And so the drama continues. This week on Game of Thrones, some key players had to eat a slice of humble pie. After ceasing the Stark’s home, Theon is reprimanded like a child, Robb loses a bargaining chip and Jon Snow goes from captor to captive. If anything, “The Prince of Winterfell” showed the importance of strategy in the art of war.

Find out more in our review…

 

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, Michelle Fairley, Richard Madden, Kit Harington, Alfie Allen, Maisie Williams, Charles Dance, Iain Glen, Sophie Turner, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gwendoline Christie, Sibel Kekilli, Oona Chaplin, Rose Leslie

Episode Title:  “The Prince of Winterfell

Robb Stark continues his march to the throne and with it comes unsavory responsibilities, including imprisoning his own mother for releasing Jaime Lannister. He also struggles with his impending arranged marriage, while falling in love with battle nurse, Talisa. Tywin begins his journey to Robb’s camp, while the Stark family becomes more fragmented. Will their power be spread or diffused as a result?

The Good:

  • Dirty Work: This week, there was lots of treachery, but surprisingly little of it involved the head chopping or torture that’s become de rigueur. The dialogue was masterfully witty, with each character revealing his or her particular brand of plotting. Arya with her favor bending, Cersei’s revenge against Tyrion, and Varys’ worldwide network of spies added to the webs of deceit.  
  • The Women of Westeros: Be they a lowly whore or the Queen Regent, the ladies of the Seven Kingdoms wield some serious power. Starting with Cat’s gamble of releasing Jaime to free her children to Cersei capturing the wrong woman from Tyrion. And who can forget Arya orchestrating a bold escape from Tywin’s camp? But the luckiest woman of all is Talisa. She finally wooed Robb with her upfront feminism rather than high-born harp playing.

The Bad:

  • Where’s Daenerys?: True, she can’t be a main character in every episode, but the lovely Targaryen/Mother of Dragons/rightful queen was mostly absent. With Qarth being rife with nefarious characters, the duplicitous Xaro Xhoan Daxos and the absence of the baby dragons, this episode was heavy on double-crossing and light on its best sub-plot.
  • Minor plot holes: How did Jaime talk his way into his release? How did another Night’s Watchman wind up captive with Jon Snow? Not every twist can be equally sussed out, but these developments required some irksome rewinding.

Overall:

With just two episodes left, Game of Thones has quite a few loose ends to tie up. At this point, nearly all of the main characters face the possibility of death. “The Prince of Winterfell” set up a lot of what will happen in the major battle. And judging by the errors that have already been made, we expect some serious casualties.

Rating: 8/10

Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m. on HBO

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