Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 5 – Kissed By Fire

Season 3 Episode 5 – Kissed By Fire

I apologize for missing last week. I’ve been busy.

Overall Thoughts: Last week was the best episode of the Season and featured perhaps the best episode ending of the entire series (Blackwater and the beheading of Ned would be the others). This episode didn’t disappoint either. It was very solid and had some great, great scene work. The bathhouse scene with Jaime and Brienne did not disappoint. I told you in the beginning that you would like Jaime and a lot of people are jumping on the bandwagon!  He is on the road to redemption.

Grade: A-

The show opens with Thoros giving a prayer.

“For the night is dark and full of terrors.”

He is prepping Beric for his one-on-one battle with the Hound. Thoros ignites Dondarrion’s blade and it is ON!

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Shit just got real.

They knock a bunch of shit around and Thoros has to move Arya out of the way at one point. Beric gets the upper hand and lights the Hounds’ shield on fire. The crowd starts chanting “guilty” and Arya gets into it as well. The Hound battles back and out of nowhere cleaves Beric’s shoulder in half, it had to be a death blow.

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“Well, that didn’t go according to plan.”

The Red Priest goes to Beric’s aid and starts praying for him. Arya goes after the Hound herself, but Gendry intervenes.

The Hound laughs and says, “I guess their god likes me more than your butcher’s boy.”

I laugh. Why did I laugh? That shit isn’t funny.

Why do I like the Hound so much? Oh, I remember.

Arya tells him to burn in hell and Beric stands up. I thought he was dead?

“He will but not today.” – Beric Dondarrion

He is alive?!? WTF?

I thought you were done for Dondarrion!

North of the Wall, Orell is all up Jon’s ass asking questions about how many Crows are at Castle Black, which castles are manned and stuff. Jon surely doesn’t appreciate the game of 20 questions.

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“What’s with all the questions, bird man?

“What happens to your eagle after I kill you? Does he drift away like a kite with the strings cut or does he just flop dead to the ground.”

Jon is finally starting to be a badass.

The true badass, Tormund Giantsbane steps in.

After things settle down, Ygritte steals Jon’s sword and runs into a cave. She starts stripping. It looks like she wants Jon’s other sword as well.

“I want you to see me. All of me.”

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Oh we see you Ygritte. We see YOU!

The start making out and Jon goes South of the WALL! Wowzers!

“You know nothing Jon…OH OH!”

She then asks Jon the best question ever posed on GOT:

“That thing you did with your mouth, is that what lords do to their ladies in the south?”

Snow’s response:

“I don’t know I just wanted to kiss you there is all.”

Damn son. You a smoothie, definitely a smoothie.

We find out Jon was a virgin, or a maid.

Ygritte starts talking about all the dick she has gotten and Jon changes the subject. They hop in the water and start going at it again. Maybe she should have bathed before he went down on her! Courtesy Ygritte, courtesy!

Back in the other cave, the Hound wants his gold. They argue and set him free, but not before these parting words…

“The Lord of Light isn’t done with you yet!”

Roose Bolton is presented with the Kingslayer, Jaime Lannister.

“You’ve lost a hand.” – Roose to Jaime

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No shit Sherlock.

Roose frees Brienne.

Jaime asks about word from the capital and Roose makes it sound like Cersei is dead, but then pulls a just kidding! Weird. What a freak.

Jaime collapses and heads off the see the Maester Qyburn, who wants to take the whole arm, but Jaime isn’t down for that.

He don’t want no stinking Milky of the Poppy! That’s right. Jaime is no pussy bitch.

Also, this exchange is great.

“There will be pain.” – Qyburn

“I’ll scream. – Kingslayer

“Quite a bit of pain.” – Kybin

“I’ll scream loudly”

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He made his sister scream as well. Cheap joke, sorry.

In King’s Landing, Cersei puts Littlefinger on assignment to find out what the Tyrells are up to.

Meanwhile, Lady Olenna is meeting with Tyrion and she is her usually thorny self.

“Gods boy that’s enough we’re not in a tavern.”

“I always take figs in the afternoon. They help move the bowels.”

Gross.

Tyrion wants to cut costs for the Royal Wedding. Lady Olenna says no way, and disses Tyrion.

“I was told you were a drunk, impertinent and thoroughly divulged. You will imagine my disappointment and finding nothing but a brow beaten book keeper.”

Damn! Tyrion does need to get back to being his cheery, drunken self.

After a bit, she offers to pay for half and Tyrion is pleased.

Back to Arya, who is talking to Gendry and he informs her that he is going to stay and work for the Brotherhood. Arya argues with him for a while, but Gendry makes a good point.

“I’ve served men my entire life.”

She walks away. Arya lost another friend.

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AWWWWWWW. Tear.

At Riverrun, Rickard Karstark and company kill the little Lannister boys.

What a fuck head.

Robb is told, and he is PISSSSSSED!

His council, Edmure, Catlyn and Talisa all want him to keep Karstark as a hostage. He decides to hang them all and kill Rickard Karstark even though he will lose many, many men, about half.

“This one was only the watcher. Hang him last so he can watch the others die.”

DAAAAAMN.

“He has to die.”

It is raining outside. This scene is very similar to when Theon cut off that guys’ head in season 2. Unlike Theon, it only took one swing for Robb. He is a home run hitter.

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“Kill me and be cursed. You are no King of mine.”

What a sweet scene.

We follow the fire back to Arya, who is going through her special psycho list of people she wants to die.

Thoros is boozing, and tells Arya that they are going to ransom her. They don’t want too, but…

Thoros again

“We need the gold.”

I love Thoros.

Beric joins the party and tells Arya he has died before. What?

How many times?

“Five I think. No, this will be six.”

And you’ve been got by both the Mountain and the Hound?

“Second time I’ve been killed by a Clegane.”

Does it make you feel weird?

“Every time I come back, I’m a bit less.”

Arya wants to know if Thoros could bring back Ned, even though he is sans head.

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“Sorry, sweetie, ain’t no coming back from this!”

Doesn’t work that way apparently. Good thought though!

We meet Stannis’ wife. She is big into the Lord of Light.

Apparently he keeps her locked in a tower. Melisandre has been snitching on Stannis though.

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“I know you’ve been creeping with other tricks and I don’t give a damn.”

She also has three dead babies in jars. This bitch is crazier than the rest of the crazies.

“When she told me, I wept with joy.”

“She gave you a son.”

No, she gave him a vagina monster.

Stannis wants to see his daughter, Shireen

She has some sort of shingles on her face. I think it is called greyscale in the books.

Shireen

“Hey, at least I’m better looking than Honey Boo Boo.”

She has a very pretty voice though. It looks like she is locked in a tower as well.

The girl is a real sweetheart. She wants to know if the Onion Knight is with him, and Stannis tells her the Onion Knight has been a bad boy.

“He is rotting in a dungeon cell for his crime.”

Back with Jaime and Brienne, who is naked as her name day taking a bath.

Jaime jumps in with her and Brienne is shook.

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“There is another tub.”

He starts prodding her about Renly again and he apologizes.

Once again Renly gets more postmortem love than he did when he was alive.

Jaime goes into the story that helped to make him my favorite character.

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“I should’ve told everyone that King was cray.”

“Do you think the honorable Ned Stark wanted to hear my side? He judged me guilty the moment he sent eyes on me. By what right does the wolf judge the lion?”

He has just lived with so much hate for so long. What a powerful scene. The ending was a bit over the top, with him moaning “my name is Jaime,” but it was great nonetheless.

Back on Dragonstone, Davos is visited by Stannis’ young daughter. She wants to teach him to read. How sweet.

“This word is Aegon.”

We jump back to Essos and Jorah Mormont and Barristan are discussing Thoros and being knighted.

“All I could think off was how badly I had to piss.”

Selmy also speaks about how Robert Baratheon and Aerys were bad kings and how Dany would be a good ruler.

Speaking of, Dany tells the Unsullied they can change their names. The chosen leader Grey Worm would rather keep his name. It is his lucky name.

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“Just don’t call me Dracarys.”

“Red Flea, Black Rat. Names that remind them who they are. Vermin.”

By the way, how cool is the language they speak. It sounds awesome.

Selmy and Mormont continue to talk and Mormont is tyring to find out if Barristan knows about his betrayal.

Barristan then really pisses off Jorah, but inferring that he would make Dany look bad back in Westeros. Jorah tells him to fuck off.

In Riverrun, Robb is working on a new strategy now that the Karstarks have left him. He determines that he will attack Casterly Rock with the help of Walder Frey. Yes, the same Walder Frey that he screwed over before. Is this a good plan? Most likely some concessions will have to be made.

“I’m going to take their home away from them.”

Also, Talisa tells Robb she doesn’t even know where Winterfell is.

Wasn’t she of noble birth? They don’t teach them geography across the sea? I don’t think that adds up.

Sansa and Margaery are chilling in the garden watching Loras spar. Sansa wants to know when she will be wed to Loras. She also believes that Joffrey won’t let it happen.

Margaery thinks otherwise.

“And only one to let you go. Because it will please me.”

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Every dude watching the show would like to please you.

She is awful full of herself, and I like it.

All of a sudden one of the squires is hitting on Loras and we cut to them in the bedroom trying to poke each other with fleshy spears.

“That didn’t take long.” – Littlefinger.

Which part was he referring to?

The squire was a spy for Lord Baelish, and he informs Littlefinger that Loras is engaged to be wed. That cunning bastard Littlefinger figured it out in about ten seconds.

He meets with Sansa to confirm the rumor, and Sansa all of a sudden wants to stay. Littlefinger is way to smart for that shit.

Finally, we come to the closing scene. It was fucking awesome.

Tyrion meets with Tywin and Cersei is already there wanting as well.

“Your sister has learned that your new friends the Tyrells are plotting to marry Sansa Stark to Ser Loras.”

Tyrion finds this amusing.

“Missing some of Loras’ favorite bits, but I’m sure they’ll make do.”

Tywin does not, apparently Sansa is the key to the North.

Tywin is setting up everything up for a huge bomb.

“We will find Sansa Stark a different husband.”

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TYRION!

The half-man is not down with this plan, but Tywin insists.

“The girls’ happiness is not my concern, nor should it be yours.”

“You will wed her bed her and put a child in her. Surely your capable of that.”

They debate some more and the information that Tyrion has been married before pops up.

“I was wed.”

Then Charles Dance delievers three words in such a powerful way.

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“Only too well.”

He says it through his teeth, and that shit seriously gave me chills.

Cersei is super excited about the developments, then Tywin flips it on her. She has to marry Loras Tyrell.

Now she is all, “Daddy, NO!”

“I’m Queen Regent, not some brood mare.”

Tywin insists again.

“You’re my daughter. You will do as I command!”

Tywin gets up and leaves the room.

“My children,” he says with disgust. “You’ve disgraced the Lannister name for far too long.”

Cut to black.

Holy FUCK! This show is even exciting when it is planning weddings! What other show can possibly say that?

 

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Tyrion Mouths Off

The fellas over at guyism.com put together a wonderful video of some of the best the one liners that Tyrion Lannister (DINKLAGE!!!) spits out on Game of Thrones.

It is quite entertaining.

Some of my favorites include:

“Where is the God of Tits and Wine?”

“In my own bed at the age of 80, with a belly full of wine and a girls’ mouth around my cock.”

“You should taste her fish pie.”

“I made the bald man cry!”

For more Dinklage, you can also check out this interview he did for Playboy Magazine.

Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 3 – Walk of Punishment

Season 3 –Episode 3 – “Walk of Punishment”

Overall Thoughts: We touched in with almost everyone and some people we haven’t seen in a while. The cliffhanger ending was excellent, but I’m sure the critics who complain about the pacing of the show will be whining once again. I think things are really starting to ramp up and we are about to hit the ground running in Episodes 4 through 10. Every storyline is starting to come along and I have really liked some of the changes they have made to pack everything from early on in the book into three episodes. I am still not a huge fan of the Theon storyline, because I know where it leads, but you can’t say that horse chase wasn’t exciting.

Grade: B+

We open at a funeral. The Stark clan sends Catelyn’s father down river. Edmure Tully is supposed to light the fire with a flaming arrow, but he can’t hit shit. Three misses in a row, pathetic. His Uncle Brynden “the Blackfish” Tully grabs the bow out of Edmure’s hand and lights that son of a bitch on the first try.

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“I got this shit.”

We cut inside and Edmure wants to talk about the mill he took in battle. Blackfish tells him the shut his trap and make sure to call Robb “King”.

Robb is also pissed at Edmure because he didn’t listen to his plan, and lead the Mountain into a trap.

“He is a mad dog without a strategic thought in his head. I could have his head on a spike by now.”

208 men were lost in the Mill battle and Robb ain’t happy about it.

“We need our men more than Tywin needs his!”

Richard Madden was extremely convincing with this speech. I love how the show is making Robb seem like much more of a capable leader.

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“What the fuck, Edmure?”

We jump to a small council meeting and Petyr Baelish cuts off Varys and Maester Pycelle to get a seat next to Tywin, who is sitting at the head of the table. Speaking of Varys it is the first time we have seen him this Season. This is what he looks like in real life. Look at all that hair.

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“Yeah, I got a dick in real life too.”

Cersei joins the meeting and moves her chair up next to Tywin on his right. Varys gives her the best dirty look and then Tyrion moves his chair opposite of Tywin, but he does so in a way only Tyrion could. He drags it along the floor noisily and boy is it funny. I love the way Dinklage plays it.

Tywin wants to know about Jaime, but no one has any notion of where he is and the Hand doesn’t like that shit.

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“How did I get stuck with this group of idiots?”

They move onto other topics and we discover the Littlefinger is going to marry Lysa Arryn the Queen of the Vale. You remember her right, the crazy bitch who breast feeds a 12 year old and acts all nutty with her tit always popping out?

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“I’m a crazy bitch.”

“She has always been positively predisposed towards me.”

How cocky of you Baelish. I love it.

“The Young Wolf can add his own aunt to the list of people who have taken up arms against him.” – Tywin

Tyrion points out that with Littlefinger out there won’t be a Master of Coin. Tywin agrees and tells Tyrion that he will be the new Master of Coin.

“I’m quite good at spending money, but a lifetime of outrageous wealth hasn’t taught me much about managing it.”

We jump to the captured Jaime and Brienne. The group of Boltons men is singing the Bear and the Maiden Fair.

Jaime is bitching at Brienne because he wasn’t armed when they were taken. Brienne points out that he actually was and then hits him with a burn.

“All my life I’ve been hearing Jaime Lannister, what a brilliant swordsman. You were slower than I expected and more predictable.”

“Maybe people just love to praise a famous name.”

Jaime makes a few excuses, then turns shit serious.

“You’ll be raped… If you fight them they will kill you.”

He suggests she just takes it. After showing that maybe he does care about her a little, he goes back to the barbs.

“Close your eyes and pretend it is Renly.”

Is it just me or does Renly get mentioned more often in season 3 then in any season he was actually in? His name comes up at least twice an episode.

Meanwhile at the Inn, Gendry is helping Thoros with his armor. Arya is annoyed that Gendry would help the Red Priest. She spots the Hound, who continues to be awesome when talking about how using a bow is for pussies.

“Cowards weapon. I like to fight up close. I like to see a man’s face when I put the steel in him.”

Arya asks if he remembers the last time he was here. Why? I can’t remember either.

Oh yeah, this is the Inn he killed Arya’s buddy the baker boy at way back in season 1. Thanks Todd!

“It looks like every other shit inn on the road.”

God his delivery is excellent.

Hot Pie tells Gendry and Arya that he is staying. Apparently he is quite the baker. Who would have guessed that a fat kid can bake?

He gives Arya a piece of bread shaped like a wolf.

Hot Pie tells Gendry, “Don’t get stabbed.”

Gendry tells Hot Pie, “You don’t…burn your fingers.”

Ha! Hilarious.

Gendry rolls out awkwardly and Arya says goodbye.

The head out on horse back.

Back in Riverrun Cat is talking to her Uncle Blackfish about war and her dad.

“Your father was a stubborn old ox. I was surprised when he died, didn’t think death had the patience.”

Cat is reminded of her children and she gets sad.

“I wonder how many times did Bran or Rickon stare across the moors of Winterfell waiting for me to return? I will never see them again.”

She cries, again.

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“I’m a tear factory.”

Blackfish tells her she has to remain strong for Robb.

Talisa is tending to the wounds of two young Lannisters.

They ask if the rumors about Robb are true, and she starts toying with them.

“My husband doesn’t eat children. Unless it is a full moon.”

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“Robb only eats me during the full moon as well. He’s a selfish lover.”

Up North we have a crop circle of dead horses. What the fuck?

“You said there was dead crows.” – Mance

“There was.” – Orell

“You know what those men are now.” – Mance

Mance says you shouldn’t bet against Mormon and then decides it is time to strike. He tells Tormund to take Jon and climb the wall. He tells Gianstbane to toss Jon if he doesn’t follow orders.

“Throw him off the wall. See if crows can fly.”

He asks that they wait for a signal. “What signal?”, Orell asks.

“When it’s time, I’m going to light the biggest fire the North has ever seen!”

Well okay then! That will be hard to miss I’m guessing.

At Craster’s Keep the Night’s Watch try to regroup. They look like hell.

Craster is an asshole as always. His daughter is giving birth and he wants her to pipe down.

“Tell her to bite down on a rag, or she can bite down on my fist.”

He picks on Sam.

“Well look at him. He is a walking feast!”

Gilly is the one giving birth, and Sam sneaks in for a peep show. Perv.

It is a boy and as soon as Gilly spots him he runs. Just like a peeping Tom!

And then there was X, or at least the X Theon is tied to.

The sweeper kid from last week is here to save the day!

“If you can’t ride you don’t stand a chance.”

“I can ride.”

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Ride Bitches that is!

He frees Theon and sends him on his way.

At Dragonstone, Melisandre is leaving and Stannis doesn’t understand why. She is heading wherever the fires show her to go.

Stannis also wants another son, but Melisandre says he can’t handle it.

“You don’t have the strength.”

“Your fires burn low my king.”

There is another way though.

“There are others with your blood in their veins. First there must be sacrifices. The lord of light demands it.”

Stannis also mentions Renly in this scene as well. Man that dude gets a ton of chat about him.

We hop to Astapor and Dany tries to give a slave water. He would rather die.

Barristan wants to leave Astapor.

“We can find sellswords at Pentos and Myr.”

Jorah wants to stay.

They argue for a bit.

“The unsullied are not men. They do not rape.”

Barristan talks about Rhaegar, Dany’s brother.

“They followed him into battle because they loved him.”

Selmy tells her that he fought with the last dragon.

Dany tells him “I’m the last Dragon bitch!”

I thought the last dragon was Bruce Lee, but whatever.

She tells Kraznys that she will buy all the Unsullied.

As usual he insults her and it is hilarious.

“The slut thinks she can flash her tits and and make us give her whatever she wants.”

Dany wants the half-trained boys as well.

“I will have them all or take none.”

Kraznys says she can only afford a few.

“Her ship is worth 100, and this because I like the curve of her ass.”

This dude is so, sexist.

How does she purpose to pay for the other 7,877 Unsullied?

Dany offers up a dragon. A DRAGON? WHAT?

Jorah and Barristan beg her not to.

“One.” Dragon, the biggest dragon.

Done.

As a gift Dany wants Messandei. I want Messandei too! Damn she is fine.

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This one like.

Outside, Dany gets all pissy and tells Jorah and Barristan not to embarrass her in public.

Dany and Messandi walk and talk, and it is a walk of hotness.

We discover what Valar Morgulis means.

“All men must die.”

But they aren’t men.

At Littlefinger’s office, Tyrion is picking up some books and Pod is checking out Ros’s tits.

Littlefinger and Tyrion discuss debt and Ros.

“I did fuck her once.”

“I know.” – Littlefinger

I thought it was twice!

Tyrion asks for advice and Baelish tells him to keep a low profile.

“They’re only numbers. Numbers on paper. Once you understand that it is easy to make them behave. Trivial even. You want a real challenge? Try whores.”

“I’ve tried a few.”

Bronn is hitting on some sluts and continues to be awesome.

“Unless Lord twat beard made up a bunch of numbers to hide what he was really up to.”

Twat Beard!

Tyrion and Bronn bought not one, not two, but three whores for Pod.

Number 1 is good with first timers.

“She is not bad with second timers either.”

Number 2 is a good spear handler, and number three can even preform a proper Myrennese Knot!

Bronn gives the boy some advice, “Pace yourself lad!”

Yes!

At Tyrion’s hangout he discovers that Littlefinger has been borrowing money from Casterly Rock and the Iron Bank of Braavos.

Tyrion explains the concept of a loan to Tyrion.

“If we fail to repay these loans, they will fund our enemies. One way or another, they always get there money back.”

Pod shows up and we find out that the whores didn’t make him pay.

“What did you do to them?” Bronn asks.

“All kinds of stuff.”

“These ladies enjoyed him so much they gave him their time for free?” – Bronn

“We are going to need details. Copious details.” – Tyrion

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Apparently Pod is hung like a mule!

Theon is on the run and an arrow whizzes right by his head. Some men on horseback are after him. They have a cool jaunt through the woods, and Theon is dehorsed.

That must have hurt.

His chasers beat on him a bit, then we find out that in Westeros they ass fuck runaways.

Theon is not happy about this.

“I’m going to fuck you into the dirt.”

What?!? I don’t think I was supposed to laugh at this line, but I did.

Arrows begin to fly into Theon’s captors.

He is saved once again. No ass fucking for Theon. Not today anyway.

Brienne and Jaime are tied to different trees, and as expected the boys are going to try to rape Brienne.

It looks as if rape is the theme of this week’s episode.

She fights and gets beat down.

Jaime tells the man in charge that Brienne is from Tarth, and that her father would pay if she is returned unharmed.

“The call it the Sapphire Isles…Sapphires are gemstones, the good ones.”

His lie seems to work. They decide not to rape her.

“Your father he pay your weight in gold to get you back?” – Locke

Jaime goes into full on Lannister mode and tries to buy his way out.

“Lands, titles you will have them all. The North can’t win this war.”

“Fighting bravely for a losing cause is admirable. Fighting for a winning cause is much more rewarding.”

Jaime then smoothly gets the man to free him from his chains and even give him a nice meal.

They take him over to a table and slam his head into it.

I thought they were going to feed him!

Locke then goes into a rant.

“If you get in any trouble all you have to do is say my father and that’s it all your troubles are gone.”

“Careful you don’t want to say the wrong thing. You are nothing without your daddy, and your daddy ain’t here.”

Then he cuts Jaime’s hand off!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy Shit! This scene was tense and awesome. Another great cliffhanger.

Jaime’s transformation is just beginning and I can’t wait to see how they handle the rest of the season.

Even though I thought it was a great and emotional ending, I could only think of this scene.

See you next week!

Game of Thrones – Season 3 Episode 2 – Dark Wings, Dark Words

Welcome to the Game of Thrones recap. I am a huge fan of the show and I have read all the books, or listened to the audiobooks. I don’t spoil anything, but I do make some comparisons to the book.

Season 3 – Episode 2 – Dark Wings, Dark Words

Overall thoughts: Much like last week’s episode, Dark Wings, Dark Words was fairly slow, was but it was necessarily so because we only caught up with about half of the characters in the premiere. The Jaime and Brienne showdown was not as good as I hoped, but anytime the Kingslayer gets a lot of screen time I will be pleased. He is my favorite character. Many people ask why, but if you keep watching you will find out. We also finally caught up with Arya, a favorite of many a GoT fan, Bran, and Theon.

Grade: B-

We open with Bran running through the forest. It is likely a dream because we all know Bran’s legs are busted. The three-eyed Raven swoops in and Bran, god he looks much older than last year, prepares to take a shot at it with his bow. Out of nowhere Jon Snow and Robb show up. They give him some advice, but he still misses. They laugh at him and then Ned Stark’s voice comes from above. Another boy appears. It is Jojen Reed!

“You can’t kill it you know…Because the Raven is you.”

Bran wakes up to see the wolves, Rickon, Hodor, and Osha. Bran describes his dream to Osha, but she doesn’t want to hear it. She isn’t a fan of the dark arts in this universe either.

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“Keep that shit to yourself, Bran.”

We jump to Robb and his woman, Talisa. She tells him that her mother used to say that Westerosi were grim bearded, stinking Barbarians. They start to make out and Roose Bolton rolls in with word from Riverrun and Winterfell. It is bad news as expected. Dark Wings, Dark Words, a nice nod to the show’s title.

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Roose always be cock blocking.

Robb tells Catelyn that they are heading to Riverrun because her pops kicked the bucket and she wonders if she will be wearing manacles at the funeral.

He also lets her know that the roof is on fire in Winterfell and they don’t need no water because no one has seen Bran and Rickon either.

Catelyn asks if Robb has received any demands from Theon. He hasn’t.

If you say his name his name he will appear and we cut to Theon tied up, being tortured. He doesn’t know why he is being tortured, and his captor won’t tell him, but he will shove a piece of metal through his finger. Ouch. This happened in the books, but it happened off screen. They are likely going to show Theon’s storyline because Alfie Allen was so good last season.

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“Last season I was stabbing bitches, but now bitches be stabbing me!”

Next up we are in a field and yes, it is the Jaime and Brienne road show! Jaime’s wit is on full display. He is sick of Brienne and isn’t afraid to tell her about it.

“No one enjoys the company of a humorless mute. Trust me on this…You think Lady Stark’s going to want a giant toe-headed plank following her around for the rest of her life. A week’s journey with you and she’ll order you to fall on your sword.”

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“If I didn’t lay the pipe to my sister, I would be the best thing to
come out of Westeros since Balor the Blessed!”

We pause for a piss break and it looks like Brienne checks out his goods! Maybe it was just the weird camera angle though.

Jaime wants to know how Brienne came into Lady Stark’s service. Brienne tells him to mind his fucking business. Then Jaime drops this line.

“It to be recently. You weren’t with her at Winterfell…Because I visited Winterfell. I would have noticed your dower head smacking into the arch ways.”

Classic!

He keeps pressing her for info and deduces that she was in Renly’s service. He isn’t a huge fan of the dead man.

“You weren’t Renly’s type I’m afraid. He preferred curly haired little girls like Loras Tyrell.”

HAHAHA!

“It’s a shame the throne isn’t made out cocks. They’d have never got him off it!”

HAHAHAHAHAHA!

This is why he is my favorite.

They come across a traveler on the road. Jaime thinks that the man may have recognized him. He wants to kill the man so he won’t tell anyone, but Brienne isn’t down with killing random dudes on the street.

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“Just because I’m a big bitch, doesn’t mean I’m a big bitch.”

We jump back to King Joffrey. He’s the worst. He is getting his new threads and his tailor is trying to make him wear some flowers, but Joff ain’t a bitch. Fuck if he wears flowers.

Cersei thinks Joffrey should give the flowered fabric to Margaery.

“Give it to Margaery for her wedding gown. It should be enough fabric.”

Oh snap!

Cersei wants to know what Joffrey thinks about Marge, and he is happy because with the Tyrell’s at his side they can run shit.

She wants to know what he thinks about her though, not just the power her family brings.

Joff doesn’t want to talk to his mom about girls though. Who does?

“She married Renly Baratheon because she was told to. That is what intelligent women do, what they’re told.”

Joffrey is mean

“I hate women and gays. Could I get any worse?”

Yup, he is still a little shit.

We move to Sansa and Shae, discussing Littlefinger. Shae says Littlefinger wants to get it in with Sansa, but she doesn’t think so.

“He is too old.”

Shae is being super protective of Sansa.

Loras Tyrell shows up to take her to see Margaery and his grandma in the gardens.

Sansa seems to dig Loras, but as we know she is missing something he likes.

We see Margaery for the first time this episode. Good lord she is sexy.

Marge

Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?

We meet Lady Olenna, the Queen of Thorns. She has no filter.

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“I’m a straight up G, as in Grandma, and I get my cheese when I want.”

“Loras is young and very good at knocking men off horses with a stick. That does not make him wise. As to your fat head father…”

They discuss Renly and then move into an outdoor gazebo for Lemon Cakes. Sansa likes her some lemon cakes.

The reason they invited Sansa was to find out more about Joffrey.

She is scared to say anything negative about the king, but the Queen of Thorns pushes for more.

“Yes, all Lannister’s are lions, and when a Tyrell farts it smells like a rose.”

They keep on Sansa, and she finally gives in.

“He’s a monster.”

They really don’t care the wedding is still on anyway.

The Stark army is marching to Riverrun for the funeral and Lord Karstark thinks it is a waste of time. He also thinks Robb fucked up by marrying the wrong woman.

“You lost this war the day you married her.”

Talisa and Catelyn talk, as Catelyn makes a prayer circle of the seven thing. Catelyn goes into an awesome monologue about how she prayed for Jon Snow to die. He came down with the pox and she changed her mind and begged the gods to save him.

“When my husband brought that baby home from the war, I couldn’t bear to look at him. I didn’t want to see those brown strangers’ eyes staring up at me. So, I prayed to the gods. Take him away, make him die. He got the pox. And I knew that I was the worst woman who ever lived. Murderer. I condemned this poor innocent child to a horrible death all because I was jealous of his mother. A woman he didn’t even know. So I prayed to all seven gods. Let the boy live. Let him live and I’ll love him. I’ll be a mother to him. I’ll beg my husband to give him a true name. To call him Stark and be done with it. To make him one of us…And I couldn’t keep my promise. And everything that has happened since then, all this horror that has come to my family is all because I couldn’t love a motherless child.”

Wow! That was powerful. This in no way happened in the books, but it is interesting that the writers decided to make Catelyn a little more sympathetic. I really felt for her after that speech. She blames herself for all the ill that came to her family.

One thing I didn’t like though was the mention of the brown eyes. Obviously, the actor has brown eyes, but in the book Jon’s eye color is part of the reason many people speculate, who his parents really are! Major spoilers at the link!

Speaking of the bastard, we move North of the Wall to Jon Snow marching with Mance Rayder.

He tells Jon how he brought the clans together.

“I told them we were all going to die if we don’t get South, because that is the truth.”

Some dude Orell is acting all funny. He is a warg, a skin changer.

Ygritte gives Jon shit.

“You’ve never met a warg?”

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Bitch I am a warg.

Orell saw a bunch of dead crows up at the Fist of the First Men.

We move onto Sam and the rest of the Night’s Watch. They are still marching back to the wall and Sam isn’t doing too well. He can barely walk and one of his brothers is talking shit.

“Why don’t you lie down and rest for a while. You know you want to.”

Fortunately, a few of Sam’s (kind of) friends come help him up. He doesn’t want help. He resents them for leaving him back with the White Walkers.

“Your fat and your slow and we didn’t want to die.”

Joer Mormont intervenes.

“Tarly, I forbid you to die.”

Shit Joer, I didn’t know you cared. Wait, in the Night’s watch they forbid you to take any lands, they forbid you to fuck and they forbid you to die? What they hell are you supposed to do all day?

We head back to Bran in the forest. His wolf Summer knows something is up. Osha heads off to check it out and Jojen Reed, the boy from his dream in the opening of the episode appears. Osha gets the drop on him, but Jojen’s sister, Meera drops in on her. Jojen holds out his hand and the wolf likes him all of a sudden.

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“I know shit.”

Jojen seems to know a lot about Bran. He has been looking for him.

Arya, Gendry and Hot Pie are walking and Gendry is trying to figure out why Arya didn’t pick some higher profile people for Jaquan to kill.

“You could have ended the war.” – Gendry

A group of people are on the road and they are singing the Rains of Castamere. (I thought this was weird because it is a Lannister song, and these people are so not Lannisters.) They are spotted and Arya hops out. She starts acting all tough.

“Leave us be and I won’t kill you.”

This group of travelers is the Brotherhood Without Banners, the group that have been causing trouble for Tywin Lannister.

The leader is Thoros of Myr. He’s a red priest like Melisandre, but we aren’t told this on screen yet. He wants to learn more about them over dinner. Fat Pie doesn’t want to go but he is forced to when the bowman shoots an area in his general vicinity.

“Here’s the thing fat boy. When I’m done talking, that arrow is falling down on your fat head. So, I advise you move because I’m done talking.”

They then continue to make fun of his obesity.

“Half the country is starving and look at this one.”

“Maybe he is the reason half the country is starving.”

Fat Pie

“Come on guys, if I was skinny you couldn’t call me Fat Pie!”

Back in King’s Landing, Shae is in Tyrion’s bed chamber (Dinklage!!!). Tyrion is annoyed that Shae is showing up in his room. He doesn’t want his dad to know he is still bedding hos.

Shae is worried about Sansa and finds out Tyrion banged out Ros.

“Twice.”

Then, Tyrion slips up and lets Shae know he thinks Sansa is dope. She thinks he is a little perv. He kind of is.

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“What can I say, booze and women are my mainstay.”

After that talk, they start hooking up and she puts her lips around his lion.

Margaery stops in the see Joffrey. He is playing with his new crossbow. He presses her about Renly and she plays her way out of it. “I’ve considered making his perversion punishable by death.”

Apparently there is even gay bashing in Westeros.

She then turns things to the crossbow. This gets Joffrey all excited. He is a psychopath. He gets turned on by the thought of her killing something.

Back to Theon getting tortured. He captor is asking him why he took Winterfell. Theon tells him the truth, but he keeps torturing Theon anyway.

When the group leaves, one of the workers tells Theon his sister sent him to help Greyjoy escape.

This scene actually makes me feel bad for Theon.

Bran and his new friends are walking, and Jojen tells Bran about his warg ability and the three-eyed raven.

“The raven brings the sight.”

Jojen also has the sight. Jojen’s dad saved Bran’s dad. They were boys apparently.

We cut to a tavern and Thoros is trying to get Arya to drink.

“We’re not children.”

She lies about their escape from Harrenhal.

“Gendry’s a smith. He was apprentice in the armory…Gendry stole us weapons. He knows how to use a sword and so do I.”

Like a proper fool she pulls her sword on Thoros. In one move he disarms her. What the fuck was she doing?

Thoros lets the trio go, but just as they are about to head out, the rest of the Brotherhood brings in the Hound. They found him passed out drunk and captured him.

The Hound and Thoros know each other. I know I’m not supposed to like the Hound, but I love how he talks.

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“Thoros? The fuck you doing here?”

“What in seven hells are you doing with a Stark bitch.”

I didn’t even have to make those up! He is just the best.

Back to the Jaime and Brienne roadshow! They need to cross the river, but they don’t know if they should go over the bridge and risk being seen, or if they should swim.

“It’s a tough decision. Take the bridge and risk being seen…Cross by water and the current could take us or I could escape down the river.”

She elects to have them take the bridge. Jaime starts acting up and just plops down on the bridge.

“I never used to get corns…”

She tries to pick him up and he grabs her sword.

“I never understood the need for some knights to carry two swords.”

It is on.

“You move well, for a great beast of a woman.”

Brienne holds her own, but Jaime mocks her anyway.

“You shouldn’t grimace before you lunge. It gives away the game.”

He points out that she really can’t hurt him without hurting herself.

“If you kill me you fail Lady Stark, but if you don’t kill me, I’m going to kill you.”

They battle back and forth and Brienne ends up getting the better of the Kingslayer. They didn’t do a good enough job showing what a good swordsman Jaime is supposed to be. In the book he stabs her in the leg and the end up in the river where his chains restrict his movement and Brienne ends up almost drowning him.

A group of men come rolling up the road. It is the flayed men of House Bolton. The man they didn’t kill, did in fact know who Jaime was, and ratted them out.

The leader of the group is a guy named Locke. He is not in the book. In the book Jaime and Brienne are taken by a group called the Brave Companions and they are led by Vargo Hoat, (major spoilers at the link!) who was a great foil to Jaime.

Jaime tries to weasel his way out but Locke isn’t having it.

“I’d rather he takes your (head).”

It looks as if the roadshow has concluded as we cut to black.

Oh and HBO renewed the show! It was a definite, but it is still good news!

See you next week!

Why the McDonald’s All American Game Does(n’t) Matter

Last night’s McDonald’s All American game had all the elements of why all-star contests in general are unnecessary, over hyped and borderline unwatchable at times. There were missed dunks, errant alley oop attempts, passes that had no chance of being completed, players taking 20 dribbles without getting anywhere, and some extremely poor shooting. It was worse than pickup with a bunch of washed up DIII players at times.

Some members of the twitter verse were complaining about the quality of play like they were being forced to watch. The thing is, it isn’t about the game. It is about the players. It is about them meeting other elite talent from around the nation, (and Canada in Andrew Wiggins’ case) and going at each other.

The event is also about the fans. No one goes to an all-star game to see two teams run the four corners offense. It is about the spectacle. The deep three’s, the dunks and the behind the back passes. I understand that when those things are done incorrectly it can lead an ugly game, which is what we did have on our hands at times last night, but it is also important to remember that for a lot people this was the first time they saw the future stars of college (and the NBA) play. So, for all the critics of last night’s game, relax. They are all still in high school.

The West won in rather undramatic fashion 110-99. Even and idiot could have told you that was going to happen.

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They dominated a majority of the game with the lead stretching to 20 at one point.

Aaron Gordon, who I told you to watch for, ended up being the MVP. The Arizona commit scored (almost) all 24 of his points on dunks.

Andrew Wiggins, the number 1 ranked player in the nation ended up with 19 points for the East squad.

One of the best plays of the night came courtesy of Julius Randle, the lefty headed to Kentucky.

It was one of the only great passes of the night.

But, whether you thought the game was entertaining or a travesty, remember until next year, they are only kids.

McDonald’s All American Game Preview

The McDonald’s High School All American Powerade Jam Fest was last night, and a plethora of talent was on display.

Personally, I am not a huge fan of dunk contests because we have seen it all before, but the entire night of events, and especially the game which is on ESPN tonight at 9:30 PM, is one of the best ways to see all of the players who will be rented in college for a year before heading to the NBA.

My favorite to win last night’s contest was Andrew Wiggins, the 6’7″ small forward from West Virginia via Canada. If you just watched his highlights you know why. (Wiggins should have been on my list for best things out of Canada I posted earlier in the week.)

Unfortunately, Wiggins couldn’t pull off the win, but he had a few behind the back dunks and between the legs dunks that he made look easy. For my money he is the best player in his class, but I am a bit unsure about his mid-range shooting ability. Wiggins has yet to commit to any school, but it is rumored that he likes North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky. (Excuse my while I go throw up.)

The winner ended up being Chris Walker, a 6’10” PF from Florida, who signed with the Gators. None of his dunks were jump out of your seat crazy, but he was consistent and that is what earned him the win. Check out the dunk that earned him a perfect score, and you will understand what I mean.

My favorite prospects other than Wiggins are Jabari Parker (6’8″) and Julius Randle  (6’9”). ESPN has them ranked 2nd and 3rd respectively, but I have seen other scouting sites that list Randle as high as 1. Parker, a Shy town native, will be playing for Coach K at Duke next year. (Excuse me while I go vomit some more.) Randle is headed to Kentucky. (Still puking.)

Parker reminds me of Carmelo Anthony, and I mean that in the best way. He is pretty thick for his height (240 lbs as a senior!), he has lift but isn’t super explosive (more so than Melo though), and has a pretty pull-up jumper. Parker’s only concern as a been a bit of injury history. He injured his toe and then foot while in high school.

Randle reminds me a bit of Terrence Ross, the former Kentucky player. He is a lefty, power forward who dominants the interior and is very athletic, but other than a short corner jump shot I haven’t been overly impressed with his shooting ability, or at least I didn’t see it on display that often in anything I’ve found on the internet.

Speaking of Kentucky, that is where the Harrison twins will be attending in the fall. Andrew (6’5″) is the top point guard in the country. He is silky smooth, finds his way into the lane easily, has great vision and can finish strong at the rack.

Aaron plays shooting guard and is also ranked numero uno for that position. He is the better long range shooter in the family (so far) and his passing ability is on par with his brother.

Another player to watch is Arizona commit Aaron Gordon (6’8″). The kid can absolutely soar, has good handle for his size, might be the best shot blocker of the class, and has been compared to Blake Griffin. The kid is a motor guy and I expect him to do the dirty work in tonight’s All American game.

For all my friends who are UNC fans, here is video of Kennedy Meeks AKA Sean May with a J.

He could be better than May if he loses they baby weight.

Finally, possibly the most entertaining player of this year’s class wasn’t even invited. That distinction belongs to Aquille Carr. He is flashy, can shoot and finish over bigger defenders. The issue is all of the defenders are bigger than him. The kid is only 5’7″. He also dropped in scouting rankings because of what some call selfish play compounded with off-court issues and the fact that he is skipping college.

Here is the full roster for the game.

Thrift Shop – It Is Time To Die

Overplay. It happens to bad songs. It happens to good songs, even to great songs. It has happened to “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

When I first heard the snappy beat with the Sax on top, coupled with the fresh lyrics by Macklemore and the catchy hook by Wanz, I feel in love.

I’ll admit, I was late to the party. I didn’t even share it on Facebook or Twitter until January, but I was ensnared nonetheless.

It is now time for the song to die though, and it is sad. You see the video came out in late August and the track was released prior to that and it is still Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song has been on heavy rotation on all the major radio stations (Pandora included) for far to long. They hammered us over the head with it, and now we have to fight back. Don’t bump it in your car anymore. Don’t turn it up in your headphones when you are at the gym. Don’t watch the video on Youtube, and don’t hum the tune to yourself at work or in class.

Instead, let’s find a new song to feverishly latch onto. We can even start with another Macklemore & Ryan Lewis song, “Same Love”.

It is a little slower, but like “Thrift Shop”, “Same Love” has a positive message and a catchy hook.

If you want something to jam to you could try “5AM in Toronto” by Drake.

While I like his other single “Started from the Bottom”, his latest is Drake at his best, going hard, with a touch of singing/humming.

How about we try “Love Me” which features Drake and Future, and is by Lil Wayne, or is it by Future and features Wayne.

My personal favorite new track is “Pour it Up” remix featuring my favorite rapper Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Juicy J and T.I.

Okay, I admit none of these songs have a hook as catchy as “Thrift Shop” except maybe “Pour it Up”, and none of the songs by artists other than Macklemore have a positive message.

Fuck it, keep listening to “Thrift Shop”. Here is to another month of hearing it everywhere.

I’m gonna pop some tags….