And so it comes to an end. Season one of Game of Thrones proved that an adaptation doesn’t need to stray too far from the source material to be an entertaining, groundbreaking and exciting series. Episode 10 brings the first chapter (well, book actually) to a close and sets up some new surprises for the next season. They gave us life (Dragons!) and death (Drogo) but what impacted us the most? Take a look…
Top 5 Moments of Episode 10~Fire and Blood
5. Jon Makes a Choice
Context: Jon learns of Ned’s death and Robb’s march south. He abandons his post and rides off in the middle of the night, only to be caught by Sam and the rest of his Night’s Watch posse.
Lord Commander Mormont: Honour made you leave. Honour brought you back.
Jon: My friends brought me back.
Lord Commander Mormont: I didn’t say it was your honour.
Reasoning: Another hard choice for Jon snow. Kit Harrington plays Jon with the right amount of arrogance and inner turmoil. The black brothers are truly becoming brothers. John Bradley’s Sam is perfection. James Cosmos conveys the gravitas of the threat beyond the wall.
4. Crowning a New King
Context: The men of the North can’t agree on which King to back, so they make their own.
Reasoning: This is a game changing decision. Crowning Robb King of the North means the 7 Kingdoms are once more divided. This is no longer a war between families or for honour or revenge. The North has now changed its loyalties and that is something that is hard to undo. Michelle Fairley’s reactions are that of any mother-pride and fear. This week’s tTop 5 might be just gushing about all of the actors, but it’s hard not to. Game of Thrones truly has a fantastic cast.
3. Rock to the Face
Context: Jaime receives a visit from lady Catelyn Stark. She doesn’t appreciate his sense of humour and hits him in the face with a rock.
Jaime: I do like violent women.
Catelyn: I will kill you tonight, ser. Pack your head in a box and send it to your sister.
Reasoning: Catelyn isn’t taking all this lying down. She will kill them all, but first she wants answers directly from the horse’s mouth. Jaime admits he tried to kill Bran but won’t sell out his sister. He talks tough, but there is something in Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s eyes that tell you he’s not so sure. Again, love for both actors.
2. Sansa Wants to Make Him Fly
Context: Joffrey forces Sansa to view the severed heads of her father and septa, then has his man beat her. Before Sansa can push the bastard off the bridge, the Hound steps in (and San/San shippers rejoice).
The Hound: Save yourself some pain girl. Give him what he wants.
Reasoning: Did you ever think you’d feel bad for Sansa? She may be a spoiled, naive, little girl, but NOBODY deserves to be betrothed to Joffrey. The character finally realizes that life isn’t a fairytale,and ever suggest that our retched little king deserves to be beheaded by Robb. Good for you Sansa, and good for you Sophie Turner. We can’t wait to see what you can do next season!
Context: Dany burns a witch alive on Drogo’s funeral Pyre and climbs in herself. Only her clothes burn. When the flames die down Dany is found naked with three baby dragons.
Reasoning: They did it! They created good-looking CGI dragons on a TV budget! Granted, it’s an HBO budget, but still pretty damn impressive. I’d give up a couple of battle scenes any day for a better dragon effect, especially because they become more important as the series moves forward. The image of Dany standing with the dragons was breathtaking, and while I’m not sure if it was as emotional as the ending of episode 9, it definitely left the audience wanting more. Cheers to Game of Thrones for being a superb adaptation and a truly brilliant television show. It’s going to be hard to wait for season 2. Who’s picking up the books in the mean time?
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