In contrast to the gut-wrenching carnage of last week’s “Game of Thrones” –- in which Robb Stark (
"Mhysa," the 30th episode of the HBO hit series, refers to the word "mother" in the language of Yunkai's slave population. Make that former slaves, because Daenerys liberated them without a wisp of dragon smoke.
"Mhysa, Mhysa, Mhysa," her newfound subjects exclaim in adoration as they lift Daenerys high on their shoulders. With her power growing by the day and those three young dragons becoming ever deadlier, can anyone stop her from seizing the Iron Throne?
Meanwhile, the throne’s current occupant, vile teen King Joffrey (
Joffrey is so giddy, in fact, that he’s already planning the dinner menu for his own nuptials. He wants to serve Robb’s severed head to poor Sansa Stark (
Taking an even stronger stance against Joffrey’s cruelty is Lannister patriarch Tywin Lannister (
As for newly orphaned Arya Stark (
Far to the north is Arya's crippled brother Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright), who's on a seemingly impossible mission to cross The Wall and stop the lethal White Walkers from overrunning the Seven Kingdoms.
Heading in exactly the opposite direction is Night’s Watch steward Samwell Tarley (John Bradley-West) and young Wildling mom Gilly (
Speaking of Sam, he’s reunited with his wayward Night’s Watch brother Jon Snow (
"I know I love you. I know you love me," Jon tells Ygritte before hopping on a horse and riding for home. But tender words don't assuage his jilted lover, who fires three arrows into Jon before bursting into tears. Looks like Jon will recover –- if he stays away from those Wildling girls!
Finally, Davos Seaworth (
After Gendry is set free, a furious Stannis orders Davos' execution. "You're going to need me," Davos protests, because those ominous White Walkers are "coming for all of us."
Stannis is unmoved, however, until Melisandre unexpectedly intervenes to spare Davos. She's a surprising ally at the end of another surprising season of "Game of Thrones."
So how long do we have to wait for Season 4? Too long. Way too long.