Game of Thrones – Season 3, Episode 1 – Two Questions

By D.G. McCabe

A season of Game of Thrones is basically a ten hour movie, and last night’s first part didn’t disappoint.  Keeping in mind that I haven’t read all of the books (I’m about a third of the way through “A Clash of Kings”), here are two questions for next week:

What’s Margaery Tyrell’s angle?

She has to have one right?  I mean she can’t actually be a good and decent person in this world for long without having her head mounted on a spike like a certain Lord of Winterfell.  Add that to her Lady MacBeth-esque scenes from last season and I don’t really buy the whole “I’m going to take care of the orphans” thing as any more than a public relations stunt.

When is Daenerys going learn that patience is a good thing?

Of all the various subplots of George R.R. Martin’s saga, it is that of Daenerys Targaryen that has the most in common with a traditional “hero quest” saga.  After all, she has all the aspects of a legendary hero – low beginnings, special destiny, extraordinary powers, obstacles to overcome.  Her problem at the moment is that she wants to retake the Seven Kingdoms – NOW.  But now, she has three dragon kids, a couple dozen tired barbarians, and whatever money she had left over from that scumbag in Qarth after buying a ship.  Soon enough she’ll have three terrifying monsters, but she’ll also have to feed, clothe, and maintain an army and figure out how she’s going to attack, which takes time.

(c) 2013 D.G. McCabe