Thoughts during the first episode of the season.
The pain of seeing Ice melted down runs deep. There is really no end to how hard the Starks get slapped in the face. There is always hope for them as Arya, Sansa, and Rickon are all still capable of doing something. There is also Benjen Stark, whose fate remains a mystery even to readers. Jon Snow as well offers hope and I still want to see him eventually become Jon Stark. Bran is still out there too but his ability to do anything will be limited to how much he can influence the others. So, while times certainly seem incredibly DIRE (pun intended) for the Starks don’t worry because there are still plenty of possibilities for them. They get stepped on real hard by their enemies, and the salt is far from being finished pouring into all the wounds created by the Red Wedding.
The arrival of the Red Viper of Dorne is really cool. Prince Oberyn is a badass. He is a dangerous man capable of anything. In the book he arrives at Kings Landing with the party and Tyrion has a lengthy discussion with him as he is led to the palace. I suppose the show needed more to introduce him. He is a wildly sexual character and HBO wouldn’t miss a perfectly good opportunity to infuse more sex and nudity into the show. Prince Oberyn has nine bastard daughters known as the Sand Snakes and each of them are as dangerous as he is. Keep in mind this guy’s twin sister was the Princess Elia who was married to Rhaegar. The one who was raped and murdered by the Mountain during the siege of King’s Landing. That will certainly be covered before this episode is over. It doesn’t sit well with him and he comes looking for justice. He is a new player entering this game and he unbalances the entire board. He poses problems for the Lannisters because he is a deadly enemy who has reason to have it out for them.
Did they recast Daario Naharis? I feel like too much recasting has already gone on in this show but oh well. I’m not a big fan of the Daario character anyway so it doesn’t really matter. Kudos to the new actor, he no doubt gets plenty of acting time with a naked Emilia Clarke during shooting. The guy who was playing the part should have read the books. No doubt if he knew what was coming for his character we would be seeing him on screen tonight.
The Thens! or however it is spelled. The people from the far North who follow a Magnar. At first I thought they were the giants, they are really cool looking. I think they have been merged with another peoples from the far North. The people of Skagos are cannibals but I don’t remember hearing anything about the Thens eating people. Skagos is widely where Rickon is believed to be by the way.
Joffrey is such a little shit. It has never been more satisfying to hate a character. The statue of him standing over a dire wolf was a nice touch. I feel bad for the kid playing the part. With the popularity of this show being what it is people will always remember him as the biggest douche in the world.
I’m glad to see Sir Dontos brought back into the show. I can’t remember what they did in season three but I specifically remember being mad that Sir Dontos wasn’t involved with something to do with Sansa. This bumbling fool is the perfectly deployed and manipulated pawn of a large player in the Game of Thrones. Quite possibly the greatest player in fact because he is the one who has created all of his power out of nothing. Stop now if you don’t want to see a major spoiler but Sir Dontos works for Littlefinger.
The Hound is one of my favorite characters, I feel he has been under utilized on the show to an extent but this should finally be a chance to see him in action. Glad to see that he and Arya didn’t disappoint. I figured I would be writing a sentence about how that fight scene was more dramatic in the book but I don’t think I can. It was really awesome and a great way to cap off the first episode of season 4. This has been a great episode and I look forward to what else this season has to offer.
Just a note, I’m publishing this without editing so excuse any typos.