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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Game of Thrones 4x03: Breaker of Chains



Opening Credits Map
King’s Landing -> Dragonstone -> Dreadfort -> Winterfell -> The Wall -> Meereen

King's Landing
The episode starts quickly with Sansa being whisked away by Dontos. Tyrion is arrested as Tywin orders every guard to perform a hard-target search for Sansa in every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in King’s Landing. However, the Stark girls have a knack for making quick and stealthy exits from King’s Landing so Sansa makes it to safety.

Safety, in this case, is a ship run by Baelish! Dontos expects gold for helping Sansa escape from King’s Landing. Instead he gets an arrow through the head. I’d say Dontos died doing what he loved but, really, I have no idea what Dontos loved doing.

Meanwhile, Margaery and Olenna discuss their current circumstances. Basically, Margaery is in a weird queenish limbo. But it sounds like neither of them are willing to give up on a Tyrell/Lannister alliance yet. I think Tommen is going to be a lucky boy. Well, if things really go his way he'll be a lucky MAN.

Speaking of Tommen, he and his mother are hanging out by Joffrey’s dead body. Tywin comes in and confirms that Tommen will soon be king. Tywin starts coaching Tommen and, frankly, Tommen does seem to have the temperament to be a good king. I’m just nervous about whose advising him.

Tywin and Tommen leaves as Jamie enters. Jamie and Cersei are sad over the death of their son. Cersei (stupidly) thinks Tyrion is the murderer and wants him dead. Jamie just wants a piece of Cersei. Jamie makes a move but Cersei resists. Then, well, I believe I watched a brother rape his sister next to their child’s cold dead body. Stay classy, Game of Thrones!

Oh, and then there’s this massive orgy. Tywin interrupts this penthouse forum story to have a discussion with Oberyn. After they dispense with their displeasantries (Oberyn still hates the Lannisters) Tywin offers Oberyn the opportunity to be a judge at Tyrion’s trial and a spot on the Small Council. Oberyn just wants to meet The Mountain to presumably kill him or at least get more information on who is truly responsible for ordering the rape and murder of his sister. Of course, once he got that information Oberyn would still probably kill The Mountain since it was The Mountain who actually did those things.

And finally, in King’s Landing, we check in on poor Tyrion who is locked up. The provider of pleasure know as Podrick comes in and they discuss the upcoming trial. Tyrion knows only that Cersei wouldn’t have anything to do with the murder. He also suspects that whoever helped Sansa escape did so in order to make Tyrion look guiltier.

Tyrion decides that he needs to talk to Jamie. Podrick drops the bomb that he was approached by a mysterious man asking him to lie at the trial in order to implicate Tyrion. If he did he’d be made a knight. Podrick’s prowess in the sack is well known but that doesn’t equate to street smarts because he declined the offer. Tyrion offered up the bad news that if these people couldn’t bribe Podrick they’d look to other ways of convincing him to do what they want. So Tyrion orders Podrick, for his own safety, to take his orgasm inducing show on the road.

Near Fairmarket (According to The Hound)
Arya and The Hound are bickering like an old married couple despite the fact that their burning passion for each other is still in its infancy. A farmer comes across this lover’s quarrel and Arya’s fast thinking (saying The Hound is an ex-soldier for House Tully) gets them invited over for dinner.

At dinner we learn The Hound has no patience for pre-dinner prayers. He wants his food and he wants it now! Arya expresses her displeasure at this but I’m sure deep down his boorishness just makes him more endearing.

Anyway, the farmer offers a job to The Hound who then accepts the offer in the form of beating up the farmer and taking his money. Oh that boyfriend of yours, Arya. What antics will he get into next?

Southish of The Wall
Ygritte hates boiled potatoes. Even mentioning them causes her to put an arrow through your head. After that, she and other wildlings will slaughter your entire potato-boiling village.

While the slaughter occurs one boy runs and "hides" under a table. He's found. The raiders let him live so he can go to Castle Black and tell the Night’s Watch what has happened.

The Wall
Sam realizes that Gilly is surrounded by a 100 men and most are criminals. Gilly is fairly naïve about the situation. Now, I sympathize with Sam’s plight but his solution leaves something to be desired. He takes her to Mole’s Town and drops Gilly off at an inn where, despite Sam’s insistence, I’m sure she’ll end up as a whore. Sam leaves and Gilly isn't impressed. Their I love yous are left unspoken.

Meanwhile, word of the village slaughter does indeed reach the Night’s Watch. They’d like to go attack the raiders but know that doing so would result in too many casualties and leave Castle Black vulnerable. They agree to stay and defend Castle Black until rangers return saying that Karl and his gang are hanging out up north dangerously close to Mance Rayder. If they come in contact with Mance and tell him there are only 100 men in Castle Black then Mance will attack with all his army’s might and the Night’s Watch would lose. At least, that’s how I heard it. Regardless, Jon Snow convinces everyone that some of them need to ride north and take care of the situation.

Dragonstone
Stannis is still hanging around. He receives news of Joffrey’s death and thinks its Melisandre’s leech curse that caused it. He’s also pissed at Davos for not getting him an army large enough to attack at this opportune time.

Davos promises to come up with something and then visits Shireen for reading lessons. Just as Davos is getting hooked on phonics he starts talking about the Iron Bank and gets an idea. He has Shireen write a letter for him pretending to be Stannis. I have no idea what his plan is but all I really want to know is what the Iron Bank’s interest rates are and I didn't find that out either!

Las Vegas
Daenerys is heading to the Luxor to do some gambling and maybe catch a Carrot Top show. Oh wait, that’s Meereen!?

Meereen
Daenerys takes her army to the gates. A champion comes out and insults Daenerys while taking a leak. That’s multitasking! Daenerys isn’t impressed but decides she should make an example out of him. She needs to choose her own champion to fight Meereen’s champion and chooses Daario because he’s the most expendable of the characters that have names. Soon enough, Meereen's champion learns a valuable lesson in not attempting to joust someone who is really good at throwing knives.

With Meereen's champion dead Daenerys then makes a speech. Basically, she’s a sexier Lincoln (if that’s possible) and Meereen slaves are the next on her list to be emancipated. She then uses catapults to fling barrels filled with broken slave collars over Meereen’s walls. The slaves see these collars. The wheels in their heads are turning and I believe they're evolving a plan.

Other Thoughts
The beginning with Sansa’s escape inter-cut with shots from the reception was filmed oddly. It almost felt like a “Previously On” but with all new scenes.

So Lord Baelish seems to be the one behind the death of Joffrey. My theory is he paid Dontos to poison Joffrey and help Sansa escape which would further implicate Tyrion and take the heat off of Baelish. Presumably, killing Joffrey is another step to world domination.

It is possible that Baelish had someone else poison Joffrey and Dontos was solely responsible for Sansa’s safety. Or even that Baelish merely heard of a plot to kill Joffrey and knew Sansa would be in danger and just wanted to save one of Catelyn’s daughter. But I suspect Baelish was behind the murder.

It would’ve been nice if we got to know a little more about Tommen before this episode.

The funeral rocks with eyes painted on them creep me out.

There was a question in my mind of if Jamie actually knew that Joffrey was his son. It’s now apparent he did.

I know The Hound was hungry but was it really that difficult to wait for a prayer before eating?

I know one hundred men hanging around one woman is dicey but, remember, Papa Smurf made it work out!

Is it just me or is Gilly showing more personality this season?

Remember when Stannis was going to fight the white walkers?

I never imagined I’d be breaking down an orgy scene like the Zapruder film for something other than my pure enjoyment yet here we are. This is what my season counts have done to me.

I'm glad Tywin mentioned the fact that there's a Targaryen conquering other lands with three dragons and recognizes how much shit they're in once she turns her attention to Westeros.

Tyrion has been framed before in such a way where his intelligence is insulted.
Quote from season 1: “What sort of imbecile arms an assassin with his own blade?”
Quote from this episode: “I would like to think if I were arranging a royal assassination I’d plan it in such a way that I wouldn’t be standing there gawking like a fool when the king died.”

When Daenerys was making her speech I was waiting for an arrow to fly though her head. OK, not really, but did Daenerys and her army know the exact distance to stand where arrows couldn’t hit them or did the Meereen archers get winded after one volley of arrows?

I've seen countless murders in Game of Thrones and I barely give it a second thought. I see one rape scene and I get incredibly uncomfortable. I'm not sure that says but that...doesn't seem quite right. But I suspect I'm not alone.

Lady Olenna: You may not have enjoyed watching him die but you enjoyed it more than you would’ve enjoyed being married to him. I can promise you that.

Gilly: They have other things to think about.
Sam: That’s the only thing they think about.

Davos: Your father lacks an appreciation of the finer points of bad behavior.

Tyrion: But say what you will of Cersei, she loves her children. She is the only one I’m certain had nothing to do with this murder. Which makes it unique as King’s Landing murders go.

Season 4 Totals
Boob Count: 8
Full Frontal Count: 2 (2 Female)
Butt Count: 4 (3 Female, 1 Male)
Coitus Count: 2 (Yeah, I'm counting that entire orgy as one instance of sex because...I'm not sure what else to do.)(EDIT: The Cersei/Jamie scene does count...no matter how much my brain is trying to block it out.)
Main Character Death Count: 1 (Still just Joffrey. I don't think Dontos counts.)
Hodor Count: 1

14 comments:

  1. Should that scene not go into the coitus count too? Maybe you need a separate count for horrific sexual violence. Gods, but this show is grim.


    I've seen countless murders in Game of Thrones and I barely give it a second thought. I see one rape scene and I get incredibly uncomfortable. I'm not sure that says but that...doesn't seem quite right. But I suspect I'm not alone.


    You're not alone, and I don't think there's anything wrong or surprising about the reaction (trigger warning for what follows):

    Rape and sexual assault are horribly everyday experiences - there's the oft-quoted statistic that one in three women have or will suffer such an attack in their lives. Depictions of it therefore hit us in ways we don't get with murders. Particularly since so many fictional murders are so distant from what we understand from the term in general. Just this episode a guy got a crossbow quarrel through his eye and a bloke had his throat slit with an overgrown farming incident in an asymmetrical Medieval joust. Not really stuff that resonates with us.

    That's to say nothing of the fact that such scenes are both ongoing (as oppose to the usually quick dispatching of characters; extended torture scenes wig me out almost as much as scenes of sexual violence) and that the victim usually survives to remind us of the horrible event we've witnessed.


    On to less horrible subjects...

    I was surprised the show so quickly shoved Littlefinger to the top of the pile of suspects. I shall have to go and read this part of the book; I'm sure there it was suggested the wedding was just a good time to grab Sansa, and doesn't mention the king being dead, which one assumes he couldn't have already heard about through legitimate sources. Unless he has people signalling him from the shore, maybe? I guess it's not positive yet, though combined with his quick acquisition of knowledge and Dontos' incredibly good timing (except where dodging comes in) and yes, it's damn hard to think Baelish doesn't have his little finger in this particular poisoned pie (or wine, or...)

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  2. Tywin orders every guard to perform a hard-target search for Sansa in every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in King’s Landing.

    He does not care that Sansa didn't kill her wife, er, one-time fiancee. :)

    Well, if things really go his way he'll be a lucky MAN.

    Or a dead one, given the track record of king's who marry Margaery. She's like a super black widow at this point.

    Tommen does seem to have the temperament to be a good king. I’m just nervous about whose advising him.

    Yeah, he's clearly less fucked up than Joffrey, not that *that* bar is hard to hurdle. The whole "wisdom to listen to your advisers is smart; the only part he hasn't figured out yet is the additional "also, have the wisdom to select advisers who will advise you well".

    Stay classy, Game of Thrones!

    Seriously. That was...not a good scene. It added nothing and took away quite a bit (Cersei's agency, Jamie's redemption arc and a good chunk of his pre-established character).

    Not surprisingly (and understandably) it blew up the internet yesterday, and the saddest part has been the director of the episode insisting it wasn't a rape scene (or wasn't meant to be interpreted as one). I understand that in the book, it's not (though it's still troubling and deeply disturbing), but what's on screen is very clearly rape.

    While the slaughter occurs one boy runs and "hides" under a table.

    Seriously. That kid was as good at hiding as Dontos was at not getting shot in the face with a crossbow.

    Now, I sympathize with Sam’s plight but his solution leaves something to be desired.

    Indeed. Which just goes to underline how shitty life in Westeros is for a low-born woman without a big strong man to protect her.

    She needs to choose her own champion to fight Meereen’s champion and chooses Daario because he’s the most expendable of the characters that have names.

    Heh.

    I did enjoy his little Raiders of the Lost Ark move. Always fun when the cumbersome chivalric approach to fighting gets undercut.

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  3. So Lord Baelish seems to be the one behind the death of Joffrey.

    Hey, we were just talking about him!

    Once again I'm confused as to what the show wants us to accept as truth vs. what we should be questioning. Baelish certainly seems like the prime culprit, but I've seen some people (including Alan Sepinwall) talking like hes the guilty party and the mystery is solved, whereas to me, it seems like he's just the most likely suspect for now and the mystery remains afoot. But I'm not sure how the show wants me to take it.

    On the one hand, they can be pretty casual about solving mysteries (the whole "who sent someone to kill Bran?" thing being the best example), so I could see them considering the Baelish reveal in this episode to be all they need to say on the matter. On the other hand, it seems odd that they'd solve that mystery within minutes (show time) of killing Joffrey, so I'm suspicious of buying into Baelish as the killer for now even though I still consider him the prime suspect. I'm just not sure whether we're supposed to consider the mystery over or not.

    Or even that Baelish merely heard of a plot to kill Joffrey and knew Sansa would be in danger and just wanted to save one of Catelyn’s daughter

    And let's just say that I suspect she'll quickly find life with Baelish a whole lot worse than life with Tyrion. Because Baelish is nothing if not a skeevy SOB.

    The funeral rocks with eyes painted on them creep me out.

    Yeesh, yeah.

    I know The Hound was hungry but was it really that difficult to wait for a prayer before eating?

    In his defense, seven gods leads to extra long prayers.

    Remember when Stannis was going to fight the white walkers?

    No, I can't remember things that happened that long ago.

    Seriously though, I was discussing that with my brother, and he suspects it's a case of the book not giving Stannis much to do between his decision to go north and actually showing up in the north but the show being unable to just tell Stephen Dillane and Liam Cunningham to take a season off (similar to how all the Theon/Reek torture stuff got dramatized and moved up in the narrative for the show).

    Which is all well and good, but a little acknowledgement of the journey north would be nice. Something like, "Davos, how goes the preparations for the voyage north?"/"Fine my lord"/"Also, read this. Turns out Joffrey died. Looks like my leeches worked. Suck it!"

    Remember when Stannis was going to fight the white walkers?

    And the threat from the North as well. I'm glad it's a case of Tywin needing to take care of more immediate problems at home first rather than complete ignorance/underestimating the threat a la Cersei in earlier seasons.

    Tyrion has been framed before in such a way where his intelligence is insulted

    Sometimes I think the intelligent are nearly as powerless in Westeros as the women.

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  4. Basically, she’s a sexier Lincoln (if that’s possible) - genius.

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  5. -----Trigger Warning-------
    @SpaceSquid: Should that scene not go into the coitus count too?

    Yup, you're right. I made the correction.

    "Rape and sexual assault are horribly everyday experiences - there's the oft-quoted statistic that one in three women have or will suffer such an attack in their lives."

    Yeah, I think that’s part of it. I had a long diatribe on the whole thing in my review but I left it out for various reasons; one of which is that I have very few answers on the subject.

    I first explored if a rape scene is even acceptable on this kind of stage. And I said yes provided it's not exploitative and it’s given the proper gravitas.

    But then, if you're going to go down this road you have to deal with the repercussions. Whether this show does that remains to be seen but it's problematic because the society created by Game of Thrones suggests that the women of Westeros generally have no recourse when something like this occurs and they are supposed to keep their mouths shut and grin and bear it. So it may be difficult to properly show the effects of this on Cersei.

    Of course, according to Teebore, apparently this wasn't even supposed to be a rape scene, which is even more problematic!

    Anyway, the next point of my diatribe was why murder is so much more acceptable than rape in fiction. And I think you hit on a few good points. A) Death is usually over pretty quick. When it's not (or like with Theon and when it’s torture) it does get uncomfortable. B) We have more trouble distancing ourselves from rape than we do murder.

    However, I do think there's also a part of us that's simply desensitized to watching murders. Because even if we watch a realistic murder (like a shooting) on a show more based in reality it still doesn't hit us as hard or make us as uncomfortable as rape does.

    In the end, this is a large enough and difficult enough issue that it would take someone way smarter than me to analyze all its intricacies.

    -------End Trigger Warning-----

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  6. @SpaceSquid: "I'm sure there it was suggested the wedding was just a good time to grab Sansa"

    So the idea is Littlefinger has been aiming to grab Sansa for a while, decided the wedding was the best time and, by coincidence, Joffrey happened to die then too?

    Doubtful, I would say at the very least he knew of the plot to kill Joffrey.

    @Teebore: "Or a dead one, given the track record of king's who marry Margaery."

    Worth it.

    "The whole "wisdom to listen to your advisers is smart; the only part he hasn't figured out yet is the additional "also, have the wisdom to select advisers who will advise you well"."

    What's odd is I haven't been disagreeing with Tywin much lately. At the same time, you know his priorities are always himself and the Lannisters which is what worries me.

    "Hey, we were just talking about him!"

    I know...it ruined my joke!

    "I'm just not sure whether we're supposed to consider the mystery over or not."

    It is one of the frustrating things about this show.

    "Because Baelish is nothing if not a skeevy SOB."

    Was it me or did he seem even creepier in this episode?

    "Looks like my leeches worked. Suck it!"

    If Stannis had said that he really would be my favorite character!

    @Ashlie: "Basically, she’s a sexier Lincoln (if that’s possible) - genius."

    Ha! Thanks! Let's just say if I had to choose between The Great Emancipator and Mhysa I'd be in a tough spot. Or would I have to choose? I'm off to write some fan fiction!!!

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  7. I think your nudity count is off, too. I definitely spotted wang when the orgy was over and the brothel peeps were leaving. We actually discussed how we were happy about it, because if we had an orgy scene with naked men and women, but only actually saw the women naked, it would have been major BS.

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  8. Austin 'Teebore' Gorton said...
    "Seriously. That was...not a good scene. It added nothing and took away quite a bit (Cersei's agency, Jamie's redemption arc and a good chunk of his pre-established character)."

    But Jamie was never redeemed, and Cersei never really had agency. Jamie's adventures humanized him by giving us perspective into his life, but that is a far cry from making him a good guy. Cersei barely had power as queen regent, and exercised it in the most petty of ways (giving the scraps to the dogs as opposed to the poor for example). Her father had displaced her power by taking Tommen under his wings and Jamie certainly brought her down with the rape.

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  9. What's odd is I haven't been disagreeing with Tywin much lately. At the same time, you know his priorities are always himself and the Lannisters which is what worries me.

    True. He's not wrong in much of what he says, you just know it's a ultimately going to be a problem because he's chiefly concerned with bettering his family overall.

    Was it me or did he seem even creepier in this episode?

    He did.

    @Branden: Jamie's adventures humanized him by giving us perspective into his life, but that is a far cry from making him a good guy.

    Oh, totally agree. Jamie wasn't redeemed, and it's arguable he ever could be (I continue to have hard time forgetting the casual way he pitched a little kid out a window), but the show had still put him on a redemptive arc, one which was seriously derailed by this scene. Plus, it rang out-of-character as well. For all his faults, Jamie had his own kind of honor, and raping seemed like something he didn't cotton to (as opposed to many, many men in this world), plus he did a lot (and arguably lost a hand) preventing the rape of Brienne. So it seems even more out of place for him to suddenly force himself on the woman he loves.

    As for Cersei, I'd argue that she did have agency, at least as far as the circumstances of the world would allow her. She did, after all, prevent Robert from ever impregnating her in all the years they were together, and while she certainly lost power upon the arrival of Tywin/Joffrey's growing independance/Tommen's ascent, she still wielded power and had a say over her own fate on a level unknown to most women in Westeros.

    Now, there's nothing that says blowing up all those things (ending or resetting Jamie's redemption arc, stripping even more power from Cersei) can't lead to good, complex stories. I'm just having a had time picturing that happening. Maybe it will. For now, it just seems like an extremely dubious and ill-conceived turn of events.

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  10. @Dr Bitz

    Appreciate you sharing some of your diatribe. I don't doubt you're right that densentisation plays a role here.

    So the idea is Littlefinger has been aiming to grab Sansa for a while, decided the wedding was the best time and, by coincidence, Joffrey happened to die then too?

    Doubtful, I would say at the very least he knew of the plot to kill Joffrey


    I seem to recall the justification (or maybe I just came up with it myself) was that during the wedding everyone would have too much to do and too many people to keep eyes on, and Sansa could slip away. The idea that there was also so much to keep track of that Joffrey ended up being poisoned could work as a vindication of that theory, as oppose to evidence of scullduggery.

    Or I could just have been painfully dense, of course. I'm sure it isn't quite as suspicious as Dontos swiping her mid-death, though, as it was here.

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  11. // Margaery is in a weird queenish limbo. //

    A friend took me to someplace like that right after college. The music was super-loud but otherwise it was kinda fun. I got hit on like you wouldn't believe.

    // I think Tommen is going to be a lucky boy. //


    Srsly. "Grandmother! Next you'll have me wooing a foetus!"

    // Then, well, I believe I watched a brother rape his sister next to their child’s cold dead body. //

    I'm glad to have been slightly distracted by the thought of Jack Gleeson lying there with stones on his eyes trying to keep a straight face, which sorta took me out of the horror of the scene. On the other hand, and horrible as the act was on its own terms, I was a bit surprised to find narrative-wise that it's still possible to feel sympathy for Cersei as well as to find that Jaime is clearly not headed on a straight path of redemption despite his time with Brienne.

    // Arya expresses her displeasure at this but I’m sure deep down his boorishness just makes him more endearing. //

    Honestly, I would 'ship Margaery and an unborn child before I would 'ship Arya and The Hound. I would even ship Baelish and Sansa before I would ship Arya and The Hound, which is arguably more disgusting than Margaery and an unborn child.

    // Now, I sympathize with Sam’s plight but his solution leaves something to be desired. //

    Srsly. "Let's get you from where I can't always keep an eye on you to where I can't keep an eye on you at all."

    // It would’ve been nice if we got to know a little more about Tommen before this episode. //

    Yeah. All that stands out for me is that Cersei was gonna poison him on her lap in the throne room right before Tywin showed up at the Battle of Blackwater, which totally says "Future King Material".

    // She then uses catapults to fling barrels filled with broken slave collars over Meereen’s walls. //

    Okay, I get that she had the collars, but with the barrels and catapults this all felt a little too close to Scooby-Doo Gang / Batman Special Guest Villain territory, with magic access to whatever props you need.

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  12. @Teebore: // the director of the episode insisting it wasn't a rape scene (or wasn't meant to be interpreted as one) //

    !!!!!

    @DrBitz: // and chooses Daario because he’s the most expendable of the characters that have names //

    @Teebore: // Heh. //

    It's not like that's subtext. Dani says flat-out why she's not choosing the others, and Daario responds that, basically, it should be him since if he fails she didn't need him anyway.

    @Teebore: // I did enjoy his little Raiders of the Lost Ark move. //

    Part of me actually wondered if this was where gunpowder would be introduced to the Game of Thrones universe.

    @Teebore: // For now, it just seems like an extremely dubious and ill-conceived turn of events. //

    Did you seriously just call a brother raping his sister next to their dead son's body "ill-conceived"?

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  13. That anonymous post was me, in case it wasn't obvious from the British spelling/preciousness.

    One thing that occurs to me is that even if we accept Baelish must have known about the plot (which I agree seems massively likely), it's not clear whether he was actually involved, or just discovered it and played it to his advantage. It wouldn't be the first conspiracy he's used in such a way. Hell, it isn't even the first conspiracy involving Joffrey.

    (Should be the last, though. Unless Thoros of Myr shows up to set the Boy King aright. Jeez, that would be infuriating and depressing. Better than even odds, then, huh?)

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  14. @Sarah: "I think your nudity count is off, too. I definitely spotted wang when the orgy was over and the brothel peeps were leaving."

    I must have missed that. I fixed it in the latest post. Maybe my brain has a wang filter? But it certainly didn't filter out Hodor's last season...

    @SpaceSquid: "I'm sure it isn't quite as suspicious as Dontos swiping her mid-death, though, as it was here."

    Yeah, Dontos getting Sansa right when Joffrey is coughing seems way to suspicious to be just coincidence.

    "Unless Thoros of Myr shows up to set the Boy King aright."

    Bite thy tongue!

    @Blam: "A friend took me to someplace like that right after college. The music was super-loud but otherwise it was kinda fun. I got hit on like you wouldn't believe."

    I went to a gay bar once. Nobody hit on me. It was a blow to my ego...

    "Honestly, I would 'ship Margaery and an unborn child before I would 'ship Arya and The Hound."

    As much fun as I'm having with the idea of 'shipping Arya and The Hound I honestly don't want it to happen. Just the thought of Arya seriously kissing The Hound gives me the willies. Yet, part of me still thinks it will happen...

    "Okay, I get that she had the collars, but with the barrels and catapults this all felt a little too close to Scooby-Doo Gang / Batman Special Guest Villain territory, with magic access to whatever props you need."

    Do you think she uses those collars for every city she conquers? Like, is there a scene where, after taking over, she and her army spends the time gathering the collars up and putting them back into barrels?

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