'Game of Thrones' Recap: Bear With Me
The episode "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" in a nutshell:
- Daenerys meets with a slaver from Yunkai
- Jaime risks his life to help Brienne
- Jon, Ygritte, and the wildlings move toward Castle Black
Body count: 1
Nudity count: 4
Dragon sightings: 3
New people and places: Yunkai, "The Yellow City"
"I don't pay you to put evil notions in my head. The ones already there don't need company." -- Tyrion
"You pay me to kill people who bother you. Evil notions come free." -- Bronn
What's the deal with… Melisandre's plan for Gendry? Is she merely going to sacrifice him, or something else?
After a few breakneck episodes that saw Daenerys acquiring an army, the wildlings climbing the Wall, and Tywin Lannister matchmaking to his family's benefit, "Game of Thrones" is taking a bit of a breather this week. We check in on almost every major character on the show, which leads to a lot of questions being raised. With just three episodes left in the season, the answers will soon follow (we hope).
In the North: Jon, Ygritte, and the wildlings
Guess getting down the Wall is a lot easier than climbing it. As the wildlings make their way to Castle Black, Jon snipes at Orell for cutting them loose, and the warg brushes him off with an analogy to birds. "They work together when it suits them; they're loyal when it suits them; they love each other when it suits them; and they kill each other when it suits them," he says. Later, he hits on Ygritte, telling her that Jon isn't "what" she thinks he is.
Ygritte is cute when she spies a windmill, thinking it's a castle. Then she innocently asks Jon what "fainting" is. This is no ordinary girl, Jon Snow. She doesn't want to dress in silks and live in Winterfell. But as he warns her, a King Beyond the Wall has tried six times to cross it; and six times, they've failed. "If you attack the Wall, you'll die, all of you," he says.
"If we die, we die," she corrects him. Jon may love this woman, but he hasn't really switched loyalties just yet.
I am way too invested in Jon Snow & Ygritte's relationship... #gameofthrones— David Prado (@DavidDaphn) May 13, 2013
Somewhere in the North: Theon
Mystery Torture Guy tortures Theon some more, blah, blah. Theon screams some more, blah, blah. (Well, this time, MTG does appear to remove Theon's most famous, uh, asset. So, ouch.)
Let's all pray to the Seven Gods that we get answers about this storyline soon.
Somewhere in the North: Bran and the Reeds
Osha is still being pissy, though this time her ire is directed at Jojen for filling Bran's head with "black magic." When she finds out they're not going to Castle Black (since Jon isn't there) but instead seeking the raven across the Wall, she erupts. See, before the wildling crossed the Wall, she had a man (he was hers, she was his). But one day he left, and then he returned as a White Walker. So there is no way Osha's going back.
Riverrun: Robb and Talisa
Cue the Barry White! The king and his queen are making royal love -- bow-chicka-wow-wow! After a romp in the fur-lined sack, he settles down to look at his maps while she writes a letter to her mother in Valyrian. She hopes her mom meets him and their child someday. Child? Yep, Talisa is pregnant!
Near Riverrun: Arya and the Brotherhood Without Banners
"I don't talk to traitors," an angry Arya tells Beric and Thoros. They're sorry they had to give up Gendry, but the Red God wanted him. And what the Red God wants, he gets. Arya replies that he isn't her god -- her god is death (shiver).
Word comes of a Lannister raiding party, and the Brotherhood decides to go fight them. But they were supposed to deliver Arya to Riverrun! Beric shrugs and promises to do it later. She screams that he's a liar and escapes out of the caves. But out in the forest, she runs straight into the arms of … the Hound!
Arya juuuuuust can't catch a break! #GameofThrones— chauncey telese (@bigchaunc64) May 13, 2013
King's Landing: The Lannisters, the Tyrells, and Sansa
Poor, poor Sansa. She was all set to marry the (gay) man of her dreams, and now she has to marry a dwarf. "I'm a stupid little girl with stupid dreams who never learns," she cries to Margaery. True, but the situation isn't so bad, Marge notes. Tyrion is a good man and experienced in bed. Sansa looks startled -- poor, innocent Sansa. Margaery gives her a coy smile. Maybe Loras isn't the only Tyrell to swing both ways.