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Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Friction between the houses leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war, a neglected military order of misfits, the Night's Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and the icy horrors beyond.
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  • The Stark Reality

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    The Stark Reality

    Last week's episode, " The Rains of Castamere," was probably the most discussed hour of the show's three season run. It was hard to imagine what would follow such an emotional precursor to the finale.  What we were treated to were a number of entertaining updates to several of this season's most intense arcs. In the end, the stage was set this week on " Mhysa" for a very exciting fourth season to come. 

    The Starks are down, but certainly not out of the game. Thanks to Samwell, Bran and his crew's odds of surviving north of the wall improved dramatically, but the daunting reality that awaits them still loomed heavily. With their quest taking a major step toward danger, it was nice to have Hodor provide a little levity. Did seeing the gentle giant amuse himself with his own echo, remind anyone else of the scene where Sloth did the same in Goonies?

    Back at The Twins, the banquet hall had emptied out, but the floor was still covered in Sta...
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  • The Rains of Castamere

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    The Rains of Castamere This episode begins with Rob mulling over tactics. Caitlyn, who is present, asks why he is telling her. He states that he did not heed her advice when it came to Theon. He is not about to repeat his mistake. She glances down to the map in front of them and mentions the possibility of being trapped between the Lanisters and the water. She states that they have to take the Casterly Rock first. She tells him to show the Lanisters what it is like to lose what they love. Rob’s men march on Casterly Rock.

    At the Frey’s, Rob takes a bite of food and it gets passed along as Walter Frey speaks. Rob states he has come to apologize and beg Walter Frey to forgive him. Frey introduces the girls of his household. Rob talks directly to the girls. He explains he fell in love with another and they should not take it as a slight. Walter Frey asks for Talisa to step forward. He says that he sees exactly why Rob broke his oath for her. He goes on to say that there is plenty of room in the hall f...
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  • A Bedding and A Betrayal

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    A Bedding and A Betrayal

    Game of Thrones Season 3 has delivered on so many levels, despite feeling like it just premiered a few short weeks ago.

    Most fans I talk to cannot believe how quickly the season has gone. Thankfully, one episode remains, but I will certainly need the week in between to digest all that transpired on "The Rains of Castamere." 

    You could feel something major coming, for some time now. With three different story lines - Samwell and Gilly, Jon and the wildings, Bran and his crew - all converging on the Wall, my money was on the biggest wrinkle taking place among them. My second guess would have been on Dany's camp to play host to a jaw-dropping development.

    So Robb and Catelyn's long and tedious march to see Edmure wed to one of the Freys was probably furthest from my thoughts at the start of the episode.

    Perhaps what made Walder's betrayal in the end so jarring, aside from the obvious, was how funny a character he was upon Robb's arrival. ...
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  • The Red Wedding Finally Happens

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    The Red Wedding Finally Happens

    If you've read the books, you were waiting for that scene to happen. THAT scene. If you haven't, you might still be in shock now that you've witnessed what readers have been whispering about for weeks: the Red Wedding.


    (While I've read the books, I'll refrain from referencing them anymore for the rest of the review. If you plan to discuss the implications of the Red Wedding as they occur in the books in the comments, please put spoiler warnings where appropriate.)



    Given the implications of the scene and the characters involved, it's a bit surprising the producers choose not to focus the entire episode on that one location as they did with last year's extraordinary Blackwater episode.


    But let's start with the Red Wedding.


    The Red Wedding


    At the beginning of the episode, Robb and Catelyn are meeting to discuss how the Northern forces can take Casterly Rock from Tywin. "Show them ...
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  • The Wedding of Tyrion Lannister

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    The Wedding of Tyrion Lannister The first of three royal weddings on Game of Thrones was held this week as Tyrion Lannister married Sansa Stark. It was a beautiful ceremony, mostly because Tyrion threatened to do to King Joffrey the same thing that happened to Theon Greyjoy last week.
    "This episode is also unique because, aside from the opening and closing scenes, there were only three stories. No Robb and Catelyn, no Jon Snow, no Bran, no Jaime, no Theon. Plus, Gendry and Daenerys show some skin, so there's something for everyone to enjoy.

    The Wedding of Tyrion Lannister

    It's Tyrion and Sansa's big day, so he has a one-on-one chat with her to vow that he won't hurt her. He's trying really hard to be a good guy, but she's understandably worried.

    The ceremony itself becomes a farce when King Joffrey walks Sansa down the aisle and then steals Tyrion's footstool, causing everyone to giggle when he tries to put a cape on his bride.

    At the reception, Joffrey ...
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  • Second Sons

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    Second Sons The episode begins with Arya holding a rock above a sleeping Hound. He not really sleeping though and warns her to kill him because if he lives he will break both her hands. He tells her to quit trying to kill him because he's taking her to her family. The Khaleesi and her men observe the sell swords arriving at Yunkai. They are the Second Sons. She orders her Grey Worm to send a man to see if they would rather fight for the winning side. The three leaders of the Second Sons meet with them in the Khaleesi's tent. The leader taunts her like she's a whore but Dario seems more reasonable and intelligent, noting that they have 8,000 Unsullied, not 10,000.



    She tells the older guy to give her the Second Sons, noting she has 8 thousand Unsullied and they only have 2 thousand Second Sons. They say they can't break their bond or they won't get another contract. She says they'll never need to have another contract if they work for her. She says she has an army and dragons. Sh...
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  • 'Til Lust Do Us Part

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    'Til Lust Do Us Part

    Everyone loves a wedding, right?

    Well, it wasn't exactly Kate and William, but Sansa and Tyrion's big day took center stage this week on "Second Sons."

    Sansa, dutiful as ever, put on a good face, but having Joffrey be the one to walk her down the aisle just added insult to emotional injury. Poor girl, not only were none of her family there, there wasn't even the slightest hint of a wedding march. Unfortunately for Tyrion, most of his house was there, including his father who tried to put a stop to his son's fun to insure his offspring didn't drink away his ability to consummate the marriage. 

    Both he and Sansa are unwilling pawns, thrown together in a fight for position in the great game of power. Tyrion certainly had no delusions about his role at this point, but still showed his big heart when he tried to lessen Sansa's dread before the ceremony.

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  • Season 2 Premiere The Night is Dark and Full of Terrors

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    Season 2 Premiere  The Night is Dark and Full of Terrors Let the battle begin! Game of Thrones season 2 premiered tonight, and the struggle for the Iron Throne is more violent than ever. It's also even better than before. Now that the show has established the characters, locations and stories in season 1, season 2 has the opportunity to really explore this world.
    "Without missing a beat, the second season continues all the storylines from season 1 and crams six locations and dozens of characters into a beautiful hour of television. There's a comet in the sky that serves as a warning about the rise of dragons, but most characters are too busy dealing with their own issues, like war, missing family members, and the fact that everyone in the Seven Kingdoms now knows about Cersei and Jaime Lannister's twincest.

    King's Landing: The New Hand

    King Joffrey celebrates his Name Day by making men kill each other (which might be a precursor to the Hunger Games). Sansa does her best to temper his cruelty without ...
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  • Everybody Hates Theon Greyjoy

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    Everybody Hates Theon Greyjoy Game of Thrones kicked off season 2 with a ton of storylines and locations, but this week some unlikely characters take center stage. Arya Stark and Theon Greyjoy get to shine, the death toll rises by one headless Dothraki warrior and Jon Snow tries to play hero.
    Everybody Hates Theon

    The perpetually disrespected Theon Greyjoy travels back home to the Iron Islands to ask his dad to help Robb Stark fight the Lannisters. On the way he tries to fluff up his ego and prove his masculinity by sleeping with a prostitute. I'm sure he'll fall hopelessly in love with her even though she prefers the company of very old men and dwarves, just like with Ros.

    When he arrives he puffs up his chest and demands to be treated like a returning hero, but no one cares who he is. Well, almost no one. One hot young lady recognizes him and offers to give him a ride to the castle. On the way he feels her up and vows that one day he'll be king and she can be his queen. T...
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  • Who Has the Illusion of Power?

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    Who Has the Illusion of Power? This week on Game of Thrones, Lord Varys tells Tyrion a riddle about three great men and a common sellsword, the answer of which tells us everything we need to know about the show. The point of the riddle is that power is an illusion and that perception is more important than reality. If people see you as powerful, then you are. This is true at King's Landing, it's true of Renly Baratheon and it's true of a dead boy. It may or may not be true for Daenerys, but we don't know because she doesn't appear this week.

    Great Man #1: Tyrion Lannister

    Shae isn't happy being locked away all of the time, so Tyrion makes a few deals and gets her a job as Sansa's handmaiden. That pairing has an incredibly high potential for greatness, especially since Sansa is nearing her breaking point. She suffers through a family dinner with Cersei and her two youngest kids where the topic of conversation is whether they're rooting for Joffrey to kill Sansa's brother Robb.
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