Game of Thrones Review: Who Died?

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In this penultimate episode of Game of Thrones, the stage was set for next season.

Oh, and the show's main character was killed off.

The lives of man hung in the balance throughout "Baelor," while others fell further from grace. Bronn took a woman from a few tents down named Shae. Keep an eye on her, viewers. I liked how he was exasperated at her joking when he was seriously looking for a companion.

I also really enjoyed the dynamic between Tyrion, Bronn and Shae as they were playing games. Tryion is such a cool dude. I'd feel like the luckiest whore in the world if I was chosen to be his companion. But something tells me Shae is not what she seems. I wonder if there will come a time when we learn how she truly ended up in this life she's living.

When he went into battle, it was like watching a toddler who lost his mother at Walmart on Black Friday. When I saw that mallet swing into his head, I have to admit I burst out laughing. Poor little guy, even when forced to be a warrior, and trying the best he can, it's just not for him.

It was such a grand gesture of Lord Commander Mormont, to give his sword, made for his son, and those after him, to Jon. And he went so far to change his own family's sigil, the bear, to Jon's, the direwolf. At the very least Jon is getting the respect at the Night's Watch he was unable to receive at Winterfell because of Catelyn's intense dislike for him.

Jon knows his father so well, there was no doubt in his mind that he would choose honor over family, no matter how much it hurt. In the end, all the things they keep those on the Night Watch from doing to keep their loyalty mean very little.

If only they could find more men like Jon and Ned, they need not have bastards, thieves, rapists and murderers defend the wall. Without honor, it's only the threat of death that keeps them from turning on the Watch. Are those truly the people for such a mighty position?

We learned a lot about how closely everyone is related. Jorah is son of Lord Commander Mormont, Maester Aemon is the uncle to Daenerys.

Running to and from the crown is all the rage, and it appears the only place to run from the crown that still allows you to have honor is the Night Watch. That must be why Jorah is not known for his honor, although he has proven himself honorable nonetheless.

It was heartbreaking to watch Drogo dying of a simple infection, and to find the Khaleesi will only have her position as long as he is alive. I hate that Dany turned to blood magic in an attempt to save him, as it will only make her look even crazier to the Dothraki.

And, yes, seeing the horse's neck slit and him falling to the ground - hearing his scream - was worse to me than knowing Drogo was dying. Funnily enough, I had just been talking to a friend about why I care more about animals than people, and it's because they work for us and feed us and we treat them with disrespect.

Dothraki treat their horses with respect, so to kill Drogo's steed to save his own life would be agony to him. It's almost as if they are one with their mounts.

From the book, I don't remember Ned seeing Arya on the statue on his way to his death, but I guess it must have been so. The statue was Baelor, and Ned told his man where to look to find Arya. He had to know that no good could come from giving up his honor.

Poor Sansa, smiling as her father was brought before the crowd, so sure of Joffrey's love for her, having no idea what was to happen. For his family, Ned gave up his honor. Which was the better lesson, to go to his death with honor or without?

Some other thoughts:

  • Robb found out what it was like to send men to their death in war, and he was right to feel as he did.
  • We finally got to see how Arya was trying to stay alive in kings Landing.
  • Joffrey turned out to be exactly who we all thought he would be, all except Cersei and Sansa. They were truly surprised.
  • If Joffrey had known Jaime had just been captured by the Starks, would the result have been the same? They really could've used a cell phone right about then.


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Drogo dying is bullshit, not watching this stupid show anymore


I subscribed to HBO for one purpose and that was to watch Game of Thrones. Truly one of the best TV series I have ever seen. It was absolutely captivating; I could not stop watching it. Please tell me that there will be another season/series. I want to see the Jon Snow, Arya and Daenerys characters develop. I have not read the book, but I think that this HBO peice has more to give, at least two more seasons.
I hated to see the Sean Bean character killed, but there are several other actors that can hold the audience interest despite what other critics may say. I need another season of this epic or I will have to let HBO go!!!


For those who were upset at the death of Lord Eddard, it leads to great feats of valor amongst his children. The "Clash of Kings" series will be even better. One of my favorite characters is Arya, along with Dany.....can't wait for April 2012


jackpine, In the books it is the Lannisters that killed the Targaryen heirs and children. Tywin gave the order. It was the Mountain that did it. Sir Gregor. Lannister banner man.


@Katie, I had a lot of those reactions myself when I was reading the book, 13 years ago. However, while it hasn't happened yet, I'm almost 100% postiive I know who Jon's mother is. And, furthermore, I know the ONE person in the world who also knows who his mother is. That's right, there's one other, and He can still tell Jon. I don't know if it will ever happen in the books, but if you're really really curious, you can e-mail me at with Game of Thrones in the header. Be warned, though, it's a HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE spoiler. It's only speculation, but...well, let's just say that nearly every fan of the book series who has figured it out is convinced it's the truth.

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@jackpine, I too have read the books and watched the series and to your #3 point, I think they've done a good job of showing all of these characters have done evil. It was stated a few times in the series the atrocities the Targaryen's did (especially to Ned's sister) and Ned has stated a few times that the things they did were when we were at war. I don't recall Tywin Lannister being blamed for what happened to the Targaryen heirs in the series, in fact because of Robert's relationship to Ned, and the reference to what 'they did to your sister' several times, I think it makes it pretty clear who killed the Targaryen's. To me, watching Ned Stark's death onscreen was just as emotional as reading it. He was the only one at that point in the series that truly understood 'honor and duty', despite the actions of his past, which again, were done during war. He hated the fact that he committed such actions, but always reminds himself it was war.


People are going to die in a story like this, both good and bad. So stop complaining and move on... Besides if he had lived the story wouldn't continue the way it was supposed to.


Good Episode,Can't wait until the season finale.


ivek...sorry, I really am. Eddard Stark is dead. I love Serbia, by the way. I thought the review was okay, with the exception of using the word "die" instead of "dying". It certainly seemed, for instance, that the new "working girl" in Tyrion's life was more substantial than the others. She gets lots of screen time, and lines and shit. Seems like she'd be pretty important to The Imp without spoilers. THe reviewer extrapolated from the info at hand. You should do the same. The language of film says she's important. I agree that it's shocking that they killed of Sean Bean. He WAS the hero of the piece and they've given no one save Tyrion any time to build a character to root for. I knew he died in the book, but was sure they couldn't afford to lose him in the series because there's no one else with his kind of charisma. That they killed him was ballsy, but they should have built another character to care for first. Who's worth watching, now> Robb? Just an okay actor and character. Arya? It's a whole different story with her as the hero character? There is Jon Snow, who is a good actor, and has a good character, but he's pretty far out of the main action. Man, those Dothraki aren't much for loyalty, are they? "Huh, the king's pretty ill. Better dump him out behind the barn and get rid of his queen then." No wonder Dany was willing to try anything to keep the guy alive. I don't much trust the witch of the tribe they conquered, though. Seems to me, she might be the one putting the whammy on ol' Drogo I see that Joffrey kid on the street, he's gettin' a knuckle sandwich.


lord stark not dead at his place he died the actor who used to visit him in prison. in the final scene shows a wig.
Sorry for my bad English ...
Regards from Serbia

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Game of Thrones Season 1 Episode 9 Quotes

Maester Aemon: If the day should ever come when your Lord father had to choose between honor on the one hand and his family on the other, what would he do?
Jon: He would do whatever is right no matter what.
Maester Aemon: Then Lord Stark is one man in 10,000. Most are not so strong.

You think my life is such a precious thing to me, that I would trade my honor for a few more years...of what?