April 7, 2014

Favorite quotes from Game of Thrones: Two Swords

Game of Thrones is back. Praise to the old gods and the new and HBO and GRRM and everyone. Since I had such a fun time last year sharing my favorite quotes and quick thoughts on each episode, I thought I'd continue with the same approach for season four.

Two Swords was a solid first episode that brought us up to speed on the big players. It jumped around quickly, but it didn't feel rushed. The little bit of time we got with everyone eased us back into the world and set expectations. I am so excited.

Favorite quotes and spoilers after the picture.

"Are you going to execute me or am I free to go?" - Jon Snow being sassy

“I don’t pray any more, it’s the only place I can go where people don’t talk to me." - Sansa Stark

“Are you sure we're not related? Ever since I've returned, every Lannister I've seen has been a miserable pain in my ass.” - Jaime Lannister

"I didn't know your brother. He seemed like a good man, but I didn't know him. Your mother on the other hand, I admired her. She wanted to have me executed, but I admired her." - Tyrion Lannister

"Someone forgot to write down all your great deeds." - Joffrey Lannister (the miserable little punk)

"Perhaps I should just let Joffrey chose it for me, end up with a string of dead sparrow heads around my neck." - Margaery Tyrell

"You’re a talker, listening to talkers makes me thirsty." - The Hound

"Let my name have one more moment in the sun before it disappears from the world." - Ser Dontos

Random thoughts:
- No Theon! YAY!

- The new actor playing Daario was charming, and though I like the previous guy, maybe the switch won't be so bad.

- I don't know if kids still ask for ponies, but if I ever hear one mention it, I'm going to tell Arya's story. She's ruined it for you, kids, sorry.

- There were so many character interactions in this episode, I can't even begin to consider a favorite. Jaime and Brienne were wonderful, Arya and the Hound are such an unlikely duo and it makes them engaging, Tyrion and Sansa's scene moved me, and Dany and Daario! Feelings. They happened.

- Lap dragon!

- I'm fascinated by the development in Jaime's character. He surprised me by becoming one of my favorites last season, and he's on track to stay there. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is so damn perfect as that character, and his portrayal combined with the way he's written in the series is making me see Jaime in a different light.


- Olenna Tyrell's reaction to Brienne of Tarth was so enjoyable and marvelous. That's the word that comes to mind. The Queen of Thorns has such a specific personality, and her lines couldn't be better suited to the character.

- Did I catch bits of Winterfell's theme while they were melting down Ice? Sad, but that's a nice touch.

- Though it was hard to hear, I'm glad they gave Oberyn Martell the chance to explain what happened to Elia. It's something the audience needed to be reminded of, but they fit the exposition nicely into the dialogue without making it clunky.

- Jon Snow talking back to the appointed commander of the Night's Watch almost made me clap out loud.

What did all of you think?


  1. I actually started to have more sympathy for Sansa who was not really a favorite character. And although as a Stark bannerman I was happy to see Arya get some payback I think it's also a tragedy. Effectively she's a child soldier and is getting lessons/influence from some very dangerous people.

    1. Sansa's had a hard path and though I don't know if I like her, I definitely feel more sympathetic towards her as the years go on.
      And I agree about Arya! I enjoyed the heck out of it - but she's headed to a dark place by behaving that way.

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  3. It was a good recap of last series/foundation laying for the series to come.

    I'm not too fussed by the change with Naharis, I feel the character will be made -- or not -- by the actor's actions more than their looks. Although I'd have been happier if the producers had pushed for the full blue beard goodness. Looking forward to the new Mountain though, Hafthor Bjornssen placed third at least year's World's Strongest Man, and at 6'9" he definitely fits the fill, and build.

    Speaking of which, very good intro of the Viper, the character drips potential mixed with simply not giving a frak about being in the Lannister's den, as it were. And the exposition of the recently history of the Martell/Lannister feud is critical to this series.

    One of the over-riding arcs I found through reading the books is Jaime's slow path from bastard to hero. Lannister (the house) began in a position of assured strength in AGoT, but as their lot slowly ebbs, Jaime's outlook on life turns around and rises, and when he explains to Brienne his motives for killing King Aerys near the end of the Rebellion, his character finally slots into place.

    Love this series.

    1. The Viper is so well cast! That caught me off guard.

      I'd like to go back and read the books with the new perspectives I've gained from the show in mind. Perhaps when they're all written and finished.

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