On “Game of Thrones” season three, the plotting never ends. On “And Now His Watch is Ended,” which aired on April 21 on HBO, Tyrion tries to find proof that Cersei tried to kill him, Varys plots to wed Sansa, and others continue to plot their revenge.
At King’s Landing
Varys and Tyrion aren’t the only ones plotting at King’s Landing. While Varys is talking to Lady Olenna about marrying Sansa Stark off to someone else, if only to keep Sansa away from Littlefinger’s creepy little clutches, Margaery is playing a game all her own. She even convinces Joffrey that he is, in fact, loved by the people (to Cersei’s dismay). In fact, Margaery seems even more conniving than Queen Regent Cersei, and not just because Tywin spurns Cersei’s demands for respect. Cersei is mainly focused on Joffrey after all, claiming, “We mothers do what we can to keep our sons from the grave.”
But that focus may blind her to what the Tyrells are really up to on this HBO drama. Part of the Tyrells plan, or at least what they tell Sansa? Magaery wants Sansa to marry her brother Loras.
North of the wall
Men of the Night’s Watch are more angry than ever before now that one of their own died after the wilding Craster didn’t feed him enough.”And now his watch is ended,” they say in farwell, hence the episode’s title. Then one man says what many are thinking: “If we want to live, we’ll have to look out for ourselves.” And that’s exactly what they do. When Craster spurns their requests for food again, claiming sawdust and bread is good enough, one says, “I’d rather eat what you’ve got hidden away.”
When Craster is called a bastard, all hell breaks loose. Craster is killed, and then Lord Commander Mormont. A full fledged riot breaks out, but where is Sam in all of this? Running away of course, but he’s also taking it as an opportunity to save someone he made a promise to: the Craster woman who just gave birth to a son. And just like that, he finally became a bit more likable as a character, something he’s struggled with on the HBO show.
Still, they may have escaped, but danger isn’t far away. One Night’s Watchman calls out, “Run fast, piggy. I’ll be cutting your throat one of these nights.”
Theon is talking to his sister Yara’s man, admitting his regret at how things played out. Since this storyline wasn’t a part of the book “A Storm of Swords,” the storyline is even stranger. But it’s an interesting one as Theon admits that he may have disappointed his birth father, but it was Ned who he really let down. “My real father lost his head at King’s Landing. I made a choice and I chose wrong,” he said.
But that isn’t the biggest surprise. Rather, it’s that Yara’s man isn’t really Yara’s. He brings Theon back to where he escaped, and Theon’s going to be tortured all over again.
The Lord of Light’s influence grows
Stannis and Melisandre may not have had a role in this “Game of Thrones” episode, but their god does. The Brotherhood Without Banners takes Arya and the Hound to a secret cave, and it’s a trial of sorts, at least for the Hound. “If you prey on the weak, the Brotherhood Without Banners will hunt you down,” Lord Beric says to the man who was once in the Lannister’s court. He then declares that the Hound will be judged by a trial by combat. He will fight Lord Beric, and whoever lives will see justice served. But that fire fight will have to wait another day.
With his fighting hand gone, Jaime Lannister has already become a ghost of his former self. That’s not to say he won’t fight — he tries to ward off a few of Roose’s men using a sword and his left hand — but he fails miserably. Jaime insists, “My sword hand, I was that hand.”
It’s up to Brienne to get him out of his funk. Telling him that he’s gotten a taste of the real world — where important things are taken from people — doesn’t help. Rather, it’s thanking him for saving her from being raped that does.
They may make an odd pair, but they need each other, now more than ever before.
An army rises
In the most thrilling storyline of the night, the day has come for Daenerys to trade one dragon for an army of Unsullied. She is handed a whip, and she asks a simple question: “Is it done then? Do they belong to me?” But it isn’t simple, not really.
Daenerys frightens just about everyone when she starts talking in Valyrian, her mother tongue. “Slay the masters, soldiers, anyone who holds a whip,” she says. Just like that, war has begun, and Daenerys and her new soldiers, with the help of the dragon, come away unscathed.
But she’s not done yet. She frees all the soldiers and then asks them to fight for her. Slowly, with the pounding of their staffs, they all agree. If fans ever needed any more proof that Daenerys deserved to be queen, they got it in “And Now His Watch Is Ended.”
“Game of Thrones” airs on HBO Sundays at 9 p.m. EDT.
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