I hope everyone has all the characters straight on Game of Thrones. No? I’m not surprised. They did throw our several more characters to learn in the episode The Night Lands. I’ll try to give you a run down on who they were, but believe me it’s going to take time to remember everyone. Since they have been introducing all these new characters we don’t get to see much of the old ones. Don’t worry you’ll become invested in the new ones just as much as the old.
After last week’s peak of Arya (Maisie Williams) we got to learn more of what’s been happening to the resourceful Stark. She’s still traveling with Yoren (Francis Magee) who is bringing man to the Wall. Problem is trying to hide the fact that she’s a girl. So far she’s been able to pull it off but she does seem to have a death wish when she messes with the three worst criminals in the caravan. I’d be careful if I was her not to antagonize those three. As they are making camp two gold cloaks, those are Joffrey’s (Jack Gleeson) knights, show up and Arya is sure they are looking for her. No need to worry they are really looking for Gendry (Joseph Dempsie), Robert’s bastard son that Ned (Sean Bean) quickly got out of King’s Landing for his protection. Yoren scares them off but not before they offer an award to anyone who turns over Gendry. Not the best thing to offer in a group of cut throats. Gendry better watch his back.
One of the characters I know to hate is Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), but that’s only because I read the books. They’ve done a great job portraying that he is a scumbag. He convinces Robb Stark to let him enlist the aid of his father, Balon (Patrick Malahide). You see Robb needs ships to move his army closer to King’s Landing. Ships that he doesn’t have but the Greyjoy’s do. There’s only one problem in that plan. Ned Stark crush Balon Greyjoy’s rebellion a few years back and I doubt he’s forgotten. Theon is taken to the keep by a woman who meets him at the dock. As they are riding double on horseback Theon tries to get in her pants, literally. Ones he’s at the keep he goes to meet his father. The first impression of the keep is that it’s gloomy and harsh. Not unlike its owner, Balon Greyjoy, who immediately starts to pick on his son for looking like a girl. Theon tries to ignore his insults as he tells his father why he’s come. Balon wants no part of the pardon from Robb, for his help, to give him back his crown; he has plans of his own. As they are talking in walks the woman he brought Theon to the keep, his sister Yara (Gemma Whelan). I have to admit this is where I got confused until I realized they changed her name from the book. In the book’s she is called Asha. When Theon realizes who she is he is appalled, not because he tried to get in her pants but for the fact that she is now her father’s right hand man. Balon agrees to leave with his ships to attack. When Theon asks his plans for attacking the Lannister’s, Balon’s replies “who said anything about Lannister’s”. This doesn’t bode well for any one.
Robb (Richard Madden) isn’t the only one with the lack of ships for attacking King’s Landing. Stannis is also in the same boat. (sorry for the pun I couldn’t resist) Davos (Liam Cunningham) enlists the aid of his old friend, and fellow pirate, Salladhor Saan (Lucian Msamati). Salladhor is a cheeky fellow who agrees on one condition, he gets to bang Cersei (Lena Headey) once King’s Landing is destroyed. Stannis (Stephen Dillane) isn’t thrilled that he will be working with pirates but what choice does he have?
Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) just doesn’t know how to keep out of trouble. He knows Craster doesn’t like him and thinks he will sleep with one of his daughter-wives. So, you’d think Jon would keep a low profile. Sam (John Bradley-West) brings one of the wives, Gillie, to him and asks Jon’s help in protecting her because she is pregnant. She’s afraid if the baby is a boy. Jon asks her what happens to the boys but she refuses to answer. Jon wisely refuses to help her, but he’s been wondering what does happen to the boys. When he sees Caster (Robert Pugh) sneak off in the middle of the night, with a baby, Jon follows. When Caster leaves the baby in the snow, and heads back for the camp, Jon rushes towards the baby to see something with blue eyes pick up the baby. He doesn’t get to see more as Caster knocks him out. Best part was when we got to see Jon Snow’s direwolf, Ghost.
Now a comment on the sex. Is it necessary to further the story? In some instances yes in other, not so much. I can see using the sex when you are in Littlefingers’s place, it is a brothel. When Melisandre (Carice van Houten) gets thrown over the war table by Stannis was that really needed? Yes we needed to know that Melisandre whispers she can give Stannis a boy heir but do we need to see them throw down? Or when Theon is banging the girl on his ship as he explains the difference between a wife and a salt wife. I’m not a prude but to throw sex scenes in just for the heck of it bores me. If it doesn’t move the story along why bother. This just wastes time that can be used to show other things. Like the direwolves. Which I find way more exciting than any sex scene, but that’s just me.