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Game of Thrones Review: "Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things"

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Finally, an episode where we begin to see the direwolves, and understand their kinship with the Stark children. We actually saw Summer with Bran, Grey Wind with Robb and Ghost, in good form, with Jon. Please let there be more to come!

Jon came into this own during "Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things", and we can imagine what an extraordinary man he will be. Is there anything more endearing than knowing he wouldn't pass his bastard-hood on by having sex without marriage?

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Between that and his burgeoning friendship with Sam, he makes it seem quite honorable to be a bastard. A theme of Game of Thrones seems to be outcasts finding each other and joining in friendship. I like it. 

As if I needed something else to make Tyrion engaging, he had special plans drawn up for Bran so he could ride a saddle again.

I'm curious, do any of you dislike Tyrion? I know he was always a favorite among readers of the books, but I am wondering if he is carrying the same weight on the screen. To me, he is. Even when he tries to mean, you can feel the heart inside of him.

Ned Stark, Arya and Sansa have made no friends since they arrived at King's Landing. Can Lord Stark delving into the death of former Hand Jon Arryn really be a good idea? If Arryn was murdered, as the news came from Catelyn's sister, it seemed foolish for Ned to be so forthright in asking questions. Even when the men he asked were supposed to hold allegiance to him.

Ned found one of Robert's bastard sons. He welcomed his own bastard into his home, and it made me smile to hear him make a similar offer to Robert's to join the King's army.
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Does Robert know he has bastards, or have his people kept it from him? We haven't learned enough about his character to know how he treats anyone in his family, and scenes between them have been few and far between. The actor who portrayed Robert's bastard looked very familiar, but I was unable to find any information on him. Anyone?

Daenerys is growing so strong. I would like nothing more than to see her take out Viserys. It took a lot for her to tell Jorah that she knew Viserys would never lead an army, let alone lead them home.

I hope we're treated to an episode where her point of view is more up front than secondary. Emilia Clarke (as so many of the actors in the series) has brought Daenerys alive, and she deserves more scenes in which to shine.

Although there has never been any indication other than his similarity in personality to Prince Joffrey, I was left wondering whether Viserys might me soft in the head. That one person could be so vain and assuming is hard enough to believe, but that two are so similar is just eerie.

If they met, Joffrey and Viserys would either be the best of friends or rip each others heads off in an attempt keep their rightful place as the most annoying creature on the planet.

While this week's title had more meaning within the episode, if it had been titled "Lord Snow" as was last week's it would have also been fitting. I'm finding that an hour just isn't enough each week and wish they had taken the approach of the recent "Mildred Pierce."

All in all, the pacing was much better in this episode. It seemed they tried to focus of fewer points of view, so I have hope the series will continue to grow in this direction. It makes it much easier to get really involved during the hour when you can focus on fewer stories.

I felt this was the most solid episode to date, as we have come to know most of the major players. The less introductions, the better. It's time to settle in on what happens between the characters. What are your thoughts after the latest airing? Sound off in the comments, and thanks for reading!

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the actor u have seen before is from skins first generation.. chris is his name in skins

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I love game of thrones, I think im going to have to go out and buy like a boxset or something. It's just so interesting.

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The actor who plays Robert's first bastard is Joseph Dempsie and I am so glad to see him! I recognize him ASAP, he is a great actor and I am sure it wasn't a random pick for that particular character. Definitely, he will play a bigger role later in the story.

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If you think you have had enough introductions...stay tuned. That is the problem with this series (books) and why it will never be finished...

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Im pretty sure the guy who played Roberts bastard was Chris from Skins UK

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REFRESHING; NO ONE CAN BE IN THE ROOM WITH ME WHEN GAME OF THRONES IS PLAYING; ONE OF THE ESCAPES FROM THE HUM DUM DAYS. EXCELLENT SCRIPT AND ACTORS; I EVEN LOOK AT THE REPEATS DURING THE WEEK. I HOPE THIS SHOW LASTS FOR THE NEXT FIVE TO TEN YEARS.

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Have not read the book but I love this series. I am a 70 year old woman and yet am captivated by every plot and nuance of every episode, which I watch several times. It is a fantasy which transforms into a reality and each character is fully formed and interesting. Very complex plots and intelligent dialogue, thought provoking to watch as well as enabling me to feel I am there, a part of it and can't wait to see what happens next. Ayra and Jon are my favorite characters. She is adorable, so spunky and true to her nature. Jon is sensitive, kind, the kind of man any woman would long to have as a husband.

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The actor who plays Robert's Bastard is Joseph Dempsie. I recognized him as soon as I seen him. He plays Chris in Skins seasons one and two. Glad to finally see the relationships between the Starks and there wolves. It has been lacking in the last few episodes. Loving the series so far but as an avid reader of the books I felt there is a lot of scenes in the show which non-readers just wouldn't understand. That could just be me though.

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I have not read the books. I however have fallen in love with the series. I have told anyone who will listen about it and say they should watch it. My favorites are the Kalisie, Snow, Tyrion, and the youngest Stark girl. The series haas done an awesome job of introducing and letting us get to know the characters. I look forward to all what is ahead. I hope they keep this going.

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As an avid fan of the books I have mixed feelings about the show.
The acting is great, and they have done a great job of almost making the show line for line of the books in some areas.
However, I think the directing and the music is really hurting this series.
90% of this series is based on what is said and not what is done. They have got to do a better job bringing the viewers into these conversations. The strait forward directing style with long and mid range shots mixed in with what is just a passable score makes for dull moments amid great acting. This style of directing also takes what are pretty good sets and leaves them in view far to long for inspection and they become to look less believable.
I am hoping that next season we will see more aggressive directing and more attention paid to the music. I could not be happier with the characters (other than Pitar..he is not bad but just not what I had in my head)
The opening sequence to the show might be one of the best ever and overall the show is good, but it is not near as good as it could be.

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