‘Game Of Thrones’ Recap
June 13, 2011
Last nights episode of Game of Thrones on HBO was incredibly shocking. So shocking, in fact, that some viewers may choose not to watch the show again.
For those of you who did not watch Game of Thrones last night, but hope to watch it later, you may want to stop reading. Spoiler alerts are ahead.
Again, spoiler alerts are ahead.
As you may know, Game of Thrones is based on a book series by the same name, written by George R.R. Martin. HBO must like book series because their other hit show True Blood is also based on the Sookie Stackhouse series written by Charlaine Harris. But, there are huge difference with how HBO has produced these two shows. For instance, True Blood loosely follows the book series, whereas Game of Thrones appears to follow the story very closely.
In True Blood, characters that were killed in the book (i.e. Lafayette, et al.) managed to survive in the series, which actually made fans happy. In last nights episode of Game of Thrones, the main character was killed. Yes, Eddard “Ned” Stark was beheaded.
As a fan of the show, I was pretty shocked. Having not read the books, I wasn’t expecting this to happen. In fact, the main reason why I like this show was because of Lord Stark. He has a presence that isn’t replicated in the other characters. Without Ned, the show will not be the same.
I know fans of the book series will likely have opposing views and that’s OK. But, killing off Lord Stark is like killing off Tony Soprano in season one of The Sopranos. Would The Sopranos have survived without it’s star? Absolutely not.
In other news, Khal Dorogo, the leader of the Dothraki people, may have also died. In last weeks episode, Khal was cut on his chest and the wound festered and became infected. His wife, Daenerys Targaryen, who is pregnant with their first child, may have also lost their son after falling on the ground. We will find out more about them in next weeks episode, which is also the season finale.
Lord Stark’s son Robb is leading an army toward King’s Landing to avenge his father. Robb has already lost 2,000 of his men in a smart move that lead to the capture of Jamie Lannister, the younger twin of Cersei, the mother of the newly crowned King of the Seven Kingdoms, Joffrey.
The saving grace from last nights episode was Tyrion Lannister. Tyrion is known as the “Halfman” and is the younger brother of Jamie and Cersei Lannister. Tyrion was ordered to the front line to fight the Stark army and before battle, Bronn told Tyrion to stay low, which was just funny given the fact that he is already low. As the troops rushed toward the field, Tyrion was knocked unconscious and slept through the entire bloody battle.
The jovial moment didn’t last long. The story took viewers back to King’s Landing where Arya Stark was in search of food. She has been on the run, hiding from the King’s men who are trying to capture her. When Arya heard that her father would address the King in front of the town-folk, she rushed to see what would happen. Arya positioned herself near a statute and waited. As her father Eddard walked by, their eyes met. Lord Stark told one of his men to get her and as he made his way to King Joffrey, Eddard stared into the eyes of his other daughter Sansa, who has been commissioned to marry King Joffrey.
Lord Stark believed he his life would be saved if only he confessed to treason, but Joffrey yelled “Off with his head!” and the crowd went wild. Lord Starks man captured Arya just in time and protected her eyes from the beheading. Sansa, on the other hand, witnessed the whole thing.
The episode ended with a flock of black birds flying off into the bleak sky.
HBO has already renewed Game of Thrones for a second season, but will fans tune in after losing their favorite character? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
What do you think?
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