OFF TOPIC: Freakin Reddit...ran across this pic taking a Shag break. Dumbass called him "The Imp"
ON TOPIC: Tywin isn't stupid by any means, and had to be suspicious that Arya was just hanging with the Watch like a boy + was so well learned on some Northern houses...why not keep her close where he can keep an eye on her.
I interpretted the knowing look between them as this:
Her: You and all you love could be killed too.
Him: Yeah, I know.
Regarding the pacing, I haven't seen anything close to resembling the watered-down filler apparent in season 2 of The Walking Dead. Every scene in GOT is important and I haven't noticed any contrived, dead end storylines.
Well to be fair, the series is called "Game of Thrones," not "War for the Throne," it's supposed to be about the politics, intrigue, and the whole vying for power. Sometimes that manifests itself in pitched skirmishes and battles, but ultimately it's about positioning, and forming alliances and backstabbing...thus playing the "Game." Too much time might be wasted showing every single skirmish, it's already hard enough to keep the different plots and characters straight without introducing random soldier number 5 from the left and random soldier number 8 swinging swords around for 10 minutes. Want more details on the battles go join the bookfags, they'll be glad to have you.
Obviously he doesn't know she's a Stark but his interest is piqued. Having been alerted that there's more than meets the eye doesn't necessarily mean you just lock her up and hold her ransom. At this point probably trying to find out how she can help his war effort against the North...or if she's a potential enemy
Quickly becoming one of the more intriguing storylines
Besides, I doubt she wants anyone to kill Jofrey but herself. Cersie, on the other hand... I could see that in a "your executioner killed my dad, my executioner killed your mom" kind of way.
GoT Power Ranking:
***Link Warning*** Inside the link at the bottom of the article they discuss differences from the book to the show. I did not paste that part of the article below.
"Anyone can be killed." -- Arya Stark
Oh, "Game of Thrones." We love how you start an episode with death, end an episode with death, and for fun, kill a bunch of people in between.
As our happy crew of crown-chasers set off for new lands, scheming, scouting, fighting and more, one piece has been knocked off the board.
"The Ghost of Harrenhal" demonstrates the golden rule, Westeros-style: Blood repaid in blood, death repaid in death. It also reaffirms something we've known since Ned Stark's head was cleaved from his shoulders. Anyone can die. Probably horribly.
Let's get to it.
The Power Rankings
Using a complex algorithm that takes into account each player's wealth, military might and dominion over lands, along with a "bonus" factor that adjusts for unquantifiable assets that could influence events, we've surveyed the lay of the land to figure out who's winning the game of thrones at this point of Season 2.
1. Stannis Baratheon
Last episode ended with a disturbing cliffhanger in the form of Melisandre's shadow baby. And "The Ghost of Harrenhall" wasted no time revealing the Red Woman's intentions: The shadow baby was an assassin, and Renly was its target. And there was no doubt that the main beneficiary of Renly's death was Stannis, who is now Robert Baratheon's one true living heir. Almost all of Renly's bannermen instantly went over to Stannis' side, bolstering his military power tremendously. He was always a strong commander, and now he has a strong army to command as well.
We also now have a better understanding of Melisandre's power. If she can kill Renly, she can assumedly kill Joffrey, Tyrion, Robb and Cersei as well. But Stannis' second-in-command, Davos Seaworth, doesn't want his King relying on Melisandre too heavily.
"You won those bannermen from Renly," he tells Stannis, "So don't lose them to Melisandre."
Stannis sees his advisor's point, and decides not to bring Melisandre any further on the march to King's Landing. A moral move, sure -- but will it end up being prudent?
2. Tyrion & Tywin Lannister
With sellsword Bronn by his side, this dwarf is swaggering strong. While Joff still sits on the Iron Throne, he's not the "demon monkey" pulling the strings. Neither is mother Cersei, who berates Tyrion for shipping off daughter Myrcella to Dorne, in the far south of Westeros.
"Myrcella's a sweet, innocent girl and I don't blame her at all for you," Tyrion tells her.
Cersei tries to withhold Joff's plans, but Tyrion, of course, has a mole. And he also, thanks to that mole, has thousands of pots of wildfire to use against his enemies.
3. Robb & Catelyn Stark
It could be argued that the person hurt most by Renly's death (other than Renly) was Robb. He'd been counting on an alliance with Renly against the Lannisters. Now that the more hostile Stannis commands the might of the Stormlands and the Reach, the Starks find themselves seriously outnumbered. At the same time, their home is being attacked by the Ironborn. In other words, things aren't looking good for the Young Wolf. At least he has a formidable new ally in the gargantuan form of Brienne of Tarth, whose pledge of allegiance to Catelyn Stark was the most touching moment of the episode.
4. Joffrey & Cersei Lannister
According to Lancel (Tyrion's sniveling spy), Joff's got battle plans of his own -- lobbing thousands of pots of "wildfire" onto Stannis' ships and armies. But as Tyrion notes, Stannis' army has doubled in size and money really can't buy everything.
Prostitute abuse aside, Joffrey's got bigger problems than sadistic egomania. It's no surprise that in the streets, beggars stand on platforms and air their grievances. "Are we surprised when the fruit of the incest is rotten?" the man shouts. As Tyrion says, "The king is a lost cause."
The Queen isn't much better off. These days, we don't see her doing much besides drink wine while giving her brother mean, resigned looks of dismay.
5. Margaery Tyrell
While brother Loras sobs over the body of slain lover Renly, swearing vengeance upon Stannis, Margaery's not crying: She's plotting.
"Do you want to be a queen?" Littlefinger asks her.
"I want to be the Queen," Margaery answers.
The Tyrells have enough money, men and influence to win Margaery a spot on our Power Rankings, even after the death of her would-be king of a husband. But whose claim will they support going forward? The answer could sway the balance of the board.
Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish
Baelish is wheeling and dealing as much as ever. In "The Ghost of Harrenhall," his principle purpose seemed to be encouraging Margaery to pursue power for herself. It's not clear what is in the Tyrell ascendancy for him, but there must be something. Littlefinger is not known for his charity.
The Mother of Dragons is now safely ensconced at the home of the extremely wealthy Xaro Xhoan Daxos in Qarth. Marrying her host might let her pay her way to an invasion of Westeros -- but advisor Jorah Mormont wants her to be patient.
The traitor decides to shift course at the urging of his second-in-command, Dagmer Cleftjaw. Instead of raiding fishing villages on the Stony Shore, he invades Torrhen's Square, just 40 leagues south of Winterfell. The Stark's castellan, Rodrik Cassel, marches on the city to try and take it back -- leaving the capital of the North almost undefended.
Arya seems to be thriving as the cupbearer to Tywin Lannister. There's a tense moment when he figures out she's a northerner, but she parries it fairly well. Her most impressive asset, though, is her friendship with the mysterious Jaqen H'Ghar, who became a Lannister soldier after she saved him from a fire. He tells Arya that she can ask him to kill three men in exchange for her actions. Her first pick, "The Tickler," is dead by the end of the episode. Will she decide to turn her power on her brother's enemies?
Not much on the pretty princess front this episode.
Bran & Rickon Stark
Bran is still having scary dreams, which concerns the wildling Osha more than it does Maester Luwin. Meanwhile, Rickon is turning into a feral varmint in his parents' absence. Which is fine by us ... that scene of him cracking walnuts in the great hall at Winterfell is hilarious!
Snow and the rest of the men of the Night's Watch are now deep into the icy regions beyond the Wall. But Snow decides to go even deeper when he volunteers on a special ops mission with Qhorin Halfhand. His old boss, Jorah Mormont, approves. "I hope you make a better ranger than you did a steward," he says.
You guys realize that altho Arya is smart for her age shes still just a child. She has no idea about the political goings on or the bigger picture. She named that guy because he was someone right in front of her that she saw doing something bad. Why would she kill Tywin Lannister? She doesn't know $#@! all about him other than he hasn't killed or raped her.
Didn't Tywin mention battling Robb in front of her?
True. But my point is she knows that Tywin is the one that Robb is fighting. And that she might want him dead because of it. I don't know. I agree that we as viewers are probably giving her, a child, too much credit. The scenes have been bad ass though.
Why would she want to kill the guy? His armies have lost every battle they have had with the Starks. Seems like the kind of guy you want to keep running things.
Kill Tywin, and Arya loses a lot.
I agree with the previous poster that made the point that Arya is still just a girl and that she is much more likely to use the 3 deaths on 3 people right in front of here and not necessarily for political gain for Robb. Also, it's unclear right now if killing Tywin helps or hurts Robb. With Stannis's army amassing to take King's Landing and the relationship between Stannis and Ned/Catelyn, it may be better to leave Tywin/Joffrey alive and let Stannis deal with them in south while Robb attacks from the north.
The best person politically for her to kill would be Poppa Greyjoy, he's the most immediate and dire threat.
She is not wasting wishes on Joffrey either she or sense(?) will kill him in person, you don't build up so much to all of a sudden have lackeys do the impersonal work for her.
She lists out the people she wanted to kill when she was falling asleep in the next to the last episode. Joffrey, Cersei, Sir Illayne...
Of course she hadn't met Tywin yet
Is it possible that her murder genie could refuse a request? Asking them to kill a torturer/executioner is one thing. Asking them to kill the lord commander, or the queen regent, or the king is something of a higher order.
No way Arya has Tywin killed. He saved her from the Tickler and certain death.
She is going after the people that killed her father.
I wonder what happens if Hodor saved Jaqen from getting killed :)
Anybody have a screencap of Winterfell with a guy in the foreground holding a Stark banner? Been looking for it, can't find it.
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