No Khaleesi in last night’s episode. Good. Episodes just get so portentous and clunky when Khaleesi and her dragons put in an appearance, at least they do in self’s humble opinion.
There was one major character death, some scenes of further Theon Greyjoy degradation (He apparently now sleeps with the hounds), some fluff involving Shea and Tyrion and the much-anticipated Purple Wedding (No, that scene between Tyrion and Shae was more than fluff. More like Shakesperean tragedy. Ugh, self hated Tyrion’s words. Of course he had to say them. Is it possible that Tyrion could love Shae any more than he does? But in order to save her life, he had to get her away as far from himself as possible. Tyrion, you are so noble!)
There was more of that slim-hipped bad guy with the neatly trimmed beard. His partner to the wedding feast looked like she might have stepped out of Return of the Jedi or something. (There was a snippet of him exchanging amorous looks with Sir Loras, one of self’s favorite secondary characters. A promise of intrigue yet to come!)
The scenery was bright, more Mediterranean than United Kingdom.
Cersei was monstrous. Perhaps even more monstrous than Joffrey.
Self’s favorite line of the night: “Look! Here comes the pie!”
Strategic Distraction! Such a clever girl, Margaery Tyrrell is (Not to mention, her wedding gown was absolutely gorgeous. The color! The intricate beadwork! The relatively discreet baring of back and front! Sexy but definitely NOT salacious!)
Brienne appeared, plainly garbed in a blue tunic, and Cersei became very hard-eyed.
That scene where Cersei approaches Brienne, and starts making all kinds of nasty insinuations — self loved that the camera gave at least equal attention to Brienne’s face. And the Maid of Tarth’s face, especially at that moment, and given who she was talking to, just looked so — pure. Baffled. Like maybe Brienne was thinking: What is this woman going on about? But when Cersei stated (not asked, stated): “But you love him,” bless her heart, Brienne didn’t even have the good sense to make up a lie. And at that very moment, with this woman (who wishes her only harm) standing right in front of her, she looks around, and sees — who else? Jaime Lannister, looking at her and Cersei. That right there, in self’s humble opinion, was the BIG REVEAL of the night. Self could feel her heart breaking into a million tiny pieces. She fervently hopes Brienne’s end doesn’t come in Season 4 because — the FEELZ!
R.I.P. Joffrey. Your death scene was magnificent. Jack Gleeson, you did a superb job. Truly superb. Self, for one, will truly miss you.