Game Of Thrones Season 3 Episode 8 Review Second Sons White Walkers
'Game Of Thrones' Season 3, Episode 8 Review: Second Sons, White Walkers
Game of Thrones has returned to fight shape after the one-week lull last Sunday. Tonight's episode was great-another character-driven episode but, unlike last week's episode, not just a dull moment found.
It struck me through the initial scene between Arya Stark and Sandor Clegane how perfectly cast both characters were.
Rory McCann plays the Hound almost just how I imagined him. You can see the nice man within the burns, under the brutality that's defined most of his life.
Maisie Williams gets just of Arya right, from her pigheadedness to her quick wit. I'm very happy to understand this storyline take shape at last, though Arya's scenes last season with Tywin Lannister remain my personal favorite of hers.
This was a aptly titled episode: Second Sons.
On the one hand, that's the particular sellsword company Dany treats with around the outskirts of Yunkai.
Less obviously, it's a mention of many sons we encountered in the episode: Tyrion, younger brother of Jaime; Samwell Tarly, the 1st son made second son by his cruel father; Sandor Clegane, whose elder brother, Gregor, gave him his burned face and terrible concern with flame; Stannis, the lawful-neutral younger brother of Robert Baratheon, dropping leeches filled up with Gendry's blood to the flame, guilt and ambition along with a frightening resolve for doing what's right flickering in the eyes.
While we're talking about Stannis, we finally have another Daavos episode, and far better still it's one in which he's finally freed from the dungeon. Daavos is probably the few truly good individuals in Martin's stories, though he's often left impotent inside the wake of Stannis's stern utilitarianism and Melisandre's creepy Lord associated with rituals.
We get a sense the darkness she's always on about by the end of Sunday night's episode, but including the sight of your White Walker doesn't do enough to sit back me into thinking her methods are merely. This is why Stannis becomes this sort of dissonant character for me. If I were forced to define what drives him, it will be a dedication to justice. He doesn't desire to be king but he believes it really is his right and the duty plus the only shape justice usually takes is a crown on his skull.
It doesn't matter if Renly is his personal brother, or maybe if Robb Stark is the son assertive he respected. (Ned Stark was equally invested in justice, though his justice was driven by compassion in lieu of an abstract a sense of order and law.)
Stannis will burn everyone of his enemies down and broker no peace. Because honor.
Another man could have joined forces with Robb by now, or might have produced take care of Renly. Not Stannis. I think it's both his greatest weakness and his awesome greatest strength. Winter is coming. Maybe half measures don't have any set up life.
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