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Review: Game of Thrones, Season 3 – “Walk of Punishment”

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The tension is building on Game of Thrones. And with it come the shockers, just ask Jaime Lannister.

In this week’s episode, we find our fair-haired Jaime and the Lady Brienne captured by Roose Bolton, who has a cruel streak that would shock even Joffrey. Roose is now the Lord of Harrenhal, the burnt ruin that was previously held by Tywin Lannister. As always, Jaime thinks being a Lannister will get him out of his current predicament. But there are many in the Seven Kingdoms who don’t give a damn about the Lannisters or their riches. And Roose Bolton is one of them. Unfortunately, for Jaime, he found out exactly how little Roose cared about his being a Lannister. But not before doing something truly selfless and saving Brienne from a woman’s worst nightmare. Me thinks there is more to Jaime than meets the eye.

Our little rebel Arya is a “guest” of The Brotherhood Without Banners, mainly Thoros of Myr. The Brotherhood recently captured the Hound, who was generous enough to let Thoros know about Arya.  Thoros now knows he has Arya of House Stark, a most valuable asset. What will The Brotherhood do with its newly found prize? One never knows in the land of Westeros.

In Riverrun, King Robb and his mother Catelyn have said goodbye to Lord Hoster Tully, Catelyn’s father. In this episode, we are introduced to Ser Brynden Tully, known as The Blackfish (played by Clive Russell) and Edmure Tully, Catelyn’s younger brother (played by Tobias Menzies). Edmure is rash, headstrong and only concerned with glory. But he was shamefully reminded why Robb is called King in the North when Edmure tried to explain why he did not follow his King’s orders. Robb may be young and new to war, but he truly is his father’s son. The Blackfish, on the other hand, is rough and ornery and has no tolerance for Edmure, as shown during a rather humerous lighting of Lord Tully’s funeral raft.

Tywin Lannister has returned to King’s Landing, taking his rightful place as Hand of the King. At his first Council meeting, everyone jostles for position to curry favor with Tywin, but all he cares about is the retrieval of his son. No one seems to know that Jaime has escaped from Robb’s encampment, not even The Spider, who normally knows everything. The Hand’s only requirement: find Jaime and bring him back alive. Tywin did, however, find the time to name Tyrion Master of Coin, a title previously held by Lord Baelish, who is being sent to the Eyrie in hopes of gaining Lysa Arryn as an ally to the Lannisters. Tyrion knows nothing about his newfound position, but as crafty as he is, I’m sure Halfman will find a way to make it work.

And in Astapor, Daenerys is contemplating the purchase of the army known as the Unsullied, but she is torn. She knows that she needs an army to take the Iron Throne, but does she dare use slaves to defeat her enemies? The Mother of Dragons decides to purchase all of the Unsullied, seasoned and those still in training. In exchange, she gives up one of her dragons, which causes Jorah to question her decision. But they don’t call Daenerys a dragon for nothing. She knows exactly what she is doing and warned Sers Jorah and Barristan to never disagree with her in front of others again. How very Godfather-like of her. And just as dangerous, for Dany will take what is hers and destroy those in her way. Next week’s episode will be one to watch indeed.

Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on HBO.

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