Game Of Thrones Review, Episode 4: Yep, That’s Noah Syndergaard Fighting For The Lannisters

Game Of Thrones Review, Episode 4: Yep, That’s Noah Syndergaard Fighting For The Lannisters
  • Rick Chandler

What we’ve learned so far:

1. Samwell Tarley cures greyscale and gets banished to the Xerox room. Qyburn builds a rickety wooden ballista fail machine, and gets a promotion.

2. Chances are Brad Pitt watched that big battle scene and is dreaming up a new burger for Carl’s Jr. right now.

3. By my count, Arya killed Brienne four times in that “training session.” Arya > Hit Girl > Wonder Woman.

4. Whatever else happens in Westeros, Stannis’ grammar lessons shall live on.

5. The Lannisters blew a 3-1 lead.

Remember that time Noah Syndergaard was placed on the 60-day disabled list after being burned to cinders by a dragon? Yes that was our favorite Mets pitcher in a cameo there during Sunday’s battle between the Dothraki and the Lannisters, and since his entire army was cooked in their armor, we assume that Syndergaard is an ex-parrot. He did, however, get off one final spear throw before he was decapitated by Kahleesi’s men — clocked at 99 mph by the radar gun. If you blinked you missed it — but it was still more important to the plot than Ed Sheeran’s scene in Episode 2.

Chaos Is a ladder

Or: That’s So Raven.

One of my favorite scenes was when Bran throws this classic line on Littlefinger, brushing him back with his own words from Episode 3. Here’s the exchange from Sunday’s episode:

Littlefinger: “In a way, that dagger made you what you are today. Forced from your home, driven out to the wilds beyond the Wall, to go through all of that and make your way home again only to find such chaos in the world, I can only imagine …”

Bran: “Chaos is a ladder.”

Whoa.

That line was first uttered by Littlefinger during a conversation with Varys way back in the day — one of the best scenes in the history of the show. It’s a bit long, but worth it:

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Picking the wrong side is a double-edged sword

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That Jamie Lannister is the most complex character is this tale should be readily evident by now — you can see the gears scraping and clanking in his head from quite a distance. While he longs to be a man of honor — a knight worthy of the title — he’s trapped in a revolving door of bad choices, wedged between family, duty, honor, love, and a flaming grain wagon.

Jamie has been trying to evolve ever since he rescued Brienne from the bear pit (Season 3, Ep 7), and uttered one of my favorite lines from the show:

Jamie: “Are you a maiden?”

Brienne: “Yes.”

Jamie: “Good. I only rescue maidens.”

It was at that moment that Jamie became a true POV character, and showed that there was hope for his redemption. But it’s been a long time developing. Every time you think he’s going to shuck his father’s and Cersei’s chains, he disappoints and regresses. When he watched the noble Blackfish choose death instead of surrender, I thought for sure that would be the moment he would reclaim his honor.

But no — here he is again, crushing the Martels, his former allies and friends, because, as he explains to Rickon Dickon Tarly, “They didn’t deserve to die, but they chose the wrong side.” That’s the second time that Jamie has used that excuse, like there was a separate battle going on in his soul. He knows what he’s doing is wrong, and that his sister is a monster, but he can’t help himself.

There are only two ways this can end — Jamie does something incredibly stupid in battle to prove his honor (he tried that on Sunday, and failed), or he must do something even harder. For me, that would be killing Cersei. I have no inside information — that’s just something that I believe this is all leading up to. It’s his only chance at redemption.

Oh, by the way — as a commander and strategist, Jamie really, really sucks. First he was outwitted by a teenager (Robb Stark), and now, a girl. Even if he survives the dunking pool, who would ever give him more soldiers?