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Episode 3 - The Queen's Justice

7 August 2017

One of my objections to the direction of the TV show is the way Cersei has become such a central figure. Instead of the actions of multiple characters leading to chaotic consequences, the producers have chosen to centralise the drama around the Queen.

However I'll admit that they did a fine job here in the closing scene of "The Queen's Justice." Jaime's kindness is rewarded with the bitter revelation about who killed Joffree. And the warning we've all tried to give him about Cersei. The dynamic of this scene suggests that Jaime will one day be forced to kill his sister. Presumably after she gives an inhumane order that he will at last refuse to tolerate.

I would have liked Davos or Jon to make a better effort at explaining the Army of the Dead. Dany tried to give a grandstanding speech but it fell a little flat. Surely one of them could have put forth some emotion about what they'd seen? Still, it was nice to see Ice and Fire together. The various conversations on Dragonstone suggested a coalition of reasonable people is possible.

I'm glad I didn't have to see the Sand Snakes suffering any more than I did. It was a creative punishment but I've had more than enough of torture on this show.

The Bran-Sansa scene was creepy in an interesting way. It would be nice to have more of a sense of what Bran's thinking. I suspect that his point of view has been put aside so that he can be an engine of surprise.

Surely High Garden doesn't have enough wealth to pay off all the debts of the Crown? And how would Randall Tarley feel about his new seat being emptied of its goods? 

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  • I disagree with your first paragraph. We still have people like Littlefinger, Varys, Euron and other devious people doing questionable things that cause chaos (Euron for instance derailed Tyrion's and Dany's plans twice already, leading to a lot of death and destruction). And even some of the POV characters like Dany, Jaime, Sansa and Arya are not totally justified by the narrative in what they do sometimes. These people all have rationalizations for what they do and it often falls to the audience to decide whether or not they are behind the decisions the characters make. But yeah, Cersei is losing it and she is the authority at least in King's Landing so by default she is going to be important symbolically. She's vindictive, petty and cruel so her evil deeds are more apparent also. Maybe it's also because Cersei too is a POV character in the books...but evil does not mean uninteresting so I don't see a problem here in terms of "centering the drama around" her. But we all know that the game of thrones is meaningless in the face of undead wights and White Walkers marching south anyway. So Cersei is a major obstacle to humanity coming together to fight the army of the dead. Maybe it's also something that will happen in the books later? I don't know, only D&D and Martin know. Cersei is quite interesting in her evil though because she is a classic example of internalized misogyny: she is acting like the men in her life have acted before (Robert never made a secret of his affairs so Cersei flaunts her sexual relations with jaime around in public because she feels that this is what she can do now. Her entire life people like Jaime and Tywin were either people to envy or obey and now that she is confident in her role as queen she behaves like Robrt, Tywin and she has often commented on how she should have been born a man: because she wanted to be like these douchebags but was told that because of her gender she could not. Now she can though...She also has some sort of fleeting moment of humanity with Ellaria when she asks her why she killed her daughter (revenge), only to then proceed to do the same thing to her. Cersei's idea of power is to get power and use it to inflict her own misery on others and act in a way that she has observed men in authority act throughout her life. She grew up in the time of Aerys no less and so how the authority figure is allowed to behave can shape a person's idea of what an authority figure ought to be. Cersei is also a) a hypocrite and b) lacks self-awareness because she shows signs of parallels with Aerys quite a lot. She seems to get sexual pleasure out of the violence she deals out to others (just like Aerys, the Mad King couldn't get sexually aroused unless he had burned someone alive).

    It is interesting to see Tyrion fail as a military strategist so far but succeeding in diplomacy between Jon and Danaerys.

    The army of the dead sounds ridiculous enough but if Jon sudenly also starts saying that he's been resurrected, he can kiss Dany's support goodbye because none of them would likely believe him. Dragons, while gone for a long time, still existed in recent History of this world so I can see someone buying into the existence of dragons but necromancy is another thing entirely.

    Randyll Tarly's seat would likely be his own castle not Highgarden. What does he care?

    Also, I think Bran's interaction with Sansa does seem creepy but it also seems like Bran has become some sort of god who does not seem to care about human emotions and how his words are received by the people he talks to. He has bigger things to worry about than human feelings (like fate and causality), since he has seen everything (including everything horrible) that happened to pretty much everyone in the past and present so he likely is desensitized to it at this point and does not think it's a big deal but obviously Sansa reacts to it because she is being reminded of a time she hates. It will be interesting to see how the relation between Sansa and her siblings changes. She is the only one of the remaining Stark children who has not been exposed to any supernatural elements in her story, whereas Jon, Arya and Bran all have encountered some kind of magic along the way in one form or another.

    Viewer score: 90 / 100

    Posted by Beric, 07/08/2017 11:54am (4 months ago)

  • Great point about the drama being centralized on Cersei. I suppose that's due to the writing not being as smart and impressive as it was early on. Benioff and Weiss just can't seem to replicate the same level of thought and detail as GRR Martin did in the books.

    And I agree about the ending scene. It was superb.

    Insteresting comments about Davos and Jon. I thought they did well enough to convince Dany since if they went too emotional, Dany may have more reason to think that they are crazy.

    Viewer score: 69 / 100

    Posted by Aaronic, 01/08/2017 3:55pm (4 months ago)

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