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Game of Thrones Review: "Lord Snow"

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The long journey to King's Landing is finally over.

I didn't expect palm trees. I wonder what happens when winter comes. The throne itself is an ominous presence. It hardly looks befitting a king, but rather someone who is serving a grave punishment.

Considering the legacy of that throne, perhaps I am onto something there. We have not heard any stories about the rule of a happy king, have we?

In meeting Lord Baelish, we learn that Catelyn Tulley, despite the viewers dissatisfaction of actress to play the role, was quite the catch when she was single.

Baelish fought Ned's brother for her hand. He seems so much younger than the other fellows, and especially Cat. Is the casting wrong or if I'm placing the values of our culture onto that of Westeros?

My favorite wussy Prince, Joffrey, knows fully well he is of no importance but Cersei tries to build him up into something neither of them can ever accomplish.

The way she pushes him frightens me, and I wonder what kind of man he will grow into. I fear he will forever be an overconfident man-child with no compassion and unlimited resources. Frightening indeed.

I found it pathetic watching Joffrey talk like a man about taxes and peasants as he just finished flinching from the placement of a Q-tip on his nearly healed wound. The Lannisters' only redeeming quality is Tyrion.

I adore the way Sean Bean portrays Lord Eddard Stark, Hand of the King, and Ned Stark, father to Sansa, Arya and others. So much humanity is infused into the role.

His demeanor completely changes from his duties as the Hand, his conversation with Sansa and then, finally, his sensitive approach with Arya. As he attempts to explain to her the ways of their world, his tenderness and love of family is clear. As clear as is his motivation to do right by the kingdom in his duties as the Hand.

Once again, when Peter Dinklage graces the screen as Tyrion, my eyes are riveted. Such an interesting character. Son of one of the most powerful Lords in Westeros, brother of a queen, but still an outsider because he is an "imp." It makes his perspective so important to the narrative of the story, and Jon's as well.

They have been brought up amidst the very best and the very worst than life has to offer, giving their characters the chance to truly discern what is happening around them. Somehow, through the love and permissiveness of her father, Arya, too, is able to identify the true value of people and their truths and lies.

Their three perspectives will become important as the story progresses, as they see things with such moral clarity. It seems odd to say that about three such different characters, but their hearts are central to bringing sense to the events that occur around them.

As Ned watched as Arya began her sword training in earnest, he gazed upon her with a haunted look. Now that he has taken the role as Hand, I wonder what he believes it will do to his family, and whether he wishes he had taken more time to ponder exactly that.

Dany is finally embracing her role as Khaleesi. It was a glorious moment when Viserys realized, even in his idiotic brain, what he had done by "selling" her to the Dothraki as their Khaleesi. All the power he once held over her, the fear he counted on to control her, is fleeing.

Where will that leave Viserys? Not a smart man, he is full of pride, he seems to be in constant peril of cutting off his nose to spite his face. Now that she is pregnant, any hope he had of maneuvering Dany back under his sway is gone.

Jon Snow Training

Is it me, or are the names of the episodes sorely lacking in conjunction with the actual material covered? While Jon did learn being high born doesn't have its privileges when in the Night's Watch, there was little to name the entire show in his name (sarcastic as it was).

There are two stories told in "Lord Snow" about what will happen when winter finally comes. It sounds like a frightening time, days of neverending darkness, supposedly only lit by the moons reflection on the snow. The stories have certainly sucked me in, and I cannot wait to find out just what winter in Westeros will really be like.

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Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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No mention of Syrio, Carissa?! For shame! He is one of the few characters I think was cast and looks exactly nothing like the description in the novels, not even remotely. Yet, just like Dinklage has done with Tyrion and Maisie has done with Arya, the man playing Syrio has completely taken over as the character in my imagination. His waterdance with Arya was my favorite part of the episode (along with the introduction of Littlefinger and every scene with Tyrion). Arya's little smile when he bested her was perfect, his accent flawless, and in keeping with the books he said "Just so..." Those two have a beautiful chemistry. After only a minute on screen you can tell that there is already a bond between them.

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the casting isn't wrong. petyr was younger than catlyn when he had a crush on her catelyn

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@stile Jaime is hot, charismatic and dangerous. Usually the kind of guy I go for, and one who would probably throw ME out the window. ;-)

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Cersei is a bitch and Joffrey is pathetic. Tyrion is awesome but Jaime is also unfairly maligned...the incest thing is icky, true, but in this culture it's actually a royal tradition going back hundreds of years, and the Lannisters are nothing without their royal ambitions. The romance is forbidden, but it's also clearly important to both of them, if they're willing to risk everything for each other. And everyone seems hung up on the fact that he killed the king he swore an oath to guard, but when the king is evil and insane, is it really honorable to keep that oath? Anyway, I'm obviously a big fan of Jaime. He's a "bad guy" for now, but that's just because he's against the Starks, who have been set up as the "good guys." And yeah he threw a kid out of a window...

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Re: Littlefinger - the ages are appropriate. Baelish was younger than Cat and Brandon. Cat even refers to him as a "little brother". And I expect Brandon was somewhat older than Cat by a few years.

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@ann You're right. I guess they portray themselves such that I made Tywin a king myself!

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@Ghost I know - where is Ghost? He was the one wolf we could count on being at his owners side consistently. The lack of direwolves bothers me. I know it's Jon's nickname in training, but it seemed such a small part of the show that naming it after that five minutes seemed odd. Pacing the show in comparison to the book must be a horrendous challenge! I can't even imagine if they had tried to go the movie route. It would have had to be done character by character.

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Good review. Only Tyrion is not the son of a king. Cersei, Jaime's and Tyrion's father, Twyin, was not a king.

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This is more emphasized in the book but "Lord Snow" is the mocking name that Ser Alliser Thorne gave Jon Snow. He had nick names for all of the people he trained... none of them were nice. Where is Ghost?!

Game of Thrones Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

Oh, my sweet summer child! What do you know about fear? Fear is for the winter, when the snows fall a hundred feet deep; fear is for the Long Night, when the sun hides for years and children are born and live and die all in darkness. That is the time for fear, my little Lord.

Old Nan

Lord Varys: Lord Stark.
Ned: Lord Varius.
Lord Varys: I was grievously sorry to hear of your troubles on the Kingsroad. We are all praying for Prince Joffrey's full recovery.
Ned: Shame you didn't say a prayer for the butcher's son.

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