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Queen Cersei Lannister
Ser Jaime Lannister
Ser Jorah Mormont
Prince Joffrey Baratheon
Grand Maester Pycelle
Lord Mace Tyrell
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I thought it was a nice mid-season episode, propelled by Michelle MacLaren's elegant direction, Benioff and Weiss's smart dialogue, and the refreshing fact that storylines from Essos to King's Landing seemed to enter new chapters.
You have to feel for Sansa, who almost got to relax for half a second with her lemon cakes before her aunt went all Lifetime Originals on her.
I'm starting to think that Cersei Lannister is the most important character on Game of Thrones. No one else so perfectly captures the show's myriad contradictions.
The man who wants everything (Littlefinger) will stop at nothing. And he's just succeeded in single-handedly taking the strongest fortress in Westeros. Not a bad place to start a bid for the Iron Throne, I'd say.
Some stories show good people overcoming injustices, and reassure us that all is right with the world. But the more powerful stories may be the ones where the injustices go unpunished.
"First of His Name," offered some of the goriest battle scenes so far, thanks to Jon Snow and the Nights Watch, balanced by some of the funniest comic relief, in the form of Brianne and her hapless squire Pod.
Though it mostly feels like another table-setting episode for Game of Thrones (which it most certainly is), "First of His Name" is quietly one of the most philosophic episodes of the show.
The standout moment of the episode is the assault on Craster's Keep. It's tense, gruesome and well shot - everything we've come to expect from a Game Of Thrones fight scene.
It's not just about violence and abuse for entertainment's sake,... But the show has a message, as Martin told the Times: "the true horrors of human history derive not from orcs and Dark Lords, but from ourselves."
First Of His Name was, at best, a thoroughly average episode. There were a couple of high points, often due more to some excellent performances rather than inspired writing
This show takes its time unspooling its mysteries and revealing its dark secrets. Case in point: Last night's episode, First of His Name.