It was an episode that left me thinking instead of being able to sleep, which the previous eight have not been able to do.Seems George R.R. Martin's screenplay did wonders (but then, he got the choiciest bit from the novel to adapt); the direction was great, the interplay between quiet scenes and action scenes was spot on, and I felt there was way more dialogue from the novel in this episode than in the others (could just be me though). As I said to the lady as the episode ended, I wish they could make twenty episodes a season instead so we didn't have to lose so much. I miss the Sansa/Dontos subplot, for example.
But you know what I didn't miss? I didn't miss any of the other characters of the show, because King's Landing was intense. Jon Snow, Arya Stark, Daenerys Targaren, Theon Greyjoy, Catelyn Stark - they were all put on the backburner and I didn't even realize this until halfway through the episode. Could be because all my favorite characters were in this one (Tyrion, Bronn, the Hound, Cersei, even a quick cameo by Tywin) - and the episode didn't suffer for it at all. I guess next week we'll catch up on those - there's a House of the Undying to visit, after all. It better be creepy as hell to come after the Blackwater (I wonder whether it should have been the other way around - finish the season with Cersei on the Iron Throne being rescued in the nick of time by her lord father). I guess we'll also see Jon Snow hacking the fuck out of Qhorin and become a Wildling as a cliffhanger, and I guess they'll make some sort of cliffhanger out of the other characters' stories too. And maybe we'll meet Ramsay Snow.
In other news, some fans of the medieval strategy game Crusader Kings II have launched a modificiation to the game entitled Game of Thrones. If you own the original game, you simply download the mod files into the game's mod folder, fire up the game and click "Game of Thrones" in the menu. I did so last night just to have a first look, played a couple of years as Lord Roose Bolton. The replaced map was absolutely gorgeous, I noticed a few places where Europe showed up instead of Westeros (on certain pop-up windows) but other than that it felt like I was playing a Westeros game. My character even had the option to "legimitize Ramsay", so the people who put long hours into this sure know their setting. Find out more here. Download the mod and read what it can and can't do right here.
In other other news, I've once again fallen into the trap of reading too many books at once. I started with Peter Brett's The Painted Man but it doesn't hold my attention long enough so I began to switch, checking out this rather recent novel named The Mongoliad and so far it's absolutely superior and perhaps - and I haven't read much yet, mind you - a contender for the top ten list. Not just these two, I'm also reading a page or two of several other books inbetween, including a collection of Conan stories, Cthulhu short stories, Gardens of the Moon, A Dance with Dragons, Life in a Medieval City, and more. No wonder my head is spinning. Yeah, so The Mongoliad is really promising but I'm intent on finishing The Painted Man as well - some great ideas in there, after all. The whole demons-in-the-night thingy would be cool in a roleplaying game, kind of. Slynt out. So many papers to correct. Dizzy again.