Review – Game of Thrones – Valar Dohaeris

Valar Dohaeris

It was a LONG wait, but season 3 of Game of Thrones is finally underway.  This season is starting with a bang and not the whimper season 2 started with last year.  I know we’re only one episode in, but it seems that more has happened already in one episode than what happened in half of last season.

The game is certainly afoot (to coin a phrase) and all the usual players are in rare form.  In addition, there are a host of new players in the game that promises to make this a great season.  So let’s give you a quick recap of this first episode titled Valar Dohaeris.  The dragons look awesome, Jon Snow is still pouting, Tywin still hates Tyrion, Robb is still pissed at his mother and Joffrey is still a douchebag.  Oh, and Ned is still dead.

We get to see a bit of carry over from last season answering several questions about what happened to whom and how the events of the Battle of Blackwater Bay have affected the people of King’s Landing.  Joffrey‘s bride-to-be, Margaery Tyrell, shows a bit of queenly behavior by spending time with orphaned children, much to the surprise and delight of Joffrey.  Tyrion is still not the apple of his father’s eye, who is barely giving him any credit for helping save the city from Stannis Baratheon.

Valar DohaerisDaenerys Targaryen arrives in Slaver’s Bay to hire an army to return to Westeros, but finds a little more than she bargained for.  She is aided by a familiar face from King’s Landing, one that has a personal grudge to settle with King Joffrey. Daenerys is offered an army of 8,000 hardened and totally loyal men, but such loyalty may come at a higher price than she can pay.

So as I said before, this first episode started with a bang and ended far sooner than I would have liked.  I was completely caught up in it and before I knew it, an hour had past and the episode was over.  The scope of this episode is much bigger than we’ve seen so far and we get to see new places and meet new characters.  For someone like me who has yet to finish reading the novels by George R. R. Martin that the series is based on, every episode is new and every event is a total surprise.

Valar DohaerisThis first episode sets a tone for what I hope to be an epic season.  The threat of the white walkers, Daenerys’ impending return to Westeros, the war against the Lannisters, and King Joffrey and Arya Stark’s struggle to get home; all seem to be building to a monumental finish at the end of the season.  Yes I know I left out a few things, so sue me.

Was it worth the wait?  You bet it was and far less disappointing than the season 2 opener was a year ago.  I almost want to skip ahead and read Martin’s third book, A Feast for Crows, just so I can find out what happens, but what fun would that be?  If you’ve listened to our A Game of Thrones podcast, you’ll remember that Dieter has read all the books multiple times and is often angry with the series for one reason or another.  I refuse to be that cynical.

Favorite Moments:

  • Seeing how much the dragons have grown
  • The survival of Davos Seaworth
  • Margaery Tyrell’s cunning in playing “the game”.  Reminds me of Natalie Dormer’s role as Anne Boleyn in The Tudors.
  • The surprise appearance of Barristan Selmy
  • The conversation between Ros and Shae.


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Bryan Brown

The founder of Word of the Nerd and semi-fearless leader. Bryan is an all around nerd, from Star Trek to comic books to collecting action figures. If it's nerd related, he's into it or at least has an opinion on it.

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