No, this is not a summary or review of Game of Thrones seasons two to four. I neither have the time nor enough brain cells to do a task as unconquerable as Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons. Rather, this is a compilation of random thoughts about certain characters and moments in the series that made an indelible mark in my mind. Oh, this is a minefield of spoilers.
My Favorite Characters
Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) – Pycelle said, “Lord Tywin wore no crown, yet he was all a king should be”, and that was Tywin Lannister in a nutshell. He was so good at being bad that it was hard not to take his side.
Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) – Tyrion Lannister was an outstanding Hand of the King and Master of Coins. The self-proclaimed god of tits and wines is still the cool Lannister as he did not stop “bedding harlots and drinking with thieves” and he even won the Battle of Blackwater Bay with a battle scar to boot, but his lofty position as a Lannister was compromised when he fell in love with Shae (Sibel Kekilli). Tyrion showed vulnerability when he was with her.
Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) – Arya kicks ass as a boy or a girl. She uses her wits as much as her improving combat skills. She has a smorgasbord of companions in Gendry (Joe Dempsie), Tywin and The Hound (Rory McCann), but she managed to survive her encounters with the good, the bad and the ugly, unscathed.
Lady Olenna (Dame Diana Rigg) and Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) – Unlike Cersei Lannister, the Tyrell women used their intellect and leadership skills to complement their feminine charm. Lady Olenna’s tongue is as sharp as Valyrian steel but her mind is sharper still. Margaery displayed her bosoms as much as her charitable endeavors. I would have chosen them over the Lannisters if I was not in love with Tywin.
Ser Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) – Ser Davos is the most honest and righteous smuggler I have seen on TV, and maybe in real life. It is possible that he is the only smuggler who enabled his liege to take a huge loan from any bank anywhere in the world. He is now my NED IS LOVE. Ser Davos, I can teach you how to read and write. 🙂
Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal) – He is my golden god. He was the exotic prince with sexy accent, wondrous combat skills and jaw-dropping travel tales. I believe that girls and boys would have lined up to f*ck him until the day he died of old age. Well, too bad for those girls and boys.
Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) – Gods of Seven Heavens, this girl is beautiful. Her skin and hair are flawless. And she speaks 19 languages!!! If I were a man, I would marry her in a heartbeat.
My Favorite Moments
English 101 with Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) – Ser Davos said that he has four less fingernails to clean since Stannis hacked them off. Stannis corrected him and said, fewer. “Four fewer fingernails to clean.” If Stannis’ bid for kingship fails, he can be an English teacher.
English 101 with Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) – Daenerys asked the Spice King for ships to cross the Narrow Sea and retake the Iron Throne. The Spice King corrected her and said, “take the Iron Throne”. Daenerys, obviously pissed, said, “I did not come here to argue grammar.” Daenerys needs to attend Stannis’ English lessons.
Tywin and Lady Olenna in every encounter they had – Tywin and Lady Olenna are the Ali and Frazier of tongue wagging. They can have their own talk show, with no guests, no audience and no canned applause. They can just snipe at or throw dagger looks at each other. I will watch it 24/7.
Tywin and Arry the cupbearer – Arry the cupbearer brought out the soft side of Tywin. Listening to them talk about history and dragons brought tears to my eyes. Oh, it was just dust.
Tywin and Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) – Cersei told her father about her incestuous relationship with her brother, Jaime. Tywin was crestfallen! But only for a millisecond. Maybe his dream of family dynasty of a thousand years shattered with Cersei’s confession. Maybe he thought of his family legacy. Whatever the reason for Tywin’s fleeting sadness was, it showed that he had a functioning heart. Charles Dance nailed that scene.
Reading with Ser Davos and Shireen Baratheon (Kerry Ingram) – Their scenes were the cutest in all of seasons 2, 3 and 4. When Shireen giggled, I thought all of Westeros smiled. When Ser Davos successfully read his long and difficult words, I thought I would shed a tear. “Reading with Ser Davos and Shireen” would be a good children’s show.
Sex talk with Tyrion, Bronn (Jerome Flynn) and Podrick (Daniel Portman) – This could be a title of another talk show, but not for children. The god of tits and wine, a playboy sellsword and a gifted innocent boy can talk about copious details of their whoring activities. It was funny to see Tyrion and Bronn fussing over Pod so the latter will spill the beans of his first sexual encounter.
Arya and The Hound – They are an odd pair, but their tandem works! It was fun watching The Hound squirm as Arya introduced him as her father. The Hound taught Arya some basic survival stuff like stealing money from the helpless and how to kill someone with a jab to the heart. I am sure Arya would have not learned those in Stannis’ English class.
Arya and Tywin – see Tywin and Arry the cupbearer above
Tywin and Lady Olenna – my favorite loveteam in Game of Thrones. If they had a child together, he would have been the king of one-liners and deadly stares.
Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Brienne of Tarth (Gwendolyn Christie) – Despite their bickering, they eventually liked each other. Jaime did the most gentlemanly act in the whole series twice. First, when he lied about Brienne’s identity so their captors would not rape her. Second, when he jumped into the pit where an adult bear was attacking Brienne and her wooden sword. And did Brienne blush when Cersei accuse her of loving Jaime?
Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) – There is no match more perfectly suited than Bran and Hodor, the brain and the brawn. They need each other to survive.
TYRion and BrONN – Their bromance lasted four seasons. Their heartfelt farewells gave me the feels. I will miss TYRONN. 🙁
BRienne and PodrICK – BRICK is my new TYRONN. I am hoping that Pod will prove himself useful in Season 5 or Brienne will leave him on the side of a road. I am sure Pod will not survive in the wilderness.
Favorite Costume – Daenerys’ clothes. I beg to disagree Stannis, sometimes a few bolts of cloth (and three dragons) make one a queen.
Favorite Quote – “Born of salt and smoke? Is he a ham?” – Renly Baratheon (Mark Addy) on Stannis
I have many others, but most of them are sexual in nature. So I chose the one that does not talk about worms between the legs or stones and pillars.
Worst Quote – “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” – Ygritte (Rose Leslie)
It was okay hearing it for the first time, or the second time. After the fourth time, I just wanted to fastforward all their scenes together just to escape the possibility of hearing that bloody line.
Most Intelligent Character – Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen)
He orchestrated the deaths of NED IS LOVE Stark and Joffrey Baratheon, and murdered his new bride, Lisa Arryn (Kate Dickie). He also owns whorehouses in King’s Landing – a profitable business and a great way to know the kinks of the powerful men and women in Westeros. With Tywin Lannister gone, I expect him to wreak havoc in the future.
Worst Character – Samwell Tarly (John Bradley)
Except for one instance of bravery, Sam was a liability. I thought he would be like Hermione in Harry Potter series, someone who knows the books from cover to cover, but with balls! I wanted Jon Snow (Kit Harington) or Gilly (Hannah Murray) to shoot him with a crossbow.
I-Told-You-So Character – Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen)
I understood why he did what he did to the Starks, but after Theon Greyjoy was captured by Ramsay Snow (Iwan Rheon), I was like whoaaah! Watching Theon’s devolvement into Reek was excruciating.
Most Gruesome Deaths – Oberyn Martell > Joffrey Baratheon > Ros. Oberyn’s death, although devastating, is a blessing in disguise because Pedro Pascal is now in Narcos. 🙂 Joffrey’s death, well, meh. He should have died in Season negative infinity. Ros grew on me, I thought she could be a businesswoman.