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Game of Thrones Review: The Stark Reality

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Last week's "The Rains of Castamere" was easily the most discussed episode of Game of Thrones Season 3.

So it was was hard to imagine what could follow such an epic precursor to the finale. What we were treated to were a number of entertaining updates to several of this season's most intense arcs. And, in the end, the stage was set this week on "Mhysa" for a very exciting fourth season.

Dany on the Finale

The Starks are down, but certainly not out of the game. Thanks to Samwell, Bran and his crew's odds of surviving north of the Wall improved dramatically, but the daunting reality that awaits them still looms heavily. With their quest taking a major step toward danger, it was nice to have Hodor provide a little levity. Did seeing the gentle giant amuse himself with his own echo remind anyone else of the scene where Sloth did the same in Goonies?

Back at The Twins, the banquet hall had emptied out, but the floor was still covered in Stark blood as Walder Frey sat at his table and gloated. Apparently he never heard the tale of the Rat Cook, which Bran recounted to his mates. Walder killed not just one, but a host of guests under his own roof. I can only imagine what the gods have in store for him. They most likely won't need to intervene, though, as there won't be any shortage of Northerners looking for revenge... including, Arya, Bran, Jon Snow and Blackfish, who I was happy to learn escaped and was not part of the plot. 

Arya and Bran are young still, but growing up fast. Bran reminisced about enjoying scary stories when he was a child, as if it was a lifetime ago. Meanwhile, Arya got blood on her hands for the first time, stabbing one of the men responsible for desecrating her brother's body in what was perhaps the best scene of the episode. Arya looked bent on revenge as she rubbed the coin given to her by Jaqen and muttered "valar morghulis."

Arya wasn't the only sister with vengeance on her mind as Asha Greyjoy put together a crack squad and set off to rescue her little brother. I loved her devotion to family, but there might not be much of Theon left to rescue if Ramsay continues his sadistic ways. The scene of him eating the sausage was so morbid yet amusing at the same time. He is a despicable character, but I could not help but laugh at some of the things he said as he toyed with his captive audience. 

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I wonder if his mother feels the same way about her children as Cersei does. The conversations between Tyrion and his sister never fail to deliver and here was no exception. Tyrion learned he was almost sent to "sleep with the fishes" as a newborn and Cersei's son announced his plans to serve up Robb Stark's head to Sansa, moments before challenging his grandfather's legacy to his face. So yes, while it might not be easy to be drunk all the time, I can't blame them for trying.

It was nice to see Tyrion and Sansa getting along better. I agree, for everyone's sake, Shae needs to go - but Tyrion should drink a little more liquid courage and tell her himself. 

I myself had to raise a glass to Davos for his great performance this week. He did the right thing by setting Gendry free and delivered some very funny moments while doing so. Cheers to Melisandre also for intervening and convincing Stannis to spare his old friend's life despite his deceit. I loved how Gendry made no excuses for walking straight into her trap. Amidst all these high borns, it was nice to see the two natives of Flea Bottom connect like they did. In setting Gendry free, Davos got to give him the chance to live the life his son never got to.  

Ygritte reconnected with Jon Snow just long enough to put three arrows into him. I still think there's hope for these two, but man she looked pissed and deservedly so I guess. 

After losing two key players last week, I don't think I could have taken losing Jon or anyone else for that matter. Not this soon at least. So thankfully Jon made it home to his brothers of the Night's Watch. I even felt for Jamie as he returned to his home only to be dismissed as a commoner. The look on Cersei's face when she saw him spoke volumes. The King Slayer is no more. Jamie may not have lost his manhood in quite the same way Theon did, but he won't ever be whole again on the inside or outside. 

So many characters have fallen from greatness this season, which is why I think I have enjoyed Khaleesi's rise to power so much. But, man, was my heart pounding as she ventured out into that crowd of people at Yunkai. She is a beacon of light in a world plagued with so much darkness. With the impending evil coming from north of the wall, mankind will need to rely on Dany and others like her to unite the kingdoms against a common but most unusual foe.

Looking ahead, I think the thing I am most looking forward to next season is seeing Joffrey get what he deserves. What did you like most about this season and what do you most hope to see in Season 4? 

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Loved this season. Loved see'ing Tywin Lannister spank the boy king to bed. And had his sedated.
Can't wait to see how Aria develops. She said the words. Lets see what happens next season. I hate we have to wait till April again. Too long of a wait.

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Wow, all the right characters on the episode (Arya, Tyrion, Jon Snow/Ygrette, Dragon lady , Varys, even some Joffrey )...but all the story lines finished just Rounding first base..... Ugh !

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Dany, Dany, Dany! Rain hell on all of the bad guys.

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The finale was only so-so for me...after such a great episode last week this was pretty anti-climatic. It appears they are saving some great reveals for season 4. I agree w/the other reviewer that Dany's scenes were the most boring aside from the Dragons. I guess we are just seeing how she is garnering people and soldiers...
Really sad how much Tywin is disgusted by Tyrion...in my opinion he is the one kid that is a lot like his father. LOL!

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And poor Tyrion--his father just knows how to turn the screws on him! But he got in a few good digs at Joffrey. So sad that Arya had to see her brother's body defiled so appallingly...Glad she got to get back at the guy who did it!

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The season finale was a bit anticlimactic after last week's bloodbath, but it had some very satisfying moments. I loved the connection between Bran's Rat story and Walder's betrayal of hospitality and the implication that a HUGE comeuppance will be waiting for him in the near future. They can't do enough to him to take revenge fully for his betrayal. I'd like to see him slow roasted over a fire! Had a few angst-ridden moments there with Jon, but glad to see him arrive back to his brothers alive. He's going to have some 'splaining to do tho. I wondered if his wilding mate is pregnant....that would be a good twist (I've not read all the books, so I don't know if that's a possibility). So glad Gendry survived and escaped. So glad to see Davros connect with him and help him escape. Joffrey is such a snake. I'd like to see a Theon done to him and then turn him over to the Stark girls to be tortured himself. And poor Tyrion--his father just knows how to turn the screws on him! But he got in a few good digs at Joffrey. So sad that Arya had to see her brother's body defiled so appallingly...Glad she got to get back at the guy who did it!

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Holy cow, it was so sad as i did read on the books the part of mucking of Robb's body.
Bravo for Arya, althought shes fallin into darkness
Cheers for Davos, for releasing Gendry, facing without violence at
Melissandre, and warning to his King about the true enemy.
Cheers for Daenerys.
I still dont like Sansa, she is like some party girls.
I HATE THE FREYS THE BOLTONS, AND MELISSANDRE SPOILER ALERT:
In the future, someone gonna advice to join Daenerys forces, even this person never saw Daenerys.

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Given how this series never minds showing every inch of the female anatomy, was it sexist that we did not get to see Theon's favorite toy (although I am thankful that Balton's bastard was just eating a sausage, but you cannot tell with him).

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Even though this season was only part 1 of book 3 it seemed to have a better finale than last year. There was more closure as well as new begginings. The war of kings ended (but not the way we wanted) while the war against the white walkers is just beggining. Sam, Jon and Jamie returned home. Other characters like Bran are starting on a new journey. Tywin showing Joffrey who the the real power holder was was great. The only thing I didn't likewas the final scene. Dany is so far removed from the other stories that I always tire of those scenes. Still even though this was a happy ending to a dark season, i missed the typical supernatural finale. There is a certain zombie that I would much like to have seen, and I guarantee that every fan would be counting the minutes to next season if the show ended with that reveal. (Will be cancelling HBO now until next march.)

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And finally people are realizing the great danger from the north. Looking forward to that a lot! On the other hand I'm not sure what to make out of Dany. She is the most powerful player in this game of thrones, but it seems she will stay in Essos, busying herself with freeing slaves, for quite a while.
I actually grew tired of her storyline this season. After her husband's death there wasn't a lot of progress for her, she's still wandering from city to city.

Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 10 Quotes

I shouldnt make jokes. My mother taught me not to throw stones at cripples. But my father taught me, aim for their head.

Ramsay Bolton

Any man who must say, I am the king, is no true king.

Tywin Lannister
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