This week’s episode of Game of Thrones was centered on character development, but that doesn’t mean it was filler. The relationships between the characters were tested this week. Some of the relationships grew stronger, while others were broken. “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” may not have been filled with action, but if you thought it was boring you weren’t paying attention.
“You’re mine and I’m yours. And if we die, we die. But first, we’ll live.” Now that the Wildlings have climbed The Wall they believe taking the North is a given. As Orell tries to drive a wedge between Jon and Ygritte, Jon warns his lady-love of impending doom. Ygritte has such faith in Mance Rayder that the idea they can’t be successful in their campaign has never entered her mind. Jon, raised in Winterfell, decides to drop some knowledge on her. According to the history all Northerners know, six Kings Beyond the Wall have tried to storm the North, and none have been successful. Mance is just number 7. What I loved about these scenes, wasn’t the hot Jon/Ygritte action, but was Orell’s plead to Ygritte. He’s been secretly in love with Ygritte, and it breaks his heart to see Ygritte chose “the pretty boy.” While Orell was honest about his jealousy, he was also honest about Jon’s intentions. Jon may make fun of Orell’s abilities as a Warg, but the man is spot on when it comes to Jon’s plans to betray them. (More…)