One of the most interesting themes of HBO’s series through Season Four is how family and legacy play in the lives of the characters, and particularly how Ned Stark’s choices continue to impact his surviving family.
Sunday’s episode was 66 minutes of incredible television, and in my view probably the best all-around episode the show has ever done. It also made numerous significant departures from the books, in my view largely for the better–aside from one conspicuous absence.
Initially I was revolted and disheartened by the ending of this week’s episode–but after I thought about it, I decided I liked it. (Warning: Spoilers!)
Oathkeeper is an ironic title for an episode that so boldly abandoned the novels, and may have (surprise!) dropped a major spoiler on readers waiting for the next of Martin’s novels.
Since I wrote up my thoughts on the most recent episode, a lot more has been written about “that scene,” and I wanted to follow up with a little more.