Game of Thrones Recap: What’s Love Got to Do With It?

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the heir of Winterfell in a baby carriage!

Or is it first come chains, then comes very grudging respect, then comes rescuing your beloved from a bear pit?

Love unspools in many ways in Westeros, as last night’s episode, written by the big guy, George R. R. Martin, and directed by Seymour Butts Michelle MacLaren, made clear. But because the game of thrones is a long, bloody, brutal-minded campaign, each moment of cherishing comes seeded with its own death. Osha’s haunting story about her wilding man, Bruni, leaving the hut to get a pack of cigarettes one day and coming back a hungry zombie cast a pall over the hour, and promised nothing good for our bands of lovers.



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