All grown up now.
All grown up now.
These reviews will be divided between a non-spoiler analysis (anything after *this* episode is a spoiler) and a spoiler bulletpoint list. You’ll get plenty of warning, don’t worry.
I’m not a huge fan of the first four episodes of Game of Thrones. I appreciated what it was going for, and I loved to see certain scenes come to life.
However, I felt these four episodes focused too much on the past instead of the present, and if an episode is guilty of that is this first one.
“When they write the history of my reign, sweet sister they will say it began today” - Viserys Targaryen
Also, the production was quite troubled. Besides the cost, it had a long development period, and that included recasting and reshoots.
So it’s a testament to the show that it still manages to intrigue and entertain. We might not understand what’s going on, and we might not have the context to understand the complicated family relationships, but the characters draw you in.
The two best scenes in the episode belong to a mixture of Starks and Lannister.
In the first one, we see Tyrion and Jon discussing their status. Jon is too young to understand his place in the world, but Tyrion does.
“All dwarfs are bastards in their father’s eyes.” - Tyrion Lannister
The second one is between Catelyn and Cersei. Their looks say everything, as they see King Robert get friendly with a wench. Lena Headey’s look says everything, and Catelyn awkward conversation shows her high born manners are intact. In combination with the (very sweet) scene in Ned’s bedroom, Catelyn stands out as the most developed character in this episode.
And even the most daft viewer can’t resist getting hooked with one of the best cliffhangers of all time: Bran’s fall after seeing the Queen and her twin brother having sex.
“The things I do for love.” - Jamie Lannister
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- It was fun to watch a scene between three or four people and realizing “Oh, they’re all dead”.
- A lot of awkward ADR, like the scene where they welcome the king.
- A victim of reshoots, Peter Dinklage hair changes color a couple of times throughout. Luckily they stuck with the brown hair instead of the weird blond one he first wore.
- Viserys, you little shit.
- I love watching the production design on this show. On that royal welcome scene, you’ve got Baratheon, Lannister and Stark soldiers, each in their characteristic garb. And that’s without mentioning the Kingsguard’s and the Hounds’ armor.
- Honestly, most people don’t do a great impression. I would love for the audience to rewatch the show now that thy know how it all fits. The first Theon/Rodrik scene has them walking together. Knowing how that ends…ugh.
I would like to thank you all for reading, but there’s no word for thank you in Dothraki.
Can you imagine someone casting their first successful corporeal Patronus, but it comes out enormous and unidentifiable and it just keeps emerging out of their wand… everyone turns to watch, confused and concerned, and the caster just stares blankly at the Patronus until some nerd recognizes the shape and shouts, “Good lord, it’s a Blue Whale!”
McGonagall keeping Lee Jordan’s Quidditch commentary in check was the best part of the books and y’all can’t deny it.
"I try to write poems and short stories."
"Just weird situations."
"What kind of situations?"
"Disintegrating friendships, and things like that."
"So why do friendships disintegrate?"
"I just think that people’s interests change. And relationships have to be built on some sort of commonality. So once that common ground is lost, it’s very difficult to get it back."
i hate when i lose things at school like my pencils and papers and life ambitions