Posted May 16, 2011 by Greg Dragon in TV Show - Recap

Game of Thrones Recap 1.5 – The Wolf and the Lion

The episode starts off with the king Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) and his hand Ned Stark (Sean Bean) breaking each other’s balls due to Robert wanting to joust in his games and Ned telling him that it doesn’t suit a king to joust being that no-one would dare strike him. The king is fat and try as he may the young Lannister boy attempting to help him fit his armor is failing. Robert curses his family name as he normally does and sends him on a fool’s errand to retrieve a “breastplate stretcher” which both he and Ned knows doesn’t exist.

The joust continues from the last episode where Gregor “The Mountain That Rides” Clegane (Conan Stevens) had slain a knight by driving his lance through his throat and this time he faces off against the flamboyant homosexual Knight of Flowers Joras Tyrell (Finn Jones). This new Knight’s lover is none other than king Robert’s brother Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) and when the two get some alone time we are treated with a scene of the knight shaving Renly’s chest and underarm hair. Anyway Joras is smart and knows that The Mountain’s monstrous horse would no doubt carry him through to victory at the joust so he finds himself a mare in heat. As Joras predicted, his horse drives The Mountain’s stallion mad causing him to be dismounted by Ser Joras Tyrell’s lance. The Mountain is enraged and draws his sword and decapitates his horse then rushes at the Knight of Flowers, only to be stopped by none other than his brother The Hound (Sandor Clegane). The two brothers match swords and the fight is impressive until king Robert orders them to stop – not wanting his two best warriors cutting each other to threads right there. The Mountain doesn’t yield but the Hound bows, barely dodging his brother’s heavy broadsword. The Mountain then storms off into the crowd and the joust was officially over.

Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) who was captured by stupid Lady Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) ends up saving her life when their party is ambushed in the mountains en route to her crazed sister Lysa Arryn (Kate Dickie). This makes for her to allow Tyrion to ride unbound but when they appear before her sister it is a shock to Cat as it is to us audience members. The woman sits upon a throne made to look like a tree and sucking on one of her rather plump breasts is a boy who had to be about 8 years old – I’ll let that sink in. The two sisters argue over the fact that a Lannister dared set foot in her castle and then Tyrion is thrown into a cell which has a wall missing leading out to a drop of several hundred feet. Word gets back to his family about the capture and immediately the Starks and Lannisters are at war.

Little Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) overhears a plot on her father’s life while she chases a cat down into the dungeons and Ned is given threats about prying into the affairs of the former Hand’s investigation by the palace eunuch. It is all a rush of events as he holds court with daughter Arya to find out about his demise, then with Peter “Littlefinger” Baelish (Aiden Gillen) about the poison being made for the king and finally with the king himself who announces his intent to murder Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) for carrying the Kahl Drogo’s son. This last bit goes against Ned’s honor and he denounces his position as hand and walks out intent on returning to Winterfell and his family. On his way out he is met by Littlefinger who shows him another of Robert’s children that had all of his dark features but the point is still eluding him.

When Ned Stark emerges from the home of Robert’s baby bastard he is surrounded by Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) with a small troop of men intent on avenging Tyrion’s capture. With his status of Hand now gone, Jaime takes advantage of Ned and asks his men to murder Ned’s guard and capture him alive. Ned would have none of it and he and his men fight like demons cutting down almost all of Jaime’s men. The sister f-cker Jaime and Ned finally cross swords in an epic duel up until one of Jaime’s stupid men decides to ram a spear into Ned’s thigh and disturb the outcome of their fight. This rightfully pisses Jaime off and he knocks the guy out instead of killing him as I probably would have for breaking the code of combat. He gathers his men and leaves Ned amidst the dead bodies, kneeling and angry but pinned to the ground by the coward’s lance.

So the pot has brewed over and it’s blood for blood in the Lannister versus Stark rivalry. There was one memorable scene where Cersei sits with King Robert to share a drink and discuss their relationship. It was a difficult chat as it seems that Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) wanted to open up to her husband but Robert is a miserable, whoring old warrior who cannot change no matter how much good it would do him. The two discuss his true love and Cersei asks if he ever felt anything for her like she did for him in the beginning. Of course Robert says no. I think this was probably as dumb a mistake as that of Catelyn Stark kidnapping the innocent Imp Tyrion.

Greg Dragon

Cinephile and opinion writer, Greg Dragon has been a fan of movies since the 80's when Kung Fu theater was all the rage and Roger Moore was James Bond. Greg is the founder and lead critic of Spicy Movie Dogs. You can follow him on Twitter @Rafacus or on his Google+ account.