‘Game of Thrones’ season 3, episode 8 review: A wedding, and a lady in red

Game of ThronesLast week on “Game of Thrones,” there was some pretty significant movement across all of the stories, but there was still one criticism we saw time and time again: Where were the stunning moments? Well, we have a feeling you won’t be saying the same exact thing after watching Sunday night’s “Second Sons.”

We have to begin with what is best described as a Westeros wedding, and the most awkward one imaginable at that. In a humiliating ceremony at King’s Landing, Tyrion Lannister ended up becoming the husband to none other than Sansa Stark. There was a rather sweet scene in here, as we saw him express just how badly he did not actually want to go through this very thing. Unfortunately, he really did not have any choice in the end.

What made this story ultimately lovely was just seeing how Tyrion came to terms with what he does, and does not, want. He didn’t want to sleep with a 14-year old girl, and thus he chose not to. Will that change in the future? It all depends on if he is forced to. On a different note, Peter Dinklage was absolutely fantastic, playing up the drunkenness to ensure that Joffrey and his men could not do anything to her. He’s a hero … in his own little bizarre way.

As per always, let’s dive a bit into what else took place across the world of George R.R. Martin’s classic work this week.

Melisandre – This week, our famed sorceress continued to do what she does best: Take her clothes off, and then do horrible things to people. We don’t quite know what her horrible curse was on Gendry using his blood, but we can only assume it means bad things for Joffrey and Robb Stark (who was not featured this time).

This entire stunt seemed to be a way to make Davos believe, but why do they really care about this guy in the first place?

Daenerys – Over the past few weeks, Emilia Clarke’s character has used her cunning to get an advantage with the Unsullied. This time around, she used her charm to bring in Daario, a lieutenant in the Second Sons willing to kill for her almost immediately. A great guy to have in your corner, no?

Sam – There was not too much from the world of Sam, and with Bran, Robb, Jon Snow, and Jaime all gone from this episode, he had to pick up the slack in the “holy you-know-what” department by learning what that dagger is for: Killing a very specific breed of creature. For the first time, this lovable loser finally has some power! Hooray!

Aria – Save for a moment early on, where it was revealed that Aria is traveling to see Catelyn and Robb, that was really all we had of the Stark girl. There is a planned wedding going on here, as well … but that’s all we are going to say about a specific episode right now.

What did you think about this “Game of Thrones” episode? Personally, we have to say that “Second Sons” was an excellent hour, and one that draws us closer to some certain events moving forward. If you want to check out some recent (and rather surprising) comments as to how long this series could last, all you have to do is visit the link here.

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