|Three of my favorite characters from the novel together. |
I love family get-togethers.
Anyway, HBO has given us thirty hours (give or take) of Game of Thrones, rounding off season three with the aptly named episode Mhysa. It was a fine hour, not the best hour of season three, but still, it had a lot of well-acted, well-written scenes that made me fist-pump in the air, or say aoooow.
Still, I felt one thing lacking that the episode really needed: A shot of some Frey (or Bolton, or both) soldiers throwing Catelyn Stark's body in the water (but then again, they cut out the Ghost of High Heart, so who knows, maybe Lady Stoneheart is out - but I don't think so, given Michelle Fairley's cryptic comments). It would have been so easy to add to the beginning - we already got Roose Bolton looking out over the slaughter from atop one of Frey's towers. Have him oversee the throwing of the Tully fish into the river. The episode works without this addition, of course, but for some reason I feel it is a glaring absence. Of course, the series is full of glaring absences, but I thought this particular bit important to the continuing plot.
Lots of enjoyable scenes, though; most of them, in fact. I liked the quiet scene between Jaime and Cersei, it gave me the feels, but I wish they had built his anticipation for meeting her better in the scenes where he strolls through King's Landing (also, wasn't it weird how Jaime, Brienne and Qyburn arrived in the city without so much as a Bolton guardsman?). Tyrion, Tywin, and Joffrey were all excellent, loved Joff's over the top glee at knowing Robb is dead; Arya and Sandor's scenes were great entertainment, they could have given us a little more Sansa and they could have given us more dialogue lifted from the books (the old gods know the show will have to deviate even more come season four). Loved Ygritte shooting Jon, that came as a real surprise to Lady Slynt, Sam's meeting with Bran was oddly touching, Maester Aemon and Pyp were welcome sights and Hodor's well-hodoring was a nice little touch. All in all I found there was more humor in this episode than we've had in a long time, enjoyed it. Some funny lines in there too, from a variety of characters.
The Daenerys scene was beautiful and awkward at the same time, a little bit like Dany herself, then. I liked how the episode ended on a high, almost messianic, note (much better than those silly undead anyway), so I guess I'm in the minority here (if you read through the recap comments over at Winter is Coming, you'll notice a pretty vocal majority expressing their dislike of the scene).
Not much more to say other than that it has been ten (eleven, in fact) fast-moving weeks, but now that it is over, I am left satisfied with what D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have been able to do. Like most fans, I'd love to be consulted on this so they could shape the series more to my personal liking, but I can't, so I have to accept that this is their version of the game of thrones and be happy with what I get. Which I am. It's a great story, even it is stripped down to the bones-form (although I feel Dany's story lost direction after Astapor and Jon Snow is more a Jon Snore), and television like this will probably never come again. And now for the season that better give us Oberyn Martell, the Red Viper of Dorne, without much change from the book!
Whoa, totally forgot about Theon Greyjoy and Ramsay Bolton; I thought the Ramsay scene this time was a
|Such a striking image! This should be made into a poster. |
Or a book cover. Or a DVD/Bluray cover.