Episode Recap

Suffer the Children? Episode 10, Season 4 Recap

Showrunners Weiss and Debioff have billed tonight’s season finale, “The Children” as the show’s finest hour. Does it live up to the hype? The twists – and deaths – keep coming there’s no doubt. Still, it is definitely the season’s act IV, a denouement and soft conclusion rather than an adrenaline filled time for the heroes. Despite all the characters who got axed, the show did not have the dark ending like Game of Thrones‘ ninth episodes — essentially an…

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Love is the Death of Duty: Episode 9, Season 4 “The Watchers on the Wall”

The Battle of Castle Black is bigger, better, and more exciting than Season 1’s Battle of the Blackwater, which Neil Marshall also directed. If I had to rate “The Watcher’s on the Wall,” I would fly in the face of some critics and give it a ten. The emotional heart of the episode parallels that of many real wars: love. ~~Warning: This post contains the odd violent animated giff.~~ When you read about the wars of the fourteenth and fifteenth…

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Openings and Closings: Episode 7, Season 4 Game of Thrones Recap

The “Mockingbird” of Game of Thrones focuses on openings and closings: a conflict over a tunnel passage into Castle Black, an opening for vengeance, a new beginning for Daenerys, and an emotional opening up of the Hound. There is a hole in Tyrion’s line-up for a champion. And, once again, we see that Petyr – “Littlefinger” – Baelish is truly the master of the game. There are some obvious historical allusions in this episode, including one to the mythology surrounding Richard…

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Tyrion’s Trial: A Changing Tide? — Episode 6, Season 4 Recap

Is a seachange brewing in Westerosi power politics? The Iron Bank may have foreclosed on the Lannisters as they turn on one of their own. Yara finally sails into the Dreadfort to rescue her brother. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys struggles for control. Who is the Titan of Braavos? The tides are about to change in King’s Landing and the changes commence as a ship sails through the massive legs of the Titan of Braavos. Braavos is the largest of the Free Cities on…

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Who is the REAL First of His Name? Episode 5, Season 4 Recap

Although the Joffrey’s death still lingers as unfinished business, this episode marks quite a few new beginnings. Several new marriages and new alliances are soon to be forged. The depths of Petyr Baelish’s depravity and Lysa Arryn’s insanity are revealed. As the gears turn and these new alliances click into place, for others like Tyrion, Tywin, and Sansa the wheel turns tighter. As Tywin notes, you don’t need formal alliances – or marriage pacts – with people you trust. King’s…

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Episode 4 Recap: Oath Keepers and Breakers: Killers Revealed and Rapists Redeemed?

Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones (Episode 4, Season 4) reveals not just oath keepers but also oath breakers. We catch up with Jaime, who fulfills his promise to Brienne to help return Sansa to her mother (and failing that at least keep her safe), Brienne who pursues Tyrion’s fleeing wife, and Daenerys who fulfills her promise to “meet justice with justice.” We also meet up with the oath breakers — namely the “mutineering” men of the Night’s Watch who remain…

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Breaker of Chains: Episode 3, Season 4 Recap

Each of the major players at the Purple Wedding has a different reaction to Joffrey’s death, and everyone finds themselves in a different situation or predicament. Do their reactions hold any clue to who killed Joffrey? Maybe. Meanwhile storm clouds are mounting for the Lannisters: not only across the Narrow Sea but also in Dragonstone. King’s Landing The episode picks up from where it left off with Cersei at the Purple Wedding beside Joffrey’s dead body. After ordering Tyrion’s arrest, Cersei screams…

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Episode Recap: The Purple Wedding (S4, Ep.2) – Spoilers

Last tonight was the highly anticipated Purple Wedding, and George RR Martin does not disappoint. A wedding in Westeros should carry a safety warning on its invitations. The episode opens with a horrific scene of right out of Greek mythology. Theon’s back – now as Reek – and as the ultimate symbol of his powerlessness, Ramsay forces Reek to participate in a nightmarish hunt right out of a Greek mythology. Ramsay and his bedwarmer Myranda are hunting a terrified blonde…

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Game of Thrones Season 4, Episode 1: “Two Swords” Historic Episode Recap

This episode was all about the lead-up to the Purple Wedding (next week) – and wow, what a marvelous visually rich episode. Recap [Jump to Historic Details] Jaime is back in King’s Landing, clean, recovered, and wants to resume his post in the Kingsguard as the king’s personal protector. But nobody wants a one-handed knight in that role. Tywin wants him to go back to Kingslanding. (Ironically, Tywin, the man obsessed with legacy, can’t get his eldest son to take…

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White Queen: Episode Six “Love and Marriage”

In the aftermath of Tewkesbury, Anne Neville comes to court to beg forgiveness from Edward, who grants it easily while Elizabeth gives her best glower from the throne. Anne tries to plea for her mother, who is barricaded in sanctuary, to no avail, while Isabel tells her to forget her mother and show the Yorks her loyalty. Elizabeth throws a tantrum about the Neville sisters being forgiven, while Jacquetta tells her firmly to let it go. “England must have peace,”…

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