TV REVIEW: Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 3 – Walk of Punishment

Jaime tries to bargain for his and Brienne’s safety, Tyrion gets a new job, and Daenerys surprises the masters of Astapor by getting precisely what she wants.

Daenerys has never been one to shy away from saying – and getting – exactly what she wants, and this episode is no different. While her old crony and her new one are bickering among themselves, Daenerys is planning to take on the might of the Lannisters with 8,000 of the Unsullied soldiers. So far, Daenerys and her wrath are a threat that Westeros has not seen coming. Many of us have our fingers crossed for a face off between Dany and Cersei, and if things keep going the way they are, we may have this before the end of the season.

Catelyn attends the funeral of her father and confesses her fear that she will never see her children again, and Robb struggles with the notion that the only dent they have made in the Lannister’s defences is taking the younger cousins of the King hostage. Not great so far, Robb!

Tyrion crashes the meeting of the Small Council, where Tywin makes him Master of Coin. Tyrion has never had to be responsible with money, so it will be interesting to see how he manages the finances of the kingdom. As well as this, Tyrion tries to buy off his life debt to Pod by hiring him three ladies. Tyrion’s speech and description of the whore is tinged with the kind of irreverence and fun that we have come to associate with the character, and the discovery that the prostitutes would not take money from Pod is sure to lead to some much needed, light hearted shenanigans, as Tyrion tries to get to the bottom of the monetary mystery.

Brienne and Jaime are the prisoners of Locke and, even though Jaime advises Brienne not to fight them men if they attempt to assault her, he bargains for her to remain unsullied, and manages to succeed. Where Jaime fails, however, is at securing his own freedom; he mentions his father, which Locke takes exception to and ends up teaching the King Slayer a painful lesson he will never forget.

Meanwhile, Theon Greyjoy is freed, set upon and freed again by a mysterious boy, Melisandre leaves Stannis to rebuild her powers and Jon Snow discovers the White Walker’s taste for ‘art’, as the rest of his team return to Craster’s home on their way back to Westeros.

Another slow burning episode of Game of Thrones, but the slow pace of the season just allows for more and more detail to be inserted into the season. Jaime Lannister losing a limb is not going to be well accepted by the Lannisters, which may mean that the war that Daenerys is bringing to Westeros may well be one fought on many sides with the Lannisters in the middle. Tyrion may well distance himself from the carnage, as Master of Coin, but as usual, there is much going on underneath the surface of Game of Thrones, waiting to burst to the surface.

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Rating: 3/5
Reviewer: Brogen Hayes

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