Posts Tagged ‘Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 1’

After ten months of a Tyrion-free existence, life is good again. Game of Thrones is back, and my Sunday evening is filled with light and happiness. And corpses. Let’s not forget corpses. You can’t have this particular HBO show without a huge plate of sex and violence, with a side of intrigue. Or maybe it’s the other way around.

“Valar Dohaeris” starts where season 2 has left off, North of the Wall, where Sam finally flees the White Walkers (a.k.a. ice zombies of the north). He stumbles upon one of brothers of the Night Watch, but the man is dead—and clutching his own head in his hands. As Sam is taking in this scene, a White Walker attacks, but he’s saved by Jon’s direwolf and the Watch, led by commander Jeor Mormont. “Did you send the ravens?” Mormont wants to know. No, poor frightened Sam did not. Pity. What with a veritable army of the undead heading south, Mormont and his men now have to warn the people of Westeros that winter may be coming, but that’s the least of their problems.

Jon Snow is also North of the Wall, led by Ygritte while children pelt him with rocks as he walks through their encampment. Ygritte treats him with a combination of contempt and flirtation as she points out the giant in their midst and talks about his upcoming meeting with Mance Rayder, a former Black Brother who is now their King Beyond the Wall. “If Mance Rayder likes you, you’ll live another day.” (more…)