Game of Thrones: Valar Dohaeris

The moment has FINALLY arrived.

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Game of Thrones has returned! The greatest show on television began it’s third season tonight. I have no doubt that the ratings are astounding, as everyone seemed to be foaming at the mouth for more of this phenomenal show.

This first episode serves as a quick set up of where most major characters are in the world.

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Robb Stark, King in the North, has taken over the Fortress of Harrenhal, with his mother held as prisoner for her betrayal in season 2. He arrives to find Harrenhal sakced and all his supporters murdered and left out to rot as a message to Robb.

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Davos survived the battle of Blackwater and finds his way back to King Stannis and the Red Lady Melissandre. whom Davos blames for leading Stannis astray. Hearing none of his ‘blasphemy’ against her, he is dragged off to the dungeons.

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Sansa and Littlefinger begin to plot her escape from King’s Landing, as she adjust to life without the protection of being Joffrey’s fiancee.

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Speaking of the little shit, he took it easy this week as he watches, and learns, a bit about how to be a loving leader from Margarey Tyrell- his new bethrothed. She makes her way to an orphanage and shows love to the children who lost fathers in the war. This does not seem to go over well with Queen Sersei, who prefers the people fear, rather than love the royals.

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The star of the show, Tyrion sits down with his father, Tywin, to discuss what he feels he deserves- the family home of Casterley Rock. He is flatly told that he will NEVER have the ancestral home, and is nothing more than a whore monger. It is a huge change of pace for the guy who essentially ran the city and saved it from attackers.

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At the top of the world, we find Jon Snow, Supposed bastard son of Ned Stark, has infiltrated the Wildling camp and is brought before their “King” Mance Rayder to see if he is truly there to join the cause.

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Mance is played by one of my favorite actors-Ciarán Hinds, who many will remember as Julius Caesar in “Rome”. Believing Jon’s story, he accepts him into their group.

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Across the sea, we catch up with Daenerys and Jorah as they lead the Dothraki over the sea to Slaver Bay to see if they can purchase an army. The Dragons are getting big, the size of large dogs now, and are more of a threat than before. In the final scene, we are also reacquainted with a character from Season One who steals the show. Ser Barristan Selmy, last seen after quitting Joffrey’s Kingsguard in epic fashion, returns and saves the life of Daenerys, pledging himself to her Queensguard.

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All in all, a terrific start! Hopefully next week with bring us updates on Arya, Bran, and Brienne and Jaime!

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