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Game of Thrones Review: 'Til Lust Do Us Part

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Everyone loves a wedding, right?

Well, it wasn't exactly Kate and William, but Sansa and Tyrion's big day took center stage this week on "Second Sons."

Sansa, dutiful as ever, put on a good face, but having Joffrey be the one to walk her down the aisle just added insult to emotional injury. Poor girl, not only were none of her family there, there wasn't even the slightest hint of a wedding march. Unfortunately for Tyrion, most of his house was there, including his father who tried to put a stop to his son's fun to insure his offspring didn't drink away his ability to consummate the marriage. 

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Both he and Sansa are unwilling pawns, thrown together in a fight for position in the great game of power. Tyrion certainly had no delusions about his role at this point, but still showed his big heart when he tried to lessen Sansa's dread before the ceremony.

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He of course immediately acknowledged how that wasn't necessarily an improvement. The self-proclaimed "god of tits and wine" drinks so much because he can't stand the world around him or his role in it. There wasn't enough wine in the Seven Kingdoms that could help him get over how unfair a situation this was for both of them, not to mention just how young Sansa is.

So in the end he passed out and showed what a stand up guy he is. He may have also restored Shae's faith in him, as had a look of delight on her face when she saw the bedsheets were unmarred. I loved how she came barging into the bed chamber with no regard for how loud she was being, no doubt trying to stir her lover's looming hangover out of spite. 

Back in the forest, Arya had a chance to make sure The Hound never saw the dawn of another day, but the threat of two broken hands if she failed to deliver a death blow proved a bit too daunting. She soon learned Sandor might not just be as bad a man as she had thought. She was shocked to learn of his plans to return her to her family. Sure, he wants a reward for doing so, but as he is no longer Joffrey's attack dog, he showed not every ounce of decency has been beaten out of him just yet.  

He did indeed save one Stark daughter and is now trying to deliver a second to salvation. 

After being taken captive himself, Gentry was just waiting for the other shoe to fall as Melisandre rolled out the Red Witch carpet for him upon returning to Dragonstone. I had thought the whole point to her buying the bastard son of Robert was to impregnate herself with a royal heir because Stannis had not been up to the task. Instead, she seemed more fixed on making him a sacrifice, perhaps some kind of black magic Viagra to help Stannis get his sword up. Thanks to Davos's council, I think Stannis convinced Melisandre to use the leaches in lieu of the blade.

The bloodletting would allow Stannis to show his old friend what Melisandre had showed him, while also sparing the young man who was of his own blood. 

Stannis got real deep while visiting Davos in his cell. While I admire Stannis's faith in his one true god, anyone who has ever been to a Phish show can tell you that seeing visions in flames is not proof of anything real. Then he went on about how we don't choose our destiny and all. Where he may have gotten a little ahead of himself was when he rhetorically asked what one bastard boy's life is worth when matched against the fate of an entire kingdom. Jon Snow may have had something to say about that - and very well might still. 

There seemed to be a number of possible little hints about other story lines this week, like the one just mentioned. Was it just a coincidence that the story Davos was trying to sound out and read was that of Dany's ancestor and his dragon? I don't think so, nor do I think it was chance that the sentence he read described how even the smallest of dragons can eventually swallow a horse whole.

Dany we know, can read and speaks several languages.  Missandei funnily enough did point out how her Dothraki accent needed some work, but she also praised Dany's fluency in High Valyrian. I couldn't help but think of Talisa's fondness for corresponding in the same language. 

Daario Naharis certainly spoke to Dany unlike any man has since the passing of Khal. She seemed taken with him from their first encounter. Ignoring the crude comments and advances of Mero, she seemed very interested in how Daario had risen in rank so fast at such a young age, not unlike her own ascent to power. There most certainly was some chemistry there, even if Dany didn't leave much left to be uncovered. I cannot wait to see how it plays out. 

I just knew that obsidian dagger Samwell found was going to be important. It remains to be seen if it was forged in the fires of a dragon or Hell itself, but it most certainly was effective against the white walker. But then the daft fool goes and leaves it on the ground as he and Gilly made a run for it. That fumble was most deserving of an ESPN "C'mon Man!

No sign of Jamie, Jon, Bran or Robb this week, but there was little room in the hour for their story lines, especially when you had Tyrion and his sister just owning every scene they were in. 

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However, Lady Olenna trying to make sense of all the changes to their collective family trees at the wedding reception was possibly the funniest moment of the episode. 

Joffrey cannot die soon enough and his performance tonight just added fuel to my fiery hatred for the little king. Taking the step ladder away from Tyrion was cold blooded and threatening Sansa just plain eee-vil.  

Only two episodes left, I can't believe it. What arc are you most intrigued by at this point and who do you think we will see meet their demise before the end of Game of Thrones Season 3?

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i cannot stand king" jeoffrey omg i wanna slap him..lol when he made that comment to her about coming into her room and having guards hold her down while he screws her..OMG i got so angry! lol

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I'm quite often wondering why the hell Sansa behaves the way she does. For example when she didn't realize Tyrion couldn't throw the coat over her or her incapability to acknowledge his kindness towards her.
And then I remember she really is a little bird, just 14 years old, far away from her family and traumatized because of her father's death and everything Joffrey has done to her. Love her story arc!

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Great episode! Darius is sooo handsome! I am glad they picked him... and Dany is so beautiful, she gets more wonderfl every episode. I am pretty sure that Robb Stark will meet an untimely end before too long, even though he has a lot of screen time, they don't really ever make him a character you could like or feel for in any way. Arya is such a little champion!! It was nice to have a break from the Theon torture scenes, and also a bit less of the wall for once. Did you notice the face in the tree that Sam and Gillie passed - I have a feeling this will definitely be back. Sam is seriously a dope, I don't believe he left the knife there! That original raven... was it the three eyed one?

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I missed Jaime this week.. he for me has the most interesting arc...he started off as this douchey guy who pushed a kid out of a window.. to a prisoner.. to a man on the road to redemption... he surprises me every episode.. also, the hound and ayra are quite interesting to me.. mostly because I want to see her forgive him.. he's not really to blame for her father's death.. and there was nothing he could have done, and I think she knows that deep down... it would be interesting to see how those two play out

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Nobody else just a little disturbed at the amount of rape in this programme? When its not happening, its being threatened.
I'd love to know how many of the creators or actors have ever been through that ordeal or whether they have any clue how perverse it is to make it such a major plotpoint.

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It's rumored that one of the Throne actresses will no longer do nude scenes. Why? Some say it is Dany. Well unless that was a great body double, then we can say good bye to the mother of all dragon breasts. Although that was twice that Sansa Stark did not fully disrobe. Is there some bounderies thrones will not cross? Maybe Roz would not disrobe anymore and that was why she got the arrow. While I like nude scenes as much as the next guy, maybe a little less sexposition may mean a little more story time. And maybe the writers can stop mutilating guys penises. Poor Gentry just got to use it.

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There is only one true king: Hodor.

Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 8 Quotes

I think mothers and fathers made up the gods because they wanted their children to sleep through the night.

Davos

A man who fights for gold can't afford to lose to a girl.

Daenerys
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