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Game of Thrones Season One watch-a-thon: “Lord Snow”

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(previous: “The Kingsroad”)

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Hoorah! Arya is learning swordfighting! And from Inigo Montoya, no less. Good stuff.

Okay, so, what’s the deal with this planet’s orbit and rotation? After the talk of the “long night,” I realized that (I think) we hadn’t seen any night skies so far, and so did that mean the sun never set on this world (or at least on the side of the world we’re seeing)? But then it’s nighttime as Snow and Tyrion are saying good-bye on the wall… unless this is the first night that has fallen in a while (except then wouldn’t everyone make something of a big deal out of it?) But wait! The length of seasons varies in some unpredictable way? Just what the hell is the deal with the planet, and will we ever learn more about it?

I’m still waiting for Peter Dinklage to have something significant to do. So far he’s just standing around, narratively speaking, that is. I’m sure Tyrion finds whoring and drinking and reading fascinating, but what’s his character gonna be for, in the grand scheme of things? Surely more than just pointing out that poor Bran will be better off as a rich cripple than as a poor one. Perhaps he’ll be, as with all the women, an example of how male might isn’t the only thing that can influence the world…?

What the heck is on the north side of that big wall? It’s gotta be even worse than the zombie wraith things we saw in the first episode, doesn’t it?

(next: “Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things”)



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