'Game of Thrones' recap: Hello, Cruel World

He has risen! Bran is walking again -- on his legs! Perhaps the past few episodes were just a bad dream. Perhaps the Starks are still together back at Winterfell, practicing their archery and beheading deserters and wearing rock star pelts like the good 'ol days. Then Bran spies a crow with three eyes and, wait a minute, even in Westeros those don't exist. Bran awakes next to his direwolf, and we're back in this ever-tightening noose of a plot that is the first season of Game of Thrones.

Welcome back. Thrones is once again stuffed with character moments, but also spices things up with snarling wolves, bathtub nookie, fighting and jousting, all winding up to next week when ... well, let's not get ahead of ourselves. Back to the story:

"Little lord's been dreaming again," says Bran's creepy nanny, as if the North was full of activities for disabled children that he was stubbornly refusing to participate in. Read More...



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