Finally. After what felt like an eternity, Game of Thrones is back with a vengeance. While the season 4 premiere was a bit on the slow side, “Two Swords” made up for it with lots of character development. And boy, did we get some! The entire episode can be boiled down to 4, character defining moments that set up the forth season of Game of Thrones to be one of the most spectacular in the history of television.
Dragons Can’t Be Tamed
Poor little Daenerys. After giving life to three magnificent dragons, she’s damn near beheaded the moment they hit puberty. Her face after the dragon nearly snaps it off is priceless. It’s a look of sudden realization. It’s her realizing her dragons can not be trained and that maybe her chain of slave-freeing victories are numbered. Of course, the hopeless romantic Jorah has to state the obvious, but that’s pretty much his job description.
Jaime’s One-Handed Incompetence
A minor scene to the unsuspecting, sure, but that single scene sets up the new Jamie Lannister. Without his sword hand, he’s forced to train his left to do what his right did. Despite his initial cockiness, Jamie’s shows doubt in himself when he fails at successfully seething his fancy new sword, which was forged with the melted remnants of Ned Stark’s blade.
The Trail of Jon Snow
With his father and brother now out of the picture, you could argue that Jon Snow is is the most noble of the characters seen thus far in Game of Thrones. Of course, being noble is the best way to find yourself dead. In Snow’s trail, he admits to not only killing senior member of the Nights Watch and siding with the wildlings, but also bedding one of them. That’s grounds for a beheading! Luckily, his beheading is spared when they accept what he said about the wilding army marching south to be truth. That level of honestly and valor is going to get Ned Stark’s bastard killed.
Fuck. Yes. We all knew it was coming and we all knew it would be rewarding, but Arya’s revenge surpassed our wildest dreams. From being reunited with Needle and reciting Polliver’s infamous words back to him, as she killed him in the same manner he killed her friend, this entire scene was explosive and just may be the most perfectly executed revenge scene in entertainment history. Not only that, but we also get some unlikely bonding between The Hound and Arya. I can’t wait to see what the unlikely duo get into next!
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