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  • Episode: OATHKEEPER (Season 4 Episode 4)
  • Starring: Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Natalie Dormer
  • Written By: Bryan Cogman
  • Directed By: Michelle MacLaren
  • Network: HBO
  • Studio: Home Box Office (HBO), Television 360, Grok! Studio
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GAME OF THRONES: OATHKEEPER Review

The game continues

By Jarrett Kruse     April 28, 2014
Source: Mania.com

The game continues in episode four with an episode that sets a lot of exposition for the middle chunk of the season. As the story progresses I continue to be amazed at the scope of the narrative and how each week can be so packed with details and competing storylines. Each one more compelling than the last making me wish that the each episode was two hours instead of one. It truly is a geeks paradise in Westeros and it is no wonder that GOT has infiltrated the mainstream zeitgeist. While I flirted with giving this episode a B+, after going through all of my notes it is safe to say that even at that grade it would still be the best episode of TV I watched this week. 

Picking up where we left off last week, Daenerys and her army are at the gates of Mereen after launching shackles into the city to sway their slaves into joining her massive army. Led by Grey Worm, the Unsullied infiltrate the bowels of the city to recruit the cities serfs to their cause. I was a little confused as to how they were able to negotiate getting into the city so easily but I am willing to chalk up to dramatic license. Dany is keen on abolishing slavery everywhere she goes and even furnishes the slaves of Mereen with weapons to rise up against their masters. When a revolt ensues, Dany exacts justice 163 Mereenese by crucifying them just like they did the children on they did on the way to the city. Despite a suggestion from Barriston Selmy to show compassion, Dany chooses to show strength in an eye for an eye stance. This babe is ready for war. The arc of her character from the first season is really quite remarkable. Looks like the mother of dragons has Kings Landing in her sights next.

After Sansa was whisked away to Littlefingers waiting boat last week, we catch up with them below deck. The maiden Stark is concerned but Littlefinger does his best to put her mind at ease but he deftly admits that he wants everything he can get his hands on. And for a minute it looked like he was going to put the moves on Sansa. Littlefinger is truly the entrepreneur of the game and is in it for himself. He intends to marry Sansas aunt Lady Arryn at the Eyrie. The pimp of all pimps all but admits that he is responsible for King Joffreys death but just who was he in cahoots with? Cut to Lady Olenna and Margaery walking through the gardens of Kings Landing where the picture becomes clearer. That is to say that Lady Olenna is one of Littlefingers new friendsthat helped orchestrate the poisoning of Joff. Or should I say the assassination. Lady Olenna is one sharp lady and parts knowledge to her granddaughter that she (Margaery) is even better than she wasat manipulation that is. Margaery then makes her move on king to be Tommen by sneaking into his bedroom and toying with the prepubescent as he tries to sleep. She gets his promise that he doesnt share her visit or future visits with Queen Regent Cersei. This redhead is good

Also in Kings Landing, Jaime is still learning how to wield his sword with his bad hand while training with Bronn. The conversation turns to Tyrion rotting in the dungeons and Bronn suggesting that Jaime visit him. What follows is a jailhousevisit that proves to Jaime that Tyrion is clearly innocent. When he brings this to Cersei she wont hear of it and becomes increasingly angry about the failure to save Joffrey. She also wants Sansa deader than disco. Jaime seemed much more human in what follows as he gives Brienne his Valyrian steel sword and a sweet suit of armor to find and save Sansa Stark. She names the sword Oathkeeper and with Podrick in tow, she leaves Kings Landing and you could genuinely see the love between Brienne and Jaime. Could Jaime be turning full circle into a Lannister antihero?

At Crasters Keep, the repugnant Karl is holding court with his cronies drinking and whoring with non-consensual women it appears. As one baby is making noise and bothering the men, it is taken out into the frozen woods where it is left as a gift to the White Walkers. As the baby wails, Bran and company follow the noise but are captured by Karl and his men. At the Wall, Jon Snow rallies some men to track and kill Karl and his men. It seemed that Ser Alliser was doing anything he could to get rid of Snow. After all, Jon is destined for bigger things. At least I think he is. We end with a very scary but truly awesome White Walker holding the baby offering on his zombie horse and another Walker turning the infants eyes into a steely blue. Awesomeness alert!

While nothing truly outrageous or trend worthy went on this week, this is still a solid entry for the GOT. I think that die hard fans and casual viewers (if there are any) will see this as a more cerebral episode; like a chess piece waiting to strike. The production sets the bar so damn high that is really hard to grade it anything less than the A” range. Next week: the midway point of Season 4. Its going too fast!

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rogue188 4/28/2014 7:35:06 AM

Well this would be where the show jumps off the rails of the books. The Craster's Keep storyline is definitely not written. Also, the taking of the baby by the White Walkers was not there as well. I like that, and it is in line with GRR Martin saying some plot points and details that have not been printed yet will start showing up in the series. 

I will say though that I hope they don't waste too much time with the mutineers at Craster's. I see that getting old quickly. Hopefully next episdode John and the other Night's Watch get there and clean house. There is too much other stuff going on for them to waste multiple episodes there.  

isgrimner 4/28/2014 7:35:39 AM

“Hey, listen books, I think I’m gonna do my own thing for a while.  We can still get together and stuff, but I need follow my own path,” said the show.   There were so many changes from the source material in this episode.   Some of them are pretty major departure that seem like they would change plot points.   Every book reader was probably just as surprised with that ending scene with the Others and the extra Craster baby.    We’ve seen more of the Others in the show than we have in the books.   I have to say, I’m not a fan of all the changes, but I am interested to see where they are going.

rkngl 4/28/2014 7:44:48 AM

Hey rogue69, nice spoiler, telling us what's in the books and what's not! Good thing you're not me or you would have been banned!

TheSilentKiller 4/28/2014 8:19:19 AM

 I don't think Rogue had any spoilers there. He's just commenting that much of the material last night was totally new.

Also, I'm really liking this Jaime. He's much less a dick than I remember, even though in the books he became a much more empathetic character by this point. 

Of course, once he starts molesting Tyrion out of frustration that Cersei's not giving it up any more, then he again becomes a douchebag. Maybe that is coloring my judgement.

 

 

rogue188 4/28/2014 8:26:53 AM

rkngl, simmer down. I think we can all cohabitate peacefully here, sir.

Iridan 4/28/2014 9:01:37 AM

I thought it was kind of boring, except when the Lannisters were on.

violator14 4/28/2014 9:05:20 AM

-Pretty much it was who most of us predicted it was.  Good job Olenna Tyrell and Littlefinger. Cheers to you on killing the most wicked little shit i've ever seen on screen. And no one really suspects them. Slickshit.

-I wish Jaime would have said to Cersei, "U know in your black heart that Tyrion didn't do it."  Just let the Imp go you crazybitch!

-And i really hope no more of the wolves die.  =(

- Btw, I <3 Margery. Have u guys seen regular pictures of the actress? She's even sexier in real life.

 

 

 

 

bennyhill 4/28/2014 9:07:10 AM

I agree with rkngl.  This is a television episode review.  Let's please stick to what was aired on Sunday.  If you feel compelled to mention the book material, even if it's clear to you that the show isn't following the same story line, please precede your comments with "SPOILERS".

rogue188 4/28/2014 9:56:08 AM

Again, I gave no spoilers, only said that it was not in the book.

mlaforce 4/28/2014 10:13:17 AM

 All you who have read the books and feel the need to explain or proceed to tell us what is different in the show from the books can F*Ck OFF!!!! These threads are to talk about what happend in the show...Not to mention allot ppl like me who have not read the books will want to read the books after hbo is all said and done with the game of thrones because we all know, like all shows or movies made based on their books are never as good as the books...So STFU and quit telling us what is and what isn't...Thank you very much and have a good day..

From future game of thrones book reader:-)

 

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