Great episode again. The last one was more spectacular, but I truly enjoyed the story development.
I love Tywin. He's a colossal c*nt, but he's also right. Giving Sansa to Thyrion and marrying Cersei to the Tyrells is smart business.
For Thyrion this is actually a great chance. He can now protect Sansa, what he wanted all along. He can treat her fairly and even abstain from bedding her.
For Cersei it's much worse, because her ego is already as inflated as the pride of a Stark. Emotionally it's inhumane, because she gets another husband, who will never love her.
Really curious how this plays out.
Jaime was great. Finally I heard the whole Mad King story, which confirmed my impression of his behavior. As Thyrion advised Jon Snow in the first season (don't forget what you are / wear it like an armor), Jaime accepted his "Kingslayer" role. Sadly it made him misanthropic. Great complex character.
I loved to see Ygritte naked. Jons instantly great pussy eating ability felt a bit pretentious to me. When I had my first girl, I didn't had confidence right away. It would have felt more normal, if Jon - the nice boy - behaved differently. The scene generally lacked a erotic atmosphere.
Rob again proved, that as a politician he's as bad as his father. I understood that he chose his own wife. I disagreed but kinda understood, why he didn't want to just LIE about it until the war is over. Despite that costing him the loyalty of the Freys. But now he really FUCKED up with the Karstarks. Granted, the revenge against the Lannister boys was super-dump. But as a king you CAN'T FUCKING LET YOUR PRIDE DICTATE ALL YOUR DECISIONS.
One must admire the Starks courage and integrity. After all he chopped off the head of a loyal distant relative. But in his the struggle for power his virtuous easily turn to incompetence.
Arya & the Brotherhood was really cool. I was relieved, that the Hound survived. He's not a good man, but I see his potential to be used for the good. Gendry staying makes sense. I like it.
The inside scoop about Stannis' family was also great. I was amazed, how fucked up his personal life is. Yet not suprised. It kinda fits his nature to be a bad head of the family. I was shocked how freaky his wife is. That woman has been truly emotionally destroyed by the still-birth of her sons.
The Dany scene was also cool. I enjoy how she grows into the role of a queen. Hopefully her first Knights won't become enemies. Both are good men.
Since when is Loras Tyrell the heir to the Reach, pretty sure he has two older brothers and oh yeah IS IN THE KINGSGUARD.
Maybe they simplified the plot? Since I don't know the books, I can just speculate, that Tywin planned to wed Cersei to Willas in the books.
Loras being Kingsguard is new to me. He maybe declared himself Kingsguard of Renly. But Renly is dead and Loras is not Kingsguard to Joffrey.
I think he's not in the Kingsguard in the show because he's like 5'4" and weighs about 130. Seriously, SANSA could overpower him. Arya could kick his ass.
But yeah, they've combined all the Tyrell sons into Loras.
Well. He did knock the Mountain of a horse. ;-)
I wouldn't underestimate Loras. He seems to be a capable fighter. With this kind of training I bet he can also fight close combat. - Even though he's much better in self presentation and using dirty tricks. Still a great knight. No legend, but a rose has its thorns. =)