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Game of Thrones Season 3, Episode 1 Rewatch: Valar Dohaeris

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Rob Cesternino and Josh Wigler begin a rewatch of Game of Thrones Season 3 with todays recap of Game of Thrones Season 3, Episode 1: Valar Dohaeris. Join us each weekday through Friday, April 4th for one episode a day of our Season 3 Rewatch.

On this episode Rob and Josh discuss all of the plot points from Game of Thrones Season 3’s premiere:

  • Rob and Josh discuss Samwell Tarley’s one job which he failed to do by neglecting send a raven to tell the rest of the Night’s Watch about the White Walkers which are on the march beyond the wall.
  • What were Jon Snow’s true intentions with the wildlings?  Is he really going undercover or is he considering actually joining them?  How come not too many wildlings are pissed that the one cute girl beyond the wall, Ygritte, has a thing for the new guy?
  • After Robb Stark put Catelyn Stark in jail, Rob and Josh discuss whether Robb did that to keep his mom safe from all of the guys who were pissed that she freed Jaime Lannister.
  • We see Davos Seaworth get rescued and return home to speak with Stannis, However Davos gets thrown under the bus by Melisandre for the defeat at Blackwater.  Rob and Josh wonder why the Red Woman couldn’t summon one of her smoke monsters to take to Blackwater.
  • After Bronn gets interrupted by Pod, we see Tyrion and Cersei discuss Tyrion’s upcoming conversation with Tywin Lannister.  Unfortunately for Tyrion, the conversation with Tywin does not go especially well.  Tywin tells Tyrion about how much he hates him setting up lots of great Tywin and Tyrion moments in Season 3.
  • We see Sansa making up stories about what is going on in all the ships and the harbor before being spoken to by Littlefinger.  Rob and Josh discuss whether Littlefinger or Varys would win in a season of Survivor.
  • Rob and King Joffrey are both very impressed with Lady Margaery and her efforts to visit the orphanage.  Unfortunately, Cersei isn’t too keen on Joffrey’s new love interest but she doesn’t realize that her not liking a girl will probably only make Joffrey like her more.
  • Finally, Daenerys Targaryen ends up trying to purchase some slaves for her Army to take over Westeros and ends up negotiating with someone who doesn’t realize she speaks the language.  Then after surviving an assassination attempt, Daenerys ends up recruiting some more help for her cause from Barristan Selmy

Be sure to join us on Sunday, April 6th at 10:15 pm ET for our LIVE coverage of the Game of Thrones Season 4 premiere.

Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 1 Recap:  Valar Dohaeris

Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 1 Recap: Valar Dohaeris

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  • Mr.Hendrix

    2:20 – Rob – TV show only fans are referred to as Unsullied, so you can go with that if you want.
    21:20 – Josh – The siege was at Storm’s End. Stannis rewarded Davos with knighthood and punished him by taking his fingertips. (I’m a big Stannis & Davos fan BTW, you’ll be one too soon, Rob!)
    24:10 – Both – Making the shadowbabies drains life-force from Stannis.
    43:20 – Both – The slavemasters name is Kraznys (Mo Nakloz)
    44:10 – Both – The translators name is Missandei
    47:05 – Rob – The scorpion thing is a Manticore(there’s some confusion over what a manticore is within this universe)

    • Thanks Mr. Hendrix, I really appreciate you paying such close attention. We’re going to have a lot of fun this season.

      • Mr.Hendrix

        I just want everyone to know as much as they can before season 4 starts!

  • Humberto Urrutia

    My heart broke a Little when you guys said it was a tv show only, and non-book readers.

    • Sorry Humberto, we’re a TV recap website!

      • Rory

        “Cooomin’ to you liiive from the local library, it’s post chapter recaps!”

  • Rory

    I don’t think Jon Snow’s TV portrayal is Kit Harrington’s fault. The writing portrays him as incompetent, overconfident and whiny. An example of this is when they’re deciding who goes on the scouting mission with Quorin Halfhand: In the show, Jon whines about wanting to go, and is mocked by the black brothers. Whereas in the book, Quorin picks Jon himself because he has a good eye and is Ned’s son. It’s almost like the show’s writers are actively aiming for Jon to be disliked by the audience at this stage.

    • Josh Wigler

      Good point. I think it’s a combination, but the writing doesn’t do Kit many favors.

  • Ryan Oakley

    Hey Rob,
    I’m sure you’re aware of this, but just letting you know you’ll probably get a lot of criticism about this show from some book readers out there. A lot of them are incredibly picky when it comes to details and will have no problem with jumping down your throat and calling you a moron the moment you get a single syllable wrong (there are legitimately people out there who get mad when people call Robb ‘King of the North’ instead of ‘King in the North’).
    I realise Mr Hendrix had good intentions with his post, but when you get people calling you out on every single inaccuracy week by week it’s going to get annoying.
    You probably have a thick skin already from your podcasting, but it will certainly be put to the test in the coming 11 weeks. So keep your chin up, and enjoy what will by far and away be the best season of the show so far! Even Season 3 had some boring moments amongst the awesome, but I’m very confident that Season 4 will be a lot more “dense” with drama and action.

    • Rory

      I get that people can be overly picky, but I think Mr.Hendrix was mostly just filling in the blanks.

      There are a lot of moments in the TV show which don’t seem to make much sense because the format doesn’t allow a sufficient explanation (Rob noticed a few). So when people point out plot holes and inconsistencies in your favourite series, it’s easy to get defensive and say “it makes sense if you read the source material!”

      Anyway I think it will be fine as long as people don’t go overboard or spoil anything. It’s good fun listening to Josh squirm when he’s trying to avoid spoilers. And Rob’s take on the show is an interesting contrast, I think having both perspectives can highlight what the show is doing well and what it’s not.

      • Ryan Oakley

        Oh I totally get that, Hendrix was doing a great job because they were facts missed by the guys or answers to questions that they directly asked. I more meant that other people might come along in a similar fashion and give dot points about every fact that Rob and Josh get wrong, as I’ve seen in comments of numerous other GOT podcasts. It’s well-intentioned but gets tedious and obnoxious quickly.
        But hey, the RHAP community will probably prove to be great about it and just enjoy the shows.

        • I am going in to this with very clear expectations. I will try to raise my game, but I am expecting a lot of tough comments along the way.

          • Also, hopefully Josh can help get me up to speed over the next 9 recaps so I can sound more informed by the time Season 4 starts.

    • This is half the reason I’ve signed on to be a guest here sometime this season. Amazing Race fans are way too nice.

  • Wayne Boothe

    “In the books…”

    I think it’s ok to refer to the books to round out a character and their history, but I hope in future episodes there isn’t much comparison of how plot points are handled in the book.

    Even without going into spoilers, I’d prefer to get the story one way at a time for now.

    The mention of Cosmos made me laugh, and I kinda wish you were covering that show as well.

    Looking forward to more episodes.