Second Sons

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One of the things I’ve loved about Game of Thrones since way back when it was just an up-and-coming series of fantasy novels is its ability to highlight the strength in the broken people of its world, the disadvantaged, the less-thans. We’ve seen it before in episodes like “Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things” (season one) and the entire Arya/Tyrion storyline that began with “The Ghost of Harrenhal” in season two. Westeros is a world filled with outcasts and freaks and, well…second sons. This is yet another episode that takes the time to emphasize that, and the season is richer for it.

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When it comes to book adaptations, HBO’s Game of Thrones is one of the best. The first season was basically flawless, and even in the second and now third season the changes from the source material have been minimal. More often than not any changes the show employ are for the audiences’ benefit, usually by condensing characters and sometimes plots. And I mean, hey, if you wanted the full, rich experience that is George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, you’d have read or are reading the books.

As the third season moves along there’s only going to be more and more of those condensed characters and plots. We already mentioned a fan favorite, Strong Belwas, won’t be appearing due to Barristan Semly’s reappearance story line getting condensed, and now with these new episode synopses from Spoiler TV hint at more of the same.

Spoilers for the television series as well as the books below the cut, but, I’m sure you already put that together.

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