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One of the knights of House Felis appeared in this episode! The end is near!
As a point of fact Robert never intentionally hurt Cersei, in the books he even expresses sadness that she never showed any love for him. This cold and loveless relationship is probably what drove him to drink and womanizing in the first place.
Another point is Tommen, even the books glance over him, but it needed to clear that the kid is actually alright and left to his devices would probably end up being a decent king, unfortunately the Game of Thrones is not gentle with kind people.
God, was this episode flawed. What was up with the: lets spend 20 minutes explaining Joffrey's murder TWICE in case you really, really, really are too dense to have already figured it out or to have it gracefully explained?
I'm ok with increasingly diverging from the plot of the books, but I have one huge complaint about this episode:
We didn't get to hear any commentary from Dolorous Ed on the prospect of going North again.
Was it just me or did Grey Worm's english get a whole lot worse in that first scene? He was always clearly talking in a second language, but my memory had him at a touch more competent than that.
I think they were trying to convey (using English, since that's what most viewers understand) that he was in the process of learning Valyrian so he could speak with the slaves in Meereen.
ah, makes sense. Awkwardly done.
This cold and loveless relationship is probably what drove him to drink and womanizing in the first place.
If you go by the books, this is debatable, at the least.
Tommen in the show does seem like he'd probably make a pretty fair king. In the books he just seems doughy and dull-witted
To me the most important step away from the book is when Tyrion doesn't tell Jaime he DID do it, in annoyance with Jaime's lack of faith in him and desire to hurt his father.
SPOILER FROM THE BOOKS:
That will still happen, I think; in the book it doesn't happen until Jaime busts Tyrion out. Without that conversation (where Jaime reveals that Tyrion's first wife wasn't actually a prostitute) they will lack 90% of the motivation for what Tyrion does once he gets out.
No, Valyrian is Grey Worm's native tongue. If he seemed to be speaking the Common Tongue in previous episodes, it was just for practicality's sake; he was actually supposed to be speaking Valyrian. In that first scene, Missandei is teaching Grey Worm the Common Tongue.
I'm trying to figure out where I recognize the new Night's Watch recruit from, the one who backed Jon and asked to say his vows to go with. I can't figure out if it's from some other show, or somewhere in this one, making him potentially significant in a plot line that's rapidly diverging from the books.
Either way, it's bugging the hell out of me. Anyone know who he is?
That is Locke. Stand in for Vargo Hoat.
Roose Bolton sent him north two episodes ago to kill Bran and Rickon.
Aren't the people of Meereen technically speaking a Ghiscari dialect of Valyrian?