Game of Thrones Season 1 Episode 7 – You Win or You Die

Game of Thrones may have taken a little while to get going, but now that it has, it seems there is no stopping it.

The episode opens with Jaime Lannister talking with his father Tywin (Charles Dance), who is adamant that the Lannister family name much be protected. No surprises there then, the Lannisters appear obsessed with lineage, and for good reason.

Eddard Stark confronts Cersei Lannister about having an affair with her brother, about her children being the product of incest and her involvement in the attack on Bran. Meanwhile, King Robert is mortally wounded while hunting and names Stark as Protector of the Realm until Joffrey comes of age. Robert also demands that the assassination attempt on Daenerys be called off. Petyr Baelish tries to turn Starks mind to war, by suggesting that he allow Joffrey to remain on the throne and use the information about his father only if it is necessary. Thankfully, Stark sees sense and confronts Cersei and her son at the moment that Joffrey seizes power. Stark and the King’s last wishes are ignored, however, as Baelish turns on Stark, joins with the Lannisters- no surprises there, he has been in love with Catelyn for a long time – and Stark is once again, outnumbered.

Daenerys, meanwhile, is trying to convince her husband to go to war to win the throne back from King Robert. It is not until a wine merchant tries to poison her that the Dolthraki are prompted to war, and it is sure to be a bloody one.

As well as this, John Snow is made Steward at the Wall – instead of the prestigious title of Ranger – and he is less than happy.

We have been waiting for war, and it has finally begun – between the Starks and the Lannisters, the Dolthraki and the ‘usurpers’. As well as this,the White Walkers that linger outside the Wall, waiting for winter grow ever closer. The pieces of Game of Thrones are finally falling into place. The seemingly petty grudges are blossoming into war and the conflict that has hovered on the fringes is finally being dragged onto centre stage. A fantastic episode of Game of Thrones which kicks up the pace, makes relationships clear and puts even more tension into the mix. The show just gets better and better!

GS Reviewer: Brogen Hayes

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