Game of Thrones Season 1: Episode 5 – ‘The Wolf and the Lion’

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As you probably remember, things started to get VERY interesting in Episode 5. We now sit halfway through the first season. You can read through Adam Spunberg’s FULL EPISODE 5 REVIEW, “The Wolf and the Lion” by clicking HERE!

Now that the essential characters have been established – though we keep getting to know more about them, subtleties and all – the focus has turned to action. And by action, I mean plotting and scheming, cunning maneuvers and fateful crossed-the-Rubicon mistakes. The pot has been stirring to a boil and all those simmering bubbles are colliding against each other in inevitable alliance and conflict. Who is with whom? Who will make the next big move? The fact that so much of this is unclear is a testament to how intelligently wrought the show is and how unpredictable its characters have become; you feel you know them, but you don’t really know them.

One thing we can be sure of: The Starks are the moral epicenter of it all. Not every Stark is as pure as the rest – one gets a bit haughty with a prostitute, for instance, though he is just a ward – but they are the only House with integrity left. Ned Stark is honorable to a fault, even if it means crossing his friend King Robert (and rightfully so – it’s become ever more apparent that Robert is not the admirable monarch he once was). For a while, Ned Stark accepted the King’s shortcomings and sacrificed his dignity in small doses, but when it comes to murdering Daenerys Targaryen and unborn son, he will have no part in it. This moral stand could prove extremely costly, as enemies of his are ripe to pounce on his loss of favor.

And then there’s Lady Stark, who is also “honorable to a fault,” in this case a severe fault. Determined that the dwarf Tyrion Lannister tried to kill her son Bran, she kidnaps him and takes him on a fool’s journey to Eyrie – the place where Jon Arryn resided with her sister. She expects her sister to adhere to her wishes, but instead finds an insane woman breastfeeding a boy far too old for his mother’s milk (one of the more iconic scenes). As Tyrion proves his mettle by saving her life, she is suddenly helpless as her sister throws him in perhaps the most artistic dungeons ever depicted on screen: a cell with wide open windows, all on the edge of a cliff. It is these unusual touches that separate Game of Thrones from the usual fare, hypnotizing its viewers into an escapist realm beyond our own.

Episode 5, The Wolf and The Lion also adds embellishment to some of the more minor characters, converting them into influential ones. Littlefinger is clearly important and up to now, seems on the Starks’ side. At the same time, the eunuch, Lord Varys, is playing multiple sides in a way that can only be sinister. All these schemes and manipulations converge on a final showdown, where the exiled Ned Stark is ambushed by the abominable Jaime Lannister. Our hero, Stark, is reduced to his knees, severely wounded and without his entire regiment of guards – yes, Thrones can be quite brutal, too.

To read the full review at, go HERE!


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