Game of Thrones Season 1 Episode 8 – The Pointy End

There is so much going on in this episode of Game of Thrones it is hard to know where to begin. Unlike the episodes at the beginning of the season, however, people, places and motivations are much clearer. Phew!

The episode begins with the battle in King’s Landing. Arya’s instructor protects her from the Lannister forces, but her mother-in-law to be, Cersei, catches Sansa. As she bargains for mercy for her father, Lord Stark is visited by Barys, who remains loyal to the Realm, but takes some degree of pity on him.

Meanwhile, Robb marches for King’s Landing with as many troops as he can muster. He encounters Catelyn – his mother – on the way. She had asked her sister for aid in the coming war, but to no avail. Robb is marching to meet Tywin Lannister, who has a stronger and larger army than he. It remains to be seen, however, whether passion and determination can overcome sheer numbers.

Tyrion, who was sadly lacking from episode 7, makes his return. He is on the road with Bron – his champion. Along the way, some warriors would take him prisoner, but instead he bargains with them for his life, and takes them to meet with his father. As was to be expected, Tywin is less than pleased to see his son, and there are hints that Tyrion may not stand with the Lannisters when they meet the Starks in battle. Interesting… Once again he has some fantastic lines, the best being; “I like living” delivered with the usual dry sarcasm. It is hard not to love Tyrion.

At The Wall, bodies of the fallen are brought back into the camp for burial, but John Snow and the Commander are attacked in the middle of the night; the bodies have been touched by the White Walkers – who sleep for thousands of years – and made into… well, zombies.

Meanwhile, across the sea, the Dolthraki are gathering resources to sail to Westeros and challenge the throne. Daenerys stands up for the wives and daughters of the fallen men whose village is pillaged for resources. This does not go down well with the soldiers who see the women as their reward for war. Kal Drogo stands with his wife; he seems bemused by her feistiness, which is sort of sweet. This disregard for Dolthraki traditions and customs is sure to come back to haunt him though, the Dolthraki do not seem like a race that take lightly to being shouted down by a ‘foreigner’.

Well the tensions that we have seen building over the past two months in Game of Thrones have finally come to a head. There is blood being spilled left and right, in every kingdom of the land. If this is the outcome of wanting to take the throne, it is easy to see why Ned stark has tried everything in his power to avoid power. Jaime Lannister is off behind the scenes, slaughtering everyone who stands in his path, and the Starks make their way to King’s Landing, but will clash with Lannister forces before they get there. The tension and action have been turned up to 11 in this episode, and with only two more to go in the season, it is anyone’s guess as to who will win, and who will die.

Also: Yay! Zombies! We at Geek Syndicate love a good zombie attack, and even though the zombie in this episode of Game of Thrones was not particularly effective in his quest to kill John Snow, the fact that the element of the supernatural has finally been introduced is very exciting, as is the idea that we may finally see these mysterious White Walkers.

Game of Thrones keeps getting better and better. At this rate, the season finale is going to have us on the edge of our seats. We can’t wait!

GS Reviewer: Brogen

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