“Game Of Thrones” “First Of His Name” marks the halfway point of Season 4 and looks to the past in this satisfying episode.
It’s halfway through Season 4 (nooo I wish it would never end!) and this episode of Game of Thrones is really giving us some answers to plots planted in earlier seasons.
The biggest reveal of this episode was undoubtedly related to Littlefinger and Lady Lysa (Catelyn’s sister and Sansa’s Aunt). It was fully confirmed that Lady Lysa (who’s totally infatuated with Petyr) killed Jon Arryn her husband whom she hated. She wrote sister Catelyn a letter (which was Littlefinger’s idea) accusing the Lannisters specifically Queen Cersei of killing her husband. As a result Catelyn captured Tyrion (do you remember the gross breastfeeding scene with her older son Robert?) and gave him to Lysa. Tyrion being the sly fox he is managed to talk his way out of being killed. It was strongly suggested in the series that Cersei killed Jon to cover up her incestuous relationship with Jaime – but alas we were wrong. You could even draw Ned Stark’s killing into this – the Lannister vs Stark fight was stoked by the poker that was Lysa’s letter.
Her actions were influenced by her selfish desire for Littlefinger (who truly loved Catelyn) and Petyr used this vulnerability to his advantage. Yes, yes you are correct in thinking – Lysa’s the manipulative, jealous, uglier younger sister of Catelyn who with the gentle manipulation of Littlefinger is responsible for most of the Stark and Lannister deaths in the Game of Thrones – all in the hope of getting some Baelish ‘musk.’ Eww!
You’ve got to feel sorry for poor Sansa Stark, she was married to a monster, has lost both her parents, she’s fled persecution and an unwanted husband – and now she’s living with a lunatic, jealous Aunt and is to wed a young psychologically messed up boy who still sucks on his mother’s boobs. My goodness Sansa, I bet being Tyrion’s woman doesn’t look as bad anymore. I wish she had more of her sister’s bravery and brawl in her and could swing a broadsword and take out Littlefinger and the Aunt so she could flee.
Long live King Tommen!
Tommen was crowned King this week. Not a lot of focus on Tommen just a cheeky exchange of smiles between the King and Margaery. There was a pleasant dialogue between Margaery and Cersei at the crowning – I was fully expecting Cersei to throw all kinds of shade as I saw her approach the young Tyrell. But no, we saw a melancholy Cersei who was reflecting on her son’s death and her younger son’s future. It was almost as if she was genuinely requesting that Margaery take care of Tommen and marry into the Lannister family.
I was quite taken aback when she said the following lines to Margaery:
Cersei: You never love anything in the world the way you love your first child. It doesn’t matter what they do. And what he did, it shocked me. Do you think I’m easily shocked?
Cersei: The things he did, shocked me.
Cersei: You still mourn for Joffrey?
Margaery: He was my husband, my king.
Cersei: He would have been your nightmare.
This was a big moment in the episode for Cersei’s character – she has long been despised for a number of reasons and she’s been particularly spiteful towards both her brother’s this season. The very fact that she admitted that she was shocked by her son’s actions and that he would have been a nightmare to Margaery – was a really big deal. A couple of episodes ago she hated this woman and she would never admit that the Lannister’s were less than perfect to the Tyrell’s. I feel she’s coming to terms with who Joffrey really was. I don’t think that this will deter her revenge but I think it’s helping her process her grief in a healthy and grounded way.
Daeneyrs decided to pull out of the ambitious endeavour to take over all of Westeros. Jorah revealed that Yunkai and Astapor (the cities she had previously liberated slaves from) had relapsed into the slave trade. She was liberating all of these slaves and she wasn’t ruling in one place or keeping an eye on the ‘conquered’, so she decided to stay in Meereen to brush up on her Queendom.
That’s right girl *fingersnaps* get your house in order before you come for Westeros, and get those dragons in check because that kingdom has some serious drama to contend with.
Arya and The Hound were at each other’s throat’s again this week – Arya revealing that she intended to kill The Hound – in front of The Hound. Not such a great idea, she got a backhand from him for attempting to stab him with Needle. I don’t know whether the TV series will deviate from the books in terms of their relationship – but I hope they do. The book’s plot didn’t satisfy me. Expect a shocking twist between these two soon.
I particularly liked the softening of Cersei this week. First in the scene with Margaery, then her father and lastly with Prince Oberyn.
I enjoyed the sincerity and vulnerability in her conversation with Margaery and her understanding with father Tywin that the Lannister connection with the Tyrell’s was a financial and crucially needed one.
Tywin revealed that the kingdom had serious financial issues and that they couldn’t continue on without an alliance with the Tyrell family. She seemed to accept her arranged marriage with Margaery’s gay brother Loras – with no resistance.
The line that was very telling of Cersei’s current mood and character at this point in the season is where she says to Prince Oberyn:
“What good is power if you cannot protect the ones you love?”
This moment in the episode is very revealing, it shows to us that at least at this point she’s starting to realise that being royalty doesn’t mean you’re untouchable. Her son was killed in front of her despite her highborn bloodline. I would like to think that this is indicative of a white flag waving Cersei.
We hadn’t heard about Cersei’s daughter Myrcella who was sent away for a very long time till the conversation with Oberyn. I can only wish that she’d be a touch more compassionate with her brother Tyrion and stop wrongly accusing him of killing Joffrey.
Were you as excited as me to see Karl get a mouthful of steel?! Thank goodness that savage was killed. Bran gets extra points this week for warging into Hodor to save the Reed kids and himself. I particularly enjoyed Ghost’s release, reunion with owner Jon and the Craster women burning that house of pain to the ground. Sucked in Karl!
Overall, I think this episode did a fantastic job of reflecting on the past story lines and giving us those Oprah ‘aha! moments.’ I didn’t see the Lysa/Littlefinger plot playing out that way and I think it was an excellent episode for Cersei’s character. I can’t wait to see who exposes Littlefinger and seeks justice in the current or upcoming season. You’ll get yours! *shakes pinkie finger*
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