Monday, April 18, 2011

Game of Thrones' Most Chilling Moment: Bran's Downfall

The first episode of Game of Thrones on Sunday had several chilling scenes that featured creepy, white-pupiled baby creatures and multiple beheadings. In the end, however, I was most disturbed by what befell Bran. 
Spoiler alert: Consider this your notice to click the back button if you haven't watched the pilot, titled "Winter Is Coming," yet. 
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 Where do I start? Seeing Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) push Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) from the tower window was just all sorts of horrifying. Let's go with the obvious: He's human, only a child and arguably one of Ned Stark's cutest kids (although Arya would contest that and rightfully so). All very good reasons against defenestration.

Also, I found this scene more distressing than that opening horror scene because the evildoer wasn't some creepy, fantastical being. This was a presumably sane person who made a calculated decision to kill a kid (who's full of vim, vigor and climbing ability!). And even though Eddard also deliberately decapitated that deserter earlier in the episode, at least he was prompted by a sense of honor and didn't take the act lightly.

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