So basically, Daenarys establishes herself as a boss chick by eating a heart in a pregnancy/tribal/mother of ALL ritual with the Dothraki, who, by the way, are still uber-primitive. Her bro earns his golden crown, and by “earns” I mean “has molten gold” and by “his golden crown” I mean “poured onto his head.” YES. Anyways, the actress is amazing. Emilia Clarke’s getting VERY few lines, but her face is wicked evocative, and the character growth you see as she chokes down a horse’s heart in order to solidify her place as the khalessi is frackin’ amazing. (blah blah blah parallalism blah blah blah Gregor killed a horse because people/things/animals are meaningless and the Dothraki kill horses/use them ritually because they believe in the power of sacrifice.)
Ned’s back as the Hand, but Robert’s all, “HUNTING NOW, peace out!” which is so totally a trap, I don’t EVEN know. Anyways, Ned uses this as an opportunity to declare King’s Justice or whatever against the
Malfoys Lannisters, so now it’s officially ON like KING KONG. We also got to see how similar Ned and Sansa are: they’re both so in love with the idea of chivalry and their respective roles within that system that it’s going to lead them/people they love to some hellish places.
Tyrion finagles his way out of the Eyrie, using a series of hilarious plots based around his own ability to play to the darker sides of human nature. Another interesting parallel here: When Catelyn appealed to the lords of Riverland or whatever, she did so by talking about family, loyalty, and a kind of regional belonging. When Tyrion appealed for his escape, he appealed to the commonality of the base: his venal sins, his whoring, and others’ lust for Lannister gold, and his own foreignness as the Lannisters’ Imp.
I still think Theon Greyjoy should be played by a Latino, but what do I know? Anyways, back in Winterfell we’re reminded that WINTER IS COMING and that there’s some creepy stuff happening on the other side of the Wall that Bran’s starting to get eerie hints of.