Game of Thrones General Theon Greyjoy Yara Greyjoy

The Iron Islands get a new ruler (Video)

I have to hand it to the show: the Kingsmoot chapters in A Feast For Crows drag on forever, and the entire election feels like a diversion from the main plot. When it became clear we were going to have the Kingsmoot, I was worried it would drag the show down like Dorne did in Season 5.

But I was wrong to fear! The entire Kingsmoot took all of nine minutes! And when it was over, we had a new ruler on the Iron Islands. SPOILERS AHEAD.

I remember running to the sea
Remember falling to my knees
I remember gliding off the shore
Until I spoiled the ocean floor
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Damn it, why must you spoil everything?

Damn it, why must you spoil everything?

For book-readers, the fight this evening for the “Salt Throne” felt a little jarring, since we all know perfectly well that it’s actually called the Seastone Chair. We assume that renaming it the “Salt Throne” was a deliberate attempt by the producers to make it sound like the “Iron Throne,” but personally I think it’s dumbing down of the material. That’s pretty unusual for Game of Thrones, which usually assumes that the audience is intelligent enough to follow along. Perhaps we’ll hear a more thorough explanation for the change later.

At least the outcome of the Kingsmoot didn’t change. Though the scene was truncated, the plot points were all there, including that many among the Iron Islanders protested the idea that a woman could rule them. And not only that, but Euron does indeed plan to tie the Iron Islanders’ fortunes to those of Daenerys Targaryen, and has designs on marrying her.

It was a little surprising to see Euron admit to killing Balon, but considering the show already made no bones about that, and it plays into his retooled argument for being crowned, I suppose it’s not really the worst thing. It also cements that Yara and Theon are his enemies, even before he gleefully leads his men to go kill them. In the books, Yara Greyjoy flees after losing the Kingsmoot—but to Westeros, where she runs into Stannis’ Army. With Stannis gone, one can guess where she might be taking the fleet: to get to Dany first and thwart her Crazy Uncle.

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    • “Yep, I killed the king. The king done needed killing! And that’s why I should be the king!”

      #winning

  • They made the kingsmoot extremely lame and Euron is so far not nearly as much of a character as he is in the book.

  • Least favorite part of the books, but I have to admit that was a pretty cool scene.

    • The moot was underwhelming, but the creepy Poseidon-by-way-of-Dagon coronation/blessing was wonderful.

  • The actor playing Euron seems a bit underwhelming so far.

    Certainly not getting that sense of danger that his character had in the books.

    • I don’t really blame the actor. I blame the writers/directors in their character choices. Everything about this Euron is way too bland and muted.

      No blue lips from Qarth. No exotic weapons from afar. No mystic things from Asshai.

      None of those things would need to be explained to make this character seem palpably alien and scary. Just having those things on screen, without explanation, would make the character alien and scary.

      But lacking any of them, dude’s just another forgettable aquatic-Dothraki.

      • Yeah I’m with you. Pilou is brilliant actor. Producers fault like usual. Shame that they cut Victarion out. Seems like Yara/ /Theon going to Meereen.

  • “Where are my niece and nephew?..Let´s go murder them” is the new “You need a baad pussey!”

    I acually found Aeron way more interesting than 3DickJokesInARow!Euron. The “I hope my prayer is long enough to make you drown for good” – look he gave when he dunked Euron into the water and then the “Damn, he came back!” glare when he puts the driftwood crown on Euron… Priceless!:D

  • I really liked Euron, although this wasn’t anywhere near as cool as his introductory scene with Balon. Glad they cut the kings moot down to a more manageable size too. I get why Euron would present himself as more traditionally Ironborn before the moot but I hope we get to see more of the influence of his travels on him as the show goes on