This week on Game of Thrones, Theon betrays his former home and takes Winterfell, while Robb and Catelyn continue the good fight. Joffrey (unfortunately) survives an uprising in the streets after Cersei sends her youngest daughter off to marriage leaving Sansa for dead. Arya gathers valuable information while in the service of Tywin. And Jon Snow continues his cold journey beyond the wall. Oh yes, and someone stole Daenerys’ precious dragons!

Check out our review of “The Old Gods and the New”…

The Players: 

  • Creators: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
  • Writers: David Benioff, George R.R. Martin, D.B. Weiss
  • Cast: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Michelle Fairley

Episode Title: “The Old Gods and the New”

Gods, kings… it’s time for a little Spring cleaning in Westeros. With the Red God of last episode taking the life of Renly Baratheon, deities and terrestrial beings alike are clashing for control of the Iron Throne.

The Good:

  • Arya Stark: Arya is a cup bearer and super spy. Tywin conspires with Petyr while she quietly scuttles around in the shadows avoiding the crafty pimp master general, Little Finger. After scoring some crucial information about her brother’s battle plans, she uses up one of her three deaths to avoid getting caught by a surly guard.
  • Wildlings: It’s a good week for the Wildlings both north and south of the wall. Jon and his band of not so merry men continue their trek and encounter a conveniently cute girl who winds up spending the night with the half-Stark. Not bad! Osha, meanwhile takes one for the Stark team and beds notorious poon-hound Theon in a plot to help Bram escape Winterfell. 

The Bad:

  • Theon Greyjoy: In season one, Theon was a relatively innocent ward of the Starks, getting into occasional trouble (and full frontal nudity) but never a threat. Now, he’s storming his former home, cutting off heads and making snarling threats to anyone who crosses his path.
  • Being a woman: The ladies of Westeros got the short end of the pointy sword. Between Daenerys losing her dragons, Cersei giving up her daughter, and Sansa nearly being raped, the fairer sex deserves some serious ass-kicking revenge next week.

Overall:

Game of Thrones is truly one of the best shows on TV, both visually and conceptually. Between the cold, dank rain in the opening to the desert beauty of Qarth. While the war mounts, the intertwining stories become even more compelling while lesser dramas would only grow tedious. The writing, directing and acting truly can’t be matched.

Rating: 9/10

Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights at 9:00 PM on HBO

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