Game of Thrones is one of the most potent TV series of all time; from the beginning of the show, it had a great impact upon all TV for the rest of the series. Scene Siren is everything you need to know about the big and little screen so where better to start than rewatching Game of Thrones and analysing each episode up until that Marmite last episode? I will be discussing the good, the bad and the ugly and I hope you will enjoy the ride!
Directed by: Brian Kirk
Screenplay by: Bryan Cogman
Ned Stark begins to dig into the inner dwellings of King’s Landing and the history of it as he looks into the death of his predecessor, Jon Arryn. Meanwhile in the wall, Jon Snow befriends Samwell Tarly and declares that he will defend him against the more brutish men of the Knight’s Watch. In Vaes Dothrak, Viserys is growing impatient with the Dothraki not providing him the army that he was promised. On her way back to Winterfell, Catelyn Stark is found by Tyrion Lannister but she repays him by arresting him for the attempted murder of her son, Bran.
This is the first episode of the series that wasn’t written by Benioff and Weiss and was critically well-received. The main elements that were praised were the developing scenes at the Wall and Michelle Fairley’s performance as Catelyn Stark in the final scene.
- A symbolic moment – the conversation between Ned and Cersei.
One of the strongest traits in Game of Thrones is the ability to have a loaded conversation that has deeper meaning buried within it – it’s the intelligence of the show that they can show who the enemies are without them bashing their heads together (although they still do do that.) Ned and Cersei is one of the more interesting dynamics of the first series and it’s a shame they didn’t get a chance to explore it more. But this scene where Ned states that he was trained to kill his enemies and Cersei merely replies ‘So was I.’ shows how out of his depth Ned is. He knows that Cersei won’t pull a knife on him there and then; where his power comes with a sword, hers comes with manipulation and her words. It’s another show of the power play constantly happening between the Lannisters and the Starks.
2. A moment that made me feel something – Catelyn arresting Tyrion
Tyrion has always been a fan-favourite and I think already at this point in time, he was the favourite of many. One of the most wonderful techniques within film and TV is giving your audience insight into something the characters don’t have – they could have easily left it open to the audience, too, as to who it was that tried to kill Bran in order to make it something of a murder mystery. But they didn’t, giving the audience power over the characters and also making them frustrated when we see they are going down the wrong path – Catelyn is certain that Tyrion had some involvement in Bran’s attempt but the audience know that he had nothing to do with it. In terms of making me feel something, it makes you feel worried for Tyrion and frustrated at Catelyn.
3. A moment that developed a villain – Petyr giving Ned insight into King’s Landing
Even though I wouldn’t say that Petyr is in the same league as some of the other villains that crop up throughout the series, he is certainly one of the more memorable ones. He has his fingers in all the pies he possibly can and this scene is starting to show the audience more of what he’s capable of, similarly to what he’s doing to Ned. There’s no secret of who he has in the wings, spying on everyone and everything. While it may look to Ned as if he is trying to help him out, it’s yet another display of power over the Stark – a warning that he knows everything and so do Vary and Cersei.
4. A moment that developed a character – Daenerys standing up to Viserys.
For most Daenerys fans, this is one of the most memorable scenes in the franchise – it’s the first time we truly see her stand up to her brother and not letting one of the Dothraki do it. Throughout the first few episodes, she’s been somewhat empathetic towards him even though this has been lined with fear of him. She’s an abuse victim, through and through and he is her abuser. To see her finally strike back and fight against him (and it’s clear from Viserys’ reaction that this is the first time she’s done it) is such an empowering moment and shows how much she’s truly changed in just the short span since she’s been at Vaes Dothrak. She is aware of her worth now, even if Viserys has always seen her as something worthless. The next time you raise your hand to me will be the last time you have hands.
5. A moment that developed a relationship – Jon standing up for Sam
Jon and Sam’s friendship is one of the most important in the show, one that was beloved by the audiences and this is the first time we meet Sam in the series. When he comes under the fire of the other men at the Wall and Ser Thorne, Jon decides that he’s going to appoint himself as his protector while persuading the others to leave him alone. Not only does this show the immediate care that he has for him, it’s also a darker side of Jon that we’ve not seen before as he sets Ghost upon one of the men in order to threaten him. Previously, he’s been rather quiet but we know that he’s willing to fight for what’s right and right now, looking after Sam is what he believes to be right.
Overall, the episode matches the last title which I discussed ‘Lord Snow’ where the characters were fighting against the labels that had been placed upon them. The title of the episode is a direct quote from Tyrion, “I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples and bastards and broken things.” The cripple is obviously referring to Bran, who is trying desperately to shrug off the name of ‘cripple’ and be able to walk again. The bastard is in reference to Jon who is trying to make a name for himself outside of what he had been known as in Winterfell. Without his father’s shadow over him, he can be a man and begin to make his own decisions. Finally, I believe the broken things is in reference to Daenerys. In the first few episodes, she’s someone who’s maltreated by the men around her but now, she’s beginning to regain power over her life and fight against the people who seek to hurt her, to prove that she’s not broken anymore.
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