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Game of Thrones Review: Viserys Earns His Rightful Crown

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It appears Robert didn't take Ned's decision to walk away from the role as Hand to heart.

On this week's episode of Game of Thrones, his chat with Ned didn't leave any doubt that he's in a really precarious position. In debt up to his eyeballs to the Lannisters and surrounded by them on all sides, he doesn't have a choice but to walk in the path they set out for him, King or not.

I really enjoyed the scenes with Daenerys. That was one giant chunk of heart that Dany had to eat for the ritual. I would not have, in any way possible, been able to keep that down. Even watching was making me sick. But damned if our girl didn't pull it off in the end. She is such an awesome warrior.

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The look of jealousy on Viserys's face was priceless as he realized how completely Dany had gained the love of her new people. After we saw the attachment Dany had to the dragons eggs, there was no way he was going to escape with them. Even if he had, I believe something other-worldy would have protected them from Viscerys.


Dany made one last stand on her brother's behalf, but he did finally wear "A Golden Crown" befitting the king he would have been. While he was entertaining, I will not miss his presence. From his desire to be ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, a true Dothraki Khaleesi was born instead.

Tyrion was on fire fighting against Lysa Arryn. She had no idea what she was up against. His brains against hers were little match. Her freaky little son screaming for the little man to fly and giggling at the thought of battle left me cold. I like nothing about Catelyn's sister.

I missed something with Joffrey and it involved his complete turn regarding Sansa. The look on her face was sheer pre-teen bliss, as if she had just met and been wooed by Justin Bieber.

Unfortunately for her, Ned had just figured out that the entire Baratheon family was black of hair until Joffrey. He immediately realized the degree of danger surrounding his family and ordered his daughters home.

Overall, the episode was a little too fragmented for my taste. There were so many important things happening, from Ned ordering the death of Gregor Clegane in the King's stead, to the battle between Tyrion's and Lysa's champions to the King's hunt.

The show tried to push too much into the hour and I felt it lost some of its intensity. And there were incredibly intense moments. They just deserved more time to grow. The pacing of of this episode left me wanting.

Other thoughts I had during the episode:

  • Just when you think Cersei wasn't as bad as you thought, she opened her mouth and spewed so many lies you want to do exactly what Robert did: smack her.
  • Bran looked thrilled riding with the saddle made from Tyrion's plans. His every happiness seems short lived.
  • The King goes hunting with only four people? I always imagined a royal hunt to be a far greater activity.
  • Only Arya acknowledged the death of her family's friend, Jory. I expected more attention to be paid to the aftermath of the fight between Jaime and Ned.
  • If what she said was true, Dany has dragon's blood running through her. She was not burned by the fire. Her growth and power is intriguing.
  • Roz, the whore, is expecting a war to break out any day, enough that she left Winterfell. Surely she cannot be the only one who sees this.
  • I hope Catelyn flees the side of her sister quickly. Nothing about that woman seems remotely sane to me.

What did you think of the episode? In spite of the actual amount of forward movement made with the story, I felt it was one of the weaker hours to date, but still better than most of what is currently shown on television.

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Cidalni

In my opinion Catelyn's nephew is the creepiest boy in TV.

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Maheshfunky: Catelyn's sister, Lyssa, was married to the former Hand and Lord of the Vale, the late Jon Arryn. With his death, her son succeeds as the Lord of the Vale, but she is still Lady of the Vale and in charge until the boy is of age. In the book she is surrounded by lords of lesser houses wooing her to get a piece of the Vale.

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Uh, John Smith, have you paid attention to the books at all? Renly WAS a "gay sissy boy" as you so bigotedly put it. Protip: He was in a relationship with one of his knights, the Knight of Flowers, who was in his Rainbow Guard.

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This series is SUCH a disappointment! When did Renly become a gay sissy boy? And how is Cersei regarded as someone who has a heart? Pathetic hunting party, pathetic death of Robert, pathetic fight scenes ALL OF THEM, especially the fight at the Eyrie and between Jamie and Ned!!

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I want to know what there gonna do with the next seasons... All the younger children, Arya, Bran, Tommen, etc are still growing, but there Characters only pass through a few months too maybe a year... So that worries me a little. Also the wolves, which has upset me as i would have enjoyed CGI wolves, rather than NO wolves... but i digress the wolves play a BIG part in not only Jon, and Robs life but Brans most of all. Or I wonder if they will not include the fact that the Stark children can "change skins"? Plus the battle at the Wall with the mammoths and other animals, WTH! will they do then... I'm worried this series might get ruined because HBO is trying to fit TOO much in a little time. Lets not forget GRRM has to write 3 more books, and the last book took 6 years to write? So I guess we will see?

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Some good parts but too many threads at once.

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A couple thoughts: Viserys' got exactly what he deserved. Dany had already realized last time he couldn't be a king or lead an army even if her husband gave it to him. What a smarmy twit with an unrealistic sense of entitlement. Dany rocks, and is truly coming into her own from a meek, bullied sister into a Khaleesi who is also the last of the Tagaryean line. Drogo is one hot Khal and was given more personality input this episode finally (Jason Momoa could play a statue and I'd still watch, however). Love the way he dealt the whining brat brilliantly without spilling a single drop of blood. Clearly the former Hand Lord Arynn was paying close attention to Robert's bastards because we now see they're his only real children (doubt they would meet succession laws, though). Ned wants his daughters out of that den of iniquity and back-stabbing asap and doubly so with the realization that Sansa's soon to be betrothed is a product of incest. Speaking of which, Joffrey played all sweet and self-effacing, giving Sansa a necklace just like his mother's... I have this creepy feeling it will turn out to BE Queen Cersei's necklace and he'll accuse Sansa of stealing it? It would be so him...so Lannister. The only Lannister I like is Tyrion because of his quick-witted thinking. He totally had to be set up with the Bran murder attempt; glad that mercenary happened to be there and grabbed his own opportunity to move up in the world—mutually beneficial situation. Catelyn's sister is beyond "touched"; she freaks me out with that breast-feeding little psychopath. Don't know why Cat didn't turn and run herself once she saw her... The look on her face when she saw her sis and nephew at first was priceless.

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Phwar that look on Daenerys face was awesome at the end, I flat out rooting for her and the dorthraki's to take over from stupid King Rorbert. How did Catyln's sister get to powerful? I thought they were fisher people

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Dany was one of my least favorite characters while reading the books. Now I look forward to her scenes each week. What great character development! I will miss her brother only because she grew stronger with each interaction they had. He, Joffrey, and Lysa's son are truly creepy characters; what fun the actors protraying them must have. I enjoy Tyrion's wit and brains; glad he didn't take flight. Poor Ned... I am afraid he is in over his head. I love this series!!!!

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Ned did not realize the truth about Joffrey's "Golden Hair" until after he ordered his daughters home, it was when Sansa was whining about being in love with him and having his blonde haired babies, that the notion occured to him that this was not Robert's son. I loved the Look Ned and Arya shared during Sansa'a rant when she said "I don't want someone brave and gental and strong, I want him!"

Game of Thrones Season 1 Episode 6 Quotes

I never loved my brothers. Sad thing for a king to admit, but true. You were the brother I chose.

Robert

He attacked one of my brothers and abducted the other. I should wear the armor, and you the gown.

Cersei
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