There really isn’t much to explain about “Watchers On The Wall” except to say it was a big ass episode long battle reminiscent of the “Blackwater” episode from Season Two. And with that in mind I figured the best way to recap this ep was visually.
A good deal of stuff went down on this episode of GoT, titled “Mockingbird”, not the least of which is Arya adding to her body count while bonding with The Hound; The return of Hot Pie who helps point Brienne and Podrick in the right direction for finding the Stark sisters; The Mountain being awful; Dany bumping uglies with the flea market version of Daario; and Tyrion losing hope of having a champion for his trial by combat then getting a new champion in the form of Oberyn. But the scene that stood out the most to me happened at The Vale and featured the man whose personal sigil was the title of this episode: Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish.
There are times when you are watching a TV show and you realize that an actor is doing something that is destined to be award worthy. I noticed it the first time Jessica Lange strolled onscreen in AMERICAN HORROR STORY’s first episode and proceeded to swallow Connie Britton whole. I noticed it the second Matthew McConoughey sat down to be interrogated on TRUE DETECTIVE. And I noticed it when Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion Lannister couldn’t take it anymore and lashed out at pretty much everyone during his farce of a trial on last night’s episode of GAME OF THRONES.
Don’t make Hodor angry. You wouldn’t like Hodor when he’s angry. Especially not if he is under the mental control of an angry crippled kid whose entire existence has been yanked away from him.
For the past 3 and some odd seasons of GAME OF THRONES there has been a subset of the George R.R. Martin books fandom who have taken to acting like smug asshats who wear their readership of the books ass a badge of honor that makes them better than the sad sacks who have only watched the TV show. They also love to go to anyplace that show watchers gather and drop spoilers all willy nilly…well, now those folks know how show watchers feel.
For what was supposed to be a “catch your breath” episode after the glorious death of King Joffrey last week, Breaker of Chains providd some meaty moments. From Dany rolling into Mereen like she owned the place to Arya and The Hound rolling a poor single father for his cash to The Wildlings ransacking villages to Stannis’ Secret Small Council of Shireen & Davos coming up with an idea to get funding for their king to Littlefinger making his move. And I am not even going to touch that Jaime/Cersei scene with a ten foot pole. My favorite scene was the beginning of Tywin spending some quality time with his new favorite family member.
To spare any stragglers being spoiled who have yet to see last night’s episode of GAME OF THRONES (and why the heck haven’t you watched it yet?) I will restrict all comments on my favorite scene of the second episode of this season, The Lion And The Rose, for after the jump.
“I see a darkness in you. And in that darkness, eyes starring back at me. Brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes. Eyes you will shut forever.”
Those were the words that “The Red Woman” spoke to Arya in their meeting last season and it looks like her darkly ominous reading is coming true because Arya got to scracth a name off of her revenge list in the season premier of GAME OF THRONE’s fourth season and she did it in a decidedly cold and calculated manner.
One of the tag lines for this season of Game of Thrones was “Winter is Coming” and since I am obsessed with the whole White Walker thing I was very eagerly awaiting more scenes of GoT’s version of zombies. Alas the season was very light on the zombies despite a lot of time being spent beyond the wall. That is until the last few minutes of the second season finale where a horde of White Walkers led by a totally bad ass White Walker Warrior on a zombie horse showed up.
Despite the selling point of this episode being the Battle of Blackwater (and there was an awful lot to like about that battle especially Tyrion proving himself a leader of men) but my favorite scene of the episode was the face off between the enforcers for the The King and The Hand.