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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lord Stark not dead at his place he died the actor who had visited the ćeliji.u last scene shows a wig. :-)


@Katie Wow, seems you like nothing about the show. Just stop watching it if you don't enjoy any of it, even if an actor you love is in it.


@Mike & Katie HBO didn't do anything but stay faithful to the book. Eddard dies there too. They weren't "Killing off the talent" There is plenty of talent to be had. Eddard's death is one of the most daring things I've ever seen done with a series. NO ONE kills off the main character. But let me be clear, it was Martin who did that, not HBO. And it's flippin' brilliant. This also paves the way for Robb's bad-assery.


Problem is how the HBO series has portrayed Ned Stark, and the Starks and the Lannisters... 1) in the HBO series, Ned Stark has clean hands ( done no wrong )
2) in the books, Ned Stark along w/ Robert Baratheon are the ones responsible for the death of the Targaryen heirs and children
3) in the HBO series, Tywin Lannister is blamed for what happened to the Targaryen heirs, and is made to be the source of all evil.... Within the confines of the HBO series, had the royal houses stayed 100% in line with the books, then the death of Ned Stark would not be so traumatic....


Not going to lie... the episode really made me mad! I never read the books so I really don't know what is going to happen next but damn did they really have to kill of the main character? Sean Bean was the first reason I wanted to watch this show!
This show borders on creepy anyway, I can handle the sex scenes and the supernatural element but sorry incest is not something I like to watch! So did they have to kill off one of the more purer aspects of the show!
Plus I really can't believe that these idiots in the capital would really want a little whiny brat like Joffrey to be king! Just stupid people!
And will Jon ever learn about his mother now?
Shock value aside I just hope they did not kill the show with Ned Stark!


I just wish they could get more budgets, so could create some great battle thing. It will get harder when the dragons are borned and the direwolves grows up.


Geo. RR Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" - of which Game of Thrones is only the 1st of 7 books.... can best be described as the "Reservoir Dogs" meets "Willow" ( yeah the Ron Howard Tolkein-lite rip off ) Everybody dies in the series, with only a few, very few left standing in the end.... Sad to see Sean Bean fall prey to Martin's homicidal tendencies, as it would be hard to find a character in the book that hangs around long, but he won't be alone for long, the list of dead characters will soon outnumber the active cast.... I can't see this series surviving beyond a second season before the public tires of the rotating cast....


@Pratik - please don't apologize for commenting. Once I saw the uproar, I realized how it sounded. Your comments help me learn what not to do again in the future. It's all for you, the readers!!


Sorry Carissa, I thought the way Shae was mentioned, it was a spoiler. But apparently it's not. Thanks to TJeff too for correcting me.
So many of my friends are discussing this episode, but you guys really need a better commment system. I had say incorporate word press for commenting.


Hi all - I'm really sorry so many of you misinterpreted "most important person in his life" to be something more than I intended - Tyrion basically seeking, and finding, a girlfriend. I thought their chemistry made the comment in itself. For a man who spends his life in whorehouses, that's a big deal. I just didn't communicate my thoughts effectively, and I apologize if you were swayed somewhere other than where I meant to take the conversation. @Rick Desper - you were correct. Simply changing the word die to dying made it more clear. Unless I missed something, he was still in the midst of magic as we closed the episode. But they did say that due to the infection, he had two hours to live. If you're resorting to magic, it sure seems a foregone conclusion that the person is moments from death. @Ben - can you tell me what you considered spoilers? I didn't intend to spoil, but admit to the above errors in judgment. Thanks so much for taking the time to come by and comment. I love hearing from you all, and always take your comments to heart!!

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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?