westeros’s celebs read mean tweets (ps: all tweets are real)
→Catelyn’s only words in 3x06
Episode 105 for the week of April 21st, in which we review review the fourth episode in the third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Notes: Sorry for the very late release of this episode, it was due to attendance and lack of internet access at the very succesful Ice and Fire Convention. The article by Steven on Robb’s military tactics can be found at Race for the Iron Throne. The King’s Roadmap can be found here.
Episode 103 for the week of April 14th, in which we talk about our experiences at Days of Ice and Fire. In a rare spoiler free episode (except for all aired HBO episodes), we include an interview with Jason Walden, FFG Game Producer about A Feast for Crows, the upcoming print on demand expansion for A Game of Thrones: The Board Game.
I just feel like the show never did an adequate job of illustrating just how good of a swordsman Jaime Lannister is.
Like when he tells Brienne that she only beat him because he was starved and chained, that’s not an excuse; that’s a reason. And she still barely beat him. Brienne, the woman who bested Loras Tyrell in combat, can barely defeat a starved man in chains. Just think a moment about what that says about Jaime’s abilities.
I mean dude, in ADWD, Barristan Selmy — who has every reason to dislike Jaime and no reason to pay him compliments — describes a young trainee as the best natural swordsman he’d seen since Jaime Lannister.
I think it all goes back to the asinine decision in season one to allow Ned to fight him to standstill that’s only broken when one of Jaime’s men “cheats”, something which I assure you does not happen in the novels. Basically, the show willfully gutted Jaime’s skills so that Our Hero (tm) could look more badass. They also fail to either mention or show Jaime’s actions at the Whispering Woods, where he personally charges Robb Stark and gets close enough to kill three of Robb’s personal guard before he’s only stopped by something like a dozen men dogpiling on him.
And that pisses me off. Firstly, because Jaime’s my favorite character and I like when everyone recognizes how awesome his is. And secondly, because it undermines what a massive loss Jaime’s hand is. Jaime losing his hand is more than oh crap life’s totally easier with two hands. It’s more than wow now I can’t whack things with swords as well. Cutting off Jaime’s hand is more analogous to cutting off the hand of a violinist in the London philharmonic or a world champion tennis player. Sword fighting is Jaime’s talent, it’s his art, and they’ve taken it away.
But no one who’s only seen the show can really appreciate that.