Hello and welcome to Tube Talk’s coverage of Game of Thrones season four! The HBO mega hit is gonna be covered bi-weekly, two episodes at a time to give more time for discussing all what happened, and also cause I am doing a lot of work and need a break every now and then.
So warning, there lay SPOILERS! ALL THE SPOILERS!
With that said, let’s start with season four’s first two offerings of “Two Swords” and “The Lion and the Rose.”
Game of Thrones: Season Four: Episode 1: Two Swords: GRADE A
We open the season with the Rains of Castamere playing in the background. STOP RUNNING AND SIT DOWN! No Tywin Lannister is taking the Stark ancestral sword, Ice, and making into two swords. He gives one to Jaime, who is having a bit of a rough time adjusting to life back in King’s Landing with his right hand being gone, but he is the new Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Meanwhile Prince Oberyn arrives for Joffrey and Margaery’s wedding, attending in place of his older brother, Prince Doran Martell. In a conversation with Tyrion, he reveals he’s truly there to get revenge on the Lannister’s for the rape and death of his sister.
Up North, Ygritte argues with Tormund Giantsbane about their next move before Styr and his group of cannibal Thenns interrupt. Jon Snow is being tried at Castle Black where he admits to killing Qhorin Halfhand, sleeping with Ygritte, and learned of the wildlings’ plan. He is threatened with death but eventually released.
Daenerys meanwhile across the Narrow Sea continues on with her journey as she attempts to learn more of the lifestyle and culture of the slaves she is freeing.
We end the premier with Arya and The Hound in the Riverlands where she reclaims her sword, Needle, from Polliver. Then proceeds to straight up murder him the same way he did Lommy. The episode ends revealing the Riverlands have been desolated and ruined by The Mountain and his men.
Game of Thrones: Season Four: Episode 2: The Lion and the Rose: GRADE A
Beginning in the Dreadfort, Ramsay Snow hunts down a girl in the woods for good sport with the help of his servant Reek, the artist formerly known as Theon Greyjoy, and Myranda. Ramsay’s father, Roose arrives with new wife Walda in hand. Roose then reveals his next objective is to kill all remaining Stark children, Bran and Rickon.
Speaking of, we meet up with them Beyond the Wall along with Hodor, Jojen, and Meera, Bran is using his warg abilities to see through the eyes of his direwolf, Summer, and kills a doe. Bran is spending too much time as Summer and if he spends too much time as Summer, he will be cut off from his human body.
Over at Dragonstone, Melisandre orders several people to be burned at the stake as tribute to the Lord of Light.
Now for where the majority of our show takes place, King’s Landing for Joffrey and Margaery. Tyrion and Jaime share breakfast talking about his hand and Tyrion sets up for Jaime to learn swordplay with his left hand with Bronn. Shae is discovered by the Queen and soon will tell Tywin, so Tyrion breaks up with Shae in an effort to save her life and ship her across the Narrow Sea. The wedding happens, barbs are traded, gifts offered, wine drank. A merry time. Oh until Joffrey is poisoned from wine, dies, and Cersei accuses Tyrion of killing her son and has him arrested.
These two episodes remind us of something. As much as we love all the dragons, white walkers, fighting and battle sequence, and fantasy elements, this is a character based show. These episodes are filled to the brim with great character work and moments. Daenerys telling her men to stop fucking around, Tyrion and Jaime’s breakfast conversation, Arya retrieving Needle, and Tyrion and Shae’s conversation.
That to me gets overshadowed by the, granted, much bigger event of the episode but its a testament to Peter Dinklage and Sibel Kekilli as its a real heartbreaker of a scene that Tyrion truly love this woman. He has to continue his sham of a marriage to Sansa Stark. Its a punch to the gut. The emotion and direction of the scene makes it work well and never seem melodramatic. Its great direction.
But now on to what everyone has waited for. JOFFREY’S DEAD!
Yes the Purple Wedding as its being called, oh I should mention, I haven’t read the books at all so in the comments, no spoilers about what happens in the books from what’s happened in the episode.
Anyway, the Purple Wedding was a grand event, Joffrey was giving the other sword Tywin made, had dwarves reenact the War of the Five King, and Tyrion is made Joffrey’s cup bearer which leads to him being accuse by Cersei. Tyrion was the one who gave him the wine to wash down his wedding cake.
The event was long in the making for those that just hate this little bastard, myself included, but I must say Jack Gleeson did some great acting. He as very good in the role and he played a sadistic, evil little bastard well. I hate the character, but I’m suppose to and its thank to the great acting of Jack Gleeson in the role that it was realized from George R.R.Martin’s works.
As for the rest the episodes again just great acting across the board and we get caught up to what is going on with everyone since the finale last June. Effects are still great and I’m excited for what’s next.
Join back in two weeks for recaps and thoughts on “Breaker of Chains” and “Oathkeeper”.