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14 April 2014 @ 07:43 am
Game of Thrones: "The Lion and the Rose" Episode Review  
Game of Thrones 4.02 "The Lion and the Rose"


Ever since the Red Wedding happened last season, book fans have been waiting for this moment. And judging from the reactions, it certainly didn't disappoint.

The wedding itself was spectacularly done, seeing the behind the scenes of how they created it demonstrated how massive the event was. There were a lot of characters present during the scene, many character interactions, and there were just so much emotion. Moments where nobody had to speak because their silence and expressions alone spoke volumes. It was heartbreaking seeing Sansa watch the performers reenacted the death of her family, though you have to admire her strength of sitting through it all. I also loved the subtly of everyone else's expressions as well, especially with Margaery, because she definitely gave the death glare to Joffrey several times and knowing glances and smirks about what was about to go down.

Joffrey's death was appropriately gruesome and disturbing, showing his slow, painful death and the chaos and panic that erupts amongst everyone. The way Cersei ran to him, holding him in her arms as she helplessly watched her eldest son die right before her eyes.

Nobody is crying over his death, obviously, and it's definitely a satisfying moment for many people especially with the lead-up with Joffrey being a complete shit (even more than usual). However, it is a loss of a fantastic kid actor who managed to bring such a cruel, spiteful, hateful character to life.

Other things:

** The breakup moment between Tyrion and Shae was heart-wrenching, because he was obviously playing being cruel in order to get her to leave King's Landing for good to keep her safe, but it tore him up inside to have to push her away. I understand it, and yet I didn't want it to happen. I know what's going to happen next, it's inevitable at this point, but at the same time I wish it were different. I'm just curious on how it's going to happen, since their relationship is vastly different from the book, and Shae's character is more fleshed out.

** The Martells continue to be my favorite thing so far. All the flirting, the sass, and Ellaria's attire for the wedding was beautiful. ♥

** Natalie Dormer looked even more beautiful in this episode. She was amazing in all her scenes, from her knowing glances to playing the diplomat in every situation that was occurring. The transition from her death stare to the "oh look the pie is here" exclamation was brilliant.

** Brienne and Cersei talking about Jaime and CERSEI INQUIRING ABOUT BRIENNE LOVING HIM! OMG WAS THAT EVEN REAL IS THIS REAL LIFE. :DDDD That scene was amazing because, once again, it wasn't what was said but what the expressions said, and Brienne's expression said all that was needed in that moment.

** Dreadfort. Seeing the drastic change in Theon as "Reek", ugh so heartbreaking. Also I always have to inwardly prepare myself for these scenes, because of how unpleasant it is and how I'm not quite sure how the show is going to execute them.

** Bran! The Weirwood tree! The visions! :D

** The "Rains of Castamere" playing at the wedding though. How ironic, lol.

Overall: This episode was written by GRRM, which isn't a surprise given how much dialogue and conversation was happening, and it's something I enjoy. There was no unnecessary nudity or anything like that, but things that needed to happen to give a better understanding of what was occurring. Character interactions, sharing scenes with each other that previously they probably wouldn't have before. And of course the ending being what everyone was waiting for, and it didn't disappoint. It was satisfactory, but also left with a great deal of tension for the aftermath of what happened. I can't wait for Tyrion's trial and how it will all unfold. Basically, wonderful episode.
Current Mood: accomplished
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Renée: Daenerys. Not a queen; a khaleesi.rogueslayer452 on April 14th, 2014 10:09 pm (UTC)
Pretty much. I loved how even though the poison was fast-reacting, he still suffered painfully.
Entchen aka Annehanseatic_keks on April 15th, 2014 06:42 pm (UTC)
Oh I loved this episode.
When Sansa picked up the cup and gave it to Tyrion. Margaery's "oh look, the pie". Cersei when Joffrey died (because as much as she knows he's crazy evil, he's her son and she loves him) And while I knew much because I always spoil myself, I didn't expect Roose Bolton to scold Ramsay for breaking Theon. I'm really looking forward to more from the Dreadfort.
Renée: Daenerys Targaryen.rogueslayer452 on April 17th, 2014 07:09 am (UTC)
There were just so many little moments in this episode I really liked. And I love how there's moments that you didn't notice until someone points it out. Like, during the scene when Joffrey is dying Tywin is seen in the background of all the commotion running up to Tommen and covering his eyes so he doesn't witness what is happening. Just things like that which make watching it even more enjoyable.

I didn't expect Roose Bolton to scold Ramsay for breaking Theon. I'm really looking forward to more from the Dreadfort.

That scene really showed the differences in their characters. Roose may have done horrible things, but at least he understands the politics and strategies of how things are done. Ramsay is just a sociopath, he has no remorse, he literally broke Theon because he wanted to, not because there was a reason for it. I hope this sheds light onto his character because for people who thought Joffrey was a dick, they haven't really seen how horrifically vile and psychopathic Ramsay Bolton is.
verdande_miverdande_mi on April 16th, 2014 07:24 am (UTC)
Oberyn is just a wonderful addition and I love his attitude,his sass, how he talks franky and doesn't let the Lannisters walk all over him!

Theon's scenes were hard to watch and I found them unpleasent as well. I just don't like seeing people being treated so badly, even him, makes me uneasy and uncomfortable.
Renée: Daenerys. Not a queen; a khaleesi.rogueslayer452 on April 17th, 2014 07:15 am (UTC)
I love Oberyn and Ellaria, their additions to the story are so refreshing. I loved that Oberyn isn't afraid of saying how things are while still remaining calm, cool, collected and charming all at once. Plus, I love their relationship with each other. ♥

Yeah. Like, in this series there are uncomfortable situations that happen all the time, but there's something about Ramsay Bolton that just makes your skin crawl with the way he tortures, torments and essentially "plays" with Theon and his victims. And we haven't even scratched the surface of how vile his character can be. Just. *shudders*
~** The Queen of Peace **~: Under the weirwoodmeri_sielu on April 18th, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC)
I feel bad not enjoying it as much as I should have and even worse now I know that the man himself wrote it. The death scene though was amazing! I just had to wonder why it was the second episode into the season, I have to admit that's most of my problem with it. 0.o

But OMG Bran and his visions, I hope they bring in Coldhands! :D