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Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones reminded me why I loved the third book in George R. R. Martin’s series, A Song of Ice and Fire, so much. A Storm of Swords serves as the inspiration for both this season and next in HBO’s excellent adaptation. It’s the best book in the saga, and it’s leading to some of the best television you’re likely to encounter on a Sunday evening.
This last episode in particular had so many great moments. Some of these were moments from the book—Dany’s sleek con-job over the slave-masters and her freeing of the Unsullied, or the betrayal of the Lord Commander north of the Wall—and others were only mentioned two books later, such as Theon’s agonizing moment of freedom, and the sudden realization that the man who’d saved him was in fact his worst tormentor.
Last week I guessed that the mysterious “boy” who freed Theon could only be one man: Ramsay Snow, the bastard of Bolton. This week, while he remains unnamed, I think my theory is pretty obviously correct.
Moment of smugness aside, what a truly terrifying turn of events for Theon, and what awesome television for us.
Rescued not once, but twice, by this man who claims to be an Iron Islander, who claims to have watched Theon sail away long years ago on Ned Stark’s ship—only to be betrayed, returned to his prison and to his torture.
It’s awful, but it goes a long way toward establishing Ramsay as a villain far more cruel than even Joffrey Baratheon. More cruel and more dangerous, too, not only because he’s a wildcard, but because he’s a highly skilled killer. He’s not just wicked and insane, he’s truly dangerous, and truly without hope of redemption.
I’m glad the show didn’t allow Theon to simply disappear for the next couple of seasons like he does in the books, only to resurface in his world of pain and misery and utter loss of self. Theon’s transformation will be more powerful this way, even though I can’t pretend to relish the thought of watching what comes next.
This was also an episode that lingered on Varys, the Spider, the master of spies—a man whose motives in all of this remain (in the show, at least) rather opaque. Varys gets two terrific scenes against two of the wittier characters currently residing in King’s Landing: Tyrion Lannister and the Queen of Thorns.
To Tyrion he tells the story of how he became a eunuch. A wizard in Myr did it, in order to conjure some demon, some voice. From there, Varys went from bloodied street urchin to one of the most powerful—or rather influential—people in the world. Influential enough to find that wizard and have him delivered decades later to this very room.
It’s a nice twist on the scene as Varys lifts the crate’s lid to reveal his old enemy within, especially after Tyrion’s snarky comments on “actual revenge.” Varys is full of surprises.
Of course, he does seem a bit surprised by Olenna Redwyne, the Queen of Thorns, and the matriarch of House Tyrell. Affectation? Perhaps. Whatever the case, the Spider and the Lady Redwyne begin their plotting to marry off Sansa Stark to Loras Tyrell, Renly’s former lover. The Tyrells obviously stand to gain a great deal from this marriage, but Varys’s motives, again, remain behind the veil.
(I’d love a real one-on-one scene between Varys and Tywin, by the way. Since we’re privy to new points of view in the show as opposed to the books, I really think this could be a gold mine.)
The episode itself was named for Lord Mormont, the Old Bear, whose end in the Night’s Watch comes in a dramatic betrayal at the hands of his own brothers. It’s both foreshadowing of things to come much later, and a reminder that the Watch is mostly comprised of thieves, rapists, and killers rather than honorable old men or the bastards of noble lords.
I thought the scene was well done, though the entire flight south to the Wall has been too slow-paced and so it came after too much dawdling about at Craster’s keep. If I could remake one thing about the end of Season 2 and the beginning of Season 3, it would be the happenings north of the Wall. The fight at the Fist of the First Men wasn’t even shown. The flight south felt more like a slow march. The Watch doesn’t feel as beat up or hungry as they ought to, and nowhere close to mutiny.
It was surprising in the books when the men turned against Mormont, killed him and many others. Sam’s escape was just another desperate moment in a long string of desperate events. In the show, it’s all been rather less exciting, though this scene was beautifully handled.
Along the same lines, I really don’t think the White Walkers have been handled well at all in the show. They’re not mysterious or particularly frightening. You get the sense that there’s some bad zombie things out in the woods, but you don’t really get a feel for how…important they are. Maybe that’s intentional. I’m not sure yet. I do wonder how upcoming events will play out.
On the other hand, I’m quite taken by the Brotherhood without Banners. We meet Beric Dondarrion again and are reminded that Ned Stark sent him to go bring Gregor Clegane to justice way back in Season 1, when we didn’t suspect that this knight Stark was giving orders to would be important.
He is, though, as is Thoros of Myr, the Red Priest. I think the entire Brotherhood, but especially Thoros, have been brought to life in the show in ways the books never quite managed.
We have Sandor “The Hound” Clegane and Arya Stark in the confines of their hospitality now, and really I couldn’t have imagined any of it better than this. The Hound is crude but sympathetic, a dog of war to be sure, but not so cruel or merciless as his brother or the king.
Dondarrion is Robin Hood with an eye-patch, and Thoros is Friar Tuck. But they’re more than that.
Viewers may not have caught the significance of Thoros just yet, but he’s a priest of the same god worshiped by the Red Lady, Melisandre. Unlike Melisandre, whose penchant for giving birth to shadow demon-assassins and burning men alive makes her rather hard to like, Thoros seems a jovial sort. He’s certainly chosen to follow the One True God in a very different capacity than Melisandre.
The scenes between Jaime and Brienne also feel right. Good and strong and solid like they were in the book, with a weird and unexpected bond forming between the two. Not a grudging admiration, necessarily, but a true respect that travels both ways. And we, the audience, find ourselves surprised as well, by how much we’ve begun to like this man who threw Bran Stark from a tower.
The things we do for love….
Which brings us to Dany, who finally, finally gets her chance to shine. And shine she does, in a bloody, vengeful moment of death and destruction and betrayal. There’s that word again, running its thread through each event in Sunday night’s episode.
Tyrion seeks to find the truth of his betrayal on the battlefield. Ros betrays Littlefinger, spying on her employer for Varys. The Old Bear is betrayed by his own sworn brothers, stabbed quite literally in the back.
Smaller betrayals, too. Lady Margaery’s clever manipulation of Joffrey. Tywin’s brusque dismissal of Cersei the moment she makes herself vulnerable to him.
And Theon’s betrayals—both of Ned Stark (“I chose wrong,” he admits, tearfully, when recounting his sacking of Winterfell—and at the cruel hands of Ramsay Bolton.
Dany’s betrayal feels better than any of these. She betrays the slave masters of Astapor, turning the Unsullied’s spears against them and burning the chief slaver with her dragon.
So much good stuff in this episode, it’s hard not to ramble on. I’ve rarely been so engaged with the show as I was tonight.
P.S. It just occurred to me that the reason “Reek” wasn’t introduced in Season 2 was so that Ramsay could be introduced to us this way in Season 3. Given the story arc of both Ramsay and Theon, this actually works quite well since the show, unlike the books, isn’t sending Theon’s story into hibernation.