HBO’s hit series proves there are few decent men left (alive) in Westeros
This season on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” even as all of the Seven Kingdoms have been plunged into war by the five would be kings vying for the Iron Throne, it’s been a two horse race for the title of most despicable jerk between King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen).
Waking up from to find the wilding woman Osha (Natalia Tena) had deserted Winterfell and just bedded him to distract him long enough to engineer Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Rickon (Art Parkinson’s) escape. Enraged, Theon unleashes his hounds and organizes a manhunt to track down the boys he was once raised alongside — and bring them back dead or alive.
“C’mon Maester, don’t look so grim, it’s all just a game,” Theon hisses to poor Maester Aemon.
On the other side of the Wall, in the frozen tundra well to the North — actually Iceland — Jon Snow (Kit Harington) wakes up with the wilding woman he couldn’t bring himself to kill as his captive. Unfortunately for Snow, though, he also wakes up as a prisoner — to his libido.
“Did you pull a knife on me in the night,” teases Ygritte (Rose Leslie)
“I’m a man of the Night’s Watch,” he says.
“You’re a boy who’s never been with a girl,” she responds.
Now he’s even more desperate to find his fellow Night’s Watch rangers than he was before since he suddenly feels like he’s back in junior high school.
To the south, Snow’s half-sister Arya (Maisie Williams) is fairing slightly better, having managed to dodge certain death by posing as a stone mason’s daughter as she serves as a cupbearer for Lord Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance), the grandfather of King Joffrey, and the evil teenager who ordered her father beheaded.
The more Arya talks to Lord Tywin, however, the more she gives herself away.
“If you’re going to pose as a commoner, you should do it proper,” he says after catching her saying “My Lord” instead of “M’Lord”, a sign of education.
After Arya corrects him (“properly”), Lord Tywin warns her, “You’re too smart for your own good. Has anyone ever told you that?”
“Yes,” she replies.
Meanwhile, Theon’s posse has narrowed their search for Bran and Rickon to a mill with an older couple and their two children.
“The hounds will find the scene again, I’ll beat them until they do,” he says.