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Game of Thrones chants "Mhysa" in the season three finale

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Written by : published Monday 10th June 2013

It was a night of hope and dread for fans of the series Game of Thrones, which aired its third season finale, entitled “Mhysa”. Not only did the series suffer a heartbreaking loss with the deaths of Robb and Catelyn Stark (Richard Madden and Michelle Fairley respectively) in the penultimate episode’s closing moments rightfully called ‘The Red Wedding’ by fans, as per the general bylines and notes from HBO for the final episode, we know that “Tywin (Charles Dance) is challenged by Joffrey (Jack Gleeson), Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) tells a ghost story, an unusual act of mercy plays out at Dragonstone and time will tell if Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is a conqueror or a liberator.”

Of course the byline is misleading usually and doesn’t even truly reflect the depth of what is going on, as with a show like Game of Thrones, a little bit of truth can completely spoil something huge.

Game of Thrones is also hard to really discuss because usually the arcs are stretched rightfully so, through the entire season and are a bit dense (in a good way) that trying to discuss each episode for someone such as myself is a bit, well, I won’t lie… hard.   The show itself is so sweeping and so deserving of the praise it receives (even when it kills of Robb or Catelyn), that coming back here every week to tell you how amazing it is, wears a bit thin. Look, you know should be watching this show.  This is why we’ve come at the end of the season to do a proper Game of Thrones review.

To see in the opening moments Robb Stark’s headless body with the head of his direwolf atop it was even more depressing than his death and to make it worse, little sister Arya (Maisie Williams) awakens to see it. The Hound (Rory McCann) clears the way and escapes. The Hound’s arc this season, along with Arya has been that similar to Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie)’s arc; there are all shades of grey, and not exactly what you are expecting.


Meanwhile back at King’s Landing, we see Sansa (Sophie Turner) Lannister and her new husband Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) walk and have a wonderful exchange, and if one may dare say: a moment.  That moment is dashed though at his father Tywin calling a meeting of the council.  In it, we learn that word has reached Joffrey about Robb’s death.  Joffrey quickly calls for Robb’s head to be served to Sansa at his own wedding on a platter, but Tyrion quickly makes note and threatens Joffrey in front of everyone that Sansa is no longer his to torment. Yet, Joffrey is quick to not just throw Tyrion under the bus, but also Tywin as well during his tantrum. After Tywin sends the King “to bed without his supper” as Tyrion hilariously phrases it, Tywin and Tyrion have more words over Tywin’s dishonor in how he killed Robb Stark. Even Tyrion is not pleased; he understands this is war but during a celebration? Bad form.

Ramsay Snow (Iwan Rheon) continues his torture of Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) as we learn that he is the warden of the north, and he is sending pieces of Theon to his father, Balon (Patrick Malahide) and sister Yara (Gemma Whelan). Yara though is not pleased with her father and takes it upon herself to get revenge and save her brother.

Bran finds passage to the north thanks to Samwell (John Bradley) with the Dragonglass-like spear he used to kill white walkers.  Daenerys though is concerned about her choice to ‘free’ the city she raided. Did she free them? Or conquer them? Luckily for us, and for her, her path as being the rightful heir to Westros is continuing to be more valid as we see her reign from under the thumb of her brother to the Mother of Dragons.  And that is what “Mhysa”, the episode’s title actually means.

There a whole heck of a lot of pieces in play here, and the biggest developments lead you to the edge of your seat despite being the season finale.  Honestly, this felt more like a denouncement kind of affair more than anything and besides one end of things, didn’t really seem to move anything along.  Which is fine, let’s be honest, but now that it is said and done, I felt they could have given us more. Perhaps that is a good thing?

Usually I’d say yes. But this is more a bad thing; I feel they were leaving something else out of those final moments, perhaps it is their tradition, I’ve heard, to leave something from the end of each book to carry over into the following season, but while the last season finale had what felt like a great ending, this just sorta ended.

Despite that little ‘is that it’ feeling, Game of Thrones continues to impress with it’s arcs and of course, wonderful characters played to perfection by its cast.  To say the complexity to characters like Jamie and Tyrion Lannister carried to such great depths by their actors is an understatement.  Every single character has a movement, a grace, a moment of tragedy, heartbreak, evil, joy, sadness, that there are no, minus Joffrey and Tywin perhaps, truly 100% evil characters. We see instantly their justification for the most part in every single choice they make. If anything we’ve learned from Game of Thrones and the history that the creator through the ages has mimed, is that honor doesn’t always win out. 

Sad, but true.

  Overall, there isn’t much more to say but ask the general age old questions everyone should ask: So where else can Game of Thrones lead? Will some of the actors be nominated for their roles? And if not, what should we do about it? Why is George R.R. Martin such a cruel man to characters he creates and we love? Why isn’t Joffrey dead yet? Have you seen that meme where Martin introduces a couple who falls in love and then kills one of them? Has this stream of conscious paragraph go off the tracks? The answer is yes to that last one, but until next season, none of us (except you reading the books) know, making the next year until the return of Game of Thrones extremely difficult.

About the author goodbadgeeky


Nick ‘Nitro’ Arganbright has an extreme love for a good story, whether it be in film, tv, video games, comic books, music or more and it shows in each article and podcast he produced. The titular podcast he produces is called The Good The Bad & The Geeky with co-hosts Jon Bettin and Nathan ‘DJ Meat’ Haley. The podcast has helped him make a few contacts within in the industry which he hopes to use to entertain and inform readers of his reviews on Examiner.com and The TV King, offering an average joe opinion that is often overlooked in major print and online publications. If you’d like to e-mail him, please do so at [email protected] or you can tweet him on twitter at @goodbadgeeky.

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