Yes it is now spring time a time of rebirth and new life and also a new season of Game of Thrones is here. Now I have something to look forward to on Sunday nights, it comes right on the heels of The Walking Dead season finale and I'm sure that's no mistake. This seasons first episode Two Swords is seamless in its continuation of the last and to me plays out much like the Jay-Z Blueprint Classic "Heart of the City(Ain't No Love)". In the classic hip hop record Jigga starts out each verse by first pointing out the state of affairs in the hip hop game in relation to his standing and contributions to it and at the end of each verse asks, where is the love? Strangely enough I drew parallels from this song to this episode. No Love in the Heart of Westeros is what I would call the remix.
Two Swords is the title of the first episode of this this season and I've always viewed love as a double edged sword. Something so strong and powerful can at times hurt you and make you feel weak. Like the Jay-Z classic this episode gets us up to date on the state of affairs of the main characters and story lines Westeros, and after such a depressing ending to last season it did a good job of getting me excited about what's in store. While I could get in depth about the episode, I don't think I can do so without spoilers so I'll just give an example of how this episode relates to the Jay-Z track.
So, Where is the love in Westeros? It's there hiding, we see this is in the opening scene. The episode with a very large sword made of Valyrian steel (a very strong and rare steel) being melted down and being carefully reforged into two smaller swords. The sword is a loving gift from Tywin Lannister to his favorite son Jaime Lannister. Jaime has been through some rough times recently, he lost his right hand recently and as a swordsman on the Kingsgaurd that's a big loss. In addition Tywin appoints Jaime the prestigious rule of Casterly Rock to which Jaime turns down. His father insists it is his family duty but Jaime would rather be a handicapped glorified body guard. Where is the love Jaime?
All in all this was a great episode. It had a little bit of everything fans love. It definitely ended on a high note. The Hound is becoming one my favorite characters, a force to be reckoned with for sure and I can't wait to see how his character develops.
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