Game of Thrones: Still no winner in sight

daenerys game of thrones(Ep.21)  When I read the first Game of Thrones book, it was a real page-turner. I wanted to know who was victorious in the war, who succeeded Robert Baratheon on the Iron Throne – basically, who won? I reckoned without the writing stamina of George RR Martin, who seems determined to go on forever before reaching any kind of resolution. As the books went on, my interest in them went off. There was too much walking from one place to another, too many lovingly-described meals. Also I felt a bit cheated of anything resembling a satisfying conclusion, funny old-fashioned (short attention-spanned) thing that I am.

Luckily, the TV adaptation doesn’t suffer from these problems, because they’ve managed to distil the action and organise things so there’s more going on in a 75 minute (including ad breaks) episode than you can shake a stick at. We’re onto Series 3 now, and it’s staying true to form in the sense that when the EPG mentions “nudity and upsetting scenes,” you can bet that’s what you’re going to get. The nudity was fairly low-key in this season opener (a token topless whore) and the most upsetting thing was a eunuch soldier having his nipple sliced off to prove how hard he was. He was so hard he didn’t scream or cry, but thanked the nasty man doing the slicing for the opportunity to be of service. A bit like The Apprentice when someone gets fired.

Daenerys was after buying 8,000 of these Unsullied. With an army of such ruthless single-mindedness and brutality, she reckoned it would be easy-peasy to get the Iron Throne back. She hasn’t met Cersei Lannister yet, however. Will 8,000 eunuchs really be a match for the Cersei Lannister Stare?

North of the Wall, Jon Snow met up with the infamous Mance Rayder. Is his first name short for Romance? Having seen him, I doubt it, though he does seem about 100% more cuddly and human than Joffrey.

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2 responses to “Game of Thrones: Still no winner in sight

  1. Tim

    Blimey. This was a whirlwind reintroduction to (almost) all the major players, wasn’t it? I’m saddened by Peter Dinklage’s comments that we won’t see so much of Tyrion in this season – you can never have too much of the Imp, can you? – but hopefully we will get more of Arya as compensation.

    And will someone PLEASE kill Joffrey soon? I’d be very happy for someone to start by cutting off a nipple – I’m willing to bet he wouldn’t be silently stoic – and continue quickly on via his larynx and turning him to a eunuch en route.

    I’ve been thinking about this a bit too much, haven’t I?

    • pauseliveaction

      I can’t imagine Joffrey has nipples. I bet underneath his lovely robes he’s quite smooth, like Barbie’s Ken. In that sense, maybe the best way to dispose of him would be to melt him. I wonder if there’s any spare wildfire in a cellar in King’s Landing somewhere?

      Tyrion wasn’t quite himself in this episode – the poor love has taken being maimed in the battle and his dad not bringing him any grapes very much to heart. I need him back up to full swaggering, wisecracking speed ASAP.

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