May 16, 2011

Game of Thrones, Episode 5 - The Wolf and the Lion

Episode 5 abandons the multi-plot structure the show has been following up until now, and with the exception of three short scenes following Catelyn and Tyrion's journey to the Aerie, as well a two completely pointless Winterfell cameos, it is entirely focused on the events in King's Landing, and thus - positively teeming with intrigue. This episode probably sets the record for most new scenes in the show so far, and they are all great. My personal favorite is the absolutely sublime exchange between Littlefinger and Varys (CĐžnleth Hill) who trade veiled insults and almost-threats in the throne room.

Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones) gets introduced here, and unlike in the books, his relationship with Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) is shown clearly. And although a blowjob just might be a bit less subtle than hints and innuendos, I think that's ultimately a good decision, considering the little parts both characters play in the first novel; however, I feel no particular sympathy toward either character, while my love for Varys grows by the minute. Arya also keeps being adorable, while the newly introduced Lysa Arryn (Kate Dickie) and her son Robin (Lino Facioli) are a total creepfest, and perfectly fit the characters from the books.

At this point of the story it's time for action, and Game of Thrones more than delivers. There are two big sword fights as well as a nice little melee, and if some of the swordfighting feels a little sterile, an adorable kill with a shield edge and a decapitated horse more than make up for it.

The show is in full swing now. Characters have been established, and the story is moving toward the inevitable conflict between the Starks and the Lannisters. Even the lovely new scene between Cersei and Robert clearly shows the fan is to be hit by a fecal matter very soon and there is no chance of avoiding it. I expect however that Episode 6 will focus mainly on the Daenerys storyline, which means we will have to wait until Episode 7 to see how the King's Landing drama will unfold.

Ah, a week can seem like so much time...

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