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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.
Tags: game of thrones, show reviews: game of thrones
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