Imagine if you’re at lunch chatting with co-workers and all of a sudden a bunch of sword-wielding psychotics rush into the break room and start killing everybody. That’s the feeling we get in these chaotic opening scenes of Game of Thrones Episode 8, “The Pointy End,” which pick up right where we left off as the Lannisters purge the Stark household from Kings Landing with extreme prejudice.
This week, all hell broke loose: There were direwolf attacks, sword fights, deaths, zombies (!) and full-frontal Hodor (!!). And for a show that can often seem disjointed due by having so many storylines unfolding in different locations, this was the most cohesive episode we’ve seen yet, as the entire realm was impacted by Ned Stark being arrested for treason.
At King’s Landing: Sansa is taking a stroll with her Septa when they hear the sound of fighting and death down the hall. I half expected her oft-abused Septa to say, “Hey Sansa, why don’t you go see what that’s all about?” as she takes off the other direction. But no. Her Septa kindly warns the girl to run and then walks right up to the big soldiers, looking like some kind of sacrificial Obi-Nun Kenobi. We don’t see what happens next, but since we’re told later all of Starks’ household were killed, we can probably assume she didn’t make it.
Sansa is quickly captured by The Hound, and tries to play the useless “I’ll tell my father” card. The Hound wears an expression as if he wants to kill, rape and eat Sansa … but in which order?
Arya is practicing with her dancing master. She’s getting good at that thing, though real swordplay isn’t won on points and she’s complaining that her instructor didn’t fight by the rules. (Arya truly is her Ned Stark’s daughter, isn’t she?). Lannister guards interrupt their lesson led by one solider so massive and wearing such complicated armor that for a moment I thought he was a Transformers Decepticon.
The soldiers demand Arya come with them, but her dancing master gently nudges her back. “And why is it that Lord Eddard sends Lannister men instead of his own?”
“My father wouldn’t send you,” Arya says, “and I don’t have to go with you if I don’t want.”
Her instructor convinces Arya to run away and awesomely fights the men using only his wooden practice sword. Once again, we don’t see his fate, but we’re sure hoping he somehow made it out of that room.
NEXT: Arya draws blood; Varys torments Ned