This is the 4th episode of the 3rd season of Game Of Thrones and focuses again on the various characters of the series, ending with quite the eventful scene with Daenaerys and her army.
So far in this third season of the show this episode stands out as one of the best of the season. It has much better pace to it. Considerably more than the last episode and the directing and sound is noticeably more engaging than episode three. Particularly with the ending credits music actually matching the show.
Game of Thrones is very character based and moves from one to another each episode. This episode’s best and most interesting scenes come from Daenaerys towards to the end, Jaime and Brienne in the beginning mixed with some very well acted Theon scenes.
Jaime’s scenes were good, although in the opening scene where the sword fight was occurring the camera seemed to move around noticeably quite a lot and I felt not part of the scene. This is only really a minor issue as the rest was well done. But if I had to pick one thing wrong with this episode it would be the excessive camera movement in Jaime’s battle scene.
As for Jaime; the character development between him and Brienne was great to watch. It’s always been interesting this season watching the two interact and is even more so now as Jaime is “dead” psychologically due to the loss of his sword hand. But at the same time in losing it saved Brienne. The scene where she made it known that she know’s this was very well done and I look forward to seeing how the characters develop in the next few episodes.
Theon in this episode continues his escape, but is tricked and trapped in the end. Theon makes a confession about what he did and I noticed possibly some remorse for what he had done in the past with the boys. What’s interesting about his character is; just how much he must suffer? Will it continue and does anyone feel sorry for him? The actor who plays Theon Alfie Allen does do some very convincing screams though.
The final scene of interest is of course the final scenes of the show, the Daenaerys scenes. I think mainly because of the increased action in them, but also the realisation that she knew the language of the unsullied the whole time. She never needed the interpreter and buys the whole army and gets her dragon back. It’s all very dramatic and the musical score that accompanies it makes it a joy to watch. Fans of the character like myself would have been pleased with the new army and the manoeuvring in order to get it. There was also the freedom part where she freed the slave army but also made them loyal. Daenaerys seemed to get everything right this episode so it seems she was the stand out character by far. Also the foreign languages spoken deserve a mention as they really do add quite a lot to a scene and truly make the world these characters interact in feel much more real and diverse.