Game of Thrones Review: Everything's Changed

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The Red Wedding sent shock waves throughout the Seven Kingdoms, the fallout of which was still prevalent at the start of Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 1.

Tywin gives Jaime one of two swords forged from coveted Valyrian steel. Jaime mentioned how long he had wanted such a blade in their family, but he would have given it right back in exchange for his father's respect.

Jaime & Cersei

With his capture and the eventual loss of his hand went any status The King Slayer once held. If he was looking for a sympathetic ear to bend, his father offered little if any support.

Jaime: I suppose you want the sword back.
Tywin: Keep it. A one handed man with no family needs all the help he can get.

His visit with Cersei didn't go much better.

It wasn't his intention to get captured, yet she held Jaime in contempt all the same for leaving her alone; she had no interest in rekindling their forbidden flame. 

Tyrion also had to shelve sexual advances when Shae appeared in his chambers. It just didn't seem like a good time for anyone but King Joffrey, who wasted little time having monuments erected in his honor.

Tywin wasn't the only parent who had trouble keeping his kids in line. As we caught up with Khaleesi, we saw her baby dragons had grown significantly, but so had their aggressiveness and disregard for their mother.

Even if they can never be tamed, their potential value in battle makes all the headaches worth it for their mother. It was clear she also still had the support of all her people and her army, lead by Grey Worm and Daario.

You had to love Daario bringing her flowers all in the name of strategy. Khaleesi could not help but let a smile sneak out. There was little time for such feelings though as she prepared to march on Meereen, though. It will be great to see her army in action and to what extent the dragons play a role.

As shocked as I was to see the dragon snap at Khaleesi, I was even more taken aback by Tyrion turning down Oberyn's offer to stay and enjoy the brothel's offerings.

In their conversation, second son to second son, Oberyn was pretty up front about his plans to avenge his sister and her children's murders. Tyrion no doubt made a note of it, but he also was worried about Sansa, who was refusing to eat while in mourning for the loss of her mother and brother.

Tyrion was sweet and genuinely concerned for her. He may not love her, but he does care for her and knows the extend of the loss she was feeling.

I didn't know your brother. He seemed like a good man, but I didn't know him. Your mother on the other hand, I admired her. She wanted to have me executed, but I admired her.


To the north, the Wilding's weren't without their own drama. First, Ygritte's conviction in trying to kill Jon Snow was questioned by Tormund and then his resolve was scoffed at by the leader of the Thenn group that approached their camp to grill up some "Crow." 

Back at the wall, Jon Snow came clean about his recent actions and avoided execution for the moment. His superiors were wise to focus on the more pressing matter of the two-pronged attack baring down on them.

The issues facing many of the main characters are not so uncommon. Jaime has had a fall from grace and struggled with the man he once was. Jon discussed his lifetime of jealousy toward big brother Robb. Tyrion, like Jon, continued his attempts to emerge from his family's shadow and find his own place in history.

Then there was Arya, who like many young girls, just wanted a pony of her own.

Well... that and to get her sword "Needle" back after she and The Hound came across Polliver, the man who took it from her.

The Hound: Of course you named your sword.
Arya: Lots of people name their swords.
The Hound: Lots of cunts.

The Hound delivered one of - if not his best - performance to date as he sat in the tavern talking to Polliver before laying waste to him and his men.

The Hound: You're a talker. Listening to talkers makes me thirsty and hungry. Think I'll take two chickens.
Polliver: You don't seem to understand the situation.
The Hound: I understand that if any more words come pouring out your cunt mouth, I'm going to have to eat every fucking chicken in this room.
Polliver: You lived your life for the king. You're going to die for some chickens?
The Hound: Someone is.

Arya got her horse in the end, but only after spilling plenty of blood with her own hand. Seeing Arya get her revenge and her pony was the feel good moment of the episode, if such a thing can exist in the Seven Kingdoms.

I liked the idea that Ygritte, despite putting three arrows into Jon Snow, may have actually let him escape. And, lastly, the funniest moment of the premiere had to be Jaime's sarcastic wave goodbye to the maester with his new hand.

The air is one of change in The Seven Kingdoms. Whatever "peace" exists will surely be short-lived with all the threats making their way down from the North. Stannis still has a hand to play, as does Khaleesi.

It's still anyone's "game," assuring the drama, action and intrigue that has made this show such a fan favorite will continue this season.

Here is your first look at Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 2, "The Lion and the Rose."


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i love the hound!!!!!! this episode was his best acting job!!


For me, the episode started a little slow, but I'm always aware that the first episode is the seed planting. They saved the best scene for last..Arya and the Hound. Brilliant! They are always fantastic.
Can't wait for the big wedding! (wink wink to those of you who've read the books)

@ rush

winking back !


My, my, my. What a way to start a season ! This episode was just amazing ! The recap a the beginning was well done. Tywin melting Ned's sword...just plain wrong. Then when he threw the wolf (skin maybe) into the fire, that was it. Very symbolic.
So many lines cracked me up. Jaime's mostly. But man I thought he was gonna tell Joffrey off. But nope, he just kept taking it. Even with Tywin. That man is just despicable. No coming back for him.
I definitely enjoyed the Martells. Very interesting. Oberyn was just wow.
Sansa is still useless BUT I felt her grief. Tyrion trying to console her was very nice. Shae is a tad annoying. Bad timing as well. Which makes me wonder. Oh well, we'll see what the writers do about this one !
I am so glad to see Brienne and Jaime interactions. Just priceless.
Cersei is such a B**** !! After all he's been through she still has the nerves to blame him for it ! Wow.
Dany and her dragons kinda freak me out. The way it snapped at her. They aren't pets. And now onto Daario. I miss the old one. I knew it was not gonna be easy, but I still don't et why they changed him ! Yes the flower scene was nice, but still !
Arya and the Hound were just awesome ! She is definitely going dark ! I cannot wait to see if the writers will follow the books on this one !
Jon Snow looked fierce. I definitely enjoyed that scene. He finally knows something LOL ! I do miss him and Ygritte but hey, this is war ! The new tribe was so creepy !!!!
All in all, solid episode, just deliciously dangerous ! Loved it !


I loved that they reintroduced Ser Dontos. I was afraid they wouldn't but they did and I am so happy! This was an excellent episode that set up so much for the rest of the season. Although it broke my heart to see Ice melted down just so Tywin could have a prized Valyrian steel blade in his house.


to all the GOT fans, I guess we are in for another emotional rollercoaster. I don't think I will personally ever forget or accept the red wedding episode, but as Tyrion said to Sansa and this I know to be true or as I would have put it: the world carries on regardless, even in death... for me it felt like a slow start compared to season three, however I guess it must be the quiet before the storm that is coming... finally I loved how Arya spilled the blood of a monster that deserved to die for killing many innocents. I can't wait for her to spill more and more blood of those who deserve to die for their sins...because death would be easy, they should suffer...

@ lee

The first episode and a half of Season 3 was a recap of Season 2. Season 4 episode 1 moves the story forward.


What happened to the actor that played Daario in season 3?

@ Kimber14

They replaced him. when I heard I was not happy at all. It didn't get any better when watching the episode. Don't know why they changed the actor...

@ Emy

Actually i think the old actor quit to be in another movie that's why they had to replace him.

@ Rose

Oh okay... no problem...

@ Emy

In my opinion, I thought the actor who played Daario (introduced last year) was just a little too......well, for lack of a better word...."pretty," for an acclaimed warrior. The Actor (the Nashville guy) has a more rugged look and more consistent of that character from the books, without the colored hair and beard. Again, IMO.

@ rush

I will have to wait and see. I do think that short hair might suit him best... Again time will. Tell. Will rewatch now, see how it goes lol.

Liz hummel

For the love of god her name is not Khaleesi! It's her title. If you want to use it that way than at least call her "the Khalessi" like "the Queen" or "the Hound" Her name is Daenerys and if this too complicated just call her Dany as her brother did. This really annoys me. I mean you wouldn't talk about a kingly character on a show and call him "your grace" in the review, would you?
Sorry this really come across a bit harsh. I just see it everywhere and it bothers me ;)
Anyway loved the episode. Was a very good start. Loved the introduction of Oberyn. Lot of funny lines, even Joffrey cracked me up, dissing his...well...close relative. Nothing compares to: "What the fuck is a Loomy?" though.

C f ohara
@ Liz Hummel

HAHAHA yes Liz, that was some tear you just went off on, but all good in my book. Everyone in my circles refers to her as such, so that's why it naturally comes out when I write. Also, on the show, those around her address her as "Khaleesi" not The Khaleesi or my Khaleesi. For me, it's not the same as someone being addressed as "your grace" or "my King" and then me referring to them as Grace or King, like Cleo McDowell in Coming to America. Maybe I'll start referring to her as Mhysa just to really get everyone fired up. Kidding of course. Going forward I will be using "Dany" to make everyone happy and my life easier. And TY for the clarification on the sword being Ice. Much appreciated. The DVD's I get from HBO don't have the "previously on G.O.T." clips before the episode, so I missed that.

@ Chris O'Hara

Chris, loved your review, and look forward to this seasons reviews succeeding each presentation. Because of the differences between the books and the HBO presentation, I do have a simple question; Have you read the books? No reason for asking, just thought I would ask.
PS: When you mentioned, "Khaleesi" we knew who you meant. Warm regards.

C f ohara
@ rush

I read G.O.T., but not the others. And TY for the warm regards. I'll just be referring to her as Dany like I did last season to make life easier on us all.

@ Liz Hummel

The common people like use the titles as names, as elect poor candidates for presidents or congressman.


I wonder if Arya will start her 'journey' away from The Hound this season? The book readers know what I'm talking about... That's the storyline I'm looking forward to the most. As for Daenerys, I hope they don't follow the books storyline to a T with her, because IMO, she got really boring really fast in the latter books.


Sigh. Her name is Daenerys Targaryen, not Khaleesi.


I'm not sure many non book readers will get that it was actually ned Starks sword ice that was melted down, thought they tried to show that it was during the "previously on game of thrones" clip at the beginning of the episode. I agree with Stevo that it was one of the saddest moments for me during the premiere and made me hate Tywin even more, which I didn't think was possible.

@ Nicole

For readers or non-readers, this is the true falls of Tywin, already appointed by Oberyn
The lannisters think that their gold and their sigil the rest of people should respect them, but as the Stark shows, the respect must be earned with respect, and justice, not honor directly
Thats why the motto "the north remembers"

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Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 1 Quotes

Jaime: I suppose you want the sword back.
Tywin: Keep it. A one handed man with no family needs all the help he can get.

Tywin: The war is over, the king is safe.
Jaime: The king is never safe.