My review of E03 S08 "Second Sons"
We hit on just half the storylines this week and two only very briefly, at the start and the end. No Robb, no Jon, no Bran, no Jaime and no Theon. Can't say I minded missing that last one. Had enough torture scenes to last the next 5 years
Sam and Gilly
Some sweet, innocent moments between Sam and Gilly, between Sam's inability to start a fire and Gilly's inability to comprehend Sam's fancy talk. Then this nice fireside chat is interrupted by a murder of Ravens, crowing loudly in a nearby weirwood tree. But that's not the half of it. I could hear Mac from Predator in my head, "He's out there......passed them treeees."
Sam is actually quite brave here, even if he is shitting himself, which he has good reason to. That thing is big, fearless and just beaks his sword into 397 pieces. I counted. He does let Sam off rather lightly though. I mean he DOES knock him to side like a kid throwing a stuffed animal, but considering he looks exactly like the White Walker Sam stared down last season, he's let Sam live twice now. Big mistake baby snatcher. Sam has a dragon glass dagger and finally finds out what it does. By the way did, anyone really NOT guess that that's exactly what it does, before hand. Kind of on the nose, that one.
Great effects in that scene. Got a serious Snow White and the Huntsman vibe from it
The Wedding and Bedding of Tyrion Lannister and Sansa Stark
Wait, not Stark anymore. She's Sansa Lannister now......dear god how sad is that? Probably as sad as that wedding was. No one is happy except the oblivious guests and the giddy, evil, boy king. Who somehow got me to hate him even MORE this week. Let's see, he first walks Sansa down the isle, because her father is dead, thanks entirely to him. He then takes away Tyrions stepping stool, causing his uncle embarrassment due to the stark height difference of he and his Stark bride. Then he tells Sansa, he basically wants to rape her while his guards hold her down. What a delight he is
Lady Olena prattles on about who will be what in relation to who and when Loras can't take it anymore, he bumps into HIS future wife to be and tries to extend an olive branch....which she abruptly snatches and snaps in two. At least he didn't get the same treatment his sister did from the soon to be Ex-Queen Regent
Tyrion knows how to handle this though. Get drunk. REALLY friggin drunk. Screw you dad. Screw all these guests and SCREW the "bedding ceremony." Which the books go into more detail on. After the wedding feast, the bride and the groom are carried by the jubilant crowd into a nearby bed room, stripped naked by the same onlookers, who continue to look on as they consummate their nuptials. Tyrion may be drunk, but he has enough wits about him to not allow Sansa to suffer THAT bit of business. I loved his rage, turned to laughing/drunken slurring, before taking her out of there. For once his father helps him out too. Not really for him, but he helped end an awkward situation from really escalating just the same
The next scene was a powerful one I thought. Tyrion tells Sansa he has been commanded to sleep with her. She is terrified. As any young virgin girl would be. But she has been through so much and this is a marriage she did not want, so for her, this is so much worse. Plus she's only fricken 14. All these factors are not lost on Tyrion. She's a gorgeous girl, but she IS just a girl. And his decency just will not allow him to do it. There is that moment though, after she says, "And what if I never want you to" that a ping of genuin hurt flashes across his face. That got me good. He knows she would never want him, but the finality of that statement still stings
Stannis seems to finally be coming to his senses, a bit. Freeing Davos and hearing his counsel. Melissandre is still clearly in charge right now though. Doing what she wants and this week, WHO she wants. Seems like a great deal for Gendry at first, but as things usually go in this show, it goes downhill quickly. Not as downhill as it could have though, thanks to Ser Davos. The burning of the Leeches while Stannis says the names Rob Stark, Balon Greyjoy and Joffrey Baratheon was another leap, for the Lord of Light to deliver. He has so far, but THIS? Hmmm
Arya and the Hound
Short scene between these two. We get to find out the Hounds intentions. Arya is back on track at least on where she wants to go. Here story since the start of last year has been one of constant starts and stops, twists and turns. For once, you want her to just get back to her damn family and have some happier times. Even if just for a short while. She's suffered enough George
Dany meets yet another group of tough talking, quick to insult men. She handles the leader of this mercenary group's foul encroachments with ease. Smiling the whole time and trading them with her own threats and commands. Later we see what one of those three does to the other two, for the simple reason that he thinks she is, well, hot as fucking HELL. His superficialness works to her benefit
And even in the vulnerable state he has her in. Naked in a tub, with no guards or dragons around and two severed heads on the floor, she finds a way to turn the situation into one of strength for her. By using one of her true strengths, the one that brought him there, her beauty. When she stands up from that tub, she gives him a taste of what he wants, but only that. Fight for her and maybe....maybe he'll be able to get in there, but first he must pledge his sword...his ACTUAL sword
It's been a while since she's bared it all on this show, and it was worth the wait. Such an incredible body
Really good episode. Noting TOO major happens and many plotlines were left untouched. But what we did get was all really good stuff