If there was any doubt at the end of "Baelor" let there be none now: Ned is dead. His head, under the blood-covered sword, left no doubt.
Somehow, within a very short period of time, the entire Stark family knew of Ned's murder. Sansa fainted as she watched, Arya became a boy - and all over Westeros, the other children grieved.
Oh, Joffrey. If and when you have your comeuppance, it will be remembered as one of the most glorious moments on television. The dude has lost his mind. He walked Sansa out to see the heads of her father and her nanny as if he were showing her flowers in a garden.
And when he refused to strike her because of his mother's words, he had a man strike her for him. He's such a lovely husband-to-be. And yet I wouldn't fear him for a fleeting second. He is the worst kind of coward, the kind Ned warned Bran about in the first episode. If you give the punishment, have the integrity to carry it out yourself.
It would seem that Sansa will be made to suffer more every day for her role in this Game of Thrones.
Elsewhere, Robb was proclaimed King of the North, and, as such, was awarded fealty by his men just as he was suggesting they back Stannis, the true heir to the throne. It was in an intense moment, and must have been easy to get caught up in the reverie.
However, is it truly the best move for Robb or the Starks? There is the promise of intense battle ahead as many toss their daggers into the fight as heirs to a throne.
Who knew it was possible to catch Tyrion off guard? Being asked to act as the Hand of the King and rule in Tywin's place did just that. His father made it certain he was not to take his whore to King's Landing. I can only hope that his arrival there will put that snot into his place.
I need, badly, too see him whine, snivel and shrink at the sight of his impish uncle sent to manage the throne in his place. Something tells me even Cersei will be happy to see her brother, as she has lost all control over the new, bratty King.
As Jon rode off with Ghost to stand by Robb, his Night's Watch brothers rode after him to save him from breaking his vow. From the first weeks at the Wall, it seemed he may never make friends, and now they all look after each other as if born from the same mother. I really look forward to their growing relationships in season two.
Dany lost everything. Her baby was born (if the description was a true indication) a dragon, and the sorceress responsible not only for the Drogo's runaway infection, but also the loss of his son (as part of the magic in return for his life) that left him in a catatonic state said the skin fell from the baby and she somehow put it out of its misery.
Did Dany truly give birth to a dragon? She did take it upon herself to remove Drogo from the earth rather than allow him to suffer his fate.
This series of events seemed to give Dany as the Khaleesi a complete new courage and strength. It was so well done to see her walk into the pyre, just as the sorceress was screaming in agony to have her come out of the ashes with her three small dragons, unharmed.
She was the last dragon, and now the mother of three new to this earth. Totally freaky and extremely exciting to imagine what this will bring next season.
"Fire and Blood" had so many moments to discuss. I'll leave you with these thoughts:
- I loved that the Commander of the Night's Watch wants Jon Snow and Ghost to ride with the men north of the wall. He knows what a value Ghost has become and it can't help but make me smile.
- Tyrion is definitely in love. And it seems Shae shares his feelings. Awwww. Hope it doesn't calm him down.
- Even all battle torn and bloodied Jaime still made a crass pass at Catelyn. Got him a rock bashed in the head is all that did!
- Catelyn didn't even cry about Ned. It seemed there should have been more of a scene for her to realize he was gone.
- I'm sorry, but I cannot keep up with all the names of all the old farts running around. Who had his way with Roz, then proceeded to do squats in his nightie and, finally, hunch himself over and look decrepit on his way back out into public? Guess we need to keep an eye on that guy!
- Two direwolves and lots of nudity to round out the season. Whew!
All in all, a perfect ending for a near perfect inaugural season of Game of Thrones. What did you think?
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