Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 7 Review – “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”

by danketchum

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Now that the twenty or so new characters are finally firmly established, Thrones feels less like catch-up, now more present and active. Also the writing by George R.R. Martin and the editing in this episode is great. The audio advances and the sequences of the scenes made for great flow.

vlcsnap-2013-05-14-22h05m25s20“Right foot, left foot, right foot, left foot”

It’s a shock to see Jon Snow and Ygrette in brown and green environments…I’m not really sure where this plot is going, or what Jon will do when they reach Castle Black, but I’m definitely along for the ride. Their musical love theme is gorgeous too. “Why would a girl see blood and collapse? Girls see more blood than boys.”

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The Robb Stark/Telisa storyline is the most erotic of all, in my opinion, but it’s also the most cliché and standard love tale of them all. Jon/Ygrette romance by far the most awesome. Anyway, her foreign language letter is obviously mysterious and foreboding…also, does anyone NOT speak Valyrian in this show?

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Margery is so goddamn great: Sansa is whiny, but necessary. This scene helped clarify a lot of what was unclear in last week’s awkward and ambiguous climactic montage.

vlcsnap-2013-05-14-22h08m05s108“You are being counseled at this very moment…”

 The Tywin/Joffrey scene is probably my favorite of the episode. Commanding maturity vs. hopeless incompetence. The slow walk up the stairs shows where the real power lies. Essentially, Tywin Lannister is king of the Seven Kingdoms. Also, I love when the stories from the two continents converge.

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Dany continues to a badass, her dragons more fierce and well-rendered than ever. Dany’s title is like 30 words now…so she’s obviously a big deal. Her strategic and moral dilemma intrigues me…

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Am I the only one who’s so sick of Shae? Sibel Kekilli a terrible actress and her accent only makes it worse. I really hope they’re broken up for good, but I doubt it will happen.

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Love that opening overhead shot of the bay. Melisandre is a fascinating character…I don’t know whether she’ll do something terrible or wonderful to Gendry.

vlcsnap-2013-05-14-23h15m53s15 “I don’t talk to traitors”

The way that Arya says “death.” is stunning and incredible. Love her. It’s hard to say what plans The Hound has for her…are any of the Starks ever going to be reunited?

vlcsnap-2013-05-14-23h17m05s37“Let’s see this famous cock of yours…”

So something actually brilliant happened to Theon this week…the sexual torture sequence was super bizarre, yet ultimately hilarious. It was clear from the beginning that it was a trap from Crazy-eyes, or a dream sequence, but I loved it anyway. Book readers, can you help me out? Does Theon really have “a famous cock”? Or is that just how the women pleased him? The full frontal nudity here was certainly gratuitous, but not sexposition. I can’t decide if it’s offensive or not. Regardless, now that his cock is famous, it’s not gonna be around much longer….

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This scene: Best. “Hodor.” Ever. Can Bran Stark and Jon just meet up already? Osha’s anecdote about her Wight man was pretty great…this storyline is developing characters, but getting nowhere in plot and geography.

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Jaime Lannister’s wound is wonderfully grotesque, and hecan really handle the pain. The Jaime/Brienne bromance is one of the best aspects of the season, but I was very disappointed that the Bear and the Maiden fair sequence was only seen from Jaime’s perspective. I wanted to see the beginning of the fight from Brienne’s perspective, but since we only saw Jaime come in medias res, it lessened the drama. That amazing shot from the trailer wasn’t even there. It was obvious that he would rescue her. Even so, the scene was pretty gripping and intense. That stunt bear is great; it was worth the show’s first trip to the U.S.

I’m pumped for the final three episodes, but I’m also dreading the many loose ends, cliffhangers, and unresolved plots that are certain to come. They’re only adapting half of the third book for the season, which is a disappointing, but necessary evil.

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