Hello everyone and welcome back to our Game of Thrones discussion! Well, it finally happened! The Purple Wedding has come and gone. And now we can finally talk about why fans (not George R.R. Martin) labeled it that. I'm sure this episode shocked TV viewers not just in the sense of what happened, but the fact that it happened in episode 2 of the season rather than later on. If this isn't an indication that the 2nd half of A Storm of Swords (Book 3) has a lot of amazing moments, I don't know what else could be! I'm going to jump right into some discussion points after I give our weekly "spoilers" disclaimer".
I will always clearly label when I'm about to delver into future book stuff as I would hope fellow book readers would do in the comments. In the "Safe for all"sections, I will talk about differences from the books for plot points that have already occurred in both.
Let's do this!
- EW Recap
- Showrunners Discuss
- GRRM discusses why he originally wrote the story in the book
- Jack Gleason discusses his experience on the show
- For the record, none of this was still really in the book. But, it definitely stays faithful to eventually what happens in the books. We saw Ramsay Snow playing a little hunting game with a female interest. (I can't say for sure I know who that character is) The scene was 2-fold. It continued to show how brutal of a character Ramsay is and it showed how Theon has fully converted to Reek and his is fully in submission to his new master. Kudos to Alfie Allen for pulling it off too!
- We had a scene between Ramsay Snow and Roose Bolton. Unless there was any confusion before, Roose was not happy with what Ramsay took upon himself to do to Theon and actions he took in communication to Balon Greyjoy. There was an amazing scene of Ramsay asking Reek to shave. Ramsay proved that Reek was still useful. He admitted to Roose that Bran and Rickon were still alive and that they were probably at The Wall. It also made Jon Snow a target in the process. And Ramsay brought up the news that Robb Stark (whom Theon loved as a brother) was dead. Yet still, no attempt on Ramsay's life was made. Pretty intense stuff! And I'd say much better than the torturing scenes last year.
- And, I don't know if transitions to people eating sausage will ever get old!
- Bran continued to warg with Summer, his direwolf. This actually was right out of one of the books. He was enjoying his mobility and hunting/eating as a wolf. Jojen and Meeren explained to Bran that eating as Summer will not nourish him also. And they also warned of losing himself in what he wargs with. He needs to still live as Bran as well or this is all for nothing.
- The big reveal here is the connection Bran felt with the weirwood (Heart Tree) when he touched it. These trees are usually in godswoods across the 7 realms where the Northerners pray to the old gods. The trees have faces originally carved into them that were supposedly carved there by the children of the forest, and was later done by the First Men and descendants of the First Men.
- When Bran touched the tree he went into one of his warging/dream states and was seeing flashes to the past (Ned Stark with Ice) and possibly the future (the King's Landing Throne Room with the roof ripped open and Winter having come! Note: Dany saw this same scene in the season 2 Tower of the Undying prophecy on the TV Show. The prophecy was much different in the book.) There was a very powerful voice suggesting Bran to find him and go North. Of course, I know who this is, but I'm not going to spoil! But, in case you missed it, there was a shot of the 3 eyed raven yet again that Bran has been seeing since season 1. So, there's that to chew on. And as if Bran wasn't going North already, he now knows he needs to continue going North!
- Certainly the weakest storyline of the show right now. After all that talk of action at the end of season 3, Stannis and crew are still taking their dandy old time at Dragonstone just burning family members at the stake, worshipping the lord of light, and showing how bizarre Stannis' wife Selyse is!
- More to come here. I, like Hibberd on EW, don't really have much to say here for now!
- So much to discuss. First, we had a scene of Jaime and Tyrion finally catching up. Tyrion was a "little" sympathetic to his brother having lost a hand. In fact, it may have pleased him that he wasn't the only Lannister with a physical disadvantage. He suggested Jaime start working on training his left hand to use a sword. This became a perfect opportunity to expand Bronn's role on the TV Show (over the book) more. This stuff begins in A Feast for Crows in the book and Jaime uses Ser Ilyn (The King's Justice. The man with no tongue who also used ICE to slice off Ned Stark's head. He also is on Arya's list.) to spar with. Ser Ilyn was a perfect sparring partner as he has no tongue to tell people what Jaime has been doing. But, Bronn works too. You pay him enough, and he is your loyal servant! Plus, this pairing of Jaime and Bronn looks sure to pay dividends.
- Tyrion also became aware that his relationship to Shae has been exposed to Cersei. It was only a matter of time before Tywin becomes aware of it too. We see this at one of the pre-wedding ceremonies when Cersei points Shae out to Tywin. Tyrion has no choice but to break things off with Shae and he does it in a pretty insulting fashion. Sure, he still told her that he enjoyed her the most of all of the whores he's been with, but he wants to be loyal to his wife. He is planning to set her up nice in Pentos across the Narrow Sea. (Pentos is where we saw Dany's story begin in season 1. Note that Varys says he has friends across the Narrow Sea and we saw him speaking to Illyrio in season 1 in the lower levels of the Red Keep (dragon skulls, Arya spotted them discussing how danger was coming to her father). That may have made no sense, but just something to keep in mind. So, we have no visual confirmation that Shae is actually gone, but Bronn said she was. Even though he may have mentioned he was being followed too. I will note that this scene was not in the books to my recollection. But, I kinda see where it's going.
- At that same pre-wedding ceremony, gifts were brought to Joffrey and Margaery. Loved the Joffrey/Tyrion tension. He started off being polite and then sliced open Tyrion's book gift with his new Valaryian steel sword, The Widow's Wail.
- The wedding went down as we have seen King's Landing weddings go down in the past. Of course, there were more people present than at Sansa and Tyrion's. And, no stool was needed to put the coat of protection on his wife.
- But the exciting stuff happened at the Reception itself. Lots of interesting pairings that the showrunners fully admitted to doing because they may never get this chance again. This many characters are rarely in one location. I loved the Cersei/Brienne and Jaime/Ser Loras pairings. Started off all sweet, but then got pretty cruel in the end. Brienne froze when Cersei asked if she loved Jaime. They never went as far to admitting that in the books either, but there certainly is some kind of feeling/bond between the 2. But Loras wins the best quote of the night when Jaime says you will never marry Cersei. He retorts, "Neither will you." The delivery and slam was perfect!
- There were some hints of tension to come with Oberyn Martell and Ellaria Sand running into Tywin and Cersei. Oberyn noted how it was good for Cersei and her daughter Myrcella that the Dornish do not find it customary to rape women and children. Again this conversation started pretty pleasant and took a turn for the worse. The moral of this show? Everybody pretty much hates everyone and they just mask it behind a smiling face to play the Game of Thrones!
- There was a great quote where Lady Olenna was speaking to Sansa, and I believe it may have been straight from the books. Something to the fact that killing someone at a wedding being horrific. And the punchline being that men don't need anything else to fear in addition to getting married!
- But, the big star of this wedding was Joffrey Baratheon (*cough* Lannister). If anyone still found anything redeemable about this character, his final sequence tried to get those thoughts out of your mind. He was deplorable right up until his final sip. I will say, that I was watching this 15 minute sequence under the microscope for clues on the "whodunnit" map. I will not spoil it obviously, but I will say that they choreographed and mapped the scene out brilliantly. Everything that needed to happen happened. You might want to keep this episode saved on your DVRs!
- Joffrey was bored with the pleasantries coming his way and insulted Margaery's ex-husband Renly and which visually displeased Maraery and Brienne. He threw coins at a band playing the Rains of Castamere (which apparently is some real band) to get them to go away. And of course, he brought out the dwarfs to insult his uncle one last time. But, in the process it insulted Renly further (accusing him of his homosexual tendencies) and Robb Stark, which displeased Sansa. He pretty much insulted everyone at the wedding in one way or another. But, his main target was Tyrion. Tyrion got in his quips but he mainly was trying to keep his composure, even as Joffrey forced him to be his cup-bearer. (Note the Dwarfs rode on pigs in the book, but apparently this was technically feasible or it was frowned upon by PETA or something. There was also a character in the books that it looks like will not be revealed on the show in a female dwarf that was part of the theater group)
- The pigeon pie came out, Joffrey sliced it open as the tradition goes, and killed a few pigeons in the process. But, he did not forget to keep insulting Tyrion as he ate his pie and grabbed his wine, that may or may not have been set aside for a minute or 2. And before we know it, the king was choking!! The first to run to his aid was his secret father Jaime Lannister, Cersei wasn't far behind. But there was nothing left to do except watch the life pass out of Joffrey Baratheon. Of course, it was shot in a way that made you watch the horror of choking to death, more than triumph that the punk is finally getting his due. His last act was to point out who he thinks is the culprit. All eyes are on Tyrion who is examining the wine glass. Cersei commands the guards to seize Tyrion, which they do. While this is happening Ser Dontos (the fool) quickly comes to Sansa and says if she wants to live she must go with him. We don't see what happens there, but we can assume she listens! And the last shot we have is of King Joffrey's face, turned purple. Please do not RIP Joffrey. We're still a little P.O.'d that you called for Ned's head!