Game of Thrones Review: "The Pointy End"

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All Hell broke loose on Game of Thrones this week.

We had Ned in the dungeon, with Sansa discovering her false love for Joffrey won't save her from her fate... while Arya escaped the castle using "The Pointy End" of Needle. She experienced her first kill, and does anyone really think it will be her last?

Not a member of the Stark family found themselves safe, and I'd venture to guess the season will not wrap with any certainty of their fate.

Hallaluleija! Ghost was on screen more than a fleeting second and he actually had something to do: save Jon and the Commander of the Night's Watch. Finally, we saw they have a purpose other than to be breathing sigils for the Starks.

It was only moments later when Grey Wind bounded across a table in protection of Robb to gnaw two fingers off of the offending man. Their only purpose isn't to hurt others in protection of their masters, but I was thilled to see them finally get some action. No direwolf complaints from me this week; shocking, I know!

It took seven full episodes to give viewers an indication of how important the Stark children will be to the future of "A Song of Ice and Fire." But if that's what was necessary, I'll accept their decision. But I do want more.

Catelyn gave her full support to Robb as he lead an army of 18,000 to King's Landing. He was shocked that instead of telling him to retreat, go home and send seasoned soldiers in his place, she essentially told him if he lost in his battle, the Starks would be no more. Thankfully, she didn't put too much pressure on him. Either you win, or we all die. That seemed simple enough to Robb.

Robb is much like his father, with honor and courage to spare. How fun was it to Tom Cruise in the role of a Lannister spy? His movies haven't been doing so well lately and he picked a great show for a surprise cameo (tell me that Lannister spy didn't look like Tom!).

What was shocking was that Robb let him go. Sometimes a messenger can make a bigger impact than the death of someone the Lannisters wouldn't think twice about losing. Robb learned a lot by listening to his father.

My hope for him is that he doesn't let his honor get in his own way to the detriment of his family and his life, as did Ned. Like I've said before, some cards are better played close to the vest.

For the briefest of moments, I didn't hate Joffrey as he listened to Sansa beg for mercy for her father. Unfortunately, the one thing he asked in return was the one thing Ned would never do. There are some things worth dying for, and in this case, I would have to stand by Ned. I wouldn't want him to lose himself so completely and live a life of regret forever more.

Every week I fall more in love with the love of Drogo and Dany. Bringing the relationship to life on the screen has given it a completely different perspective than I got from reading the book. Emilia Clarke just knocks her portrayal of the Khaleesi right out of the park. At this point, I look forward to their scenes together more than any others.

Other thoughts:

  • Was that Rickon who walked into Bran's room? He's supposed to be three. Apparently, he's been eating well!
  • Hodor showing up naked in the woods was giggle-inducing. He looked like he was touched by white walkers he was so pallid.
  • Was it necessary to remind us that Lysa's son eats at her breast? Seeing it once was enough to bring up very painful memories as he grabbed at the laces on her gown.
  • I wish they would give some sense of the time passing. It tends to seem as if it's just a few days here and there, but I know it has to be more like months. As an example, from the beginning to the end of the episode, Joffrey was in the Throne Room, but Robb had moved an entire army what seemed like hundreds of miles.
  • After Arya used Needle, we didn't see her again. This episode had the feel that they bit off more than they could chew in the episode. After the pacing of last week, I was hoping for more of the same focus with less faces on the canvas to deal with. With only two episodes left, I expect an absolute whirlwind of activity to close out this first season properly.
  • Tyrion was genuinely surprised at the death of King Robert. Peter Dinklage cannot only deliver the snarkiest of lines, but the heaviest of thoughts with a mere glance. He's a wonder.

What did you think of "The Pointy End?" Did you expect more Arya, considering the name of the episode?


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Ned is about 35 in the book, I'm not sure the series mentions his age, but around 50 would be my guess (that was Bean's age during filming). Also the book states the age of Bran and Rickon at 3 and 7 at the beginning, and the series states they are 6 and 10.


I really doubt they have changed the ending--at least, not the important parts. There are things that happen that are intrinsic to the story-telling. All I can tell you, without being spoilerish, is that every character is written in shades of gray. There's no absolutely good or evil main characters, for the most part, and there's no one side to be rooting for, either, for all sides have their bad faces...


Haven't read the book yet, but the show is absolutely on top of my list. Wonderful stuff.
I think Tyrion is absolutely fantastic and he almost pales Ned Stark himself. We saw very little of Ned this week and I did not even mind it.
I agree Dany and Drogos are scorching the screen. Great chem. I have no clue how the show ends, but i have a strong feeling some of the major characters will die. Am i right in this perspective? Do the book readers think they will change the ending's perpective as compared to the book?


I have been with you the whole time about the Direwolves! This time, I was glad that they were in there but I was also mad. In the book, Ghost actually fought the Whitewalker b/c Jon didn't have a sword. I understand they wanted to have a good fight scene in the show but it could have been a good action packed scene if Jon hadn't locked Ghost out. I disagree with you when you say that Ghost, "save Jon and the Commander of the Night's Watch." In the book, he did. Not in the show. I've always been impressed with how the book has translated fantastically on the screen. It just frustrates me when they write certain things like that out. I mean, George RR Martin actually wrote this episode I noticed. I wonder why he felt it necessary to write that out. Also, with Grey Wind, in the book Robb commanded Grey Wind to attack the man. I wish we had seen that. I guess I just love the direwolves so much from reading the book. This series has done such a wonderful job with translating the book to the screen it's just disappointing when they have an opportunity to really have an exciting scene and they choose to 'bar the door' agaisnt it. Also, with Osha and Hodor: That scene as well made so much more sense in the book. HBO made it just look like an opportunity to show someone's penis. In the book it brought in a discussion about giants and how giants sometimes mated with humans to make larger than normal halfbreeds. So didn't come across in the show. Lost opportunity there. Great show but some things are better either left out or done correctly!


No word about Drogo ripping off the tongue of his soldier? That was a "WTF? Did he just do that????" moment. I was pleased with seeing the Wall more and the direwolves scenes were great. I want more Arya, Maisie Williams is so great playing her!


Robb does not look 15 (or was it 16? I know it's less than 18) as he was written to be so in the book. I am glad because it is still hard for me to grasp the idea of an 15 years-old leading an army of 18,000 strong. Most importantly, he looks capable as the leige lord or Winterfell and determined to deliver winter to the Lannisters. The scene with Hodor was weird as well as the chemistry between Oasha and his manhood?


If all the Stark children have been aged up, then why hasn't Bran? He's about the same age he was in the book, I'm thinking. They looked the same age in the scene and that really threw me. But I believe you!! I wish I had a mind like a steal trap. Instead it keeps stuff like the Lysa scene in there. Let it out....let it out!


Rickon Stark is not 3, he's 6 years old as they have stated earlier in the series. Most of the kids have been aged up by 3 years from their original ages in the book.


I love everything about GOT..I never want it to end its like a movie to me. I am in love with Dany nd Drogos love she sure changed him. I too wish they showed more of the faithful direwolves so I was very pleased to see more of them this week.
Looking forward to next week as always!!


I wanted Catelyn to smack the hell out of her sister and that child of hers SOOO badly! PS: I have to agree with you: i'm looking foward to any Dany/Drogo scene now. They are FIRE on my tv screen. I love them.

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Game of Thrones Season 1 Episode 8 Quotes

You disappoint me child. We've told you of your father's treason. Why would you want to speak to a traitor?


Syrio: What do we say to the God of death.
Arya: Not today.
Syrio: Go.