I still contend that Beric Dondarrion was Azor Ahai all along. When the final climactic battle comes around, people will be all “where the hell is the messiah?” Turns out he died (and died, and died, and died) a while ago. Woops!
When Jeor Mormont gets stabbed, his first reaction is to choke slam a fucker like Macho Man Randy Savage.
In some ways, I feel that Sunday night’s scene between Tyrion and Tywin summed up the tragedy of the Lannister Family perfectly, and also explored some of the series’s most important themes. Warning: Spoilers below.
Westeros is a world ruled by monsters who dream of being saints. The concept of chivalry not only exists but dominates the imaginations of everybody, from the king down to the lowest peasant. The saddest irony of this mentality are the Lannisters, because they fell the furthest short of their own expectations.
When you look at the Lannisters, they should be heros. They have money, they have strength of arms, they have good looks and they have brains. They have everything, and yet it isn’t enough. Lions do not stoop to serve lesser beasts.
Jaime realizes this midway through Storm of Swords. He wanted to become Ser Arther Dayne, but ended up as the Smiling Knight: in Arthurian terms, he was a man who could have been Lancelot but became Mordred instead.
Not even Tywin, with his scorn for honor and pursuit of power above all else, is immune to pretensions to nobility. This is the reason he hates Tyrion so. Tyrion is a mirror that reflects the true face of all that Lannister pride: a sneering dwarf with a lion on his chest. Tyrion is more Tywin’s son than Jaime or even Cersei, according to Tywin’s sister, and we learn later that they really are not so different. They both seek power and control, and are both manipulators and have little to no moral compass. Even Tywin’s irrational distaste for prostitutes doesn’t stop him from sleeping with a particular one.
The real difference between them is that Tyrion never tries to hide what he is. He never claims to be anything more than a very wealthy, very intelligent, and very horny dwarf. In a series populated with so many liars, his frankness is refreshing and we love him for it, despite the fact that he really isn’t that sympathetic when you look at his actions. And every time that Tywin looks at Tyrion’s face, he recoils because he knows deep down that it is his own.
By the Old Gods and the New, it’s good to be back in Westeros. The new episode was up to our usual standards, though was not terribly exciting. It mostly served to set up some of the action for the new season, though not all of it. This is also the first episode where it seems like the differences from the book are going to become drastic. More after the jump, and spoilers.
Good to be back in Westeros again. Let the feels begin.