Game of Thrones Ep.18: The Prince of Winterfell
More sibling rivalry occurs in numerous families that populate Westeros. Tyrion and Cersei are just itching to duke it out; Theon and Yara remain at odds with each other, as well. You know the world is in chaos when brother fights against sister and indeed, danger is coming to the land and approaching ever closer. Read more about “The Prince of Winterfell,” Game of Thrones’ 18th episode here.
Game of Thrones Episode 18: The Prince of Winterfell Video
“You made them prisoners in their home and they ran away,” Yara speaks about the Stark boys. “You call that treachery? I call it bravery.” She is dismayed at Theon’s rash actions of murdering Bran and Rickon and reminds him how difficult it will be to hold Winterfell when everyone in the North will hate Theon. She tells him she has not come with reinforcements to hold the keep, but to take him home.
Also in Winterfell, Maester Luwin spies Osha sneaking around for food and finds Bran, Rickon, and Hodor in the cellar. Osha explains that they doubled back in order to throw off the search party and that the burned bodies were likely the orphan boys who lived with the farmer. Bran overhears everything and despairs.
His older brother Robb and Talisa return to the encampment only to find out that Catelyn has allowed Jaime to be taken to King’s Landing. Robb Stark feels betrayed by his own mother and orders her to be guarded day and night. He sends some of his men out to find Jaime, who travels with Brienne of Tarth on a boat starting down the river. Later, Talisa and Robb exchange a tender, lust-filled moment, after Talisa spills her heart about her regal upbringing and the nearly fatal mistake she made by not keeping her eye on her brother.
Tywin readies himself to attack, believing Robb to be weakened, while Arya searches for Jaqen in order to name her final victim. She is too late in finding him, and Lord Tywin rides out of Harrenhal. So what does Arya do? She creatively convinces Jaqen to help her escape with Gendry and Hot Pie. The trio is able to walk through the gates of Harrenhal at midnight, past the dead guards.
Beyond the Wall, the wildlings want to kill Jon Snow until Ygritte convinces them differently. She wants them to take him to Mance. Qhorin Halfhand, the only surviving “Crow” of the small party sent out from the main camp, puts on an act in front of the wildlings, pretending he’s angry with Jon, all in an attempt to hide them from his discussion about Jon “doing what needs to be done” by gathering valuable information from inside. Elsewhere in the cold mountains, Sam, Grenn, and Edd find a stone with markings of the First Men, beneath which is a cloak wrapped around obsidian spear tips.
Meanwhile, Bronn and Tyrion are acting more like young brothers who spend too much time together. “We had a deal and wearin’ a gold cloak wasn’t part of it,” Bronn states, voicing his desire to wear what he wants. He also, smartly, rounded up all the thieves before Stannis and his army arrives, so that they don’t hoard all the food. Later, the Imp and Cersei attempt at getting the better of each other. Tyrion wishes Joffrey to ride into battle and Cersei reveals that she has his whore and brings out…Ros! Tyrion plays along, then runs to Shae and professes his love.
Daenerys will not leave on the ship Jorah has found for them without her dragons and Stannis pushes ever closer to King’s Landing across the sea…
Trina’s Take: I’m loving the character development of all of ‘em right now. Robb Stark is finally becoming more rounded out, as is Bronn and Yara. The dastardly Theon is so immature and reckless that he acts younger than Rickon; why doesn’t someone take him out already? I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve been waiting for a big battle for episodes and episodes! Next Sunday cannot come fast enough!