reviews\ May 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Game of Thrones: 'The Old Gods and the New' recap and review

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We got another scene with Robb and his love interest 'Talisa,' where his mother reminds him that he’s betrothed to one of the ugly Frey girls.  It’s nice that they’re reminding us of that, because it’s important.  I still like the girl that plays Talisa, and watching her banter with Robb is fun, and it gives Robb something interesting to do.  

Meanwhile, North of the Wall, Jon is having a meet-cute of his own, with a fiery-haired wildling girl named Ygritte.  The set-up for their getting stranded together was super contrived, with Qhorin Halfhand basically just being like ‘Kill this girl real quick and then come find me.  I’m not gonna watch, just in case you can’t kill her because you’re, you know, Jon Snow.  Catch up to us when you’re done fulfilling the Noble Hero archetype.’  So Jon and Ygritte banter for a bit, she escapes, Jon awkwardly chases her around, and they get lost.  When Ygritte suggests they huddle for warmth, Jon knows it's the safe thing to do, but Ygritte starts grindin’ all up on him, which he responds to in typical, stodgy Jon Snow fashion.  

I thought that the way this whole thing played out was awkward, but I guess that could have been the point?  I don't know.  I DO know, though, that I like the girl that plays Ygritte, although that could be due in large part to my affinity for redheads.  

There was Daenerys stuff that I’m not gonna talk a lot about, because it all basically boiled down to ‘I am Daenerys  Stormborn!  Give me my kingdom back!’ while Xaro talked about how rich he was, and then the dragons got stolen.  The end.  I just wanna know where Jorah was during all of this.

Back at Winterfell, Osha seduces Theon, and runs off with Bran, Rickon, Hodor, and possibly Maester Luwin, I can’t remember.  I like that they’re giving Osha more to do than in the books, and I’m not just saying that ‘cause we saw her naked.  It seems as though they’re using her to replace two book characters, which I think may be a smart move.  Plus, Theon finally got to bone Osha, which he’s wanted to do since early in season one, so good for him I guess.

And that’s pretty much it for this one.  A lot of people are talking about how momentous this episode was, but to me it felt like a lot of place setting with a couple big moments.  Not bad, but not the best the season has to offer.  


Reader's Corner:

  • Ramsay Snow is coming! Ramsay Snow is coming!  Yay!  It’ll be interesting to see how they pull that off, now that it seems they’ve cut Reek.
  • Do you guys think they will do the Bran/Rickon fakeout?  Also, how will they split up at the end of the season if there’s no Meera and Jojen?  Osha, Hodor, and Bran up north while Luwin takes Rickon south?  
  • The house of the undying is coming up soon.  I hope it doesn’t suck.
  • I hear we finally get some more Jaime next week, to which I say ‘It’s about goddamn time.
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