Created by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
Cast: Lena Heady, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Iain Glen, Harry Lloyd, Jason Momoa, Kit Harrington, Aidan Gillen, Alfie Allen, Richard Madden, Jack Gleeson, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Sibel Kekilli
Synopsis: In the last thrilling episode of the season, the repercussions of Joffrey’s decision at the end of the previous episode have vast implications. Tywin Lannister has no chance of achieving peace with Robb Stark, with armies hemming him in from each side. He shows faith in Tyrion sending him to act as King’s Hand in his place. Jon Snow makes an attempt to abandon the Night’s Watch to join his half-brother in war. Drogo is saved, but he is a husk of a man, and the price appears to have been Daenerys’ child. Yet Daenerys shows greater strength as a result than could have ever hitherto been expected.
It is difficult to discuss this episode without also referring to the events of episode 9, so those who have not reached that episode yet, I recommend turning away now as there will be spoilers, or continue at your own risk.
Stark’s execution reverberates through almost every thread of this episode, except of course for Daenerys; arc, whom as yet is not directly connected to these events. In many ways, that could be considered the true climax of the season, at least on an emotional note. Up until this point, Sean Bean had been the top-billed actor in the series, and was very much the leading man. So to have him killed ogg is an incredible plot development, leaving this episode to be about the aftershocks of this event. In many ways, I can see this episode as the last chapters of the book (which I have not yet read, for shame!) that lie the necessary building blocks for the sequel.
This is not to say that the season peaked too early, or that this episode lacked excitement. Some of the developments in this story are incredibly intriguing. The armies of the North denounce Joffrey, and declare Robb their king… the King of the North. There is a resolution finally between Tywin and Tyrion, even if it is only partial. Snow’s attempt to flee gives Sam his chance to show his first true act of courage, one that is inspired by friendship.
Yet it is Daenerys who owns this episode. She has been betrayed by the sorceress treating Drogo, and Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Bride of Film Nerd stopped watching a few episodes, largely due to the high violence quotient of the series, but when I described Daenerys’ revenge, she was right behind the retribution that was delivered. To top all that off, we get a resolution to the ongoing undercurrent of a story concerning the three dragons eggs, and the relationship which Daenerys’ ancestry bears upon them. Given that this is a fantasy series, there has been little focus on the fantastical elements to date, with the brunt of the story concerning fascinating characters and complex yet enthralling politics. This has grounded the series, yet it seems that this strong foundation will be used to introduce some awesome fantasy creatures to come. The fact that dragons will be involved should come as little surprise.
I do hope Foxtel fast-tracks season two from the United States!!
4.5 stars out of 5
Game of Thrones Episode 10 trailer