Game of Thrones Episode 4 – Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things

Created by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss

Cast: Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Lena Heady, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley, Iain Glen, Harry Lloyd, Jason Momoa, Kit Harrington, Aiden Gillen

Synopsis: Tyrion returns to Winterfell on his return from the Night’s Watch and receives a less than cordial welcome.   Snow meets a new recruit to the Night’s Watch, Sam,  whom is a coward and generall unfit for the posting.   A friendship develops between the two, Snow becoming very protective of Sam.   Ned Stark continues his duties as King’s Hand, while trying to determine what exactly got his predecessor killed.   We learn the heritage of the Targaryen family, whilst a power struggle ensues between brother and sister.

I am struggling at this stage, in giving a review for every episode on a number of different television series, to find new ways of saying the same thing.   As with Crownies, Game of Thrones moves from strength to strength, slowly teasing out more details in the back story of this realm while a fascinating plot in current events evolves.   Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things continues this trend, delivering another very strong episode that answers a few questions while simultaneously building intrigue and interest in the individual story threads.

I am personally enjoying the addition of new character Sam.   On the surface he seems rather worthless, and more of a hinderance than a true acquisition for the Night’s Watch.   He has a fascinating back story however, one which induces great sympathy for the character.   If he does seem to have a potential quality, it is that of a loyal friend, so it will be interesting to see if his character evolves like another rotund sheepish Sam from another popular franchise.

We see little of Winterfell this episode, though some effort is made to show Bran in his morbid mood as a result of now being crippled.   Tyrion shows him a kindness by providing him designs for a saddle such that he may ride despite his condition.   His welcome is not very hospitable though, as Stark’s eldest is currently Lord of Winterfell, and as such understandably wary of the actions of a Lannister.   Tyrion’s actions are respectable however, and it remains difficult to associate him with the devilry of his brother and sister, despite the fact that the evidence currently indicates he was the one to employ Bran’s assassin.

Politics also becomes prominent in this episode, as Stark faces the challenges of his role, as well as learning how there are few he can trust in this role of honour.   As such, in trying to elicit his predecessor’s action, and as such to determine why he may have been killed, shall earn him some scrutiny that may prove dangerous.   There are hints within this episode as to what the truth may be, and they could potentially have far-reaching repercussions.

The Targaryens get a stronger focus this episode, as we learn their traditions concerning their heritage imparted by dragon folklore.   Viserys has a fairly inflated opinion oh himself, hinting there may be dragon blood in his veins.   In some circles he is referred to as the last dragon.   This belief clearly makes him arrogant and conceited.   He disrespect the Dothraki and their traditions, whilst his sister embraces these and finds inner strength through them,   Hence the power struggle that begins between them, and comes with a positive female empowerment moment that had me literally cheering at one point.

Episode 5 airs on Foxtel tonight.   It should be another cracker!

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