June 11, 2013

Favorite quotes from Game of Thrones: Mhysa

Given the way seasons three and four cover one book, I wasn't sure what to expect for the season finale of Game of Thrones. Did anyone else feel like "Mhysa" was on the anti-climatic side? Not that I terribly mind having a break after the emotional roller coaster that was "The Rains of Castamere," but I would've liked a little more. As always though, there will still great moments and words.

Spoilers after the image.

"It's not easy being drunk all the time. Everyone would do it, if it were easy." - Tyrion

"The King is tired. See him to his chambers." - Tywin

“You have one name. As do I. Here only the family name matters.” - Varys

"Valar Morghulis." - Arya

"I'm going to sail up the Narrow Sea all the way to the Weeping Water. I'm going to march on the Dreadfort. I'm going to find my little brother. And I'm going to bring him home." - Yara Greyjoy

Sam: ...I'd be dead if it wasn't for Jon. If you're his brother, you're my brother too and anything I can do to help you, I will.
Bran: Take us north of the Wall.
Sam: ...Except that

"I shouldnt make jokes. My mother taught me not to throw stones at cripples. But my father taught me, aim for their head." - Ramsay Bolton

“Any man who must say ‘I am the king’ is no true king.” - Tywin

"People learn to love their chains." - Dany

Random thoughts:
- Yara/Asha was awesome.
- Arya had one of my favorite moments of the whole season.
- The showdown between Joffrey and Tywin can best be described by this gif. We needed Joffrey to get a kick in the pants, and I'll take this dress down to start.
- Ugh Theon, dick in a box, etc. I didn't need to see more of his torture, but at least they revealed the torturer as Roose Bolton's bastard son.
- I'm glad to see Sam had a stash of dragon glass - I should have remembered that he found a bundle.
- Bran's Rat Cook story was nicely timed to emphasize the absolute horror of what Walder Frey did.
- I was really, really hoping they wouldn't show Grey-Robb. Just when you thought Arya got out of it without seeing her dead loved ones, she had to see that. No wonder she killed the Frey bannermen.
- Thank you Cersei, for acknowledging your son is such an evil little brat.
- Jaime's back in King's Landing and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau played the hell out of the return. The expression on his face when he was pushed aside by the man in the street and when Cersei didn't leap up and hug him. Man. Feelings.
- Though I'm not sure if I wanted to spend time with Varys and Shae, Varys' speech and gesture to her was lovely.
- Also, Shae loves Sansa?!
- Sansa joking with Tyrion was sweet.
- The exchanges between Davos and Gendry made me smile - just two peasants from King's Landing who ended up in the wrong place.
- The ending with Dany struck me as completely underwhelming.

Okay, there was more meat than I initially gave the episode credit for. I clearly need to watch it again.

What did you think of the season finale?


  1. VERY anti-climatic, indeed. I've had enough of Joffrey, and I was really hoping he would bite the dust in this episode. I'm not usually someone who needs to see, you know, a death during a season finale, but the second-to-last episode set the bar high when it comes to shock and drama. I think HBO is dragging things out because, shockingly, the show is catching up to the books. Think about it: if they finished covering A Storm of Swords (book three) at the end of this season, the next season would have to get into book four, and maybe a bit of five? So, either HBO needed to slow down, or Martin needs to write faster...I would much prefer the latter, but you know how things are going with that (slooooooowly)...

    1. Yeah, I think there is definitely concern with HBO catching up to Martin's books. It will be interesting to see how they time some plot developments next season.

  2. I'm on the rare side of the book readers who liked it. As you say, I needed something "calm" after the Red Wedding, and this episode managed to be calm and good. I know somme book readers were expecting for someone to appear at the last second, but I'm glad they didn't show that (it would have been to soon, in my opinion).

    I was also hoping they didn't show Grey-Robb, I had told a friend about that a couple of weeks ago and he was confident they wouldn't dare to do it. They dared, and it was as horrible as I had imagined while reading the book, made even worse by the Frey's shouts. I am totaly on Arya's side on that killing.

    I would like to know if non-book readers were surprised with Ramsay's identity revelation. There had been some clues and that story arc had been too stretched and then abandoned, so I don't know if it was a great revelation or an "oh, so that's him, all right…"

    1. As hard a time as I gave it, there were some fantastic moments- and that's enough.

      Grey-Robb was traumatic. Oh man. That's an image that burns itself into your brain.

  3. I definitely thought it was anti-climatic. I am looking forward to next season (though I was also expecting someone's appearance) but I would like to see the show move things around a bit so the most shocking/exciting episode is not always the ninth one. I thought the season's pacing suffered somewhat this year.

    1. It's an interesting formula to make the next to last episode the one with the biggest events. They have also had a Dany is awesome moment in the last episode each season.


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