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"Game Of Thrones" - "Kissed By Fire": The Cost Of My Desire, Sleep Now In The Fire

By TK | TV Reviews | April 29, 2013 | Comments ()


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(Author's note: this is one of the episodes where it will be all-too easy to drop spoilers, so I'm reminding everyone of the strict no spoiler rule. thanks, TK)

Rarely does a phrase have so many meanings as the title did in "Kissed By Fire," the fifth episode of Season Three of "Game Of Thrones." It was a fire both metaphorical and literal, and it raged through each scene in one fashion or another, creating new unions while splitting others asunder. It was a powerful and unpredictable episode, fraught with tension and treason (real and false) and tragedy.

It began with another amazingly choreographed sword fight, one on par with the battle between Jaime and Brienne. The whirling, flaming blade of Beric Dondarrion created an eerie light to that dimly lit cavern as he battled savagely with the Hound, a battle where they smashed and stabbed and brawled their way to the gruesome, fascinating finish. The zealous dervish that was Beric was matched blow for blow by the fire-terrified Hound, facing that one thing that he fears. Yet he overcame that, buying his freedom in a scene that perhaps infuriated viewers just as much as it did Arya. Arya's impotent rage gave way to a terrible sadness and frustration, as slowly the meager life that she's built is yet again slowly torn from her. The moment with Gendry, where he chose to stay on with the Brotherhood Without Banners, was simply heartbreaking, as once more Arya finds her family -- a ragged, makeshift family, but nonetheless -- splintering, leaving her as a chesspiece in a game so vast that she can only barely understand it, let alone play in it.

The burning light of R'hllor would play a role in that cavern as well as elsewhere. The bizarre, Lazarus-like resurrections of Beric Dondarrion created so many questions for this world, questions about faith and life and death, questions about their very souls. Six times, he has come back, yet six times he comes back slightly less than he was before. Between shadow-baby assassins and this, one must suddenly begin to rethink everything we know about the Red God. Yet the fire of that strange, disturbing religion would play into the scenes at Dragonstone as well, where Stannis Baratheon has a profoundly disturbing meeting with his wife. Selyse (Tara Fitzgerald) has a wild-eyed fanaticism about her, compounded by her ready acceptance of her husband's sins, all justifiable in the shadow created by that Red God's flames. Yet even more disturbing is not just her blind obedience, but also her madness, a madness that Stannis can barely stand to look at, a grief-caused horror that lines her chambers. Those three awful images, dead babies trapped in glowing liquid, must only serve to further remind Stannis of not only his own failures as a man and king, but also as a husband who feels that it is his own body that drove his wife to the brink, and as a father who sired such a poor, tragic creature like the disfigured, yet adorably sweet Shireen. This week was some of Stephen Dillane's finest work on this series, where we were allowed to see the hardened, dour facade crack, even if only for a second, before he sealed it back up, shoving all humanity back within himself, as if his only hope to survive his own folly is to hide from himself.

Shireen's visit to Davos was a charming, if wanly sad little moment, one that reminded us of the tragic false treason he stands accused of. Even then, in the grimness of that cell, Davos stands tall and strong, giving his best for a king's daughter who braves the dark to see him. The charge of treason burns through Davos, yet the branding of traitors is not restricted to poor Ser Seaworth. Elsewhere, in Riverrun, Robb Stark is faced with the final straw in his ongoing game of loyalty and fury with Rickard Karstark. Still embittered over the loss of his own, Karstark finally does the unforgivable. It leads to the young King In The North letting his sense of what is right overcome his sense of what is practical, a trait that he shares with his late father. Robb is a champion of doing the right thing, a fierce and unrelenting ruler and warrior -- but a terrible politician. We can but hope that he will not share his father's fate. Though there is hope for him still, as in the wake of the loss of the Karstark men, he finds new opportunities and new plans to perhaps finally turn the tide back in his favor -- if he can only find a way to make peace with those he once inadvertently shamed.

In King's Landing, it seems that plotting and treason and a venomous penchant for skullduggery are becoming the norm. Amazingly, so much of it hinged on the fate of poor, oblivious Sansa Stark, the other Stark girl desperately trying to find her footing, to find a life for herself in the aftermath of the fracturing of her family. She stands as the centerpiece of a plot between Tywin Lannister, Lady Olenna, and the increasingly deplorable Littlefinger, who through his own slimy machinations, snatches her out of the jaws of the Tyrells only to throw her to the lions of House Lannister, even as he does it all simply to serve himself. Yet the particular lion that she is sacrificed to -- Tyrion, of all people -- isn't as enthusiastic for the plan. Dinklage put on another excellent performance this week, between his stunned, taken-aback meeting with Olenna to his helpless rage at his father for using Sansa, the one true innocent in all this unpleasantness, for political gain, and worse, forcing him to be the one to inflict further suffering on her. Meanwhile, Cersei's gloriously vicious smirk throughout it all was only overshadowed by her rage at once again being thrown into the bed of another man. All punctuated by the phenomenal Tywin Lannister's angry reaction:

"My children. You've disgraced the Lannister name for far too long."

It wasn't all just traitors and broken families, however. North of the Wall, we saw Jon Snow sink further and further into the life of the Wildlings, first in his almost-joyful belligerence towards Orell the skinchanger, and then in his abandoning one more of his vows when he succumbed to the seductions of Ygritte. That scene was a difficult one -- it was a well-shot scene, strangely reminiscent of the darkened, fire-licked cavern where the opening battle took place, yet with the steam of the hot springs providing an enticing contrast. And while Rose Leslie did an admirable job with her blunt seductions, and Harrington was game enough, the entire relationship seemed rushed and awkward. It's as if they went from a couple of glances and easy flirtations to "let's stay here forever and ever." Ygritte is a great character in the book, and I can't fault Leslie's efforts, yet I feel as if the writers simply haven't spent enough time with her character -- or with the Wildlings in general, really -- to really engage us in her or their actions.

Finally, we cross the Narrow Sea and find Daenerys Targaryen and her new army as they march on. The writers have created an interesting and enjoyable relationship between her two lieutenants and advisors, Jorah Mormont and Barristan Selmy. There exists an odd dichotomy there -- two men with a comfortable camaraderie when they stick to simple issues, yet still a virulent suspicion of one another when it comes to motivations. That plainspoken conversation between them began with old war stories and ended with allusions to divided loyalties was a terrifically acted little moment. Yet even more intriguing was Dany's confrontation with the de facto leaders of the Unsullied. Their leader, the startling young Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson), gives both a tragic history lesson as well as a show of loyalty to his new queen, in a unflinching and striking scene.

Also, am I the only one who thinks that Emilia Clarke does her best acting when she's speaking in High Valyrian? The cadence of the language just works so well with her voice.

Finally, we'd be remiss if we didn't discuss the absolutely brilliant scene with Jaime and Brienne. After Jaime's harsh and punishing moments with the Maester "fixing" his arm, their moment in the steam bath was one of my favorites, and not just because of the equal opportunity butt-baring. Instead, it was a scene of startling vulnerability, of Jaime finally cracking from all the anguish and loneliness. There is but one person in this world right now who actually cares if he lives or dies, and it's as if he can no longer live with her disdain. When Brienne snaps and stands tall, abandoning her earlier shame, with eyes full of glowering, bitter wrath, something changed between them. Jaime could no longer bear it, and finally laid bare the truth about himself, and how he came to be the man he is. It was a beautiful scene, a lengthy, emotionally exhausting monologue that was equal parts history and psychology, all tied up in a heady miasma of anger and humility and frustration and an uneasy, conflicted sexual tension (that was wisely unconsumated, as it would have cheapened the moment). And that final blow, Jaime showing his hand completely and then collapsing as if the weight of those truths were simply too much, Brienne catching him, and his final, softly-spoken, desperate request -- to use his name, for him to be, only for a minute, just Jaime -- was all the more powerful.

Fires raged through this episode, fires of lust and love and hate and vengeance, burning hotly -- in some cases, too hot for the characters of this world to handle. Yet much was revealed, and it's created an even more uneasy, uncertain future. Marriages were promised, loves consumated, alliances broken and formed and broken again, and families torn further asunder. Whether those fires will be quelled or will be all-consuming will be the best part of the episodes to come.




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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • Monica

    Where the heck is Shae? I hope this doesn't get too buried in the comments, but where is she? It's been a couple of weeks since we've seen her; Sansa has been on her own - with the Tyrells and Littlefinger even.

  • Morgan_LaFai

    First thing I would like to mention, thank you HBO for having at least a little bit of equal opportunity unnecessary nudity. I have no particular desire to see naked men, but in the interest of equality I appreciated the equality.

    Now on to the analysis, your point about the Red God was most interesting I had long thought the Red God a questionable god who demands and creates terrible things yet provides answers and now even life. But to me all gods are fickle and have motivations that will never be understood by mere mortals. Yet the review seems to be implying that the Red God is less like a fickle Roman god and more like the Devil. That is interesting, though it calls into question the roll of fire in this universe. It is a theory of mine that magic has been returning to the land, most notably in the form of white walkers and dragons, and that these magic beings are in a fight to control the world with humans as mere pawns in the game. It is after all a story of fire and ice, or at least I think that it what was on the cover of the books in the airport. Yet the dragons fight on our side and the while walkers clearly don't so fire good ice bad. So is the Red God a god of fire or of shadows. The monster created was certainly a shadow, but bringing someone back to life is restoring their energy so it is fire. Then again, they didn't make wildfire sound so great, but that has more to do with who wields it. Hmmm, lots to think about.

    Oh John Snow, you know nothing. And speaking of the family, where are the dire wolves? I can understand that maybe Robb can't have his with him in the council rooms, but I would expect John's to be having a merry time in the snow with the wildlings. I want more wolves. I effing love wolves.

  • pcloadletter

    Last we saw Ghost I think he was following Sam, right?

  • Strand

    Non-Spoiler, but in the books there are three Tyrell brothers and the show has rolled them all into one for simplicity's sake. The unfortunate side effect is that Sansa's now planned to marry the still very gay Loras and not his older brother. How does Littlefinger find out about the marriage? By throwing a gigolo at the husband-to-be.

    I'm annoyed by the gross change to Loras's character. His love and loyalty to Renly was one of the strongest in the books and swings between grief and suicidal rage after his death. In the show, he's practically skipping this season, and will shag anything warm and male. It's a shame they did a disservice to the character since the other Tyrells are bloody fantastic.

  • When Arya said "I can be your family" to Gendry my heart broke into a million tiny little pieces. And then she asked if Thoros could bring back a man without a head...I was just a wreck.

    One thing I absolutely *love* about the show is that it's made Arya a lot more human and real to me. Don't get me wrong, she was amazing in the books, but sometimes she felt a little inhumanly tough. Like it's hard to remember that she's only 11 or 12, but the show does that perfectly.

  • Lauren_Lauren

    Also, this is one of your best reviews, TK.

  • HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNG.

  • Lauren_Lauren

    This episode had the perfect amount of nudity. One set of boobs, some lady butts, some man butts, and just a soupçon of dong.

  • You learn something every day. Now I shall forever choose to believe the collective noun for dicks (in smallish numbers) is soupçon.

  • mswas

    The startlingly young Grey Worm and Cersei smirking at Tyrion were surprising moments of delight for this book-reader; and while I "knew" Jaime's speech, seeing it on-screen confirmed why I still look forward to watching this every week even though it's a story I know very well.

  • BendinIntheWind

    For once in my life, I'll actually have Father's Day planned out well in advance: I'm going to make a card with a picture of Tywin's sternest glare as the cover, and the inside will simply say "Thanks for not being this guy!" I should open an Etsy shop...

  • Strand

    I don't know... if I had a brood of fucked up Lannister kids, I'd do a whole lot worse than scold them!

  • I liked seeing Ned Stark in the "previously on" bit. it was a nice little reminder of the man. Then all these fatherly themes start playing throughout the episode. The Stark, Lannister, and Baratheon children all have their father issues delved into a little deeper. Robb doing the execution was great. And the flaming sword fight as well. The sound effects were well done and the Hound's oh shit face was a joy to watch. Then his immediate gloating upon his survival followed by Arya's "Burn in Hell!" killed me. The fireside chat between Thoros, Beric, and Arya is one of my favorites from the book and I couldn't have been happier with the way it was done here. And of course Jamie's story about the mad king is fantastic. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is very good (in general) at those monologues. Mixing that history with some slight humor (shout out to Pycelle the grey sunken c**t) and a rising intensity. I like how much history there is in this world and how the show has acknowledged it. Like the Stannis's daughter talking to Davos about her book. Its about Daenery's ancestor taking over the world with dragons. Cut to Daenerys trying to take over the world with dragons. Even if you didn't know those exact details you'd still feel it. Her voice lingers over the opening shots of the unsullied marching so you get a sense its connected. Once again a fatherly theme of legacy and living up to expectations. Speaking of, those Lannisters have got some extreme daddy issues. Even rich kids can have problems. One dad is dead but beloved and one dad is alive but feared. Another has a bastard making armor for a zombie outlaw with a flaming sword. Father's Day June 16th, just a reminder.

  • Ringo183

    Hos before Crows!
    Anyone else worried that the seasons will catch up to the published story before GRRM can finish the series? Ironic if the t.v. series became the spoiler for the last book!

  • Morgan_LaFai

    I and many others share your concern. But since GRRM is involved in both I am not overly worried. Anyway I can get the story I will take the story. And the internet has repeatedly warned me that GRRM shared his plans for the world, so if he does die the show writers know how it is supposed to end, and possibly his estate could hire an author to finish the series like the did with Jordan's Wheel of TIme.

  • Ringo183

    Yes, I have heard this also. I guess what I meant was is it possible for the t.v. series to get through all the published books and George still hasn't finished writing the seventh book? That book might not come out for seven or eight more years! I wonder if the show goes on hiatus or if GRRM would let part of the story air before the book was out (highly unlikely.) I would have to stop watching the series to experience the book first. Hopefully a needless worry.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I agree that the coupling in the cave lacked heat or even sense - build up was sorely lacking to me.

    Ditto for the raid to kill the Lannister boys - I feel like it had been so long since the Karstark guy had been pushing for revenge that there was no immediate impetus for it.

    Robb is a champion of doing the right thing, a fierce and unrelenting ruler and warrior — but a terrible politician.

    He loses the honor but proved the terrible politician when he opted not to marry the woman who was contracted to. I did like seeing him swing the axe himself, and his terrible but restrained reaction to it. And how beautiful & sad was Catelyn Stark in the scene with the two boys laid out?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Also: I didn't think Stannis' daughter looked deformed enough. I wouldn't even have thought she was deformed - her body seemed fine, she was intelligent, quick - she just looked like she had a burned face.

  • The_Ghost_of_Bo_Crowder

    Shireen isn't deformed though. Just scarred by greyscale.

    She's one of the saddest parts of the books for me. Just a lonely little girl who's had a shit life with whacko parents.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    ah ha. I'm a series-only person, so I didn't know about the greyscale stuff. That makes more sense then.

  • Rebecca

    Greyscale is somewhat akin to leprosy. Shireen's case is mild, but the stigma is pretty crippling.

  • PDamian

    I know GoT is too intense for most children (and includes discussions of matters most children would find bewildering), but I wish, how I wish, that there were more TV programs with characters as compelling and well-acted as Arya. If I had a daughter, I'd prefer that she watch and be inspired by Arya a million times over any Gossip Girl or 90210 character ever. There are plenty of spunky, sassy, cheeky girl characters on TV and in the movies. There simply aren't enough redoubtable girls, girls that you know would someday become formidable women and leaders if they were real. Arya as a character could have very easily become a cute lil' moppet skipping through the destruction of Westeros -- but hasn't, thanks to Maisie Williams's fantastic performance.

  • I'd clarify Maisie over Arya, because Arya gets into some crazy scrapes, such as the one she's in now.

  • I agree with all of this, and how these characters have to continually confront their reality, which is constant threat and menace, combined with the need to find safe havens and alliances among people they don't know and instinctually are resistant to trusting. Heartbreaking, this reality of little people.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Okay, I was just discussing how last nights episode seemed like ground work leading up to something more exciting and it seemed kind of slow compared to last week. But the way TK puts it I am thinking now that this episode was pretty kick ass.

    And excellent writing/acting and all around badassedness for making Jamie, an extremely unsympathetic character (especially for pushing a child out a window), into someone you can't help but find yourself feeling sympathy for. Whether or not it is actually merited, it is for sure an interesting development. The only thing that would be even more miraculous would be to make Joffrey a sympathetic character... I am pretty sure that is impossible... completely impossible. No way in hell.

  • My_Oath

    One of the biggest things running through the series is how Martin gets you to question your own opinions. Normally things are clear. He is a good guy, he is a bad guy. In GoT its all grey and your opinions change as you learn more about them.

    The whole deal with Jaime is about making the reader/viewer ask themselves at what point can I forgive him, even just a bit.

    A lot of people are in his corner because they feel sorry for him especiialy growing up under Tywin. A lot can't feel sorry because of Bran. I am in the middle. He maimed Bran for life and now he has been maimed for life - the hand that pushed Bran. Poetic justice? Perhaps. The art of GoT is that we are forced to ask questions of our own judgements.

  • I find his resentment of Ned Stark really moving. Because he's right--he saved the damned kingdom and didn't say a damn word and Ned Stark judged him forever in a second. Of course it doesn't excuse everything he's done, but it goes a long way in letting you understand the character.

  • Bert_McGurt

    And somewhere in the bowels of the internet, a rotund man in a Greek fisherman's hat laughs a very unsettling laugh...

    "Impossible, they say?"

  • Guest

    During the Brienne/Jamie spa scene, a friend very rightly pointed out that Jamie's hand looked like a sock puppet. It was impossible to watch the rest of it and not laugh our asses off. We even watched it again to try to catch the conversation, but nope...still laughing. At one point (going with the sock puppet theme), with Brienne's knee sticking out of the water, another person said, "It looks like she's trying to grown one..." I died.

  • toblerone

    Ohhh Robb... Didn't you learn anything from your father's death?

    Being a honorable man in Westeros is the quickest way to ruin.

    Side note: While I approve and appreciate the Rose Leslie full nude scenes (contrived as they were) why no full nude scenes for Gwendoline Christie?

  • I think Ygritte's limited visibility this season may have undermined this for you, but the initial interactions and the book (no spoilers, don't worry) make it easy to see how she behaves fairly audaciously. She's a liberated woman, free to do what she likes and she likes...

  • toblerone

    Oh I'm not knocking Ygritte. I don't know how her and Jon's shagging was written in the book but the whole cave scene was a little implausible.

    Paddydog's comment below sums up my doubts nicely.

  • PDamian

    There's a funny moment on the Season 1 GoT DVD extras where a male character shows up in full frontal nudity, and Nicholaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime) says in a droll voice-over comment, "Ah, yes ... someone forgot to get the "no frontal junk" clause included in his contract." (Something like that; I'm paraphrasing.) I guess he and Gwendoline Christie had better agents, and Rose Leslie's agent was asleep on the job?

  • IngridToday

    I read somewhere that Christie has a no nudity clause.. boo..

    Without Jaime internal dialog from the book, I'm not sure if non-book readers get how crazy obsessed he is with Cersei.

    *also in the book he gets a hard on when he sees Brienne stand up naked* but he only thinks how he's been away from Cersei too long.

    I read a post... somewhere saying how unlike all the other characters Jaime doesn't want power, just Cersei. So everything he does it to keep her, he has no other driving goals. Despite all the sexual tension (their fight on the bridge was more intense, when they're discussed by Locke/Vargo Hoat's group, Jaime thinks it looks like they've been fighting or fucking) Jaime has no intention of touching Brienne or any other woman.

  • Yossarian

    An important quality of Jamie is that he doesn't give a fuck about a lot of stuff. He is spoiled (as Brienne points out) due to his upbringing and he is used to being better than everyone, but he is not particularly ambitious. He wants to be awesome and fuck his sister, he doesn't want to rule or amass power or money or sexual conquests.

    Out of all three Lannister kids, Cersei was the one who grew up with a chip on her shoulder and something to prove. She is the most power-hungry.

  • And, as Tywin pointed out last week, she's not as smart as she thinks she is. While I'm not Cersei-sympathetic, her brothers at least have awareness of their weaknesses. Cersei only seems aware of Margaery's growing influence on Joff.

    She's power-hungry, but she's nearly completely dependent on the men in her life for that power. If she were as aware as Oleanna, she might be on to something. But, as her father says, she's not as smart as she think she is.

  • lowercase_ryan

    It's not just Emilia Clarke, it's every scene in which they speak Valyrian. The language itself is powerful and passionate, I love it. The Unsullied are one of my favorite parts of the story so I was ecstatic at the scene with Grey Worm.

    "you know nothing John SnowwwwOOOOHOHOOOHHHOH"
    disappointing use of low hanging fruit, did not like.

    If you're John, why WOULD you ever leave that cave? I'm pretty sure I wouldn't.

  • Carlito

    One of my secret joys is seeing book-readers call him John Snow.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I don't get it, what am I missing?

  • Carlito

    The correct spelling of Jon Snow. Ultimately, it's not the most important thing, but just something I personally find entertaining given how many POV chapters he has.

  • lowercase_ryan

    fair enough.

  • PaddyDog

    My question is: it's bloody freezing and miserable and yet everyone knows there's a sheltered cave with hot springs a few feet away so why is everyone outside?

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I don't think those were hot springs.

  • Sam

    "You know nothing Jon SnowOHOHOH" is straight from the book. Blame Gurm for that one.

  • I'm just going to go ahead and ask, after weeks/months in the same clothes without access to regular cleaning, am I the only who'd say, "maybe go there after the bath?"

  • lowercase_ryan

    Really? I don't remember it. Huh, my bad.

  • kasper

    Really amazing how sympathetic they can make a guy who threw a child off a building so that he could keep fucking his sister.

  • Sirilicious

    One of the great and frustrating things of Martin. You get invested in hating someone with the heat of a thousand dragons, but by the time they get their come-uppance, you care about them too much to enjoy it.

  • Nyltiak

    This is true. There are exceptions, like Guy Who Thinks He's Getting A Dragon and some others (which I won't spoil), but for the most part, by the time the people I wanted to suffer actually got their suffering, I had turned the corner on them.

  • Sirilicious

    I don't think the master of the unsullied counts, because he didn't hurt anyone we love, he's just an asshole. There might be exceptions to the rule though, that there's people I or we hate and get struck down while at the height of their despicability.

    It's been years since i read the first 3 books, so things are hazy. Which is a fine way to approach this TV series, i think.

  • $27019454

    I am hanging on hard to my hatred. He tried to kill a child. For the sake of that total bitch. HATE Jaime.

  • Sirilicious

    He had his own ROTTING HAND around his neck for at least days. Imagine that. Go on, give it a shot.

    I think saying that you care about them too much wan't the best choice of words. By the time they are struck down, there have been mitigating circumstances which stop me from highfiving everyone i meet in the next 3 days.

    On the other hand, i can hold grudges like nobodies business and am baffled by the love for characters on any show that committed a heinous act 2 seasons ago, that never repented or payed and are now fan faves.

    Feelings are tricky.

  • Maddy

    Trust me, there are WAY creepier shippings going on then Arya/Gendry!

  • lonolove

    Name names! I have to know what I'm missing!!!

  • My_Oath

    You will know by the end of the season - Saying anything here would be a massive spoiler. Both the characters are in the show already but their true identities has not yet been revealed. The SanSan shippers have nothing on this other lot.

  • lonolove

    Hmmm I've read all the books but I'm struggling to match names here. Is this something in the book, or just random characters thrown together for no reason like...Filch and Madame Pomfrey?

  • My_Oath

    R + RS should let you work it out..... some very disturbed minds....

  • Oki

    Those who call themselves SanSan: Sansa and Sandor (the Hound) shippers.

  • lonolove

    HAHAHAHAHA! Holy shit am I guilty of loving this pairing. The term SanSan is shameful and should be shunned, but he needs to sweep her away from all of this, pronto.

  • My_Oath

    There are far creepier ones than that. At least SanSan has some psychological justification. Sansa was all the peace and innocence he never had.

    Its the 'R + R' shippers that are truly disturbing.

  • PaddyDog

    Is it a spoiler to ask for clarity on why Mrs. Stannis and the girl are locked in a tower cell? Is it because one is deformed and the other had stillborn babies? Or is there a less evil reason?

  • Danny

    This is not really spoilers so much as it is "world building"

    The disease/deformity she has is called 'greyscale'. It isn't always deadly when you catch it as a child, but it can scar you pretty badly, as you can see. It's very rare in Westeros and people aren't really sure how communicable it is, so Shireen is kept away from most people out of caution/superstition/fear.

  • They're not locked up. They're just kept in a far-off part of the castle, which Stannis prefers. It's never really touched upon if Selyse does, but she's a rather annoying character who doesn't do much beyond get hysterical. Shireen is kept out of the way because of her greyscale.

  • Miss Kate

    I didn't take it that they were locked up, just that Stannis has his life compartmentalized and doesn't see his family often. He's busy, what with fighting a war and fathering shadow babies. That, and his wife is a bit...nutty. (In the books, I think Selyse is not so much ill as a hypochondriac and extremely high strung.) And the little girl? Adorable

  • IngridToday

    I don't think either of them are locked up, it's just that Dragonstone is a dreary shitty place. During Robert's war against the Targearyns (sp?) Stannis held Dragonstone (the Targearyns' first landed in Westoros and lived as they plotted their conquest) and everyone nearly starved until Davos showed up. But after the war Stannis gave Renly the Bartheaon family castle Storm's End (really nice castle) and gave Stannis rundown Dragonstone, it's a constant reminder to Stannis that he got shafted despite being so loyal and did his job.

  • Cam

    Stannis held Storm's End during Robert's Rebellion. Robert ordered Stannis to go to Dragonstone to kill Dany and Viserys, but when he arrived they had escaped across the Narrow Sea. Robert saw this as a failure and stripped Stannis of Storm's End and gave it to Renly, leaving Stannis with the dreary Dragonstone as his seat.

  • Andrew

    I can't remember, but I think in the books she's actually rather ill, and so she's kept quarantined for most of the time. Again, I can't remember, but I think her desperation for a cure was part of the reason for accepting Melisandre into their lives in the first place.

  • JenVegas

    I don't think it's spoilery to say this because I believe it was explained in an earlier episode that he put his wife "aside" when he took up this new religion of the Red God...or something like that.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I'm ready to be proven wrong (and I often am with this show), but it seems that Sansa's probably safest with Tyrion anyways.

    I thought this season started a little slowly, but the last two episodes have certainly picked up the pace. Another solid offering.

  • $27019454

    Tyrion actually has a heart. And Sansa needs someone with a heart in her corner.

  • the other courtney

    The song, played in the background during the credits at the end of the episode. The little girl voice. Holy creepy. Perfect ending.

  • Justin Kuhn

    I'm pretty sure that was supposed to be Shireen.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Sometimes I feel like a creeper for 'shipping Gendry and (older) Arya, but then they have that heartbreaking conversation about family, and he reassures her with "You'll be m'lady", and my cold black heart grows 3 sizes.

  • My_Oath

    How is it age inappropriate? There isn't too many years difference. Arya is what.... 10? and Gendry cannot be older than 15 and is more likely to be 14 or even 13.

  • alwaysanswerb

    I have dubbed them my "PedOTP."

  • Pants-are-a-must

    That scene alone should earn Maisie Williams an Emmy nomination. She is so ridiculously talented.

  • Arya's left-handed and Maisie's right-handed. She learned all of her sword skills left-handed for the part. THINK ABOUT THAT.

  • My_Oath

    Actually, they started teaching her right handed and she demanded to be taught left handed. Even more to think about.

  • Kala

    I yelled that exact same thing when I saw this scene. She's just incredible.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I did not see that as a romantic or even warm moment - to me it seemed a melancholy moment of him pointing out that if he follows her, class will very shortly divide them. When she takes her rightful place again, he would no longer be her comrade.

  • Yeah, that's why it broke my heart. He'd just be serving her, basically.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Ahhh, a fair point - I guess I misheard "you'd" as "you'll" (though, duh, reading - thank you, GIF) and took it as more of a "we'll meet again" kind of a thing.

  • Sirilicious

    Yeah, it was kinda sad.

  • BendinIntheWind

    UPDATED WITH GIF ACTION:

    http://cdn.uproxx.com/wp-conte...

    Brb, squee-ing forever.

  • John G.
  • Bert_McGurt

    Well if it makes you feel any better, he's probably more appropriate for her than any of the other options.

  • lowercase_ryan

    C'mon now, Hot Pie can get it.

  • Marc Greene

    All I can think is how awesome it could be to have Daenerys' growing force arrive and show the Red God followers the true meaning of fire. It almost makes me want to read the books... almost.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    How do you know she isn't the Lord of Light's real champion?

  • Marc Greene

    Maybe. I'd prefer a fire-proof woman being the antithesis to the Lord of Light. An anti-kindling, if you will.

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