- I felt like the Beric-Hound fight should have been in the last episode but at least it's the first scene in this one. It was pretty much exactly like I pictured it in the book. I'm not sure if the restoration part is actually supposed to be more flashy and magical or if it was just done in this way for this scene to be more of a surprise. I liked the scene where Arya asked if it was possible to revive a man without a head. It's easy to forget that she was there when Ned was executed, because it seems so long ago. Jon
- Plot still going very slow. Should pick up pace soon, the faster they start to climb the Wall, the better. Tormund is far too angry and threatening compared to his character in the book, who is quite jolly and fun. Jaime/Brienne
- Both Roose and Qyburn get a bit of screen-time finally. And finally the Harrenhal bath scene, which is one of the more important ones in the book, because we finally get to hear Jaime's side of the story of how, and more importantly why, he killed the Mad King. It was pretty brilliant except for two things. First of all I was disappointed that they didn't use the line "Let him be king over charred bones and cooked meat. Let him be the king of ashes.” instead of "Burn them all" and secondly the ending of the scene where Jaime slumped over felt a bit awkward in the way it was shot. Just minor nitpicks, really. Robb
- Alrighty then. Robb's storyline is a very importance one in the series, because it affects so many others. Unfortunately it's very fast spiraling out of control due to sloppy writing. Let's look at this through the order of events that has happened in his King of the North arc so far.
- Ned Stark is executed in King's Landing.
- The Northern Houses are outraged and crown Robb as King in the North and rebel against the crown.
- Robb's army needs to cross the Trident to go south, but the only way over is through the Twins, the castle/s of House Frey.
- Robb strikes a deal with Lord Walder Frey that in exchange for his support he will marry one of his daughters.
- Robb goes west and wins a bunch of battles against the Lannisters and meets Talisa, whome he falls in love with.
- He breaks his promise to Lord Frey by marrying Talisa. The Frey soldiers he has presumably desert him at this point? It's not made clear.
- Robb rides east to Riverrun along with Catelyn and Talisa after Lord Hoster Tully's death for the funeral and to rally the Tully soldiers.
- Lord Rickard Karstark, who has grown increasingly displeased with the campagn, murders two Lannister hostages.
- Robb, against the council of his advisers, executes Lord Karstark for treason, which results in the Karstark soldiers deserting him.
Now this is where things start to get weird. Firstly, Robb states that because the Karstarks have deserted him, he has lost half his army. This makes no sense at all. If the Karstarks make up half of his army, then how small must the Stark army be? And what of the Boltons, the Umbers, the Mormonts, the Manderlys and the rest of the Northern Houses? It's like they don't even exist, with the exception of the few Bolton soldiers we've seen.
He then proceeds to crack the brilliant plan to attack the Lannisters where they are weak...at Casterly Rock. But hang on a minute here, you just spent the entirety of Season 2 in the Westerlands and refused to attack Casterly Rock because you said it was too strong. Now you have half the men and suddenly it's a good idea? How about retaking the North, which is still occupied by the Greyjoys? Anyway, he decides that in order to stand a chance he needs to somehow gain back the support of House Frey.
So aside from my problem with that, the execution scene was very well shot and I liked the parallel with Theon in Winterfell in season 2 (the rain and the music). Dragonstone
- Selyse and Shireen Baratheon are introduced, and I was pretty pleased with everything, from Stannis's awkwardness around his family to Selyse's insanity, until I noticed that Shireen had blonde hair, which surely has to be a complete oversight by the showrunners. In a show where they make an entire plot-line out of Baratheon children only having dark hair and a war was started because Joffrey did not, this seems a bit sloppy. Daenerys
- Not much happens except we get a bit of reminiscing about the Greyjoy rebellion from Jorah and Barristan. And Grey Worm is introduced, but seems a lot more younger-ish than I thought he would be. King's Landing
- Littlefinger's voice continues to annoy me and I'm not really sure why. Aiden Gillen is a good actor and I have no idea why he's delivering his lines they way he is, but it's quite strange. Then comes another WTF-moment: Loras having a fling with a random squire? First of all, the introduction was cringeworthy. It was like the writers sat down and thought "Okay, how does a gay knight get a one night stand?". Second of all, what was the point of this character assassination? I know they needed some way for Littlefinger to find out that the Tyrells are planning to marry Loras to Sansa but really, after Renly's death Loras says "When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.", a line straight out of the book which shows how much he loved Renly. But now he's bedding random squires? I didn't agree with this at all. The final scene between Tywin, Tyrion and Cersei was very well done though, if only Cersei's eyebrow would stop stealing the spotlight.
Good episode though.