Game of Thrones – “Walk of Punishment” (Season 3, Episode 3)

I’m quickly realising that Game of Thrones needs more than two hundred words to discuss – it’s not even enough to summarise the episode! And even in a strong episode like “Walk of Punishment,” not every sliver of plot is going to succeed.

Spiral of dead horses from Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 3 - "Walk of Punishment"

The difference between a plotline flourishing or floundering seems to have direct correlation with how much it’s featured in the episode. We spent so little time seeing Stannis be all creepy, or Jon Snow planning to scale the Wall that these scenes are hard to remember by episode’s end. I have no idea what’s happening with Theon, but his scenes were so rushed that I don’t really care.

Noah Taylor in Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 3 - "Walk of Punishment"

But when given time to breathe, Game of Thrones is confident, exciting television. Daenerys offering up her dragon as trade is surprising and effective because we’ve had time to ponder her dilemma. Tyrion’s storyline did little to move the plot forward, but was thankfully entertaining (though Pod’s story felt like a contrived excuse for copious nudity). The surprise dismemberment that ended the episode was abrupt without seeming rushed. The show is at its best when focusing on character rather than hurriedly moving the plot from point A to point B.

3 thoughts on “Game of Thrones – “Walk of Punishment” (Season 3, Episode 3)

    • Well I didn’t know to expect it at all! I haven’t read the books. But it was an interesting scene, in that when they first dragged him to the table I actually thought “oh, they’re going to chop an arm or hand off,” simply because of how it was framed… then had two contradictory thoughts – (1) they wouldn’t do that and (2) maybe they’ll kill him?

      Of course, it makes no sense for them to kill the Kingslayer, but I love the way the show/story’s happiness to kill pretty much anyone at any time means no-one ever feels safe.

      • Interestingly it happened vastly different than that and may actually change the end result, can’t really go into any detail because it is very big spoiler country 😀

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