Spoiler alert: For those of you that have not gotten the chance to turn on your DVR, grab a bowl of popcorn, and watch last Sunday’s “Game of Thrones,” “The Rains of Castamere” episode, read no further.
The Red Wedding was gruesome, but not unexpected for readers of George RR Martin’s book “Song of Ice and Fire” from whence it came.
Fact is, I was gnashing my teeth all season waiting for the episode and wondering just how well it would transfer to the little screen. Well, it’s here and it’s over and it was all that I expected — gory, achingly sorrowful, and sit-on-the-edge-of-the-couch, shocking.
Spoiler alert two: the Starks are not forgotten and, as is the case with all the fantasy sci-fi genre, no one is truly dead until they are truly dead. Hint, hint.
We’re not talking George A. Romero “We’re coming to get you Barbara,” or “Walking Dead” un-dead here, but there will be a resurrection of a sort. Just you wait and see.
Besides, the Stark house is still alive with the remaining members — young brothers Bran and Rickon, warging and traveling along; Jon Snow, the bastard son, alive, well, and running with and away from the wildlings; Sansa is married to Tyrion Lannister; and Arya is protected by the Hound. Can there be a better protector than Hound? A cosh on the head, over the shoulder and Arya is carted off to safety.
Speaking of Sansa, she doesn’t realize it yet (and hopefully she will in time) but she really did get the best of the bargain. Tyrion is one of the truly noble characters in G.O.T. Marriage to King Joffrey would have been a dreadful — and lethal — mistake.
So does King Joffrey, the twisted, evil, little devil, get his comeuppance? We all hope so — but read the books, ’cause I’m not telling.
On the Targaryen front — why does Daenerys always grab the good looking guys? Sheesh. First Khal (moon and stars) Drogo and now Daario (two heads in a bag) Naharis. Being the mom of three growing dragons does have its advantages.
So far, the HBO series has stayed very close to the book, with only a tweak or two out of the box, but for the most part, G.O.T. has remained true.
Not for Nuthin™, but I only hope that the span of time between next week’s series finale and the start of season four is not too long. I remember with the “Sopranos,” the wait was so long by the time the whole crew came back, slaying, robbing, and mobbing, I lost all interest in the whole frickin’ family. Besides the long dark winter in Westeros is coming.
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