Game of Thrones: Season 3 Rewatch

Winter is coming. Okay, by now you know the drill. I’m rewatching Game of Thrones from the start to prepare myself for the final season. Normally I try to get a little in depth with my rewatch posts, but it’s going to be a quick one today. I horrifically mismanaged my time today and am scrambling to get myself ready to go back to work tomorrow.

So, without further ado, the spoiler warning because this is a discussion of Season 3 and will very obviously have spoilers.

Okay, let’s start with the Lannisters: Jamie gets his hand cut off and thus begins his redemption arc. Cersei continues to be amazingly bitchy and threatens to strangle Margery. Tywin proves to be a bigger asshole than he has in the past, but he puts Joffrey in his place a few times and it is beautiful to behold. Tyrion marries Sansa and continues to be the only Lannister that I don’t want to murder.

Stannis ran back home and is sulking about his defeat. He throws Davos into the dungeons because he tries to kill Melisandre. Hi, I’m team Davos. Anyways, we also meet Stannis daughter Shireen and her character development definitely lead to future heart break. Melisandre half bones Gendry (more on how he get there later) and throws some leeches into a fire ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Mormont is murdered by the worst member of the Night’s Watch, but also Craster dies and that’s good. Sam kills a white walker with his obsidion blade and gets a baby named after him. Jon climbs the wall with the wildlings, gets laid, gets his face scratched up by a hawk, and then get shot 3 times with arrows by Ygritte.

As much as I don’t care for the white savior thing, Daenerys is pretty damn bad ass this season. She gets an army of unsullied, takes down the slave city of Astapor, and gets a cool dragon fire scene. Then she moves on to Yunki where she gets a hot dude to help her take the city and then she gets to crowd surf.

Theon has a no good, very bad season. He spends his whole time getting tortured by Ramsey Snow (Bolton). It’s awful and as much as I hate Theon, I feel bad for him. Ramsey is a grade A psychopath.

Now, the Starks. Buckle up, because this is gonna hurt. Sansa gets her hopes raised and broken too much this season. Bran and Rickon split up and Bran starts his journey to the three eyed raven. Arya gets picked up by the Brotherhood without Banners along with Gendry, who decides to stay with them. Gendry then gets sold off to Melisandre because the Brotherhood is garbage. Arya then runs off and gets to start her road trip with The Hound. They make their way to the Twins where Catelyn and Robb are for Edmure Tully’s wedding to a Frey girl to mend the rift caused by Robb marrying Talisa.

And this is where it all goes wrong. The Red Wedding. Even knowing it was coming, I was not prepared for how horrific this scene is. The Rains of Castamere starts to play and Catelyn knows something bad is about to happen. The moment on of the Freys stabs Talisa in the stomach I physically recoiled. There is nothing to prepare you for this scene, whether or not if you’ve seen it before. It is visceral and horrible, but so well executed.

General Notes

  • Tormund gets introduced this season but he is an asshole right now so I’m not caring too much.
  • Also, we get the introduction of Olenna Tyrell and hot damn she is the best character ever.
  • “The cheese will be served when I want it served and I want it served now.” OLENNA IS MY QUEEN.
  • “The subtleties of politics are lost on me.” Margery Tyrell learned from the best.
  • Edmure is the worst and the Blackfish is the best.
  • Hot Pie giving Arya a bread wolf and saying goodbye gave me way more feels than I anticipated.
  • Bronn calling Littlefinger “Lord twat beard” is one of my favorite Bronn moments.
  • Ah, yes, we find out that Pod apparently is very good in bed. The callbacks to this throughout the season are hilarious.
  • Varys is one scary dude when you think about it.
  • Gendry telling Arya he is staying with the brotherhood hurts me. God, I hope these kids meet back up and DON’T DIE.
  • Olenna and Tywin’s scene together is perfection.
  • Jamie telling the story of his murder of the Mad King is some of the best acting from that actor.
  • The following scene is another example of Olenna awesomeness:

Lady Olenna Tyrell: [to Loras] So, their son will be your nephew after you’re wed to Cersei, of course. And you will be the king’s stepfather and brother-in-law.
[Loras looks annoyed and upset. He does not respond]
Lady Olenna Tyrell: [to Margaery] When you marry the king, Joffrey’s mother will become his sister-in-law. And your son will be Loras’… nephew? Grandson? I’m not sure. But your brother will become your father-in-law, that much is beyond dispute.

  • Every word that comes out of Lord Frey’s mouth makes me want to vomit.
  • Robb making a joke about making a terrible mistake in marrying Talisa is NOT OKAY.
  • The way Robb’s direwolf was killed is so sad. Especially considering Arya witnessed it.
  • Tyrion has a list. I love it.
  • Davos saving Gendry is my favorite thing. And thus a hundred memes about rowing are born.

Favorite Moments:

  • Jamie going back for Brienne
  • Podrick bringing back Tyrion’s money from the brothel.

Most Painful or Cringeworthy moments:

  • RED WEDDING

Character I’d Bring Back: Robb Stark and his direwolf

Character I’d Murder: Roose Bolton

Who I have an inappropriate crush on: Podrick. Though…it’s not inappropriate. Am I finally not being a trash person in my GoT crushes? HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST?

Who I want on the Iron Throne as of Right now: Olenna “I want my cheese now” Tyrell

FYI: I cannot wait for Season 4 because it brings me great joy in episode 2.

Game of Thrones: Season 2 Rewatch

Winter is coming. And by winter, I mean the final season of Game of Thrones. To prepare myself for this momentous final season, I am re-watching the show from the start because apparently, I like to torture myself. So, I decided to do summaries of my thoughts, feelings, and general (and sometimes wine-drunk) musings of each season. My season 1 wrap up is here.

FYI: this post very obvious has spoilers for Season 2, but I vaguely discuss future seasons, so here is your warning.

Season 2: The season in which there are a lot of garbage people, but none more garbage than Theon

Where to even begin with this season. I went in to it thinking that it was the one season where not a lot of characters I cared about died. I. WAS. WRONG. I’m going to try and see how well I can filter all the chaos of this season down…

Let’s start with the Lannisters. Cersei continues to be amazingly cruel and awful, but Lena Headey plays her so well and I get hypnotized by her evil smirk. Also, drunk Cersei during the Battle of Blackwater is priceless. Tywin almost fooled me again into thinking he wasn’t that bad when he is at Harrenhal. I love his interactions with Arya (who is hiding in plain sight as a cup bearer for Tywin) so damn much. There is another set of characters I could listen to trade words all day. And then there is Tyrion. Again, Tyrion is the only Lannister I still truly like and I feel so much for him in this season. He plays the game so well, but he does actually care for people and for Westeros. The way he looks at Sansa whenever he steps in to save her from Joffrey cuts straight to my heart. And all he does to protect King’s Landing when Stannis Baratheon shows up that no one appreciates him for. It kills me. I truly hope Tyrion survives the final season. Oh, and there is Jamie too. He basically spends the whole season being a charming asshole tied to a pole. Oh, and Joffrey is still terrible.

We finally meet Stannis and damn, I forgot how much I kinda like this stern, grammar loving guy. I have a soft spot for grumpy characters, so Stannis charmed me at first (not so much in the later seasons). But his whole thing with the Lord of Light prophecy is just meh to me. I really can’t ever see him being a good king, regardless of his legitimacy. BUT with Stannis we also get Davos Seaworth! I love the character of Davos so damn much. He knows no good can come from the Red Woman. Speaking of Melisandre, uggggggghhhhhhh, she bothers me, but she is proper creepy and knows how to manipulate with the best of them. Too bad the Battle of Blackwater totally blows all their plans to hell ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Time to check in with my family, the Starks. Robb is off winning battles, but being dumb by falling in love with Talisa. I yelled at Robb quite a few times during this season. Catelyn is equal parts wise and annoying. I love how she sees through Robb when he first tries to deny his attraction to Talisa, but I want to smack her when she let’s Jamie go (even thought it leads to the awesome road trip of Jamie and Brienne). The only thing that stands out for me about Bran is I like when he gets all creepy psychic for a bit. Sansa continues to impress me with that core of steel he has. She is still naive, but she is learning. I legitimately feel for her this time around. And then there is my murder baby Arya. OMG I love her part in this season. When Gendry finds out she is a Stark, I just about die when he gets all flustered. Even though I don’t think Arya will have a romance in the show, I ship those two more than anything else. I forgot this is the season Arya starts her list too! Of course it happens after a heartfelt conversation with Yoren, who immediately get murdered. *sigh* Arya’s interactions with Jaqen are also perfection *Italian chef kiss*

Who else is there? Ah, yes, the Night’s Watch. This season they pretty much go on walkabout beyond the wall. I’m not going to talk about Craster’s Keep because I just ate lunch and I don’t want to vomit. I 1000% forgot that this was the season we meet Ygritte. I kinda love watching her and Jon, but dear lord her voice annoys me. I am eternally amused that the “You know nothing, Jon Snow” line comes from her teasing him about not knowing how to do it *makes suggestive eyebrows so you know what “it” is referring to*

This season is the death of my inappropriate crush on Littlefinger. I mean, Aidan Gillen is forever a total fox, but the moment Littlefinger tries to basically hit on Catelyn while he is delivering her the bones of Ned just kills it. I still appreciate the scheming he gets up to in this season though. Varys, as always, is my favorite with the witty banter. What he says to Tyrion after the Battle of Blackwater is gold and solidifies him as a favorite. I shall be cross if Varys dies before the end.

I almost didn’t talk about Theon. God. Damn. Theon. I’ve never been a fan of Theon but I forgot just how much I LOATHE him during season 2. He is such a whiny little privileged boy and I cannot even with him. There is not a single moment I feel anything but hate for him in Season 2. He brings about the destruction of Winterfell and I shall never forgive him for that. During episode five one of my notes is “Literally every time I see Theon all I can think is ‘ugh, fucking Theon’.” I won’t go as far to say that he gets what he deserves, but also I’m not going to shed a tear over it.

Oh, right, Daenerys. Her story line is basically her being a privileged brat, leading her people into death, and then her having one moment of awesome with her dragon’s breathing fire. *yawn*

General Notes
  • I’m glad someone finally gave Osha a damn hair brush.
  • The scene of all the Gold Cloaks killing Robert’s bastards is probably one of the most horrific things in Game of Thrones. Which is really saying something.
  • You know, Varys would make a good king…
  • Gilly calling Sam brave is so pure and I love those two
  • OH HAI PODRICK!
  • Gendry calling Arya m’lady is my favorite thing ever.
  • Theon flirting, unknowingly, with his sister is equal parts disgusting and hilarious
  • Seeing Roose Bolton with Robb fucking still hurts. Oh, and here is the check that leads to Robb’s doom…
  • Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell is sheer perfection. “I don’t want to be a queen. I want to be the Queen.”
  • Watching all the horrible scenes at Harrenhal are worth it just for Shirtless Gendry.
  • I love when Jaqen get’s annoyed with Arya asking him to murder someone immediately. Like he is so over his little murder daughter, but kills for her anyways.
  • How many ways can I say “Theon is the worst”?
  • Shae helping Sansa is the only time I like Shae
  • STOP FLIRTING ROBB!
  • Bronn singing the Rains of Castamere is kinda hot and welcome to my new inappropriate crush for the season
  • The Hound drinking wine and saying “fuck the king” is a damn mood
  • Battle Tyrion is awesome
  • The farce of Joffrey breaking up with Sansa in court is ridiculous, but worth seeing Sansa smile. Until goddamn Littlefinger ruins it all.
  • Pretty sure Jamie got a semi while watching Brienne fight
  • I am so happy Luwin got to see the Stark boys before he died *glares at Theon again for being the cause of Luwin’s demise*
  • Watching Bran and Rickon leave a burning Winterfell hurts like hell
  • THREE BLASTS FOR WHITE WALKERS!!!!

Favorite Moments:

  • Basically every scene with Bronn
  • Theon’s inspirational speech to his men at Winterfell that is cut short by his men knocking him out and leaving his bitch ass behind
  • Did I mention Shirtless Gendry yet?
  • Tywin telling Arya she is too smart for her own good. Their verbal dancing was a wonder to watch.
  • Tyrion stripping Janos Slynt of his rank and sending him to the Wall. “I’m not questioning your honor. I’m denying it exists.”
  • Joffrey getting poo thrown in his face

Most Painful or Cringeworthy moments:

  • Every single moment spent at Craster’s Keep
  • Littlefinger’s chat with Roz when she is crying over watching a goddamned baby getting murdered in front of her.
  • Shae saying “You are mine and I am yours” to Tyrion because I know what is coming and it is not good
  • Robb marrying Talisa
  • Dany’s vision of Drogo and their unborn child. I don’t ship Dany and Drogo in any way, shape or form, but this still hurt.

Favorite Line:

I’d follow Tyrion into battle…
My life motto.

Character I’d Bring Back: hard tie between Maester Luwin and Yoren

Character I’d Murder: THEON FUCKING GREYJOY

Who I have an inappropriate crush on: Bronn. Though, you have to admit, he is a right side better than Little Finger. He’s got one hell of a smirk, snark for days, and I bet all that fighting he does means he has stamina for days…

Who I want on the Iron Throne as of Right now: For the good of the Realm, Vayrs. For personal reasons, Shirtless Gendry.

Game of Thrones: Season 1 Rewatch

Winter is coming. And by winter, I mean the final season of Game of Thrones. To prepare myself for this momentous final season, I am re-watching the show from the start because apparently, I like to torture myself. So, I decided to do summaries of my thoughts, feelings, and general (and sometimes wine-drunk) musings of each season.

It should go without saying, but there are SPOILERS FOR GAME OF THRONES BELOW! I keep it mostly to the first season but there are vague spoilers for the rest of the seasons that could be gathered from stuff I say.

Season 1: Where we meet and become emotionally attached to a whole bunch of people who will eventually die

Wow. I did not think this would be so hard to watch. It physically hurts seeing all the Starks happy and healthy together. Well, all happy except Catelyn, who I want to smack every time she is rude to Jon. If there is one thing Season 1 of GOT has taught me its that SECRETS ARE BAD AND LEAD TO EVERYONE DYING. Also, if you tell someone you’ll talk to them about something important later, you are basically going to die or not be seen for five seasons. My favorite Stark is still Arya, though I appreciate Sansa so much more this time through. And I still die on the inside when Jon gives Arya her sword.

The Lannisters are still my most hated house, but I have grudging respect for the main Lannisters. I can’t help it. Tyrion will always be the only Lannister I actually LIKE, but Jamie, Cersei, and Tywin are all so damn good at what they do. Tyrion though…what I wouldn’t give to party with that guy. Joffery is still physically and emotionally painful to watch but at least this time through I know what his fate holds for him, so I have something to look forward to. It’s also very interesting to see early Lancel and the abuse he goes through at the hands of the king and his family. That poor boy never had a chance.

And then there is Peytr “Littlefinger” Baelish and Varys. These two, I swear. I started making episode notes stating with the 4th episode and every time these two started trading words I wrote “I could watch these two ALL DAY.” They are so similar in their abilities to scheme and maneuver, but they do so for completely different reasons. Peytr does all he does for himself, while Varys, I believe, truly wants peace in the realm. Whenever either of these two are on the screen, and particularly when they are together, I am always rapt in attention.

I almost didn’t add a little paragraph about the Night’s Watch. I guess I forgot about them like much of Westeros does. Which is a BIG PROBLEM. Wildings and wights and White Walkers, OH MY! Everyone always focuses on the political scheming and shenanigans throughout Westeros, but all the while the true threat is slowly growing in the North. This show does a really good job at the slow build terror. Some of it isn’t exactly subtle, but it feels that way because the house drama overshadows everything. Also, side note from the wall: Jon is such a whiny baby boy. His luscious locks and broody demeanor must have erased the whining from my memory.

Finally, there is Danerys. Look, I’m going to say right now that she is not my favorite character. *waits for the collective gasps of shock and disbelief to die down* Y’all, she is boring AF for the most part in the books and that sort of tainted her character for me. She has her moments, but there is just something about her that does not click for me. BUT, I was so invested in her beginnings during this rewatch. Thinking of all she goes through and where she is now in the newer seasons…it sorta blows my mind. The ending of Season 1, with Dany and her baby dragons, still stands as one of the better final scenes of a season, not only in Game of Thrones, but television in general. Heck, just writing about it gave me a little wave of goosebumps.

General Notes from Episode 4-10
(because I wasn’t taking notes for eps 1-3)
  • Ser Barrister is a battle cinnamon roll.
  • I forgot that Bronn comes into the story so early. I love his bromance with Tyrion.
  • I’m sorry, but the Vale is the best castle in all of Westeros. Introvert’s dream.
  • I need a book of life lessons from Syrio Forrel
  • Tyrion confessing to Lyssa is peak Tyrion.
  • I miss Dany’s strange moments where she stares into the distance and says shit like “He is no dragon. A dragon does not burn.” I want creepy Dany back.
  • Rob telling Bran he’ll write him letters makes me sad.
  • Seriously, could no one at Winterfell give Osha a damn brush for her hair?
  • Dany is just as headstrong and annoying as Jon is…
  • So…Bronn says he’s been north of the Wall for work. Do we ever get more info about this? I don’t remember but I am suddenly very interested in this…
  • Rickon makes me sad. That boy never had a chance.
  • Anyone else see the Flayed Man banner at Rob’s camp and get HELLA MAD?
  • “I won’t do any treason!” Oh poor, sweet Sansa. But we get glimmers of the steel in her soul: “Or maybe he’ll give me yours.” (she still annoys the fuck out of me in Season 1 & 2 though)
  • “KING IN THE NORTH!” *sigh*
  • One of the few moments I like Catelyn is when she punches Jamie.
  • Lord Mormont drinks beer in the morning. I love this guy.
  • BABY DRAGONS!

Favorite Moments:

  • Tyrion slapping Joffrey. I rewatched that scene at least 3 times before I could let the episode continue.
  • Jon giving Arya her sword. (BRB crying forever)
  • Every scene with Gendry
  • King Robert and Cersei laughing with each other when he says it’s their marriage that holds the realm together

Most Painful or Cringeworthy Moments:

  • Rob and Jon hugging goodbye
  • That sexposition scene with Littlefinger (you know the scene I’m talking about)
  • Basically any scene with Lysa Arryn
  • Arya throwing a rock at Nymeria to make her leave (oh heck, I’m tearing up just thinking about it)
  • When Littlefinger convinces Ned to come with him to talk to a whore, when instead he should have been leaving King’s landing with his daughters. *sigh* if only…
  • “I did warn you not to trust me.”

Favorite line:

“Everything’s better with some wine in the belly.” Tyrion the Truth Dropper

Character I’d Bring back: LADY!

Characters I’d murder: Joffrey (always), Alliser Thorne, The Mountain

Who I have an inappropriate crush on: Peytr Baelish (can I point out: BAE-lish). I KNOW, okay? I know this is such a bad crush, but I cannot help it. Aidan Gillen is a fox and he plays Littlefinger so damn well. I want to be his partner in schemes ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Who I want on the Iron Throne as of right now: hard tie between Tyrion and Littlefinger (what? Sometimes I just want to watch the world burn)