Posted June 6, 2011 by Greg Dragon in TV Show - Recap

Game of Thrones Recap 1.8 – The Pointy End

While you can put up an argument that Game of Thrones is or is not one of the best shows on television, I think that it would be a concert agreement that it is one of the stressful. Things just seem to get worse every episode for any player whose last name isn’t Lannister and even if you are twisted enough to support them, it is blatantly obvious that they are due a really tall fall from glory. Cersei sits there all smug and satisfied with that annoying Lena Headey smirk and the boy Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) is smelling himself something wicked. This episode the “king” saw fit to remove everyone from power no matter their tenure and promote his family members to the positions of Hand, defender and everything having to do with the crown.

In the north amongst the Black Watch we get to see our first  white walker in action… the thing was a zombie, found as a corpse and awakened murderous to take out the lord of the Black Watch were it not for Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and some fire. Let’s see them try and deny the existence of that scourge now and Piggy shows his worth in intelligence by alerting his brothers to the corpses being “fresh”.

Arya’s teacher Syrio Forel (Miltos Yeromelou) showed his quality when the Lannister cowards interrupted their practice to try and capture the little firecracker. He takes out about 6 of them with his wooden sword until he squares off against their captain who shatters his sword and we are left guessing as to whether he gets the captain too. Rob Stark is forced to call all the banners that swear loyalty to his father together with intention of storming north after receiving a letter from sister Sansa (Sophie Turner) to come and bow before “king” Joffrey. The men give him issues because of his being green to combat but Rob stands firm and reasserts his command even when his own mother shows up to try her hand at leading armies (sit your old ass down Catelyn – you’ve done enough damage).

Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) makes his way home with the help of some hill men who meant to ambush him but got won over by his golden tongue and war is on between Rob and his father. On the Dothraki front the idiot Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and her carebear ways interferes with the raping of the Khal’s enemies and takes some of the women into her care instead of having them enslaved as per the custom. This causes one man to question the Khal’s rule and it ends badly for him as his jaw is torn off and his tongue thrown upon a pile of bodies. The women seem thankful enough to the Khaleesi but she is naïve and for sure this will only end badly for Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa).

Edgar “Ned” Stark (Sean Bean) has an only friend in the Eunuch, who brings him water and updates daily. Little Sansa begs Joffrey to grant him mercy and his wife still doesn’t realize how her foolish decision to capture Tyrion had been the spark to set off the possible elimination of her family. I was proud of Arya (Maisie Williams) again as she escapes capture and runs a boy through who tries to haul her in – giving needle its first taste of blood. After seeing what her trainer could do with mere wooden swords, I can only imagine that she too will grow into some sort of godly fencer if she lives.

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.