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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES: Season 1, Episode 9: Baelor

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones, Baelor

TV Review for Game of Thrones, Season 1, episode 9 – entitled Baelor – has premiered. Baelor was the finest episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones to date. Game of Thrones writers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss and director Alan Taylor did a great job.  Fantastic twists and turns (I haven’t read the books yet but I am working on it).

The witch/blood spell scene between Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) was like watching a movie: Excellent camera work and sound effects. Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) was right about the armor and the Dothraki not being used to fighting against it. It was the only reason he won.

Lord Walder Frey (David Bradley)’s scene was hilarious and perverted, his hand on his fifteen-year old wife’s ass as he receives Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley), surrounded by a multitude of children of various ages, most of whom seem in their mid-forties.  Why would they stay at The Twins and be verbally abused instead of leaving and living their lives somewhere else?

Why is it always these scenes that stick in the mind?

I couldn’t believe Lord Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) got killed at the end of the episode but it was wonderfully done: Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) under the statue of Baelor Targaryen, all the low-borns cursing Stark, not knowing the truth, the Night Watch man being there plus the viewer never sees it coming. King Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) has begun his reign with an enormous mistake. He killed possibly the most honorable man in the kingdom whom completed his part of his deal and gave Joffrey and Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) exactly what they wanted.

When the death blow was about to be struck, with a sword a large as Ice (was it Ice?), and everything went silent and slowed down, I still didn’t think it was going to happen. I thought something or someone was going to intervene. No one did. Yoren holding Arya, making sure she didn’t see was a well-acted emotional moment. I actually thought she was going to get up there and intercede on her father’s behalf with Needle.

Lord Varys (Conleth Hill)’s backstory gave credence to his earlier assertions about serving the realm and the “role” he plays. The peace that Varys wanted is now gone, never to be return.

When Catelyn Stark and Ser Rodrik Cassel (Ron Donachie) were seated on their horses, the viewer had no idea what they were waiting for. Then Robb Stark (Richard Madden) appeared, then Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) appeared. Jamie is the Stark’s ace in the hole. Joffrey is a fool. With Eddard dead, Jamie is far less valuable to them and closer to death. Cersei Lannister and Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) are going to go crazy if something happens to Jaime (what more can they do to the Starks but kill Sansa) and now their bargaining chip is dead. Only Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) remains and Robb will never trade Jamie for Sansa.

Any affection Sansa had for Joffrey is gone. He had her father killed in front of her and thinks her feelings for him will not change.

Needless to say, after Fire and Blood, the season finale of Game of Thrones airs, I will be delving into the books the the show is based on find out what happens next. I am not waiting to next season to find out what happens.

High Resolution Photos of this episode can be found here: Game of Thrones: Season 1, Episode 9: Baelor Photos.

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  • Trancos

    Damm….i couldn’t believe when Eddard was killed!!!. I have the book and i’m reading when Catelyn Stark kidnaped Tiryon Lannister.

    Uff…what an awesome serie

  • Me either.

    I’m way before that in the book. Bran hasn’t even been crippled yet.

  • Panda

    I read the books and watch the show. I was actually happy that he died. I never liked Eddard. he was way to honorable and had a very warped view of the world because of it. He wouldn’t have survived long even if Joffrey didn’t kill him.

  • Knoxy

    Do anyone know what book might be good to start with? If the tv-show and bookserie is so alike I rather pick it up where the tv season finale will leave off.
    Is it just so simple that the show covers the four first books and will end with the starting of Clash of kings?
    thnx -hope someone knows!

  • “The episode was written by the showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the original book by George R. R. Martin. ‘Baelor’ includes the content of the book’s chapters Eddard XV, Catelyn IX, Jon VIII, Tyrion VIII, Catelyn X, Daenerys VIII and Arya V (58 to 61 and 63 to 66).”

  • He was one of my favorite characters. I was sorry to see him go.

  • NickiSnow

    You could do that if you like, but I suggest that you read Game of Thrones first, because you will be sorry if you didn’t, especially if you enjoy the books… Do what you like, but I promise if you read all of the books, you will go back and read Game of Thrones… May as well read it as it was written.

  • Knoxy

    Thanx mate, I’ll do that.

  • Large

    It was Ice.

  • His own sword. Seven Hells.

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