We see again that it doesn't pay to trust OR to betray Littlefinger. Poor Ros. I'm really glad we didn't see Joffrey kill her. We've seen plenty of his psychotic behavior. Since she wasn't actually a (named) character in the books, I'm okay with them killing her, but I had grown to like her.
I'm still loving Jaime and Brienne. Those little moments in the scene at the table - her stabbing the steak with a fork so he could cut it and then him putting his hand over hers when she went for her knife - were so good. I could watch entire episodes with just the two of them. I read an interview with N C-W and apparently, they will not beClick to see Spoiler:shaving Jaime's head. I'm really bummed because I was looking forward to seeing him transformed. The appearance of him in King's Landing with the beard, shaved head and then the golden hand would have been so dramatic. I'm still holding out hope that they'll shave him...or at least give him a buzz cut. The transformation - beyond the missing hand - is what made his reappearance so shocking.
I can't wait for Jaime's rescue of Brienne from the bear. It's one of my favorite moments in the book. I'm pretty sure it comes next week, since the episode is called "The Bear and the Maiden Fair."
Speaking of Nikolaj, did anyone see him on SNL last night? I had high hopes when they started the "Game of Game of Thrones" sketch, but then they turned it into another joke about how fans of sci-fi/fantasy are obsessed and, therefore, know nothing about the "real world." There were so many more interesting ways that sketch could have gone. It felt lazy to me. I was happy that critics were panning the sketch as well. The one they did a while back about the new creative consultant (aka the 13/14-year old boy who told them where to add more boobs) on the show was MUCH better. Plus, Bobby Moynihan does a pretty killer GRRM.
Considering that they're dealing with a TV show-sized budget, I thought the sequence on the Wall was pretty good.
I don't necessarily need to see Theon tortured for the next 3 seasons, or however long that's going to last. A little goes a long way with those scenes. I will say that the actor playing the character whose name still hasn't been revealed is doing a great job of playing that total psycho. I almost feel sorry for Theon. Almost.
Once again, Varys gets the line of the episode: "The Lysa Arryn of chairs." [re: the Iron Throne]
I've been waiting all season for Littlefinger's speech about chaos since the preview was released months ago. While the character's fairly detestable right now, Aidan Gillen is SO good in the role.
I can't believe we're already to the "back" of the season. Four more episodes left until the finale. I can't wait to see everything play out on screen, but I'll be sad when the season ends.