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: Baratheon learns of Daenerys Targaryen’s impending pregnancy, and fearing the power her son may wield, orders her assassination, much to Stark’s disgust. Catelyn escorts Tyrion Lannister to her sister’s stronghold, where we learn the latter seems to have taken leave of her senses. Jaime Lannister has discovered his brothers abduction, and track’s down Stark to get him back.
In many respects, The Wolf and the Lion is a mid-season episode with a much greater focus on character development than all-out action. By no means does it neglect some fight scenes, as well as a fair portion of sex and nudity as per previous episodes, yet it manages to do a lot to advance plot with a focus on those present in King’s Landing. Despite not being something of great import to add to the synoppsis above, we delve further into the relationship between Baratheon and Cersei which allows us to further understand their antipathy for each other.
In this particular scene, a new level of talent is explored for the two actors on display. Sarah Connor Chronicles Heady displays a subtle but powerful grasp of the emotion fo the scene, intentionally underplayed in a way that maximises the effect of her performance. Also to date Addy has played Baratheon as a boorish, more comic character, yet in this scene he explores deeper emotions also. The performance may not be as subtle as Heady’s, but this is not a subtle character, and it remains potent stuff to watch.
Tyrion the Imp still remains one of the most fascinating characters present. He remains calm in a pinch, and despite evidence to his earlier having been deceitful, he is really coming across as the most trustworthy character of those on display. When given a chance for freedom at the expense of Catelyn’s safety, despite some internal conflict he does the honourable thing. In meeting Catelyn’s sister, his manner is perhaps a bit too brash, given that this new character comes across as slightly unhinged. One of the ickiest moments to date in the series has to be a mother breast-feeding her five- or six-year-old child. This child is also clearly being raised in an unhealthy manner, and as this has not been developed very far, I expect there is a lot more to come on this story thread.
Overall, this episode is perhaps not as exciting as what has gone before, but it does remain gripping. Never once did boredom become a factor to be considered, and I remain to date a big fan.
3.5 stars out of 5
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