“Game of Thrones” Recap: Release the Hounds

Big dogs of both human and fanged varieties played big parts in this week’s episode. Let’s jump right in!

We start the episode running through the woods at ground level – either I’m rewatching Evil Dead, or we’re in one of Bran’s kooky dreams again.

Sure enough, Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) – who can walk in his dreams, like the kid from A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors – sees the Third Eye Blind Raven, and he tries to shoot it with Jon Snow‘s (Kit Harington) help. He misses. He hears Ned’s voice, then some bratty kid who looks like a Muppet Baby version of Tate from American Horror Story shows up to tell him that he can’t kill the raven because the raven is HIM. Is this like that “one set of footprints” thing?

Hey – speaking of Brandon Stark, it’s time to catch up on everyone’s favorite Westerosian breakfast cereal:

Bran wakes up and tries to tell his dream to Osha (Natalia Tena) – who is smart enough to tell him that she’s not the least bit interested in learning what a twelve-year-old boy who has a hot nanny and no Internet access dreams about.

Over at Robb Stark‘s (Richard Madden) camp, his wife – whose name I can’t remember to save my life – calls him “King of the grim, bearded, stinking barbarians.” Oh – so he won the Mr. Leather competition? Atta girl!

They are interrupted by a dude named Bolton bearing two letters: one apparently brings the news that Robb’s pep-pep (Catelyn’s dad and the head of Riversomethingorother) is dead. The other says that oh by the way your hometown has been burned to the ground and your brothers are missing. Guess it’s a “bad news is, there is no good news!” kind of day, eh?

Speaking of no good news, Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) is strung up to a wooden X and some dude crams a knife under his fingernail.

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