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Game of Thrones Season 4: Two Swords

In Television on April 7, 2014 at 7:20 pm

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Luckily, I was not one of the ones who suffered through the crashing of HBO Go, once again, and was able to witness the premiere of GOT Season 4.

For those of you who are the 1% and do not know or watch or have friends that know and watch and will explain to you what Game of Thrones is, I will, briefly. In a brief synopsis, Game of Thrones depicts, realistically, the trials and tribulations of a monarchy, from the low soldier, Jorah Mormont, played by Iain Glein, to the awful King Joffrey, played wonderfully by Jack Gleeson, and everyone in between. To accurately describe this show, I would need to undertake a lot of writing, but suffice it to say, it shows why monarchies failed, how people change in relation to power, and the lengths people will go to to be king.  GOT depicts various families as they struggle for recognition, power, money, and strength.If you haven’t read the books that this show is based on, read the books, then watch the show. If you haven’t heard anything about this show, then educated yourself by buying the books, reading them, and then binging on the show. Shouldn’t take you more then 2 months to do so. If you haven’t seen or read GOT, then please read no further. In order to save time and space, I will comment on things I liked about this episode and subsequently things I did not like.

Like:

Prince Oberyn Martell, played by Pedro Pascal. His introduction was spot on and I absolutely loved how they depicted a bisexual man as cunning and strong while also loyal. He’s not a psychopath like Joffrey, played by Jackie Gleeson, he has a purpose. He will murder people because, well, they are Lannnisters, and because they killed his sister.

 

Tyrion, played by Peter Dinklage. In this episode, the way he talks to Sansa, played by Sophie Turner, made me realize what a great king he would make. Seriously, he would be perfect. He has perspective and understanding and is able to successfully deter Oberyn, from the time being at least, from murdering more people.

Jamie Lannister, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, was fantastic in this premiere. However, being a huge fan of the books, I would have liked him a bit less whiny, as he was when he returned in the books, and a bit more stoic. I also don’t understand why they went in this direction, other then to make Cersei, played by Lena Heady, to look more evil and cruel.

Arya Stark, played by Maisie Williams. That’s my girl. Stick them with the pointy end! I loved her in this episode and felt like she’s finally becoming the person she is truly supposed to be, a stone cold killer. Yes, she has a heart, and yes she is a Stark but she has also witnessed her entire family killed, right in front of her, and it’s about time she takes her revenge.

Things I did not like:

I had trouble with the presence of Daenerys, plyaed by Emilia Clarke, because I felt like her presence was a bit rushed. All we really witnessed was her marching somewhere. Yes we saw the slaves and the travel that she will endure, but I felt like either more time should have been devoted to her in this episode or no time at all.

I also did not like Shae in this episode, played by Sibel Kikelli. I understand that she can be jealous, and she has been, seriously I feel like they’ve already done that, but to be jealous and stupid as well. I felt like her character, in other episodes, has been rash but careful and in this episode, she was anything but.

What did you think? Which character did you like and what do you predict for the season as a whole.

 

 

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