Review of Game of Thrones ‘Walk of Punishment’ – Season 3 episode 3
This series blog is following the UK broadcast schedule on Sky Atlantic
Walk of Punishment was a cyclical episode which started and finished at the same point, with Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) being held hostage. It was wonderful to see a friendship developing between the pair as they discussed their respective swordsmanship and Jaime stopping their captives from raping her. Perhaps there is a shred of decency in Jaime after all and perhaps that is what happens the longer he is away from his family. As viewers we start to feel an inkling of sympathy for him, not much but just enough to shocked to see him nearly getting blinded in one eye and then getting his hand lopped off.
Meanwhile his twin sister Cersei (Lena Headey) is becoming more corrupt the longer she stays in King’s Landing. Power has twisted her and made her even more spiteful towards her brother Tyrion (Peter Dinklage). Any sort of humanity is slowly seeping away from her. While she was more of a sympathetic character in previous seasons, I find her becoming harder and lacking all feeling. It does make me worry that she will start to become more of a two-dimensional character as the series goes on, it would be such a disservice to her character if this does happen.
Out of all the Lannisters, it was Tyrion who got most screen time this week when he was appointed Master of the Coin – Westeros’ version of the Chancellor of the Exchequer. I felt that the scene where Tyrion attempted to explain to Bronn (Jerome Flynn) the mechanics of money lending could make a good commercial for explaining how loans work, particularly since Bronn does not want to give his money back.
After last week’s toned down nudity and sex, with modest off-camera oral sex scene, this week it was all breasts bared as several naked prostitutes burst out from behind a series of curtains in what looked like Paul Daniels magic trick gone horribly wrong. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse (or better, depending on your perspective) another set of curtains was thrown open to reveal another disrobed lady. It all came to a head – no pun intended – when an acrobatic prostitute demonstrated her flexibility.
The former Master of Coin Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) went off to woo Lysa Arran (Kate Dickie) in the Eyrie. Littlefinger’s mission to become the Lord of the Eyerie is more than a little, well… eerie. It’s well known that he has always been in love with Catelyn (Michelle Fairley), he even tried to make a pass at her after bringing back her dead husband’s remains, so the thought of going for the younger sister because he can’t win over the older one is rather creepy.
In the meantime, Theon (Alfie Allen) fled with the help of Iwan Rheon or Simon from Misfits who also stopped him from getting raped. In my mind Game of Thrones become a pseudo British institution that any British actor worth their salt should now appear in, it’s the next step up from The Bill and Casualty. For me, each episode has now become a game of ‘where have I seen your face before?’. Last week was Iwan Rheon and the week before it was Hollyoaks alumnus Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei, the translator who was helping to negotiate prices for slaves and turn her master’s unsavoury insults into palatable parlance when speaking to Daenerys (Emilia Clarke).
Compared to the first two seasons there has been far more flitting about this year. Not much happened this week apart from in King’s Landing and with Jaime and Brienne. As the threads fan out it feels as if the story slows down further because the audience has to check in with each of these different and multiplying strands. Even though there are more strands and more characters in the novels it works due to the medium but in terms of television it feels as if the scenes in each of the subplots should be longer. By devoting a bit more time to each thread of the story, it might help to create a fuller picture. Season 3 feels as if it is skimming over the surface of the third novel and jumping back and forth in the chronology, it almost makes me wish I hadn’t read the books because it is causing all sort of confusion. However, I am looking forward to next week and hoping that perhaps Dany’s story – and Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) strand in particular will get some more airtime because they are the most compelling threads.Tagged in: A song of ice and fire, Arya, Baratheon, Cersei, dragon, game of thrones, George R.R. Martin, Joffrey, Jon Snow, Lannister, lena headey, Peter Dinklage, Sansa, Stannis, Stark, The Wall, Tyrion
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