Much of this season has revolved around characters bemoaning their fates. Most claim to be duty bound to carry them through but that doesn't make them find any sort of peace about it.
“We must do our duty no? Big or small we must do our duty.” Stannis assures Ser Davos, it’s more for his own will than anything. Stannis never asked for this. To be chosen by Melisandre and her Fire God to be the savior of the Seven Kingdoms. He never even asked to be King, Stannis has always struck me as someone who would have been much happier as a fisherman. Still there he is fighting to be King of Westeros and under the pretense of a divine right.
How couldn’t he do his duty and fight? We’ve all seen the Red God do things. Things that are far more tangible than anything the Seven have appeared to have done. What’s eating at him though is the futility of fighting against it all. The Red God wants it this way and after all the stuff Melisandre has done, why would you want to fight it? How could you fight it? Stannis will do his duty and fight for the Iron Throne. He is just going have a hard time doing certain things to get it.
With all the talk in earlier scenes about the proper way to slaughter a lamb. Which is to make sure it never sees the blade apparently. I was expecting far worse for Gendry. Leeches are nasty and all but I was imagining something resembling the ceremony from Temple of Doom. Getting a little bit of blood from Gendry (he has so much) wasn’t the only thing Melisandre wants. This bit with the leeches was as much for Stannis' prospects as another exhibition for Ser Davos. After seeing a smoke/demon baby born dose he really need another lesson in the power of the Red God?
Someone else trying to make the best out of a bad situation is Tyrion. Forced into a marriage he really rather not have, facing down the prospects of “putting a child in her”. Being Tyrion Lannister he deals with the situation by drinking or at least putting on airs that he is drinking too much. Defying his nephew and threatening to castrate him if he goes through with the bedding ceremony was a nice touch to remind everyone that Tyrion is a good guy. Even better is his bit about not consummating the marriage until Sansa wants to.
Honestly there isn’t much to the scenes in Kings Landing or most of Second Sons. All they do is reinforce the things we already knew about the characters. Cerci is a bitch, though her utter shut down of Ser Loras was pretty great. Margery is either the best political operator ever or the show has just trained us to think everyone has +11 intellect. Joffrey has become a caricature, I find myself no longer able to lovingly hate the lil shit. I swear it’s like Jack Gleeson knows about the sheer hatred for this character and is playing it up. Look at how he saunters up to Sansa during the wedding, that is primo gif material. That is something that shouldn’t come to my mind while watching this show. The best part of the episode was watching Ser Davos read to himself. As someone who struggled with reading it always gets me to see characters read when they previously could not.
What was interesting though is the marriage ceremony between Tyrion and Sansa. We don’t get to see much of it but in the Seven things appear to be more “traditional” in the Judeo-Christian sense. A father, in this case Joffrey the Father of the Realm, presents the bride. Than the bride is cloaked by her soon to be husband. Making her his I guess. When comparing this to the knot tying seen when Robb and Talisa the actions don’t really match the words. The Septom talks of becoming one heart and one everything. The knot tying bound Robb and Talisa together, the cloak really didn’t have that same visual impact. In fact it served more as a signifier of the male dominated society found in Westeros.
Daenerys is up to her usual stuff. Acting like she owns everything when she doesn't. This time she does it wil the titular Second Sons. They of the broken swords banner and powerful friends of the Yunkish people. That scene goes the same way all her prior scenes have. It is the Sons captains and lieutenant that are the important part of the equation, in particular Daario (?), he of Fabio like breeding. He is tasked to kill Daenerys but instead kills his superiors and gives her their heads.
The worst part about it is the show seems to be hinting at some sort of romantic ar least physical entanglement between the two. Now Daenerys has 3 men advising her and one of them is an utter hunk. Daario just seems so ordinary. Khal Drogo was this fearsome beast of a man that she learned to tame and love. Daario is essentially the across the sea version of Ser Loras (possibly minus the sword swallowing). Daenerys doesn't need a man anyway.
That just leaves the final 10 minutes between Sam and Gilly. Which was rather entertaining but tonally opposite of everything that preceded it. The White Walker showing up had been hinted at for a while now and he finally shows. The normal horror cinematography and editing really gave it away. Well, and the giant flock of crows that suddenly appear. Being generic isn’t a bad thing and horror wasn’t the point of the scene it just felt bland in the end. So the dragon glass can definitely kill White Walkers...by freezing them? or something like that. White Walker went boom which is al that matters. If only I could really caer about Sam or Gilly, they are nice characters but on their own without the Nights Watch (whatever happened to them?) around they just seem so ordinary.
So that’s it for 2 weeks. Game of Thrones will be back with it’s penultimate episode June 2 "The Rains of Castamere". When I’d first heard the song I got the overall idea of it being the song to let everyone know don’t fuck with the Lannisters. Hearing Cerci explain it so openly in the episode, to someone who would most likely know the story, seems like over obvious foreshadowing. I expect crazy ish to go down. Leaving me to simply post a review containing an embed of this scene.
The Bits At The End
- Joffery Beiber is a great Tumblr
- The lack of Thrones getting this guy to officiate the cerymony is a bummer. Cmon you can't have a fantasy wedding without this guy!
- Man the whole Lannister-Tyrell union is going to make the guy who dose the family tree insane.
- Hopefully Ser Loras likes being shut up, he's about to learn a certain kind of sadness Or maybe ya know Cerci and Loras will have a fucntional healthy relationship.
You can find Michael Mazzacane @MaZZM on Twitter and over at mazzz.net . In both places he wonders, wether moving to tumblr was a good thing now that Yahoo owns them. The enmority of planning a deep dive into 90's cinema. And if Dom,Brian and The Rock will finally have a threesome in Fast 6.