TV Without Commercials: Game of Thrones 3.4 “And Now His Watch Is Ended”
I know we often don’t like to admit it around here, but Lauren was absolutely right. Last week’s ending was nothing compared to what we witnessed this week and somehow, when it seemed impossible, Daenerys Stormborn became even more of a badass than she already was.
Even though it was the end of this week’s episode, Daenerys’ storyline is so good that I can’t help but talk about it first. This was by far the most exciting ending of season and I would say easily one of the best endings this show has ever given us. I had a feeling that it wouldn’t be long for Daenerys to get her dragon back but I certainly didn’t think it would be quite so soon. Kraznys must have gone from being his cruel confident self to a terrified fool the instant he learned that old Valyrian was Daenerys’ mother tongue. Not only did she kill Kraznys and his slave drivers, she now has an army of eight thousand recently freed soldiers. These soldiers have chosen to fight for her as well, they are no longer being forced. I’m assuming she still needs ships to get across the narrow sea, but once she is across, it seems as though it is just a matter of time until the kingdom is once again ruled by a Targaryen. The war between the Lannisters and the Starks seems irrelevant once Daenerys arrives in Westeros. I personally, can not wait for that moment to happen.
It’s funny how Jon Snow’s predicament seems to keep working out in his favor. It looks as though the Night’s Watch has collapsed upon itself now and being part of the Wildlings keeps looking better and better. It was kind of nice seeing Craster murdered in front of all of his wife/daughters, but the mood shifted quickly once the chaos broke loose. Sam gets to run off with the girl he’s been obsessing over since the first time we met Craster, but with a newborn baby traveling with them, who knows how long they will last. I hated seeing the Lord commander stabbed in the back, and then felt somewhat relieved when he turns around to grab his attacker by the throat. I had a feeling he wouldn’t be able to last long enough to choke the man, but the Lord Commander Mormont seemed as though he was going to pull it off. Then suddenly he begins to cough up blood, and you could see that his wound had clearly gotten the best of him. This event left me wondering, how many crows are left? There are still some guarding the wall, but surely there aren’t that many, and how many more are still alive beyond the wall?
We finally get to hear the story of how Lord Varys was cut. I don’t know about everyone else, but it certainly was not what I had expected to hear. I can only imagine the emotion that Tyrion felt as he not only heard the story, but also as he realized that the terrified old man inside the crate was the sorcerer responsible. This scene, more so than any other scene we have seen so far, gave us a great deal of insight into Lord Varys’ true character. Despite the amount of time we have seen him interact with others in this show, we know next to nothing about his true nature. His interaction with Tyrion left me wondering two things, and I do hope both these questions are answered soon. First, what exactly does Lord Varys have in mind for the sorcerer now that he has him after all of this time? The other question, and I don’t know how Tyrion didn’t ask it at the time, is what did the flame say in response to the sorcerer’s chant?
I believe the true nature of the Tyrell’s will be revealed to us soon, but as of right now it remains a mystery. Margaery seems to be able to control Joffrey and I can’t help but think that that is a good thing. We don’t know for sure until we see what she does with that power, however. It also appears that the Tyrell’s are the only ones capable of rescuing Sansa from Peter Baelish. Everyone seems well aware that Sansa leaving with Lord Baelish would be a certain doom for older Stark girl. I like the idea of Sansa marrying Loras Tyrell but only because it would get her out of King’s Landing and away from Joffrey. Everything else about that arrangement sounds terrible for obvious reasons, and Sansa clearly has no idea about Loras’ previous relationship with Remly. On top of that, she is clearly infatuated with Loras’ and learning the truth about him would probably be heartbreaking for her. Still, her safety is the most important thing right now.
Just when Theon’s story begins to become more clear, it instantly clouds up again and we are left feeling confused and downright sorry for last son of Balon Greyjoy. Theon seemed to finally be free, and only moments away from finding out to who is responsible for the torture he has had to endure. The torment in his screams are chilling when he realizes that he is back in the torture room. You can’t help but wonder why though. The guy who releases him, kills his would be rapists and tricks Theon into believing that he is helping him escape, is really just leading him right back to his torturers. Why would he do that? Why would he go through all of that effort and kill three of his own men just to eventually bring Theon right back to where he had just helped him escape from? Right now it makes zero sense and Theon looks to be completely screwed now.
Jaime and Brienne’s relationship continues to get more interesting. She clearly has a lot of respect for him now, and Jaime has appeared more and more human as this season has gone on. Especially when we learn that Tarth is only called the sapphire island because of the color of the water, and not because of their sapphires. He lied in order to protect her, something Jaime never seemed capable of doing in previous seasons. When Jaime is able to get a hold of a sword, the fight that ensues is almost embarrassing to watch. He is severely out numbered, he has no strength which I would imagine is a result of losing a lot of blood along with his hand, and he is clearly not eating or drinking. His life seems dreadful at this point, and I can’t help but wonder if it is his decision to wear his severed hand around his neck or his captures. I hope that somehow Jaime is able regain his strength and become more of his old self once again because I could see him and Brienne teaming up, and the two of them fighting together would be a lot of fun to watch.