Posted June 13, 2011 by Greg Dragon in TV Show - Recap

Game of Thrones Recap 1.9 – Baelor

How about that man Robert Stark (Richard Madden) showing these Lannisters and his banner men that green does not mean worthless!? Color me impressed, even his mother falls into line when she realizes that her cub has fangs!

Baelor Targaryen

One of the blind elders of the Night Watch pulls Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) to the side after learning that Jon is deciding whether to keep his oath or to go join his brother Robert in the war against the Lannisters. The old man explains a rather earth shattering thing in that he is Baelor Targaryen – the king prior to the mad king (Daenerys’s ancestor). Apparently he was disgraced to go take the black and had sat through the news of his family, race and children being slaughtered and exiled… all to keep the oath – something he has always regretted. The story was told to urge Jon Snow to do what he needs to do and basically say to hell with the oath. Little did we know it was a bit of foreshadowing for our friend Edgar Stark (Sean Bean).

How Ned Stark lost his Honor and Ultimately His Head

The death of Edgar Stark marks the loss of any hope for honor in the grand scheme of things. Upsetting isn’t even the word for it but shocking definitely is – who do we the audience look to now for our knight of morality? Will it be young Robert Stark who is more than showing his quality by capturing punk ass Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and razing his men on the battlefield?

For Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) the boy king Joffrey has become like that crazed Pit Bull with whom she thought she had full control of but breaks his leash to run off and kill somebody’s baby. The former queen wanted Ned to be shamed and sent north to “take the black” but instead the boy has him decapitated. A very powerful and wicked scene that will surely cement everyone’s hate for Joffrey but something tells me that the boy won’t be going anywhere. Game of Thrones is meant to piss us off and keep us in a state of anger at the players within.

Ned was a fool who let the soft puppets of his friend’s kingdom get into his head with “advice” that ultimately led to him dishonoring his family (lied about being a traitor instead of screaming out the truth) right before he died. You could see it in his face too, acted out so well by Sean Bean – he knew he had crapped out and doomed his family name for eternity. It was hard to take because deep down he didn’t deserve it… very much like the young man who he himself had decapitated in the beginning for abandoning the Night Watch… Irony?

Ned’s death was all that viewers will take away from this ep but other things occured that were important and unimportant like Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) dying and relying on a witch to kill is horse (this is a huge deal) and call demons up to resurrect him – all the fault of stupid Daenerys (Emilia Clarke). What’s with the goofball women on this show getting their men killed? Daenerys, Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) and Cersei Lannister are to blame for half the events going to hell right now. The show reeks of mysoginy but I will reserve judgment to see if we get at least one woman of worth. The collective of hens right now are bringing doom to the strong men in their lives. It irritates me like nothing else.

The next episode will be the last of this set and I cannot wait till the next season in hopes of a little Stark “getback” for what happened to their patriarch – Edgar “Ned” Stark.

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.