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Game of Thrones: Noble Jaime and poor Theon rise to the occasion

Brienne in a grizzly situation.

Brienne finds herself in a grizzly situation.

How far will a man go to repay a debt? That is the question put to the test in “The Bear and the Maiden Fair,” this week’s aptly titled episode of Game of Thrones.

The now-penitent Jaime proves he will go quite far to repay Brienne for the debt he owes her. Their opening scene was a painful and courageous goodbye. While Jaime gets to leave captivity, Brienne must stay, and both know it will be the end for her. The now-noble Jaime tells her he will make sure the Stark girls are returned to their mother. A promise so sincerely spoken, you know he will keep it. Brienne keeps a stiff upper lip as she says goodbye and readies herself to face her fate alone.

But the now-chivalrous Jaime doesn’t let things go. He rises to the occasion, and returns to find Brienne in a grizzly situation. Armed with only a wooden sword, she’s been tossed into a pit to face the most massive bear ever for the amusement of her captors.

BTW, how did the producers create that bear? Computer animation? Probably not a guy in a bear suit. It was quite good, really scary.

Anyway, the now-gallant Kingslayer throws himself into the pit and rescues the damsel in distress. Although, she mostly helps him out. But whatever. It worked, she’s free and off they go together to King’s Landing.

I can’t say how much I love the Jaime/Brienne plotline. Thank you Game of Thrones for veering away from time to time from teenage-boy fantasy land and allowing adult women into the mix.

But speaking of teenage-boy fantasy…. Theon got his last chance to rise to the occasion. His torturer sent in a couple nekkid ladies to arouse him, it worked and he quickly discovered it was a set-up to prepare his manhood for a medieval bris.

Enough. Of. This. Plotline. Please.

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