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Let's Read A Song of Ice and Fire part LII

Let’s Watch Game of Thrones S01xE08

We’re back up and running. I’m still working on figuring out what I need to redo and what I have written that just needs transcription on the final parts of A Dance with Dragons, so we’re picking up with the show. Since the last season is happening, I’m going to attempt to binge watch my way to caught up by the time the last episode airs. This will probably not work as planned, but it’s worth a shot. So here we go with episode 8 of season 1.

Yes, Sansa, Arya is very clumsy and bad at dancing. You’ll wish you were as good at dancing as she is, though. Meanwhile, Arya is learning how lying works. She is good at that. But not about making haste. Goodbye, Sryio. It’s been great seeing you in the watchthrough.

How’s dungeon life treating you, Ned? Varys is here to clear some things up for you. I do wonder how much truth there is to Varys’s claim to serve the realm.

We have corpses/wights at the Wall now, and the letter about Robert’s death has reached there as well. Jon’s more interested in word of his father. Your daddy’s in prison, Jon. Got to grow up now and make something of yourself, you daft boy.

Sansa is stupidly in love with Joffrey still. It’s been a while since I thought about that. I can see where Cersei gets her idea that she’s all clever. Outwitting teenagers is a good way to boost your ego.
And now it’s time for Robb to become a king. Theon’s still ugly as sin.

Okay, I really look forward to watching Lysa die. She’s awful, and her son is awful too. I’m confused as to why Lysa thinks shoving people through windows is so barbaric. She’s one of those people who loves doing that!

Tyrion likes living. That pretty much sums up his entire character arc through A Dance with Dragons – he finds a way to keep on living. He’s good at talking, at least. Shagga is very into the idea of becoming the new Lord of the Vale.

And Jon gets to show how hotheaded he is. Ghost is all upset because of the wights, and Jon just takes his time following him. Good work, Jon. You tell your wolf to stay, but your wolf knows more than you do. The wight fight is, well, as expected.

And here’s Dany, who knows nearly as little as Jon Snow. She stops the Dothraki from their rape, leading to the fight between Drogo and Mago. That was a swift, brutal, and fun fight scene. And Dany’s need to protect Drogo from any and all scratches will be the cause of his, and Rhaego’s, death.

Robb’s bannermen are all at Winterfell, and Robb’s doing a good job of establishing dominance. Well, Grey Wind is. Bran doesn’t get it. Neither does anyone else, Bran. Robb lets Bran know he’s going south, and that there must always be a Stark in Winterfell. That’s not exactly going to be the case. Bran is a cheerful optimist about Robb’s mission. Rickon is not. Rickon is smart.

Osha meets Bran in the godswood and tells him that Robb should be marching north. There’s worse than giants up there, and they’re coming.

Sam hopes the Wall is high enough to repel the white walkers.

Catelyn arrives at Robb’s camp. She’s a bit cross with him about deciding he had to do this himself. But not so cross – she tells him to fight and win. If he loses, Ned dies. Well, Ned’s going to die before you have a chance to lose, Robb. But you’re still going to lose.

Tyrion arrives at his father’s camp, and he catches up on the news. That look when told Joffrey rules in King’s Landing is very telling. Tywin is a bad father.

Catelyn says about Walder Frey that some men take their oaths more seriously than others. What nobody present seems to understand is that Lord Frey takes seriously those oaths which benefit him, not the rest of them. Robb doesn’t seem as good at the leadership thing as he does in the book.

Time for Barristan Selmy to make his big break for freedom. He makes a good argument against Cersei’s attempted argument. If the king’s death should end the service of a kingsguard, Jaime shouldn’t have been able to continue his tenure. Nor should the rest of the kingsguard.

Sansa asks mercy for her father. “Treason is treason.” Yes, Pycelle. It is the same as itself. Good work. Have a cookie. Joffrey offers mercy, as long as Ned recants. Sansa thinks he will. She also thinks mercy is a thing Joffrey’s capable of.

Thus far, I can’t think of many major deviations from the book. The show-only scenes thus far have provided some extra characterization that the points of view couldn’t provide at that point in the book. Since you can’t have a Cersei point of view the same way in the show, you need to establish her in the same way her chapters do early on, for instance. So far, the show’s pretty good.


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