Saturday, August 1, 2009

Daenerys • Catelyn • Tyrion

I decided to do three chapters because not much happens in the Dany chapter, and the other two are also better summarized if read together. That and they are filled with a ton of names and locations and military tactics that I don't really understand.

Dany has been trying to get Khal Drogo to conquer the Seven Kingdoms, but he's not interested because they'd have to cross a huge sea. The Rock would sink to the bottom of the ocean and horses can't drink seawater. Dany goes to the Western Market, where someone tries to assassinate her with poisoned wine. Jorah saves her, but only because he's operating on threat level midnight -- he knows an attempt is coming. Afterward, Dany tries to make a dragon egg omelette by cooking them in the fire, but they don't hatch. However, the assassination attempt pisses off Khal Drogo enough for him to declare war on the Seven Kingdoms. Watch out Westeros, the Dothraki are coming!
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Catelyn arrives at Robb's camp. She quickly realizes that her son is leading this gigantic army to war, and he's just this fifteen-year-old who is brave but extremely inexperienced. She then tells him that if he loses, there's no hope for any of the Starks -- his father and sisters would forever be captives and they would spend the rest of their days in a Lannister dungeon. But hey, no pressure. The rest of the chapter is spent discussing military tactics and appointing commanders. I only recognize the Greatjon and Karstarks, the rest of the northern bannermen are unfamiliar to me. Robb doesn't seem very confident in his decisions, and that doesn't bode well for his chances, no matter how badass his army may be.
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Tyrion finally returns with his mountain clansmen in tow. Tyrion discusses military tactics with his father Tywin and his uncle Kevan. After reading Martin's description of Tywin, I can't shake the picture of a bearded Captain Picard / Professor X. The guy is never phased, and seems to be completely in control of any situation, even when the clansmen busted in on their meeting. Tywin speaks with such supreme confidence, its easy to feel bad for the Starks. It seems like Robb is in for a rude awakening now that he's playing with the big boys.

17 comments:

  1. A Daenerys, Catelyn, and Tyrion three-way session. Kinky.

    I will be expecially interested to hear your thoughts about the last 200 pages of this first novel.

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  2. you prabaly right to do thid three-way, these chapters make much more sence 2nd time around.

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  3. It's funny you see Tywin as a Picard-type, as a lot of people think Patrick Stewart would be the perfect actor to play him in the HBO series.

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  4. I agree with the first poster, when you read these chapters for a second time a lot of the character you don't know at the moment will be more familiar to you and make the chapters easier to understand.

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  5. For me Tywin always looked like Ed Harris not like Patrik Steward.

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  6. Lannisters, engage! (How I love Patrick Stewart)

    but I agree with anon, For some reason I pictured him as Ed Harris too

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  7. I imagine Tywin looking like Michael Hogan (Colonel Saul Tigh). But Prof. X is an interesting choice.

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  8. Agent Michael ScarnAugust 2, 2009 at 4:51 PM

    Threat level midnight. Office reference. Niiiice.

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  9. Yeah, your power ranking this time around is about right. I like how Sansa's letter takes 10th place for the second time.

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  10. I always imagined Tywin as Patrick Stewart myself! I love the blog, btw. I hope you're still enjoying the ride!

    YDJ

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  11. I always thought of Patrick McGoohan in Braveheart as Tywin

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  12. It's a shame McGoohan is dead...

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  13. All of you are wrong. Tywin is clearly the love child of both Ed Harris AND Patrick Stewart.

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  14. Alan Dale (who plays Charles Widmore on "Lost") has always seemed like the perfect Tywin to me.

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0197638/

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  15. I always picture Barristan looking like alan dale

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  16. As long as this has turned into a casting call for Tywin, I would second the Michael Hogan choice.

    These three chapter updates lacked the usual amount of humor . . . is our blogger getting caught up in the tension and seriousness of the plot despite his best intentions to stay light-hearted? Stay tuned. :-)

    Roland of Gilead

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  17. Coming soon

    www.thewall-film.com

    incredible artworks from the wall, fanmade.

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