Game Of Thrones: "You're Supposed To Get Me To King's Landing In One Piece. Not Going So Well, Is It?"
How do you follow an episode like last week's? While not out-Dracarys-ing things, "Kissed By Fire" kept the flammable metaphors in play. The title is a wildling expression or redheads
Nothing like an army of castrato to put a spring in your step.
(beats "ginger"), but could also refer to Beric's sword in his battle with the Hound or Jaime's tale of the Mad King.
And I'm pretty sure the contract for every main actor in the show includes as "buttocks display" clause, because last night had more ass than a donkey rodeo.
Locations Highlighted in the Opening Titles (* =new): King's Landing, Harrenhal, Riverrun, Winterfell, The Wall, Yunkai*
Ser(s) Not Appearing in This Episode: Joffrey, Theon, Shae, Varys, Sam, Bran, Rickon (have we seen Rickon since the first episode this season?), Osha
The Hound's (Rory McCann) trial by combat begins. Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) produces a flaming sword, the better to scare the shit out of his opponent. It's a savage battle, and one that almost kills several bystanders (including Arya). The Hound deals what should
have been a killing blow, but Thoros (Paul Kaye) brings Beric back from the dead. The deed is done, though. Clegane's a free man, though substantially lighter of purse. The matter-of-factness of Anguy's "We're outlaws" is right up there with Captain Jack Sparrow's "Pirate".
Worse (for Arya), Gendry (Joe Dempsie) wants to join the Brotherhood. His "family" comment stings Arya (Maisie Williams), who's lost yet another person close to her. Thoros tells her the Brotherhood plans to deliver her to Robb at Riverrun. Thoros and Beric reminisce about the
six(!) times the Red Priest has brought him back to life ("Second time I've been killed by a Clegane"). Arya, in another sad note, asks if the Lord of Light can bring back a man without a head.
North of the Wall, Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) and Orell (Mackenzie Crook) question Jon Snow (Kit Harington) about the Watch's defenses. Jon's own defenses are put to their test, however, when Ygritte (Rose Leslie) plays the temptress. Excellent butt. They do the nasty, then exchange stories of their sexual histories (hers is a little lengthier than his).
Locke delivers Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) to Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton), where his master (a creepy fucker named Qyburn) wants to remove the Kingslayer's arm, Jaime demurs, so they do it the hard way. And then: a bath. After
mutual ass shots, Jaime regales Brienne with the true story of his slaying of the Mad King. He just wants to be understood.