Instant reaction post: “Game of Thrones” S4, Ep4 ‘Oathkeeper’


April 29, 2014 by Hope W.

Ser Jorah Mormont, Barristan Selmy and Daenerys in 'Oathkeeper'

Ser Jorah Mormont, Barristan Selmy and Daenerys in ‘Oathkeeper’

Daenerys frees the slaves from last week! I’m only surprised she waited till nightfall to do it.

I’m not sure how to look at Jaime anymore after last week’s scene. :S And I have forgotten about Tyrion first naming Jaime as his champion at the Eyrie! It feels like years ago. (And it kind of was — three seasons ago?)

Jaime in 'Oathbreaker'

Jaime in ‘Oathbreaker’

Why is Littlefinger getting married to Lysa Arryn again?

So he killed Joffrey? And Olenna Tyrell was in on the conspiracy? But why did she kill Joffrey before letting Margaery consummate the marriage, if their plan was always to make her queen? And if she was never intending to let them consummate the marriage, why not kill him before?

Favourite quote of the episode: “If I have to take one more leisurely stroll through these gardens, I’ll fling myself from the cliffs.”

I never realised that Jon Snow is so short! (Kit Harington, who plays him, is 1.72m tall according to his bio in IMDb — which by Caucasian standards, is really short.)

Jon Snow in 'Oathbreaker'

Jon Snow in ‘Oathbreaker’

I need a primer on who all the people in the Night’s Watch are. I really cannot for the life of me recall who is who. Who’s the Locke guy again? When did we first see him? Didn’t he use to work for Roose Bolton or something? Then again, I seem to recall him being the one that threw Brienne into the bear pit. But I also don’t recall Roose Bolton in the place with the bear pit. Show, give me a clue!

For a strong few moments, I was worried that Margaery was going to seduce that 8-year-old boy (or whatever age he happens to be). Thank heavens they stopped before it became outright pedophilia.

At last! One of the swords from Ned Stark’s Valyrian steel swords goes to someone who deserves it! Poor Brienne and her unrequited love, whose presence in any scene with Jaime instantly unveils his hidden good side, which is why I still can’t castigate him after last week. I’m glad they took care of Podrick at least!

Brienne in 'Oathkeeper'

Brienne in ‘Oathkeeper’

Wait, when did Sam meet Bran? Why don’t I remember any of these things!

I hope all the people who volunteered to go with Jon Snow come back — but it’s probably a fool’s hope.

People in the Night's Watch whom I wish I can remember

Night’s Watchmen whom I wish I can remember who they are

I was so afraid that Karl Tanner guy would stab the baby right in front of the camera, or drop it into the fire, or do any number of horrible things that we have to *see*. In contrast, leaving it in the woods for White Walkers is much better.

Why do the mutineers have Ghost? Why is it not with Jon Snow?

Poor Hodor! And oh Bran! How are you going to escape now!

Bran in 'Oathkeeper'

Bran in ‘Oathkeeper’

That ending was so suspenseful — I was on tenterhooks waiting for the on-screen infanticide that I thought we were spared earlier. Thankfully they only turned the baby’s eyes blue. In a show that doesn’t hesitate to shock such as this, you have to revel in small mercies.


2 thoughts on “Instant reaction post: “Game of Thrones” S4, Ep4 ‘Oathkeeper’

  1. In the second episode, Roose Bolton sent Locke (the guy who chopped off Jaime’s hand) on a mission to go to the Wall to find Jon Snow, in the hopes that Bran and Rickon were seeking sanctuary with Jon, or that Jon knows where they are. As a bonus, Locke might kill Jon since he’s part of the Stark family.

    Sam met Team Bran at the end of Season Three, at the Night Fort (an abandoned Night’s Watch castle.) Sam knew a secret tunnel through the Wall, he helped Bran, Hodor, and the Reeds go north. Then Sam headed to Castle Black.

    Ghost separated from Jon back in Season Two, and apparently traveled with the Night’s Watch refugees who fled from the undead White Walker army and went to Craster’s Keep. Ghost was with them because it saved Sam from being killed by a zombie in S3E1.

    It’s possible that Craster insisted Ghost be penned up as a condition for the NW to stay there, and he was trapped when the mutiny happened. This was never shown or explained, just making up stuff.

    Night’s Watch: the Lord Commander is dead, so the old drill sergeant, Alliser Thorne, who hates Jon, is in charge. His bald buddy is Janos Slynt who betrayed Ned Stark (Janos was in charge of the city guard) but Tyrion felt he was a danger (or Tyrion felt bad for Ned) and sentenced Janos to the Wall. He apparently made friends with Thorne.

    Jon’s friend are the big guy, Grenn, the complainer Edd, and dark haired Pyp, who stays behind and doesn’t go on the raid.

    The old blind guy at Castle Black is Maester Aemon Targaryen, the great great uncle of Daenerys.

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