Game of Thrones – “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” (Season 3, Episode 7)

This week’s episode has the same problems as last week’s – predictable, drawn-out plot developments – but some gorgeous cinematography and crisp writing made for a more engaging hour.

Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) and Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) in Game of Thrones, Season 3, Episode 7 - "The Bear and the Maiden Fair"

The best two scenes of the episode had much in common. Both were precisely photographed and both pertained to a verbal power struggle between two imposing individuals. In one scene, Joffrey’s position on the Iron Throne suggested he’d gained the upper hand over his uncle, but Tywin deftly reversed the situation in a clever visual joke, finally towering over his odious nephew. In the other, Daenerys (making a welcome return) asserted her own authority over the messenger from Yunkai, another immense slave city. Personally, my money’s on Daenerys if it comes to combat.

There were problems. The light that shone from Tyrion last season has dulled, and his domestic troubles with Shae felt like something from a lesser show. Seven episodes into the season, and Theon is still being tortured for no apparent reason. I haven’t mentioned Jaime’s selfless act of heroism that ended the episode. It was a bit much – I’ve already been won over to the dude’s side, trying to turn him into a bona fide hero this quickly felt rushed.

2 thoughts on “Game of Thrones – “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” (Season 3, Episode 7)

  1. If you had told me at the conclusion of season one, that I would turn into a fan of the Kingslayer I would have said you were crazy. Agree about that Theon bit dragging on too long and the show wasting the talents of Peter Dinklage lately, Also Dragons!!!!

    • Thanks for the reply. As I said in a comment last week (I think?) that I think the arc of Jaime Lannister so far has been one of the best-executed things the show has done, even if his heroics were a little blatant this episode.

      My partner just finished watching the second season and it’s impressive how fast the dragons have grown – they’re gone from human-baby-sized to, well, full-grown-human-sized. The VFX team is doing a good job of creating them for sure.

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