Game of Thrones Season 3, Episode 3 – Walk of Punishment
Directed by David Benioff
Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Starring: Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Emilia Clarke, James Cosmo, Liam Cunningham, Charles Dance, Stephen Dillane, Peter Dinklage, Natalie Dormer, Michelle Fairley, Jerome Flynn, Aidan Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Conleth Hill, CiarÃ¡n Hinds, Carice van Houten, Sibel Kekilli, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Patrick Malahide, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, and Issac Hempstead-Wright
Air Date: April 14, 2013
“Walk of Punishment” is another keeping up with the Joneses episode of Game of Thrones, but when we’re juggling as many characters as this show does, that’s bound to happen. What’s important about this episode is the set up. Lots of fuses are beginning to be lit and by the time the episode is over, a few of them already beginning to explode.
The biggest fuse has to be Daenerys (Emilia Clarke). As the Mother of Dragons walks along the episode’s namesake, we see her gamble the biggest thing she has to lose. I use the word gamble here very specifically. I think Daenerys is building something here. To give away what she does in the manner she does it speaks to a larger plan. It’s a shocking move (in an episode with a totally shock ending) that will have some real consequences.
If we’re talking about building towards a larger plan, Robb Stark (Richard Madden) might have had one in the past, but it’s clear that plan is beginning to fall apart. Catelyn’s (Michelle Fairley) long stare out the window doesn’t set me with high hopes for their future. Compare that with Edmure (Tobias Menzies) revelation to Robb about his extracurricular activities, leads me to fear for the King in the North.
Much like last week, the strongest part of the episode comes from the Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) story. Most of the relationship plays out in the show’s final minutes and provides one of the best developments I’ve seen in a while. I wouldn’t dare spoil it for those who haven’t seen it, but it’s substantial and will certainly change up the show in a fascinating way.
Outside of that development, though, the episode felt a little slow. Again, slow and steady seems to be the style of the show. But things are picking up, fuses being lit.
It’s a matter of time before everything explodes.
– Speaking of slow and steady, that’s The Hold Steady performing “The Bear And The Maiden Fair” over this week’s ending credits.
– Yup. Still beyond bored with what’s going on with Stannis (Stephen Dillane). I hoping that will turn around, considering how much I enjoyed his storyline last season, but it’s not doing anything for me.
– “I’m quite good at spending it, but a lifetime of outrageous wealth hasn’t taught me much about managing it.” When it comes to managing the money of King’s Landing, Tyrion (Peter Dinkalge) flawlessly echoes the thoughts of most graduating college seniors.
– I think this is the closest we’ve gotten to a downright comedic episode of the show in a while (if not ever). There are elements of the episode that go against that, but the sequence with Robb’s grandfather in the beginning combined with Tyrion’s actions at the brothel (and the subsequent aftermath) had me laughing like I was watching a Louis CK special.
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