May 14, 2013

Favorite quotes from Game of Thrones: The Bear and The Maiden Fair

Game of Thrones annoyed me a little with "The Climb" (you'll notice I didn't round up quotes for it last week), but the series was back in fighting form with "The Bear and The Maiden Fair." The George R. R. Martin penned episode was intriguing and action packed, though it did have what seemed like more sexual overtones than normal. Check out my favorite quotes from the episode after the image (and beware spoilers).

"You are being counseled at this very moment." - Tywin Lannister

"Sorry about the sapphires." - Jaime Lannister

"I don't pay you to put evil notions in my head. The ones already there don't need company." - Tyrion Lannister

“You waste time trying to get people to love you, you’ll wind up the most popular dead man in town.” - Bronn
“You’re mine, as I’m yours. And if we die, we die. But first we’ll live.” - Ygritte

“People work together when it suits them. They’re loyal when it suits them. Love each other when it suits them. And they kill each other when it suits them. She knows it, you don’t. Which is why you’ll never hold onto her.” - Orell

"Goodbye ser Jaime." - Brienne

Random thoughts:
- ENOUGH with Theon for the love of all the gods in Westeros. Please stop wasting time on him.

- Along that line, Osha doesn't like the Reeds. We get it.

- Tywin should council Joffrey all day, every day. I liked seeing Joffrey literally shrink away from his grandfather.

- Daenerys sure has a lot of titles. Seriously though,watching her take the Yunkai lord down a peg was satisfying.

- Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth win again. They've become my favorite pair to watch this season.

- Jaime lived a heroic ballad. Watching Nikolaj Coster-Waldau take the character on this journey is impressive. Give that man an Emmy.

- Sansa is so naive it hurts. I think part of Margaery truly pities the little dove.

- Speaking of Starks, why don't they ever listen? Arya should have stayed with the Brotherhood without Banners.

- Bronn!

- The expressions on Jorah and Barristan's faces after Dany basically declares she will invade Yunkai:

- Interesting that they played the Rains of Castamere in the last scene.

- And let's not forget: BEAR!


  1. My blog's readers (who have generally not read the books) thought the episode was slow. I see that even some readers felt the same way. I've read the books and didn't think the episode was slow but could have been tightened up a bit.

    What do you say to people who feel this episode /this season have been slow???

    1. It definitely could have been tightened up. There have been some odd story decisions this year. I think though the action may not be the huge stuff of last year, that there's plenty to like - like Daenerys acquiring the Unsullied and the bear fight (though it was too short).

  2. I've read the books, and realise how the characters feel, but for people who only follow the show, character development depends on set scenes that only have dialogue (for example Robb and his wife in the tent). Nothing really happens, but it gives the story depth. Action alone cannot drive it forward, and even action needs to be explained or contextualised now and again.

    I also find the show annoyingly laid back at times, but I admire Weiss and Benioff's work: I would've said the novels could never be adapted for TV.

    Also agree with Amy: "ENOUGH with Theon", "we get it"! ;)

    1. Here's hoping there's no Theon in tonight's episode!


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