Having been captured at the end of the second season, he’s spent seven episodes either being tortured or being ‘rescued’, only to be brought back and tortured again. And this episode saw things get briefly better, only to again get much, much, MUCH worse.
The last time he was untied it was by his tormentor pretending to be a rescuer, this time it was by some beautiful women who gave him water, caressed his aching limbs and then took all their clothes off and writhed around on top of him. Things were looking up, so to speak.
Unfortunately, the thing was looking up was soon getting a seeing-to from a sharp knife rather than a soft… well, you know. It’s still impossible to work out what the point (sorry) of all this is, other than just being really mean to a hapless oaf, but no doubt we’ll see.
Also getting tormented this time was Brienne, thrown into a bear pit after Jaime was taken off on the road to King’s Landing, but having already promised (seemingly truthfully) to rescue the Stark girls when he gets there, he returned to rescue Brienne too. Good old Jaime.
Aside from these brutal scenes, it felt like quite a low-key episode, with lots of exposition, lots of exposed buttocks (mostly Mr and Mrs Robb Stark) and little action. But when the exposition involves Charles Dance, it’s always going to be worth watching, and his scene with Joffrey was great.
Surprisingly, the idiot boy-king showed some signs of nous, not only identifying that his father is excluding him from important meetings but also that Daenerys and her dragons are a threat not to be quickly dismissed. Maybe his cowardice has some use after all. But he’s still a contemptible fool, of course.
Speaking of the Mother Of Dragons, she was showing what added steel having a real army has given her, and her dealings with another bunch of slavers showed none of the deference she was forced to show last time out. But you do wonder what her insistence on freeing every slave she encounters will do to her progress towards the Iron Throne…
Love was on the minds of most other characters, with Sansa and Margery talking about their future Lannister husbands, Ygritte and Jon sharing playful banter and Robb finding out that he is to be a father. Of course, everyone is doomed to be miserable at some point, but like Theon’s brief threesome, they’re entitled to a bit of fun first.