It’s been damn near a year since we last had any Game of Thrones to watch. Naturally, memories begin to fade and, perhaps aside from the infamous Red Wedding, you may not quite remember exactly all the details of what happened during season 3. Luckily, the folks in the Game of Thrones camp have put together this handy-dandy recap video. Get the entire season squished down into a mere 25 minutes. Check out the video below. (more…)
George R. R. Martin is back in town, and he’s got romance on his mind…well, kind of.
It’s well-known among fans of Game of Thrones that Martin – who created this world we all visit every Sunday night – is committed to writing one episode per season for Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. His season one episode, “The Pointy End,” kicked of The War of Five Kings as Robb Stark marched south to do battle with the Lannisters. His season two episode, “Blackwater,” brought that war to a thrilling climax, and may just be the most epic hour of television ever conceived (as well as, for me, this show’s best episode so far). For season three he chose the smaller-scale “The Bear and the Maiden Fair,” an episode packed with scenes about coupling throughout the realm, and about how what we love can doom us.
Warning: Spoilers ahead, particularly at the end
In the North, Jon (Kit Harington), Ygritte (Rose Leslie) and the rest of the Wildling party have crossed the Wall. As Jon educates Ygritte in the ways of the North, which she’s happy to mock, Orell (Mackenzie Crook) has strong words for both of them. Meanwhile Theon (Alfie Allen) gets two very unexpected visitors, and Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and Jojen (Thomas Brodie Sangster) hear a terrifying story from Osha (Natalia Tena). At King’s Landing, Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) both struggle with their impending marriage, while Tywin (Charles Dance) struggles with his nephew, King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and Gendry (Joe Dempsie) learns who he really is. In the Riverlands, Robb (Richard Madden) prepares to mend a broken marriage alliance with the Freys, and gets good news from Talisa (Oona Chaplin), while Arya (Maisie Williams) grows more frustrated with the Brotherhood after Melisandre’s visit. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) sets her sights on another city to conquer. And at Harrenhal, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) prepares to finally go home, while Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) must fight an entirely new battle.
Though there are some very interesting things for single characters to do in this episode (more on that in a moment), the episode really does take the time to lovingly focus on the various couples that have come front and center on the show this season (and last). The title is a reference to the final scene (as well as a song sung by the bannermen of House Bolton), but it’s also a reference to couples laced with dangerous elements. Talisa faces danger even as her marriage to Robb grows stronger. Sansa faces even more danger as she is forced to marry into the Lannister family. Ygritte and Jon each face their own dangers as they try to simultaneously be autonomous and part of the Wildling cause. And then we come to Jaime and Brienne. They aren’t a couple in the romantic sense, but this episode proved once and for all that there is a kind of love between them, even if they’re both a bit grudging about it at times. They owe each other, they survive through one another, and they’re even confidants at this point. Their relationship is also interesting because it’s one of the few couplings on the show (of the male/female persuasion, anyway) where you can’t actually tell who is more dangerous to the other. Will Brienne eventually fall victim to Lannister scheming, or will she someday overcome Jaime’s charm and wealth and power with the force of her own will. Or will it ever even come to that? Martin expertly probes the layers of this relationship with hardly any dialogue, and by the end of the episode they’re the most interesting duo on the show (until another steps up, that is).
Meanwhile, Dany has added a new moniker to her list of titles. Somewhere between “Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea,” “Queen of the Andals and the First Men” and “Mother of Dragons,” she added “Breaker of Chains.” We just saw her free an army of slaves and ask them to serve her of their own free will, so that’s not surprising, but it is vital to the character’s future. It signals that her efforts to loose the Unsullied and get them to act like humans and not property was not simply a shrewd play to win loyalty and command an army that she never had to actually pay for. This has become a quest for her, this breaking of chains, as we see very clearly in this episode. Jorah makes it clear to her that she doesn’t need to conquer this particular Eastern city in order to gain the strength to take Westeros, but when she hears there are 200,000 slaves in Yunkai, she declares that she has “200,000 reasons” to take the city. Over the first two seasons of this show we grew to love Dany because of her willpower and her determination and her strength in the face of absolute, desperate loss. She was someone whose power lay inside her. Now she has real, external, military power, and it’s very important that we get to see how she wields it. This could get boring if she just coasts through the show with a flawless record of freeing slaves and wielding dragons, but we all know that’s not what will happen. She will be tested again, and there we’ll see how she really wields the might of a queen.
And hey, what about Theon? I’ve resisted talking about him for most of the season because, well, for most of the season he’s done nothing but scream. He does a lot of screaming in this episode, too, but it’s what causes it that got me really fascinated. Last season we saw Theon become the second most-hated man in Westeros (behind Joffrey) through his conflicted but ultimately horrible acts at Winterfell. Now he’s getting his just desserts, but how long will that keep being interesting? How long before we start to feel sorry for poor Theon and his endless suffering? This episode draws that question out, as his torturers pay particular attention to his well-known and often foolhardy sexual prowess. Alfie Allen plays that scene perfectly. He starts with the absolute fear that’s permeated his character this season, and it’s only when a naked girl starts grinding on top of him that he finally feels comfortable to enjoy himself for a moment. Then it’s over, and he’s back to absolute horror. We get to see just a glimpse of the old Theon, the cocksure Theon, if you will. It’s enough to remind us of what he did and how he did it, but then he’s put through something that could end up worse than anything else he’s dealt with so far. How long can we keep enjoying his torture?
And lastly, I have to once again talk about the wonder that is Charles Dance. He’s added new dimensions and new life to Tywin, but this might end up being my favorite scene of his ever. In Martin’s hands the power and the calculating coolness of the character are once again front and center, and we get to see the Lord of Lannister stare down and shake down the King. Go back and watch that scene again, just that scene, if you get a chance (I just did). Everything about the performance is perfect. Tywin approaches the Iron Throne and, instead of bowing, barely nods his head in the direction of his nephew. Gleeson delivers his usual excellent theatricality as Joffrey, while Dance plays the impatience of a man who’s busy trying to save his idiot nephew’s neck. Then he walks up the stairs, right to the Throne, and just looms over Gleeson. If there was ever any doubt, even in Joffrey’s mind, as to who was really running this kingdom, it’s gone now. It’s a perfect, perfect scene, and it’s got Martin’s characteristic bite.
“The Bear and the Maiden Fair” is an episode that moves fast, jumps around a lot, and never gives us too much of one character. Yet it’s also one of the best-conceived and emotionally dense episodes of the season so far. George R. R. Martin swooped in and put all these characters in a very refined perspective for us, perfectly setting up the season endgame.
Game of Thronesis a complex political thriller with swords, warring monarchs, dragons, and boobs. One of the most loved and critically praised shows on television, the George R.R. Martin adaptation is the show for nerds, normies, and everyone in between. It has incestuous and compelling storytelling, and best character development, I for one, can think of.
Of course, if you’re a fan of the series, I don’t need to sell it to you. You’re painstakingly waiting for the 3rd season. You want more war, porn, and wit… and you want it right fucking NOW! The March 31, 2013 premier date cannot come fast enough.
These trailers aren’t helping either…
HBO has released an extended version of the previously-released trailer which you can now watch below. It’s basically the same trailer as the first one, but with 20 seconds of extra footage.
Don’t get me wrong, that was a amazing. I have chills. It’s just SUCH a tease, and I’m so impatient.
HBO will release a teaser Khaleesi . . . It is known.
HBO‘s Game Of Thrones has released the first of many little bits and morsels we’ll see from the production and marketing team for the show. This time around the series follows tradition with the second audio only tease to start off the new season.
Take a look / listen and join me after for what dissection we can do with so small a piece of the puzzle.
First off, who is the mysterious voice? Is it Melisandre, or Selyse Baratheon, or maybe it’s the introduction of Quaithe to the series, none of the above? Who do you think it is?
There’s no official word from HBO’s Game of Thrones, but Iwan Rheon’s CV (Curriculum Vitae, or resume to us Non-Hollywood types) lists his latest role as “Boy” on season three of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Best known for his terrific work on the British Channel Four’sMisfits, Rheon is expected by all those in the know about Game of Thrones to play the role of Ramsey Snow.
Just like Jon Snow is the bastard son of Eddard Stark, Ramsey Snow is the bastard son of Roose Bolton. The Bastard of Bolton was mentioned a few times last season, but never shown on screen. Ramsey was sent by Robb Stark and Roose Bolton to reclaim Winterfell from Theon Greyjoy.
The picture below was taken recently with some of the cast of Game of Thrones cast members Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) at a bar in Belfast, Ireland, where production on Season 3 is underway.
This is some fantastic casting news for Game of Thrones. Rheon is a talented actor and his work on Misfits dramatically shows that he can handle delicate roles that deal with difficult character traits.
What do you think, is Rheon up for the challenge? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.
Season two of George R.R. Martin’s amazingly popular Game of Thrones has ended, leaving a great many people in a funk while they endure the year-long wait before season three airs. Luckily, fans of the series are getting a teaser for the new season in the form of a bit of footage and an interview with one of the executive producers.
The scene in question depicts Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) escorting a haggard-looking Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) back to King’s Landing to trade him off for Lady Stark’s children. Fans of the book will recognize the scene and are no doubt looking forward to some more witty banter to fill the series as these two continue their stint as travel buddies.
Unfortunately, the clip of the actual filming is pretty short, most of the video being taken up by the short interview with executive producer Frank Doelger. Check out the video below:
Well, that should keep some people satisfied for at least a few hours. The next season is set to arrive on March 13th, 2013. Until then, keep an eye on us here at Nerdbastards as we attempt to leak all the footage and spoilers we possibly can!