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13 May 2013 @ 08:38 pm
Game of Thrones: "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" Episode Review  
Game of Thrones 3.07 "The Bear and the Maiden Fair"

Daenerys making a presentation of negotiations with herself and the master of Yunkai was brilliantly (and beautifully) done.

Because it really was a presentation. She is fierce, but also fair. She wanted to make the atmosphere welcoming and allow the master to say his piece, but also make it known that she has no plans on backing down from her offers and her requests. Because regardless she is determined to free the slaves from Yunkai, one way or another. And of course it wasn't going to be that simple, but she wanted a fair chance of a meeting to let him know precisely what she's about and what is gonna go down. I just love how her tactic is basically to intimidate him. Starting from his way to meet her, surrounded by the thousands of Unsullied, to seeing her inside the tent with her three dragons on one side of her, and her advisers on the other, and with Missandei announcing who Daenerys is with all her titles. Hell, she even nonchalantly feeds her dragons before him, allowing them to fight over the piece of meat thrown in the air, just to show that she has the upper hand in this situation. She will play pleasantries for a while, but shit will get real and she will devise a plan on executing it to achieve her goal in the end.

Not to mention that we finally got to see ALL THREE DRAGONS TOGETHER: Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal. AND DAENERYS STROKING AFFECTIONATELY ON DROGON AFTER HE SUCCESSFULLY FRIGHTENED/INTIMIDATED THE SLAVE MASTER IN DEFENDING HIS MAMA (AND THE WAY HE PURRRS, OMG.) ♥ ♥ ♥ Plus, Jorah and Barristan being the biggest fanboys of Dany will never not be the best thing ever.


(Plus, how appropriate was it to air this episode on Mother's Day? I mean, Mother of Dragons. Srsly.)

Other things in this episode:


** Margaery and Sansa. ♥ I kinda ship them, okay? Like, Margaery was totally flirting with her with handing her the rose, wasn't she? Particularly with the like "...And pretty girls." Which I mean, seriously. I know that the Tyrells are seen as the most sensible House, and clearly have no objections to same-sex coupling. So, idk where my thoughts are leading to, but it honestly makes me want Margaery to save Sansa from everything and they can both live happily ever after in Highgarden. Is that too much to ask?

** Oh, Shae and Tyrion. ;__; I mean, it's a complicated situation and of course Shae wouldn't be okay with what's happening. It just makes me sad because I adore their relationship that has developed on the show and knowing how it all ends makes me not want the season to continue and I just want them to make up and just go to Pentos and live happily ever after (sensing a theme here?) But because they did a positive change to the way Shae is portrayed on the show, I'm hoping that what happens will also be changed as well. I want her to survive, of course, but if she does suffer the same fate as in the books I want the way it happens to be altered. Can that happen, please? Out of all the changes they've done on the show can they make it so she either a.) doesn't die (and escapes with Sansa in the process) or b.) if she does, make it so that she doesn't die as in the books, because that would be so depressing as hell. :((((

** The scene with Tywin and Joffrey was so great, particularly because it was two douchebags trying to out-douche the other, and it ended with just Joffrey being intimidated by his grandfather. Gotta love that, tbh.

** Okay we get it, Ramsay Bolton is a sick twisted bastard who gets off torturing people. But did we have to add that unnecessary scene? I mean, he could have castrated Theon without having a scene like that, tbh. (Furthermore, why are there people out there who are insisting that it wasn't rape? smh)

** You know, now that Gendry knows that he's of royal blood, does that mean there's a possibility that Arya/Gendry may actually happen somewhere down the line? Can this be a thing? I mean of course Arya has her own arc happening, but it makes me wonder if they're setting that up to really happen because, I'm not gonna lie, I kinda want it to.

** JON & YGRITTE. She was too adorable basically being in awe with the things she doesn't know about. Being fascinated by a windmill and questioning things like what "swooning" is and basically just being adorable all around. I just. ♥
Current Mood: accomplished
Angel Kink: Aryaangel_kink on May 14th, 2013 03:54 am (UTC)
Yes to eeeeeeeeeeeeverything about Daenerys. That scene was fucking fabulous.

And yeah, the Theon scenes are getting way too gratuitous. And yeah I know that this is HBO and "gratuitous" is their MO, but this is too much. I almost with they'd done what the books did and just refer this his torture as something that happened to him and not actually show it. Also last week's scene with Ros fucking pissed me off like nobodies business (more on that here. Like wow, show, wow. Too muuuuuch. I've read the books and I'm still floored by this stuff.
Renée: GOT. Daenerys.rogueslayer452 on May 14th, 2013 04:11 am (UTC)
These sexualized scenes add nothing to anything, really. It's just a ploy to get more viewers, mainly mostly to appeal to the male audiences. I mean, it's sad and disappointing and enraging because there could have been so much more storytelling instead of resorting to these kinds of pointless scenes in showing tits/ass/vajay and sexualized violence. It really is excessive and it needs to stop, because it's really uncomfortable to watch. :/
أَرْبَعَةٌ: animals ☂ owl pencilsfour on May 14th, 2013 02:35 pm (UTC)
Ugh, this.

First it was Pod's ~magical cock and now Theon's neverending torture scenes. Like, stawp it already.
أَرْبَعَةٌ: star ☂ smilefour on May 14th, 2013 02:32 pm (UTC)
I can't with how Jorah and Barristan are always sharing these looks like they can't believe they're serving this badass when they've been stuck serving under useless Kings all their lives.

negl I could exist Game of Thrones watching Dany's scenes alone. XD

Renéerogueslayer452 on May 15th, 2013 01:39 am (UTC)
They are Dany's #1 fanboys, for sure.

negl I could exist Game of Thrones watching Dany's scenes alone. XD

This is pretty much me, as well. I still haven't gotten over the episode where she conquered Astapor. I just live and breathe for my khaleesi, tbh. Like, honestly, it's gotten to that point where I don't know whether I want to submit to her or become her. I just love her so so so much.
Galadriel.: ASOIAF ✽ The Mother of Dragonssixphanel on May 14th, 2013 04:39 pm (UTC)
Okay, +1 to everything you said about Dany. HOW CAN SHE BE SO BADASS AND AWESOME AND PRICELESS AND OH GODS LET US LOVE HER FOREVER. Emilia is amazing on her role, seriously. So much love!

Margeary was TOTALLY flirting with Sansa. I totally jumped on this ship too, it's like... no one can deny it's THERE. I'm happy. Gotta look for fanfiction later, lol.

Ygritte was the most adorable thing, the windmill scene! N'AWWWW. Cute lil thing. It makes me sad thinking about the future... ;_;

JAIME AND BRIENNE. I had been looking forward him coming back to get her :__) It didn't disappoint. AH, MY OTP.
Renée: Daenerys Targaryen.rogueslayer452 on May 15th, 2013 02:12 am (UTC)
I'm just so attracted to Emilia and the way she portrays Dany on the screen. Everything she does with the character, seeing the development from S1 to where we are now, the way she carries herself, the way she speaks (especially in High Valyrian), her ethereal-like stunning beauty and just, UGH. EVERYTHING ABOUT EMILIA/DAENERYS = MAKES THE SHOW FOR ME. I MAKE NO APOLOGIES IN ADMITTING THAT.

Margeary was TOTALLY flirting with Sansa. I totally jumped on this ship too, it's like... no one can deny it's THERE. I'm happy. Gotta look for fanfiction later, lol.

Especially since GRRM wrote the episode too, and unlike in the book where Margaery stops being friends with Sansa after the announcement of the arranged marriage with Tyrion, we see Margaery not only remaining friends with her but also comforting Sansa and wanting her to be happy. There was a post going around where someone made the connection of the meaning behind the rose Margaery gave her, which basically means "friendship, falling in love" And I JUST CAN'T AFTER ALL THAT OKAY. LIKE WITH HER LOOKING AT SANSA AND SMILING AND SANSA OBVS LOVING MARGAERY AROUND AS SOMEONE TO CONFIDE IN WITH ALL HER FEELINGS AND SUCH. I JUST WANT THEM TO RUN AWAY TOGETHER IS THAT SO WRONG.

noybusiness: Platypusnoybusiness on May 14th, 2013 07:08 pm (UTC)
Although show!Missandei left out "the Unburnt".

And for some reason the show always has it as just "King/Queen of the Andals and the First Men" instead of "King/Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men".

Edited at 2013-05-14 07:10 pm (UTC)
Renéerogueslayer452 on May 15th, 2013 03:47 am (UTC)
At least she was referred to as The Silver Queen, though.

There are times when I wish that they would use all the names/titles Dany achieves throughout the course of her arc, just to see the casual watchers be caught in a whirlwind of confusion since she does acquire a lot of them over the course of her storyline.