SEASON 3 EPISODE 7
THE BEAR AND THE MAIDEN FAIR
This week’s Game of Thrones was basically an update on all the relationships in Westeros. Everyone just sat around discussing relationships. Jon and Ygritte, Tyrion and Sansa and Robb & Talisa all got updates.
Outside of romantic positioning and strategy, we also got more vicious Theon torture. I understand that they are holding back information from Theon while they literally break his balls but can’t the audience learn something new? Week after week we’ve watched Theon suffer with little to no advancement of his story.
Speaking of which, Arya & Bran seem to be stuck in their own black holes when it comes to advancing their stories. Both are trying to get back to their family yet they never seem to get any closer. This week Bran essentially (and literally) stayed still while Osha talked about her past relationship.
Even Jon Snow’s storyline stalled this week. His relationship with Ygritte was discussed at length but they made no progress other than walking closer to doom according to Snow.
Outside of King’s Landing, Gendry finally found out what we’ve known for 2.5 seasons. Yes he is the bastard son of King Robert but why bring him back to King’s Landing?
Inside King’s Landing, we finally got to see Tywin interact with his awful grandson King Joffrey. Tywin didn’t barge into the throne room and belittle the King but what he did do was far more interesting. With body language alone he caused Joffrey to back down. While this method of intimidation was fantastic, it was King Joffrey who stole the show. FINALLY someone mentioned a certain Queen who happens to command a growing army and three dragons.
Speaking of Daenerys, her story was one of the few that advanced as she now stands at the doorstep of her next conquest. It was awesome to see her dragons intimidate her guest. Her story was by far my favorite of the episode because it offered at least a hint of what’s coming.
I suppose the big moment of the episode was Jaime’s rescue of Brienne from a bear. It was an awesome sequence but I couldn’t help but feel disappointed. Jaime and Brienne have come a long way this season but we are right back where we started now as they head for King’s Landing… It’ll be awesome once they get there and the confrontations begin but it’s taking a really long time.
As you can probably guess, I wasn’t a big fan of this episode. If I had to choose a moment it would be tie between Daenerys negotiation tactics and King Joffrey acknowledging her existence. Other than that, there weren’t many BIG moments. We did get a TON of character development and many relationships advanced but the story stalled. The Bear and the Maiden Fair almost felt like the first episode of the season. All we did was check in on all the characters and move on.
There is a silver lining though. This is probably the last episode of this kind. They’ve repositioned characters, updated us on their relationships and journeys and now it’s time to start revealing the destinations. With so few episodes left, I feel confident that there won’t be room for stalling.
It’s strange, this episode wasn’t my favorite but I’m even more excited for next week because they never air back to back episodes like this. Next week, something will go down!
… Maybe we will finally catch up with Commander Zombie?
COUNTDOWN | Best Moments: Game of Thrones Season 2
XTRA | Screenwriting & The Game of Thrones Theme
Episode 1 Moment: Valar Dohaeris
Episode 2 Moment: Dark Wings, Dark Words
Episode 3 Moment: Walk of Punishment
Episode 4 Moment: And now his watch is ended
Episode 5 Moment: Kissed by fire
Episode 6 Moment: The Climb