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Game Of Thrones 4.01 "Two Swords" REVIEW

Game Of Thrones "Two Swords" review

RECASTING
Dutch actor Michiel Huisman takes over from Ed Skrein as Daenerys's sellsword recruit Daario Naharis, and the jury's out on the change so far – though, to be fair, he hasn't really had enough time to make the role his own yet. We do know, however, that Huisman has previously appeared in Treme and Nashville (what's the odds he does some singing in Game Of Thrones?) , and will soon be seen in the second season of Orphan Black ( you can read more about that in the current issue of SFX ).

THE SWORD
Unless we're very much mistaken, the "absurdly large" Valyrian steel sword Tywin uses to forge those two smaller swords belonged to Robb Stark – that would tally with the wolfskin sheath, and Tywin's remark that the previous owner "no longer had need of it".

[CORRECTION] As many of you have pointed out, the sword Tywin melts down is actually Ice, Ned Stark's old sword (and the sword that was used to remove his head).

PREVIOUSLY SEEN IN...
The knight turned "fool" who comes to see Sansa in the woods is Dontos Hollard, who turned up drunk to a tournament in season two episode "The North Remembers". When Joffrey ordered his guards to force feed him wine (likely to death), Sansa stepped in to save him.

ABSENT FRIENDS
Notable absentees from the episode include Varys, Littlefinger, Stannis, Davos, Melisandre, Gendry, Theon, Ramsay, Bran, Jojen, Meera and Hodor. Wonder how many have got invites to the upcoming Purple Wedding...

BEST LINE (EDITED)
The best line arguably belongs to The Hound, when he expresses his feelings about people who name their swords. Alas, it's not repeatable here, so here's a couple of others...

BEST LINE 1
Oberyn:
"You know why all the world hates a Lannister? You think your gold and your lions and your gold lions make you better than everyone. May I tell you a secret? You're not a golden lion. You're just a pink little man who's far too slow on the draw."

BEST LINE 2
Oberyn:
"What are you, his hired killer?"
Bron: "It started out that way, aye. Now I'm a knight."
Oberyn: "How did that come to pass?"
Bron: "Killed the right people, I suppose."

Richard Edwards

Game Of Thrones airs on Sunday nights on HBO in the US, and Monday nights at 9pm on Sky Atlantic in the UK. Read more about Game Of Thrones in the current issue of SFX , and in the SFX Fantasy Special Edition , also on sale now.

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