Well, today, HBO aired the last episode of one of the most epic series of all time: Game of Thrones. In other news, Sansa Stark celebrated Father's Day by watching (forcefully) her daddy's head mounted on a spike by her lovely husband....and getting slapped in the process. Painful yes but justice is about to be resumed in King's Landing as Tyrion Lannister was appointed Hand of the King. Remember that one episode when Joffrey got slapped in the face fifteen times by our lovely little Imp? Well, signs of things to come I know.
I feel fortunate to be able to enjoy the book and then, to see its characters painted in vivid details on the show. How would I know Arya would look that cute as a boy with the short hairs? I like her even more now !!! And, Gendry Baratheon, what a handsome young bastard he turns out to be. Mark my words. These two will be a couple (this is not a spoiler).
There are several goosebumps moments in this one. Robb being proclaimed the King in the North by his bannermen. Jon and the Night's watch oath reciting scene in the woods (Did Samwell Tarly just got knocked off his horse by a tree branch? Yes, he did). And finally, oh, finally, the DRAGONS !!! If Dany had walked into the pyre and season 1 had ended without the dragons' debut, I swear I would have gone to bed crying tonight. The dragons looked bad-ass and yes, there are three. Three freaking dragons, the only three alive. All these years being a guy, never before I was so indifferent to those boobies as of today. My eyes were transfixed on the dragons ! They will fucking rule alright.
Well, so it ends. Tomorrow my head will retreat to the books and move on forward but my heart will long for season 2 to resume. "Winter is coming" I know but not until next Spring.
Ok, sorry HBO producers, I expected great things from this episode and you failed me. Not greatly, but you did fail me.
1. Where the heck are all the battle scenes portrayed so gloriously in the book? Tyrion actually fought and killed. He didn't take a nap (after taking the Hammer Pill) and woke up to see all had been done. He is better than that. Also, where are the battle scenes between Robb and the Kingslayer? Whatever improvements HBO made regarding the direwolves, they averted it all. Grey Wind fought like a beast in the book and pretty much won the battle for Robb in the book. I didn't even see a sight of him in this episode. Did HBO just run out of money or something? The Chinese don't do a lot of things right but the American HBO has a thing or two to learn from them regarding producing battle scenes.
2. I like that Shae is more than a whore in the serie. She is hot, has some cool accent, and has this sexy mystique about her that even I adore, let a lone a dwarf. Ok, alright, I'm not as cool as Tyrion so he has the girl.
3. So, Joffren is a stinky liar and Ned is a loving father who chose Love over Honor. What else is new? Right, Joffren is king and Ned's head is now on a spike. Before you get mad and start mourning, that boy-king won't be holding on the his little crown long with the way he is ruling. Shedding blood right in front of Baelor the Bless is a bad omen...
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?
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