The game of thrones is starting to get juicy with Bran’s dreams, Margaery’s ploys and Brienne and Jaime’s loving banter.

Game of Thrones, Season 3, Episode 2, “Dark Wings, Dark Words”—The episode began with Bran having major dreams where he’s chasing a mysterious three-eyed crow. He sees his older brothers, Jon and Robb, and can hear his father’s voice. He’s told by a boy that he is special and that he is the three-eyed crow. When Bran wakes he’s with Osha, Hodor, and Rickon, still on the run and heading North towards the wall. Along the way they meet with two new characters, Jojen and Meera Reed, fellow northerners, who’ve been looking for Bran.

Jojen and Meera are the children of Howland Reed, one of Ned Stark’s bannermen and they’ll play a pivotal role in Bran’s journey moving ahead. Jojen tells Bran that he too can see things and that Bran is more important than he knows. Jojen knows Bran is a warg (who we’ve all seen with that man beyond the wall in this episode) and can get into the minds of animals. North of the wall, Jon is also reminded about what a warg is and maybe starts to think he has some of those same abilities. But what does it all mean? We’ll have to wait and see.

Robb Stark Camp. Roose Bolton (remember his name, and his son), gives news that Lady Catelyn’s father, Lord Hoster Tully has passed away. Roose’s bastard son, Ramsay has also sent word that Winterfell has fallen and that Bran and Rickon have perished under Theon’s command.

Catelyn is saddened by the news, and it seems our beloved Starks can’t catch a break. Robb leaves Bolton in charge of Harrenhal while he and his mother travel to Riverrun for Hoster’s funeral. But trouble brews with Rickard Karstark, who tells Robb he lost their war the moment he married Talisa.

Catelyn had an interesting and emotional scene with her new daughter-in-law admitting that she was wrong not loving Ned’s bastard son, Jon Snow.  While making a dreamcatcher to pray for Bran and Rickon’s safety, she tells Talisa that she’s only made the object twice in the past: once after Bran nearly fell to his death in Winterfell when Jon was a child and nearly died with the pox. She had prayed for Jon’s death initially, but when the baby fell ill, she had a change of heart, and promised the gods she would love him as a mother and make Ned give Jon the Stark’s name. Obviously, she didn’t keep her promise and now, Catelyn is feeling the wrath.

King’s Landing. As men battle it out on the field, Cersei continues to have her own battle with Margaery Tyrell, whose wedding to Joffrey is impending Cersei is beginning to lose all control, especially with her bratty son, who is growing closer with his new Queen to be. If anyone can manipulate Joffrey it’s Margaery.

Meanwhile, Shae is concerned about Littlefinger’s interest in Sansa. She warns her mistress to tell her if makes any moves on her, and later pleads to Tyrion to ensure protection.

In other news. Jaime and Brienne’s relationship is taking a turn. Although they are in the current position of captor and prisoner, they clearly have an unsual respect for one another. As they continue on their journey towards King’s Landing, Jaime continues to taunt her and just when they decided to battle it out with swords, they’re captured by a bunch of Roose Bolton’s men.

Arya, Gendry and Hot Pie are taken into custody by Thoros of Myr, leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners. Back at their camp, it appears that this trio is not in danger until someone brings in The Hound, Sandor Clegane, who calls out Arya’s identity as a Stark.

And Theon Greyjoy, who we love to hate, is tortured by some unknown men. Something tells me Theon’s journey is about to get nasty. But do we care?

Game of Thrones airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO and HBO Canada.


—Toni-Marie Ippolito



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