Game of Thrones: Season 3 Premiere ‘Valar Dohaeris’ Recap

Game of Thrones: Season 3 Episode 1 "Valar Dohaeris" Recap
Kit Harington as Jon Snow in GAME OF THRONES (Image Credit: HBO)

This season of Game of Thrones starts exactly where last season left off with poor Samwell Tarly running from the white walkers.  Not so far way from this scene is Jon Snow and his red headed Wilding girl – Ygritte.  They arrive at the Wilding village where giants roam freely pounding posts into the ground with their fists.

Poor Tyrion is recovering from his war wound, a cut across his face, locked up in a room inside the castle.  His incestuous sister still roams Kings Landing as Queen B*$^& and threatens Tyrion not to speak ill of her to their father.  This doesn’t hold much water with little brother but this sibling rivalry will be left for another episode.  If you recall, Tyrion and father Lannister are not friendly but Tyrion takes a stab at breaking the wall.  He insists he deserves some recognition for his efforts in the battle including control of Casterly Rock.  Tywin quickly shuts him down for no other reason than for him being a little person and killing his mother during childbirth.  Way to be an a-hole the most likable character on GOT.

On a rock in the middle of the sea we find Davos sun stroked and barely alive.  He is able to wave down a friendly ship and convince the pirate captain to take him back to Stannis.  Due to his army’s devastating defeat during the Battle of Blackwater, Melisandre the priestess of R’hllor, has all her hooks in him garnering undying devotion.  When Stannis’ closest adviser, Davos, confronts him about her – he’s thrown into the dungeon.

As for Robb Stark, he returns to Harrenhal to find “200 hundred Northmen slaughtered” by the Tywin Lannister’s army.  Robb is still pissed at his mum for setting Jaime Lannister free and sends her off to be imprisoned as his army regroups.

Meanwhile, Sansa and Shae stare longingly at the ships leaving port making up stories about their journey.  Not so coincidentally, Sir Baelish comes to speak with Sansa and promises to take her on his next voyage out of King’s Landing so she can escape the Lannister’s grasp.

Khalisi and Sir Friendzone (thanks for that one, Rita) are sailing across the sea to secure an army and claim the iron throne with dragons in tow.  When they reach a port to secure an army, a slave army to be exact, they are greeted by a foul speaking slave trader offering 8,000 men.  Yeow, nipple removal just to show soldier toughness – not cool, empathy pain.  Ugh.  Just as Khalisi is nearly injured by a warlock we meet her newest guardsman, a throw back from her father’s time.  We’ll see if Sir Friendzone is now also Sir Backburner due to this new character.

Phew – there was a lot going on in this episode.  If you haven’t watched it, be sure to check out the re-runs because Game of Thrones is intricate and has a million characters and storylines.  Intense!  Check back here for the next episode recap.

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BreAna Hansen studied Film & Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine graduating Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She won two UCI screenwriting awards while earning her Bachelors and continues to develop screenplays in her free time. BreAna is a member of Women in Film Seattle and the Society for Cinema & Media Studies. She is also the creator and principle writer of A Girl with Glasses, an entertainment blog.

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