'Game of Thrones' recap: 'Kissed by Fire'

A Sansa-Tyrion wedding?!?

April 29, 2013|By Luke Broadwater | The Baltimore Sun

Poor Sansa Stark.

First, she was pledged to marry the despicable, pathetic, cruel, spineless boy-king Joffrey. Now, the Lannisters are plotting to stick her with his even less-attractive uncle, Tyrion.

Granted, to viewers of “Thrones,” if you’re going to have to marry a Lannister, you’d definitely choose the funny, likeable Tyrion. But to 12-year-old Sansa, who has watched Lannisters behead her father, plan to kill her brothers and generally be horrible to her, Tywin Lannister’s plot is going to be a form of mental torture.

Tyrion, too, objects to the Stark-Lannister union.

“That’s cruel. Even for you,” Tyrion tells his father. 

(Remember these families are loosely based on those in the Wars of the Roses.  George R.R. Martin created the Starks to represent House York and the Lannisters are supposed to be House Lancaster.)

Just as Cersei is about to start gloating, Tywin turns on her, too. He tells her she’s going to marry Loras Tyrell, who, you know, isn’t exactly into women. 

Like Tyrion, she refuses, but it remains to be seen whether Tywin can force both of his non-captured children into marriages they oppose.

The camp of the Lightning Lord

The episode began with a sword fight we’d all been looking forward to: Beric Dondarrion (aka the Lightning Lord) vs. The Hound.

Dondarrion immediately lights his sword on fire, which plays on The Hound’s greatest fear. The two men engage in a violent exchange, while Dondarrion’s followers chant, “Guilty, guilty, guilty!” (They're trying to determine, through a trial by ordeal, whether The Hound is guilty of killing the butcher's boy in the first season of "Thrones.")

But the fire also works against Dondarrion, weakening his sword. And just when it looks like Dondarrion will prevail, his sword breaks down and Sandor Clegane delivers a death blow. 

Arya (love her!) charges after him, but is held back.

But all is not lost for Dondarrion. Thoros of Myr, using Melisandre-esque dark magic, breathes life back into him. 

It's the sixth time Dondarrion has died and Thoros has brought him back from the grave, we later learn.

"Every time I come back, I’m a bit less," Dondarrion says. 

Having been found innocent by God (weird way to judge guilt or innocence, right?), The Hound is released from captivity.

Meanwhile, Gendry Baratheon and Arya Stark start flirting. (This is a development that a lot of fans of the books have hoped for.)

"You’d be my lady," he tells her.

(Note: Several readers dispute my interpretation here, arguing that Gendry was merely pointing out class differences with Arya by calling her his "lady." Maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part, but, in my view, Arya and Gendry would make a pretty awesome queen and king, in the end.)

North of the Wall

Still infiltrating Mance Rayder's camp, Jon Snow is under some pressure from the wildlings for information, and tells them (truthfully) that only three of the Night's Watch castles are guarded, and (untruthfully) that the Night's Watch has 1,000 men stationed at Castle Black. 

Ygritte lures Jon into a cave and they then engage in a sex scene that's actually in the books (surprise!).

"There's been no one else, only you," Jon tells her.

"A maid," she says, somewhat endearingly. "You were a maid."


Roose Bolton welcomes captives Jaime Lannister and Brienne to the old castle the Targaryen dragons once decimated.

Bolton informs them that the Lannisters turned back Stannis' attack at King's Landing, and puts them up in comparatively comfortable surroundings.

A maester goes to work on Jaime's gross-looking stump of an arm, giving him much-needed, but extremely painful medical care.

Later, Jaime and Brienne take a decidedly non-sexual bath together.

There was quite a bit of Westeros history in this episode, and Jaime tells her the story of how he killed "The Mad King," Aerys Targaryen II (Dany's dad). 

Aerys, who had gone insane (probably through incest) was obsessed with wildfire. 

"He burned anyone who was against him," Jaime says. "Aerys saw traitors everywhere."

During Robert Baratheon's rebellion against Aerys, Tywin Lanniser (Aerys' Hand of the King) turned on the Targaryens and opened King's Landing's gates to the rebels.

Aerys ordered Jaime (a member of the King's Guard) to kill his own dad.

"Burn them all," Aerys told Jaime. "Burn them in their homes. Burn them in their beds."

Instead, Jaime turned on the king he was sworn to protect, stabbing him in the back.

King’s Landing

Much plotting was afoot at King's Landing, per usual.

Cersie asks Littlefinger to find out information about the Tyrells' marriage plans, while the Queen of Thorns and Tyrion negotiate the cost of the royal wedding between Joffrey and Margaery (House Tyrell agrees to pick up half the tab).

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