a front-runner for the role of Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie(s)?? Being a guy I’m ashamed to say that I’ve read the books (mainly because all my lady friends had). I think she would be great in the role actually. Character development somewhat follows a similar path; shy, submissive to a confident woman.

  28. Joh
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Clob,

    I will probably never understand why anyone would be ashamed of reading a book.

    Fifty Shades of Grey is not my cup of literary tea, but if the story speaks to people, why shouldn’t they enjoy it?

    I saw some clips of Emilia’s performance in the stage production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and she was wonderful. This probably wouldn’t happen, because the film with Audrey Hepburn is so iconic, but I wouldn’t mind seeing a remake closer to the play and starring Emilia.

  29. Bing
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    Erik Snow:
    Do you guys actually have time to read all of these recaps every weak ????????
    Not to mention all the forums,
    and the Podcasts , so many good fan podcast..

    I need to quit my job.

    It’s a recap lol. How many do you have to read before you fully understand what happened in the episode?

  30. Leuf
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    Chris:
    Havent seen the Larry Williams review yet, where is it? Why can I never find them? lol

    Larry goes off on Sansa again. Because she gets played by Margaery. Who he has been fawning over because of how good she is at playing people. He now expects Sansa to be up to the task of seeing through her. Then he tries to figure out why Margaery is playing her and can’t do it.

  31. MichelleR
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    Larry is unlikely to ever get Sansa, and sometimes he misses the point, but I still look forward to his review every week. I dig the passion.

  32. Khal-A-Bunga
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l2t7PcsyM8

    The “What the Flick” review for episode four. These guys are great, so check them out if you haven’t already.

  33. ace
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    Jordan Yerman from Vancouver observer recap with a touch of humour

    http://www.vancouverobserver.com/taxonomy/term/29044/game-thrones-s03e04-recap-review-spoiler-alert

  34. Turncloak
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    Khal-A-Bunga:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l2t7PcsyM8

    The “What the Flick” review for episode four. These guys are great, so check them out if you haven’t already.

    Oh my God these guys ROCK! 2 newbies and 1 book reader that does not spoil stuff. I love how the newbies try to guess whats going to happen and how they gloat when they are right! So good

  35. Joh
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 2:33 am | Permalink

    ace,

    Oooh, good one. I cracked up at the Fight Club reference.

  36. Ace
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 3:14 am | Permalink

    Greyjoy Servant,

    To be fair to Greenwald, his review was 95 percent positive – the Theon scene was the one part he didn’t like. And he did say that Alfie Allen acted well in his monologue. He just didn’t like that Theon’s story has been circular and somewhat uneventful this season. Seems like a minor quibble in a review full of praise for the show.

    I generally enjoy Greenwald’s reviews because he uses humor and presents the unique perspective of a viewer who started out not liking fantasy and yet slowly found himself falling for the show. He can be a harsh critic at time, but I feel that his analysis is usually thoughtful and entertaining.

  37. charles
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 3:26 am | Permalink

    The what the flick reviews should go up in the newbie column. They have a great 25 min pannel every time.

  38. Gypsy
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:12 am | Permalink

    Chris,

    I always watch them the next day. Just go to youtube and type in OtakuAssemble. They’re always there.

  39. Abyss
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 5:01 am | Permalink

    Joh,

    The joke refers to “Se7en” not “Fight Club” ;-)

  40. Shady_Grady
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    I really liked the final Daenerys reveal. It was something that I thought more than lived up to the scene in the books. And the new material which the writers/producers created was pretty good too. Varys’ unusual excitement at opening the box was dark humor. Does anyone know the name of the music playing over Daenerys’ scene and end credits?

    Recap

  41. coronaking
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 6:35 am | Permalink

    Turncloak: Oh my God these guys ROCK! 2 newbies and 1 book reader that does not spoil stuff. I love how the newbies try to guess whats going to happen and how they gloat when they are right! So good

    What I found great is that they tried to find out who they root for. “We like the Starks but the BwB is cool also and they are against the Starks, oh no!”

    Well, it’s no two-party fantasy-war. That’s what’s great about the show and books. ;)

  42. Eric snow
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    Khal-A-Bunga:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l2t7PcsyM8

    The “What the Flick” review for episode four. These guys are great, so check them out if you haven’t already.

    You’re right ! they are great,
    the best dynamics between bookreader and non.
    Subscribed !!

  43. Anne
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    here are the guys from the NY Times and The Atlantic’s roundtable recap: (also has a bookreader and a non-book reader involved)

    http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/04/on-i-game-of-thrones-i-two-savage-spectacular-game-changers/274976/

  44. Mike Chair
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Khal-A-Bunga: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l2t7PcsyM8

    The “What the Flick” review for episode four. These guys are great, so check them out if you haven’t already.

    Yes. They’re good. Add that to Mondays too. Se7en Hells, I’m going to have to take Mondays off during GoT season.

    Thanks for posting that.

  45. Anne
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    Bing: It’s a recap lol. How many do you have to read before you fully understand what happened in the episode?

    I read them to see how others are interpreting the scenes. not to “find out what happened.” I’ve watched, I know what happened.

  46. Nancy
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    Ace,

    I have to agree with Greenwald about Theon’s story this season. I’ve read the books, I know where it’s going but it just seems like he’s there because they want Alfie Allen on screen but I think the story is suffering in their efforts to be secretive about what’s going on there.
    But I think Allen is great as Theon (and Theon is not of my favorite characters).
    I do have to say it was a nice touch to have Theon admit to boy that he was jealous of Robb Stark because all he had to do was “be” and that his real father died in Kings Landing. Whoa.

  47. HellFell
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    “And now his watch is ended” is rated 9.6 on IMDB by viewers, 0.1 point better than Blackwater

  48. Lee No
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    I heartily recommend the hysterically funny recaps (non-book reader) over at Heydontjudgeme: http://heydontjudgeme.com/2013/04/22/game-of-thrones-3-4-and-now-his-watch-is-ended/

  49. The-Valonqar
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    HellFell,

    Actually Blackwater only has 9.4 right now. But I expect that this episode will go down 2-3 points as time passes. Don’t get me wrong, this episode was great but Imdb often works like that. When the Dark Knight came out it topped the list of best movies but it is now in the seventh place.
    IMHO this was not as good as Blackwater but I will not disagree with people thinking this was a 9.6.

  50. Khal-A-Bunga
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Ratings are up. Another series high with 4.87 million viewers at the 9:00 PM showing, with a 2.6 in the demo (another high, though relatively unimportant for HBO).

  51. sunspear
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Khal-A-Bunga,

    Ah, you beat me to it. Here’s hoping another record comes after that amazing episode.

  52. Varamyr Fourskins
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    I’m telling you guys, Dany is the world serpent — Jormungandr. She’ll play a big role in Ragnarok, but she’s a sideshow otherwise (if that weren’t the case, GRRM never would’ve tied her in a “Meereenese Knot”). Granted, she’s an entertaining sideshow, as is Jon Snow (who is Surtr — the Black — the Breaker of the Bridge), but not a particularly important one.

    But pay close attention to Bran & Jaime’s story lines. They represent Fenrir & Tyr, respectively. And Fenrir will swallow the sun. So, he’s the true badass. As for Tyr, he was the primary god in the Norse pantheon prior to Odin’s usurpation of that title. FYI: Odin, the Mad God, is Aerys, the Mad King, and Thor, the Storm Lord, is and/or was Robert Baratheon — the Storm Lord (he even had a hammer). So, in Tommen you actually get all 3 Gods — Jaime (Tyr) is his father. Aerys (Odin) is his grandfather (he’s the father of Jaime & Cersei, fyi). And Robert Baratheon (Thor) is his supposed father.

    So, it is Tommen who will survive Ragnarok and avenge his father — i.e. the Prince Who Was Promised. And, in Norse Mythology, Tyr is basically Azor Ahai. He is the Lord of Single Combat, and, like I said, was the primary god in the most ancient times. So it is he, rather than Thor or Odin, who is the “champion of mankind”.

    Also, Bloodraven is Loki — the trickster. He’s pulling the strings. But, of course, that comes later.

  53. Mike Chair
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Mike Chair: Khal-A-Bunga: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l2t7PcsyM8

    The “What the Flick” review for episode four. These guys are great, so check them out if you haven’t already.

    Yes. They’re good. Add that to Mondays too. Se7en Hells, I’m going to have to take Mondays off during GoT season.

    Thanks for posting that.

    I was so impressed with these guys I did some research and, no big surprise, they have credentials.

    Their website describes the show as: “… a weekly online movie review show … from 4 hosts with distinct backgrounds and personalities: Ben Mankiewicz (Host, Turner Classic Movies) see below, Matt Atchity (Editor-In-Chief, Rottentomatoes.com), Alonso Duralde (TheWrap.com and Linoleum Knife Podcast) and Christy Lemire (AP critic and host of Ebert Presents At The Movies) … ”

    My further research on the guys who did the above-linked recap yielded this:

    Ben Mankiewicz (Host, Turner Classic Movies). His resume includes: At the Movies (Formerly Ebert and Roeper); Cartoon Alley, TMZ on TV; anchor with WAMI in Miami Florida; anchor with WCSC-TV in Charleston, SC. I probably missed a few things, but you get the picture — he’s a pro.

    The other two guys, Cenk Uygur (an attorney who earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School and previously hosted radio talk shows, including one on Boston’s station of record, WRKO); and John Iadarola, their GoT book expert (I can’t find his creds) also are hosts of The Young Turks, an award winning Current TV political talk show.

    I highly recommend that the WiC.net weekly Recap Round-up links to the What The Flick?! Show on YouTube.

  54. Pau Soriano
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Totally off-topic (well, not so much) but I found this video on youtube of a spanish fan group singuing a version in spanish of The Bear and the Maiden Fair…it’s 5 years old, recorded with a phone and sang in while having dinner in a restaurant but I think it’s impressive nonetheless ;)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gws03roMDD0

    PS: The lyrics are from the spanish version of the books

  55. Maxwell James
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Varamyr Fourskins,

    If Tommen (I can’t believe I’m even spoilering that) ends up being the avenging hero of the books, I will declare them a massive fail. He has been barely more of an entity than Rickon at this point.

    I don’t think you’re wrong that Martin is inspired by Norse mythology, at least in part, but I do think you’re a little too in love with your own theory. Authors are inspired by myth all the time, but they’re generally more interested in telling their own stories

  56. Maxwell James
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Lee No: I heartily recommend the hysterically funny recaps (non-book reader) over at Heydontjudgeme: http://heydontjudgeme.com/2013/04/22/game-of-thrones-3-4-and-now-his-watch-is-ended/

    Seconded. Laura Stone & her crew are hilarious, and their GoT recaps (as well as those of other shows) are second to none.

  57. Pau Soriano
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Varamyr Fourskins:
    I’m telling you guys, Dany is the world serpent — Jormungandr. She’ll play a big role in Ragnarok, but she’s a sideshow otherwise (if that weren’t the case, GRRM never would’ve tied her in a “Meereenese Knot”). Granted, she’s an entertaining sideshow, as is Jon Snow (who is Surtr — the Black — the Breaker of the Bridge), but not a particularly important one.

    But pay close attention to Bran & Jaime’s story lines. They represent Fenrir & Tyr, respectively. And Fenrir will swallow the sun. So, he’s the true badass. As for Tyr, he was the primary god in the Norse pantheon prior to Odin’s usurpation of that title. FYI: Odin, the Mad God, is Aerys, the Mad King, and Thor, the Storm Lord, is and/or was Robert Baratheon — the Storm Lord (he even had a hammer). So, in Tommen you actually get all 3 Gods — Jaime (Tyr) is his father. Aerys (Odin) is his grandfather (he’s the father of Jaime & Cersei, fyi). And Robert Baratheon (Thor) is his supposed father.

    So, it is Tommen who will survive Ragnarok and avenge his father — i.e. the Prince Who Was Promised. And, in Norse Mythology, Tyr is basically Azor Ahai. He is the Lord of Single Combat, and, like I said, was the primary god in the most ancient times. So it is he, rather than Thor or Odin, who is the “champion of mankind”.

    Also, Bloodraven is Loki — the trickster. He’s pulling the strings. But, of course, that comes later.

    Well…that’s pretty far-fetched if you ask me :P Like no way hehehe

  58. Prince of Pentos
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    I gave the episode 5 out of 5, like 87% of the other fans of this site, but just a few quick critiques of the episode:

    1. As someone who studied history, even despite reading A Storm of Swords, there were some brief Dany moments which were slightly annoying, such as:

    Now I can understand that writers Dan and Dave, as well as the episode director, probably told the lovely Emilia Clark to show much confidence, girl power, and so on, but the moment when she threw down the formerly symbolic Unsullied whip was a bit silly to me, and here’s why:

    -This whole sequence, even in the book, has such a strong North American echo to it. Here we have a proto-Lincoln saving slaves and getting vengeance on the slavers, and being legendary in the process. All of that is actually fine. It’s o.k. to have a North American connotation — GRRM is American, after all.

    But slavery in ancient times was quite different than the more “modern” form of slavery. Even despite there having been some significant ancient slave rebellions (read Spartacus), the more common arrangement was that slaves were considered part of the household and often had positions of considerable authority or responsibility.

    I don’t want to romanticize!, but in the Ottoman Empire, for instance, all of the top officials just beneath the sultan were “slaves”, but slaves who basically ran the empire and lived in the royal palace, and so on.

    So my point is:

    Besides the idea of just “freeing the slaves” with one sentence seeming a bit too easy and a no-brainer (you mean no ambitious lesser slaver ever had that idea yet? “Free” the slaves and have them join you?), and it being a bit silly that the Astapori sold her the Unsullied INSIDE the city and not OUTSIDE it,

    The real little thing which ticked me off is the way Dany just threw down the formerly revered whip without even looking down at where it fell in that “I’m-so-awesome” manner of her’s.

    I mean come on, if the Unsullied truly grew up their entire lives, before and after they murdered a baby, being brainwashed and mentally broken down to follow every utterance of whoever held that whip, it seems extremely unlikely that they could, in the space of a few days or what not, go from worshiping and fearing that whip, to marching over it.

    In “real” history, it is much more common for former symbols to be converted into new ones which have a place in the new dominant ideology. During the French Revolution, for instance, the OLD CROWN of the king, despite all royal symbols being hated (and the king himself eventually losing his head), was actually, for a few years, placed on the constitution document itself to show that the “sovereignty” was now with the people. It wasn’t destroyed or discarded, not immediately anyway. It was too revered for that.

    It was also common practice to just rename important monuments, a royal palace becoming a palace of justice, a famous church becoming a famous mosque, or a famous mosque into a famous church, and so on. Even our God damn Christmas trees used to be revered heathen symbols which have obviously been converted to be a part of a (originally at least) Christian celebration. And the date itself of the 25th of December was also the date celebrating the ancient Roman God “Sol Invictus”, chosen so to facilitate “Sol” adherents switching gods to the Christian one, which ultimately most did.

    SOOO. Throwing down the revered whip on the same day? Whaaa? Anyway, this show is for entertainment, not to be “historically accurate” to a non-existent history, but still, I just had to point out that most likely, in “real” history, Dany would have renamed or refashioned the whip to become a symbol of liberation or what not. The scepter of freedom! You get the idea. Long enough until the Unsullied revered Dany as much as they formerly did the whip, at which point she could then discard it.

    The intended “Dany-is-amazing” effect was a bit exaggerated, I thought. And the look on Dany’s face in that moment a bit too obnoxious for my taste. But ah well. We still love her.

    2. And did anyone else notice that the slavers that were killed were these blond men? “Darker” looking slaves killing “lighter” looking slavers? Another North American reference, no? It wasn’t quite like that in the book… In the book, the Unsullied are of essentially every background imaginable, some blond Lysani I think, and jet black Summer Islanders, and then from everywhere else too, including Astapor itself. And the slavers were all Astapori (and were supposed to have funky hair).

    Anyway, every now and then it seems like it can’t be that hard, after all, to make a show which touches upon all of our current cultural “heart strings.” Jokes about Renly’s sexuality, the legacy of slavery, and so on. No idea. Thoughts anyone?

  59. Clob
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Maxwell James: Seconded. Laura Stone & her crew are hilarious, and their GoT recaps (as well as those of other shows) are second to none.

    Thirded. I won’t skip Laura’s reviews. They’re typically a really fun read.

  60. thisone
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    I’ve started to watch What The Flick Show‘s episode discussions. One of the guys have read the books, the rest of them haven’t. It’s very entertaining and they seem very passionate about the show.

  61. All_Men_Must_Post
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Quick take on the episode: In A Storm of Swords, this scene made me cheer. And in the show, this scene did not disappoint. Many words can describe the last 10 minutes of And Now His Watch is Ended. Perhaps the most appropriate is epic. Just like Daenerys Stormborn has come into her own as Mother of Dragons, the show has grown up in scale beyond the smaller sets in Season 1 with bolder (and more expensive) CGI and expansive views. The world of A Song of Ice and Fire is large, spanning two continents (as the introductory music reminds us) and finally, David and DB have spread their wings in this episode to remind us how big Game of Thrones has become and will be. Five out of five stars. The rest here.

  62. KG
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Lee No,

    I just love Hey Don’t Judge Me’s reviews

  63. Gregory Kelton
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    whattheflick is doing a video recap every week. Should probably get added here, it’s really good.

  64. Jason
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Mike Chair,

    John Iadarola was a phD student in political science. He now is the producer and host of TYT University on YouTube.
    Cenk Ugyur is the host and one of the founders of The Young Turks’ political news programming that can be seen on YouTube and Current.
    Ben Mankewicz is associated with them for a while. He can be seen on just about all of The Young Turks programming on YouTube especially the regular news program, host of What the Flick?!?! and as a co-host on TYT Sports.

  65. charles
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    yeah, the WTF guys are great. I watch Cenk daily as he’s one of the few political comentators who alines with my own political views and doesn’t mince words. Iadorola isn’t just a book reader, he’s a straight-up GOT junkie like most of us on this site.

    If you guys like them you should check out their mad men reviews, which are also great.

  66. Khal-A-Bunga
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Anime RealTalk review (non-readers):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fETG0pSgMbg

    And the /Film podcast, “A Cast of Kings” (one reader, one non-reader):

    http://www.slashfilm.com/a-cast-of-kings-s3e04-and-now-his-watch-is-ended/

  67. Ms. D. Ranged in AZ
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    Suzaku,

    This was my impression as well. I don’t understand watching a series like this and NOT enjoying the dialogue and plots. I mean, that’s what I loved about the books! And Collins is supposedly a book reader……I guess to each his own.

  68. Ms. D. Ranged in AZ
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Erik Snow,

    Work really gets in the way of my social life! If one could call geeking out on a Fantasy series about magic and dragons a “social life”. ;)

    PS: last statement meant to be deprecating to me, not you

  69. Zack
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Lee No,

    I don’t think any other (text) recaps are necessary. These have everything I could want.

    What are the best of the video recaps?

  70. Thomas
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Zack,

    In my opinion, these guys are the most knowledgeable newbie recap people out there. I mean, in their episode 3 review, they managed a 10 minute discussion how the entire premise of a character might be different based on one line of dialogue by Selmy

  71. Felt Pelt
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Thomas:
    Zack,

    In my opinion, these guys are the most knowledgeable newbie recap people out there. I mean, in their episode 3 review, they managed a 10 minute discussion how the entire premise of a character might be different based on one line of dialogue by Selmy

    I agree. I loved that. They’re as passionately nerdy as any book readers.

  72. Zack
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    Thomas,

    I just realized what I said could be interpreted a number of ways. I meant that I enjoyed the heydontjudgeme ones enough that I wouldn’t need any other recaps, not that the ones linked at the top of the post were enough for me.

  73. Zack
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Thomas,

    And thanks for the link, I’ve just watched them. I’ll be watching them each week now.

  74. Dan
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Maxwell James,

    I agree. If his theory is right about who is the ultimate hero I’ll feel that GRRM failed miserably to deliver a satisfactory ending. I see no chance that that particular theory is right, though.

  75. Turncloak
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    whattheflick’s newbie recap should definitely be added here

  76. Dan
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    Prince of Pentos,

    In “real history”, Dany’s dragons wouldn’t have existed to be traded for a drone, non-pain feeling, unquestioning, eunuch army, which wouldn’t have existed, either.

    Besides, if we’re not going to do that suspension of disbelief thing, then I’m going to point out that Dany and her handful of followers would have been killed as soon as they stepped foot in Astapor if this were “real history”. Why sell her your army when your army can be ordered to kill her and her followers from the get-go?

    Seems weird to focus on the whip thing not fitting “real history” when she’d likely have been killed long ago had she had dragons with very little protection in our world.

    Thankfully, our history and customs don’t exist in the made-up, fantastical lands of Westeros and Essos, so I don’t use it to judge the realisticness of this story.

  77. DH87
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    Prince of Pentos: I mean come on, if the Unsullied truly grew up their entire lives, before and after they murdered a baby, being brainwashed and mentally broken down to follow every utterance of whoever held that whip, it seems extremely unlikely that they could, in the space of a few days or what not, go from worshiping and fearing that whip, to marching over it.

    I think we are to believe that bringing three dragons out of a little box and letting them fly free over the city for the first time in human memory is meant to trump whatever the psychological power the whip might hold, just as producing the first verified UFO would change the playing field in “real life.”

  78. Lex
    Posted April 24, 2013 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Mike Chair,

    Yeah, that was fun to watch. I was surprised to see Cenk in this video, as I’m aware of the Young Turks and, although I heard him mention the show on there once before, I didn’t think he was this much of a fan! I’ll probably watch these guys again some time.

  79. caoimay
    Posted April 24, 2013 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    I think I actually enjoy all the reviewing, podcasts and chats that happen after an ep just as much as the episode……

  80. caoimay
    Posted April 24, 2013 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    Isabelle,

    He’s a really great reviewer

  81. caoimay
    Posted April 24, 2013 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    Turncloak:
    whattheflick’s newbie recap should definitely be added here

    Thanks for the tip!

  82. ASOIAF Fan
    Posted April 24, 2013 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    I think it’s the first time i find something i didn’t pick on at all in a newbie recap.
    MrMazz On screened.com had this to say about the Bran dream sequence :

    “The more interesting thing in this dream is when Catlyn shows up. As the shade progresses to attack Brann, her skin becomes more and more white. This could easily be due to some sort of special effect snafu but Bran can see into the future. If the color of her skin is an indication it looks like Catlyn is going to meet Ned some time soon.”

    (http://www.screened.com/news/about-last-night-game-of-thrones-and-now-his-watch-is-ended/4577/)

    Anybody else caught that? currently at work, i can’t look it up myself.

  83. Thomas
    Posted April 24, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    ASOIAF Fan,

    Yeah, The reviewers I linked above notices that too

  84. Prince of Pentos
    Posted April 24, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Dan,

    Yeah, um, Dan, if the sum of your comment there is that dragons aren’t real either, so why talk about the symbolism of the whip, then that’s slightly disappointing as (beyond being a “slippery slope” fallacy) I wasn’t actually debating the fantasy genre or the obviously fantastical aspects of the story, which you appear to think I was, or cinematography in general. For that matter, our camera perspectives aren’t realistic (outrage!) and Dany’s hair isn’t real (no way!) and all the blood isn’t real either (Whoa! Really?!). These are clearly quite original observations here. Almost as original as pointing out that dragons and Unsullied don’t exist. How clever of you chap. Absolutely earth-shattering.

  85. Prince of Pentos
    Posted April 24, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    DH87,

    I’m not sure how much a tortured and desperate Unsullied cares about dragons, as long as they don’t lead to more whipping, just as an impoverished worker in a developing country wouldn’t care so much about the sighting of real UFOs as long as it doesn’t lead to him/her losing his/her next meager monthly salary…, but sure, good point.


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