‘Game of Thrones’: Best (and dumbest) moves in ‘First of His Name’ episode

Last week “Game of Thrones” saw a King crowned and a village burn. While the show is still sitting in fourth place with odds of 8/1 to win Best Drama Series at this year’s Emmys, a strong second half of the season could see it rise in the ranks. So, as we approach the half way point of this fourth season, let’s check in with my moves of the week.

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Moves of the Week

1. Lord Peter ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish’s ladder is revealed
On arriving at the Vale, we hear one of the biggest game changing revelations in the ‘Game’ so far. Lysa Arryn reveals that Littlefinger convinced her to poison her husband Jon and then write the letter to Catelyn blaming house Lannister. This kick-started the whole series of events that led to the Stark/Lannister conflict and war of the five kings. It showed Littlefinger’s mastery of manipulation to play the two key houses against each other to advance his own standing in the ‘Game.’ He believes chaos is a ladder to climb and no one has created more than him. This move shows how on that climb his morality has no beginnings and his ambition has no ends.

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2. Cersei Lannister works the room
In reviewing “Breaker of Chains,” I took aim at Cersei for having her blinders onto the ‘Game’ at large. This week we saw her meeting with three key players: Margaery Tyrell, Oberyn Martell and her father Tywin Lannister. Talking with them to get a read of the game and diversify her relations will prove crucial moving forward. However, she needs to make sure she doesn’t buy everything that is being sold to her.

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3. Tommen Baratheon gets the ‘Iron Throne’
He hasn’t done anything amazing that’s for sure, but I’m a results-oriented guy. In a game where so many people are trying to claim the iron throne, he has actually been able to do it. He’s played an under the radar game for sure; indeed, casual fans likely didn’t know of his existence until and episode or two ago, but he’s made it. How long can he hold on is the question.

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Dumbest Move: Lysa Arryn gets the ‘Littlefinger’
If this week showed the mastery of Littlefinger, it also highlighted how easily manipulated Lysa Arryn is. She murdered her husband and started a war all out of love for a man who is using her for his own ambitions.

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Emmy Moves
This episode was littered with nice moments: thereveal at the Vale; Dany deciding she want to rule; crowning a new king; and action at Caster’s keep. This could be a good episode to include among the six for the series submission. However, it may not have enough moments to be a sure fire pick. Kit Harrignton, who plays Jon Snow, had a great fight scene but no emotional core to make this a sure-fire Emmy tape. No other cast member was featured prominently enough to make this episode worth considering.

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