Telediction: So Close, so Far

Hi Teledictioners! It’s been a while. Back when Telediction first started, I was operating on a 2-week basis. Every now and then I’ll revert back to that model when it makes sense, like this week in “Game of Thrones.”

The episodes titled “Oathkeeper” and “First of His Name,” go together like a bad metaphor and writers on deadline. But honestly, what started in “Oathkeeper” was finished in “First of His Name.” People were settled, battles were fought, mistakes were made, but the plot progressed with such a speed, especially in the latter episode that made all the passive Lanister-enacted misdoings semi-forgivable.

In honor of Mother’s Day, this one goes out to all the mommas, mommas, mommas…

The first momma in question is none other than the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen. “Oathkeeper” surprisingly starts off with Dany instead of ending with her. Like I said last time, her story is becoming a bit stale. She makes a semi-progressive move later on depending on how you look at it, but first I think it’s important to comment on her character traits. For a woman so sympathetic, she can be surprisingly cruel and evil. This comes as a shock because we see just how far she’s turning on the Joffrey scale, and I’m worried she doesn’t really know how to rule with a sizeable population at her command. She’s quickly learning that liberating people is just the first step to building your own civilization. After the show some serious groundwork needs to be done. Dany brainwashes the former Unsullied to “kill all the masters,” and they sneak into Mereen’s slave chambers and provide them weapons so they can make their own revolution. But once the slave masters are captured, one of her advisors suggests to answer injustice with mercy – after all, the city is her. Much rather wanting to be a hellraiser, Dany proclaims “I will answer injustice with justice,” no matter how cruel and unusual the punishment. This act can’t last forever though, and in “First of His Name,” Dany realizes she has to make some changes. Both her cut and pasted governments in Astapor and Yunkai have fallen to the people she helped liberate. In Astapor her counsel was overtaken by a butcher who declared himself “his imperial majesty,” so there’s that. Dany realizes that becoming a ruler and breaker of chains isn’t only just for show. In order to really do things right and be the queen she sets out to be, she has to put the path to Westeros on hold and really rule her people. On one hand, we’re getting further away from a Westeros showdown, but at least Dany’s character showed growth and gave depth to a sensationalized situation.

Before I wrote this column I thought about all mothers in the show and for a while I was sure that Cersei Lannister was the only one left surviving. While surviving, she’s barely alive. Before she used wine to get her through her days but since her rape and death of her eldest son, Joffrey, the queen regent is more depressed than we’ve ever seen her. She floats in and out of the screen with that serene haunting presence. She mourns the loss of Joffrey by watching Tommen become king and giving in to the gold digger, Margaery, by preparing her for another royal wedding. While Jaime is in the dungeons talking to his brother (whom we’ve never really seen a relationship among, surprisingly so kind), Cercei suspects that Jaime is on her side in wanting to kill Tyrion. She goes to her father who tells her he can’t discuss the trial with her, then she goes to Prince Oberyn and slyly tries to influence him – not by saying it directly, but rather being honest about how much she misses her daughter who’s in his homeland. Since Tyrion is the only suspect, it’s likely the judges will be persuaded to find him guilty. Mix in pathos with the rush of a solution and Tyrion’s prospects don’t look so good.

But why was Tyrion framed? Are Margaery’s grandma and Littlefinger really out to get him? Tyrion is just unlucky and was an easy pawn to give up. The only person who really wants Tyrion’s death is Cercei, but she had nothing to do with a plot to kill her own son. Who wanted Tyrion dead before this mess even happened? The answer is his father, Tywin.

With tonight’s new episode, I suspect whose behind this orchestration will be revealed. Everyone wants everyone dead in some way or the other. Arya repeats the names of all her enemies before she goes to sleep. On this list is Tywin, of course, and a slew of others I can’t really remember except for the dramatic pause before THE HOUND. He’s all “whatever,” about it. She still needs to learn the art of practicality, which comes with age and, duh, wearing armor instead of doing back flips.

I’m more excited about the other Starks who are having a hell of a season. Sansa was tricked into leaving King’s Landing (though it was probably for the best). Littlefinger is a mega creep who wants her for himself, but first he has to take her to her aunt Lysa – you remember, the chronic breast feeder – and get married. Record scratch. This lady is CRAZY. We all knew that though, but she wants to marry off Sansa to her younger son. She’s super horny all the time and wants Littlefinger to – OK, I can’t even finish that sentence right now. Just know she almost broke her niece’s hands because she thought Littlefinger was giving it to her. Then it’s all smiles and lemon cakes and Sansa wonders if this is really better than King’s Landing.

Finally Bran and Co. are captured in Craster’s keep by the rogue Brothers of the Nights Watch who keep him for bounty. It just so happens that in the next episode, Jon and his crew make it to Craster’s keep with the intention of killing all of these assholes. Perfect timing too because that one guy who looks like an evil Bill Hader was about to rape Meera and make them all watch. The brothers come and save them but one of them plans to kidnap Bran again. He uses his power to tap into Hodor and make Hodor kill him. “Game of Thrones” is always playing on that “so close but yet to far” plot device, and just as Bran is about to be reunited with his half-brother Jon, Jojen convinces him to move on to find the red tree or three-eyed raven or whatever-it-is-now of destiny.

Craster’s keep is burned to the ground and Craster’s daughters politely decline to go back with the Brothers to find work (i.e. be kept as whores).

Between the two episodes the plot progressed to a point before settling down. Chapters were closed but we’re only halfway through the season and the show has a chance to reinvent the short-term plot almost entirely tonight.


You can find me on Twitter @ClaudiaCMarina and talk episodes or your love of Outkast with me. I am for real.




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Author: Claudia Marina View all posts by
Journalism student at the University of Florida. Sally Draper is my spirit animal. I love writing about TV and how it affects culture. Occasionally I watch bad TV, but reviews make it better.

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