Following last weeks’ horrific departure from the books, Game of Thrones delivers another fantastic episode, perfect for those who just can’t wait to find out who Joffrey’s killer was, as it was revealed after a mere two weeks.
The show has an unnatural ability to be creepy, proven once again this episode as Karl Tanner (Burn Gorman) drinks wine from the skull of Jeor Mormont at Craster’s Keep, following the Night’s Watch mutiny. He is a disgusting character, even creepier than Rhoose Bolton’s bannerman Locke (Noah Taylor), who has joined The Night’s Watch undercover, befriending Jon Snow in the hopes of finding Bran. Well, looks like he’ll get what he wants as Tanner captured Bran and his friends. Where is Bran’s story going? He’s getting more arrogant, and learning more and more about his abilities. But his story is one of the least interesting. Of course, that might just change as Jon leads an attack on the keep in next weeks’ episode. But who will get to Bran first....Jon or Locke?
Finally, this episode stumped book readers too with a very dark ending. Craster’s final son is left in the woods for the White Walkers. He is collected by one, and is taken to an icy place, where a White Walker, wearing black clothing and looking different to the others, touches the baby’s face and his eyes turn blue. Jesus Christ, what the hell? The White Walkers are far too neglected in this show and they get a little bit of screen time per season. Something new is starting here, and it won’t be something good.....
Overall, another fantastic episode to wash out the taste of that horrid scene from last week, even if it hasn’t been made any less horrid. Next week, The Night’s Watch attack Craster’s Keep. Exciting stuff!