‘There is only one thing we say to Death. Not today’ – Unfortunately for many characters in Game of Thrones, including the much loved Syrio Forel who issued this now classic line, Death wasn’t listening. Yet Syrio was around for a good few episodes, at least. We grew to love the charismatic former first sword of Braavos. We mourned his death obsessively, inventing elaborate escape stories and fan theories, such as Syrio Forel and Jaqen H’ghar actually being the same person (this could be credible, but it’s too late in the Game to bring him back now. You know what they say about grief.)
Death is so common in Game of Thrones that a bloodless episode is rare. We’re used to seeing characters butchered after a few appearances. However, there are scores of characters that are introduced and then disposed of in the same episode. These characters are what I like to call, ‘One Episode Wonders’. So lets have a look at a few that made more of an impact than their screen time would suggest.
#1: Will – Ranger of the Night’s Watch (S1, E1).
Remember, Will? Think back all the way to the very first episode of Game of Thrones: three rangers of the Night’s Watch (Will included) head north of the wall to scout Wildling villages. At the beginning of the episode, Will discovers the mutilated remains of dozens of Wildlings. Will runs back to let the other rangers know, yet when they return the bodies are gone. At this moment, a White Walker strides into the clearing. He slaughters Will’s brothers, but spares Will. The next time we see Will, he has been captured by Stark banner men as a deserter. Ned Stark passes the sentence and swings the sword. Whilst Will’s death may seem inconsequential, his character introduces us to the threat of the White Walkers. Will is the first man in Westeros to warn of their return. For that reason, he is and always Will be (pun intended) a ‘One Episode Wonder.’
#2: Jon Arryn – Hand of the King and Lord of the Vale (S1, E1).
Okay, so we never actually see Jon Arryn alive. In this sense, some might say he’s a debatable ‘One Episode Wonder’. However, he technically did not survive one episode and that is pretty much all you have to do to fulfill the ‘OEW‘ criteria. Jon Arryn’s death in the first episode of Game of Thrones is the event that sets war in motion. Ned replaces Jon as hand of the King and, like his predecessor, learns the truth about the legitimacy of Cersei’s children. Ned’s sense of honor, however, ultimately dooms him, as he underestimates Cersei and, fatally, her willingness to do anything to protect her children. Jon Arryn, though never alive on screen, is a ‘One Episode Wonder’ whose death causes chaos in Westeros. As such, he is fitting member of ‘OEW’ club.
#3: Mag the Mighty – King of the Giants (S4, E9).
Mag the Mighty’s stint in Game of Thrones was short, bloody and absolutely thrilling. Who cares that we never heard a discernable word come from his mouth (aside from a scream of anger at seeing his kinfolk impaled by a ballista). I mean, that scene down in the tunnel of Castle Black. That was incredible. I had goose bumps all up my arms and was nearly moved to tears, as Gren and co recited their Night’s Watch vows whilst Mag charged toward them – ‘I am the watcher on the wall, the shield that guards the realms of men…’ It still gets me now! For that scene alone, and the small fact that he fits the criteria, Mag the Mighty is most definitely a ‘One Episode Wonder’.
#4: Karsi – Chieftainess of the Ice-River Clans (S5, E8).
I was gutted when Karsi died. She had so much about her and was such a strong character. In fact, I had a sneaking suspicion that she’d fill the Ygritte-shaped void in Jon Snow, but alas, a dead pack children put a stop to that wildling rebound. For me, ‘Hardhome’ is one of the best episodes, if not the best episode of Game of Thrones (a close second to ‘The Battle of the Bastards’, at worst!) Karsi is one of the characters that make the episode such a success. She fulfills both her roles perfectly, mother and leader. Her first priority is to see her children board the ships waiting in the bay. Her second priority is to secure her people’s safety, something she dies for. Saying that, The Night King does resurrect her at the end of the episode, so we may see her again. In any sense, she’s certainly a ‘One Episode Wonder’, for now.
#5: Brother Ray – Faith of the Seven Septon (S6, E7).
Brother Ray was introduced in E7 of S6, ‘The Broken Man’. Whilst the episode was a tad too Hollywood for my liking – man with dark past forced to re-enter his old world – Brother Ray was an interesting character who, of course, was responsible for bringing back the much loved Sandor Clegane (a.k.a. The Hound.) Ray also had a dark past of his own, formerly serving as a sell-sword before finding the light of the Seven, and was a well-needed counter weight to the relentless piety of the High Sparrow. However, Ray was short lived. At the end of the episode, Clegane returns from chopping wood to find that Brother Ray and his community have been murdered by rogue members of the Brotherhood without Banners. The Hound picks up an axe and so begins his revenge mission. For the simple reason that he brought back The Hound, Brother Ray is surely a ‘One Episode Wonder’.
Richard Madden and Kit Harington hit the red carpet at Marvel’s Eternals World Premiere
Game of Thrones stars are no strangers to being in the limelight, but two of the most notable members of the cast have moved on to one of the very few franchises in the world that are bigger than Thrones — the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kit Harington and Richard Madden recently hit the red carpet at Eternals World Premiere, Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest film to grace the big screen.
Harington, 34, and Madden, 35, rose to fame after playing half brothers Jon Snow and Robb Stark, respectively, on HBO’s epic fantasy Game of Thrones. They will be reuniting after almost a decade on screen on Marvel’s upcoming movie Eternals, starring as fan favourite superheroes from The Eternals comic book series.
Madden has been tapped in to play Ikaris, a hero from an ancient race of beings descended from celestials. While Harington will play Dane Whitman, aka The Black Knight, a human who gains superpowers after gaining access to a mystical sword.
Harington hit the red carpet with a brown shirt under a pinstriped suit coat, with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows. He also wore matching black pinstriped pants with a black leather watch strapped to his left wrist.
His co-star Madden opted for a more formal look with a black tuxedo coat over a white dress shirt and black bowtie. The actor sported the early scruff of a growing beard on the red carpet, though it was not as full as his co-star. He completed his look with black tuxedo pants and shiny black shoes for the world premiere red carpet event.
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George R. R. Martin loved the House of The Dragon’s teaser trailer
House of The Dragon’s first teaser trailer is finally here! The teaser was released by HBO at the end of the HBO Max European launch event and it features a voiceover by Matt Smith who plays the role of Prince Daemon Targaryen. It broke the internet as soon as it was released, and fans are going crazy over the accuracy and detail shown in the teaser. It was watched by over 10 million viewers in less than three days of its launch! And George R. R. Martin has something to say about the teaser trailer.
Martin wrote on his blog Not a Blog:
“Yes, I know, most of you have already seen this. (What can I say? I am busy. Juggling so many balls, so many projects, posting stuff on my Not A Blog is not my highest priority, so things may always be a little bit behind here).
For the handful who have been off the internet the past few days, however… HBO has released the first official teaser/trailer for HOUSE OF THE DRAGON. Here ’tis.
(And yes, I love it too. Ryan and Miguel and their team are kicking ass and taking names).”
Looking at the current speed of production, we can hope Martin’s earlier prediction about the prequel’s release will come to fruition. What do you think about House of The Dragon? Talk to us in the comments below!
A young Alicent Hightower takes over the Iron Throne in Leicester Square
The filming for Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is progressing really smoothly, besides minor delays everything’s looking good for HBO’s high priority project. HBO recently dropped the first official teaser trailer for House of The Dragon, and fans are going crazy about it. That being said, we know that filming for the prequel show will be starting in Spain the next week, and the cast and crew members are gathering up at the Castle of La Calahorra.
The actors are taking a small break from their busy schedule before the shoot resumes, and it seems Emily Carey, who will be playing a young Alicent Hightower in the show is having fun with a replica of the Iron Throne.
— Emily Carey (@TheEmilyCarey) October 8, 2021
Carey recently posted a picture on her official Twitter account. She seems to be enjoying a quiet day at Leicester Square, and her preferred choice of furniture is the Iron Throne replica. She wrote in the caption, “Found this chair in Leicester Square (wearing green was coincidental).” #HOTD #HouseofTheDragon #AlicentHightower
Do you think the future Queen of Westeros was foreshadowing a scene from House of The Dragon? Wearing green was coincidental? Maybe, maybe not. Only time will tell.
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