Game of Thrones Re-Watch: Valar Dohaeris

The seventh season of Game of Thrones starts July 16.  As preparation, I’m re-watching the first six seasons of the show. Below are 10 thoughts I had while watching the first episode of season three, “Valar Dohaeris.” Spoilers for the entire series, but for this episode in particular.

Mance Rayder in Valar Dohaeris

  1. Seeing Winterfell burning in the opening credits makes me sad. I’ll be glad when season six gets here and the Stark banner is back over it.
  2. And of course Old Nan was right about giants (just like she was about dragons).
  3. I’d watch an entire episode of Tyrion and Cersei exchanging jabs at each other. Just that for 55 minutes. It would be wildly entertaining.
  4. I really feel for Ser Davos. Yet another parent who outlives their child because of war.
  5. Tywin is such a wonderful father. He’s right up there with Robert for parent of the year.
  6. Littlefinger’s obsession with Sansa is so creepy. Hard to say which is worse: him preying on her or Joffrey having her abused.
  7. Apparently Daenerys’s dragons are the new direwolves and we’re using them to show the passage of time.
  8. Margaery is as lovely as Joffrey is cruel. She’s the queen King’s Landing needs.
  9. Missandei! I was pretty upset when all of Daenerys’s handmaidens were killed off, but Missandei more than makes up for their loss.
  10. Ser Barristan arrives and saves Daenerys. I’m so happy to see him again, and he couldn’t have chosen a better time to reveal himself.

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