So … why is Joffrey the way he is? Is it really because he’s the product of incest? I don’t really buy that for two reasons. One, his brother and sister seem to have escaped the psychotic and cruelty gene, despite sharing the exact same parentage as him; and two, we’re not talking thousands of years of incest with generations after generations of brothers marrying sisters ala the Targaryens here, just Cersei and Jaime. I think being taught things like “everyone who is not us is the enemy” or “you don’t have to like the woman you’re marrying or even be nice to her, just see her once in a while to produce little princes and princesses, and sleep with whores the rest of the time if that’s what you want” or “you can do whatever you want, you are going to be king!” by his mother is a more likely culprit. So Cersei, if you’re being punished for anything, I bet it’s more for the sin of teaching your son these things, rather than for sleeping with your brother.
Of course there’s a third possibility, Joffrey is like Damien in The Omen, is just born evil. Has anyone checked him for the 666 mark yet?
Come on Theon, don’t sell yourself short, I’m sure you’re capable of being cruel AND weak. Oh please, that’s obviously the charred bodies of Jack and Billy the boys at the farm Bran didn’t want to seek shelter in because it might endanger them (the irony!) Theon is such a blustering, ineffective screw-up I don’t believe for a moment he actually managed to capture Osha, Hodor, Bran and Rickon. Plus, why else would the show bothered to provide all the backstory for boys we’ve never seen before? “He climbs tree better than anyone I know!” chirped Rickon. Wow, I had no idea Rickon could be chirpy, especially after the nut-bashing incident a few episodes ago.
I have no sympathy for Jon whatsoever. Serves him right for being so stupid. He’s not really a good ranger, is he? I don’t find his scenes as boring as I usually do, because Ygritte and her angry needlings of Jon is quite entertaining. Can’t say the same for Lady-not-Lady Talissa the bestest and mostest healer in the whole of Westeros. There’s something really annoying and almost vomit-inducing about the Robb-Talissa flirtation, I can’t quite put my finger on what it is, exactly. Maybe I’m just super-pissed at Robb for having time to FLIRT when his siblings are all in danger in different corners of the world.
The War of Five Kings, as Tywin said. So Joffrey, Renly, Stannis, Robb and Daenerys. Which means the people of Westeros know that Daenerys is trying to raise an army to “regain” the throne? If only they know how unsuccessful she’s been so far! Really, it should be called The War of Two Kings and a Northern Rebel. Arya, Arya, Arya, you need to act more stupid and ignorant. Dangerous territory, here. He’s a smart guy, Tywin Lannister, he’ll seduce you with his stories and recollections, making you think you’re in his confidence, but really, it’s a test, to see what you know, and who you really are.
Does it really make sense for Joffrey to marry Sansa now? In Robb and Catelyn’s view, Sansa is a hostage, it’s not going to change the way they think about Joffrey and the Lannisters even if Sansa is married to Joffrey. Why not marry off Joffrey to Margaery Tyrell (who’s so determined to be THE queen) and get the support of the Tyrells in the war instead? (That’s a little bit weird, though, because Margaery is a grown woman, and Joffrey is a sniffling, immature little brat). They can still keep Sansa as a prisoner. Sighhhh. I just don’t understand the way people plot and scheme in this show sometimes.
Jaime wants to die, right? That’s the only logical explanation I can think of for the things he did this episode. Noooo, don’t kill him Catelyn, he’s valuable bartering material!