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Game of Thrones Recap "Blackwater"

Game of Thrones' "Blackwater": What We're Still Talking About

War ain't coming to Game of Thrones — war is here. This week, the Lannisters each deal with the attack on King's Landing in their own way: Joffrey tucks his tail between his legs, Tyrion rallies the troops, and Cersei gets drunk. The episode only shows us what's happening in King's Landing, and though we don't get to see any Jon Snow, Robb Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, or Arya Stark, it doesn't feel lacking to me in any way. In fact, it's one of my favorite episodes this season.

There's only one more episode left in season two, and I'm wondering just how intense next week will be, because this week is crazy. I'm ready to chat about what I'm still thinking about from "Blackwater," so if you're ready to relive it, just keep reading.

  • Green explosions in the sky. We finally see exactly what the wildfire does, and man, does it look cool. The setup is so long and tense that I was biting my nails waiting for something to happen. Tyrion and Joffrey watch Stannis's invading ships approach, and the payoff of the green explosions that follow Bronn's flaming arrow is so rad. It also destroys so many of Stannis's men in one fell swoop, so there's that.
  • Sansa's savior. Maybe I'm alone, but I think The Hound is in love with Sansa. Sure, he's a cold-blooded killer who professes his love of killing at every turn, but he's different when he's with her; he's softer. He calls her "little bird." He keeps her from being raped. So I guess it's not all that romantic, but it's just my theory. In any case, something has changed within him, because he abandons the raging war, offering to take Sansa to Winterfell. She doesn't say yes, but it seems like she does appreciate his protectiveness.
  • Someone give Lena Headey an Emmy. Cersei has so many great lines this week, and many of them come out as she's prepping for the city to be sacked by drinking her worries away. She's almost giddy as she describes how the men will come a-raping, adding unnecessary details to terrify Sansa more and more, like calling her "a slice of cake just waiting to be eaten." (Also her whole interaction with Shae is so scary — you know she's going to die as soon as Cersei finds out that she's with Tyrion.) But behind those cruel words is a very frightened woman, a woman so desperate to protect her youngest son from a violent death that she almost poisons him with nightshade. She doesn't have to go that far though, because Tywin bursts in, declaring that he's saved the city.
  • Is Tyrion dead? Tyrion steps up this week when Joffrey can't, rallying the men of King's Landing to protect their city. It almost seems like he's a goner at one point, sustaining a wound on his face in battle. He closes his eyes, but I'm hoping he's just passed out, not dead.

What did you think of this week's Game of Thrones?

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Renees3 Renees3 5 years
I will be SO upset it Tyrion is dead. He's so awesome, he totally Makes the show!Re: The Hound, I agree with yeokr, I think he see's true goodness in Sansa and it's totally foreign to him and he feels maybe a fatherly type of protection. I was bummed at the end of the episode when we realize that Tywin helped save the city and that Sansa missed out on her chance to escape with the hound.  I worry that Shae might not be long for this world as she seems to be on Cersei's radar now. Or maybe she'll surprise us all and go down fighting. Great episode. As much as I missed other characters it was great to finally see some movement in the story line!
demarco11 demarco11 5 years
I'm not surprised people liked this episode more so than others -- the fact that George R. R. Martin wrote it is major. He wanted to sure sure this major battle was depicted in the right manner. Well done.   Overall I'm still confused about some of the characters they've left out that I thought were important to the book (specifically Bran's story). Still a great show. If you like this show and haven't read the books, I dont know what you're thinking! GO GET THEM! They're SO GOOD.
Becky-Kirsch Becky-Kirsch 5 years
I LOVED this episode. Might be my favorite one of both seasons — the way they handled the wildfire scene was amazing. Re: the Hound and Sansa...I don't know if he's in love with her per se, but he definitely feels protective of her. I think maybe he sympathizes with her since both of them are kind of outsiders around King's Landing. Sunday's season finale can't come soon enough!
Livvy-P Livvy-P 5 years
I'm not sure what the deal is with The Hound & Sansa. He definitely has feelings for her, I just don't know what they are. I'm hoping that Tyrion is not dead - he is one of the best characters on this show, and plays such an important role. Missed Arya this week, can't wait to see her with The Mountain, although I will miss her exchanges with Tywin. What is going to happen when he realizes who she is??! Can't wait!!
yeokr yeokr 5 years
I feel like it isn't so much that the Hound is in love with Sansa, but that she's one of the first "innocents" he's actually encountered and feels like she should be protected, or at least treated differently than she has been by the Lannisters.
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