The Kingsroad Summary

Season 1, Episode 2

Written By: DAvid Benioff & D.B. Weiss

Directed By: Tim Van Patten

We start off the episode with Daenerys traveling through the Dothraki Sea with Khal Drogo and his khalasar, along with Ser Jorah Mormont and Daenerys’s brother Viserys.  Ser Jorah and Daenerys talk about Ghost Grass, which the Dothraki predict will eventually cover all of the earth and that is how the world will end (I don’t know but maybe episode 2 is a little early to be predicting the end of the world).  After that when the Dothraki set up camp, Viserys and Ser Jorah have a little conversation, in which we find out why Ser Jorah was exiled from Westeros.  Ser Jorah caught poachers on his land (Bear Island) and sold them to slavers so he could earn some money, to pay for his wife’s expensive lifestyle.

The Dothraki Sea

The Dothraki Sea

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Winter Is Coming Review

Season 1, Episode 1

Click here to read my summary of Winter is Coming.

As this is the first review I’ve posted, I think it makes sense to explain how I plan on formatting these reviews.  First I will start off with my review and analysis of the episode.  I’ll then list the chapters portrayed in the episode, as well as the scenes that were added.  Then I’ll state my rating of the episode on a 1-10 scale.  Lastly I’ll add a little bonus history lesson, when it is relevant.  As well I’ll involve some spoiler related topics at the end of each post, when necessary, don’t worry though if I do they will be flagged for those of you who are strictly show watchers.  So here we go!

The Wall 

The Wall

The Wall

As soon as the episode started and I saw the 700-foot Wall in all its glory, I knew the visual aspect of this show would be like no other I’ve watched.  The opening scene with the three Nights Watchmen was good when only looking at it from the shows adaptation.  But when in comparison to the books original version it really doesn’t stand up to it.  In the book we are thoroughly introduced to these 3 characters (Ser Waymar Royce, Will and Gared) leading us to believe they play a much larger role in the story.  When looking at the TV version there is never even a point when any of these characters are referred to by name, which results in the dialogue just falling flat in my opinion.  Also in the book when the Others (the white walkers) firs appear they actually fight with Ser Waymar Royce, which I always thought would be a very intense way to start the show off.  But instead they shaved a few minutes off the scene and just killed Ser Waymar Royce and Gared without any type of resistance.  I also think the scene in the book when Ser Waymar Royce returns as a Wight and strangles Will (because in the book Gared survives and flees south, while the TV’s version has Gared die and Will flee south) would have been a very interesting and thought provoking scene to open with.  All together taking time limitations into consideration I think the opening scene did a fine job with introducing the lands north of the Wall to the viewers.

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Winter Is Coming Summary

Click here to read my review of Winter Is Coming.

Season 1, Episode 1

Written By: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss

Directed By: Tim Van Patten

We start our story off at the Wall, with three Nights Watchmen who are going north of the Wall on a ranging mission in the Haunted Forest, to track down a band of Wildling raiders.

From left to right: Will, Ser Waymar Royce, Gared

From left to right: Will, Ser Waymar Royce, Gared

Upon Will’s discovery of the Wilding camp, he finds all of the wildlings to have been mutilated.  He runs back to Ser Waymar Royce and Gared.  Gared and Will vote on going back to the Wall to report their findings, but Ser Waymar Royce, being the commanding officer of the three, decides to push on to find out what happened to the Wildings.  They are soon ambushed by the Others, and all killed except for Will, who is allowed to live (presumably) by the Others.

Roll Tittle sequence.

We meet back up with Will who has fled south. As he is being picked up as a deserter from the Nights Watch by a ranging party of Stark men.  We get introduced to most of House Stark at this moment in their ancestral castle, Winterfell.

From left to right: Jon Snow, Bran Stark, Rob Stark, and if you look closely little Rickon Stark in the background.

From left to right: Jon Snow, Bran Stark, Rob Stark, and if you look closely little Rickon Stark in the background.

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