Even by the normal standards of karma, Theon Greyjoy is paying a heavy price for his sins in this third season of Game Of Thrones.
Major houses in A Song of Ice and Fire
“If you’re expecting a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.” That line seems to echo around everything that is going on in Game Of Thrones at the moment
After last week’s fireworks, this was always likely to be a lower-key affair, with little real action. And it certainly wouldn’t start off with a flaming sword battle, would it?
Everything in Game Of Thrones has a price, and this episode emphasised that more than most, and it’s a show that is at its best when bringing fantasy down to earth with hard doses of reality
Valar Morghulis, the finale to Season 2 of Game Of Thrones, had a lot to live up to, following on from the epic Battle Of Blackwater, and trying to live up to the expertly-executed revelation at the end of Season 1. There was also plenty of plot threads to pick up, so it’s no surprise that this was a finale packed with little vignettes as well as big moments of drama
Game Of Thrones hasn’t put many steps wrong over its nearly-two seasons now, but the ending of this episode, A Man Without Honor, felt a little bit too much. Not that the horror of seeing two charred child-corpses hanging from ropes was too much for a show that has never yet flinched from showing such awful sights, but the placing of it at the end of the episode, with the implication that this was what was left of Bran and Rickon Stark.
For the second week in a row, Game Of Thrones has thrown its audience off-guard with shocking developments coming right at the start of episodes. Last week saw Renly Baratheon slain by a shadow, and this week saw Theon Greyjoy return to Winterfell a conquering villain.
“I am Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen of the blood of old Valyria. Valyrian is my mother tongue” And with those words, Season 3 of Game Of Thrones exploded into life.
This second season of Game Of Thrones has been building up to something special, slowly but surely, and in this week’s episode, Blackwater, it delivered one of the best hours of television there could ever have been. Getting film director Neil Marshall on board was a masterstroke, as was having George R.R. Martin write only his second episode of the series based on his books.
There’s a general rule in television whereby a major character can only be killed right at the end of an episode. The idea is to leave you with something shocking…