Video Podcast of Game of Thrones, Season 1, Episode 4, “Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things”

After many wacky misadventures that delayed this podcast by several months, SEK of Lawyers, Guns, and Money and I have met again for another recap of Season 1 of Game of Thrones. In this episode, we discuss my Ser Hugh of the Vale Conspiracy Theory, solidarity vs. empathy as the through-line of the episode, how creepy the Viserys sex scene was, and so much more!

Also, stay tuned for a part II to this podcast once we can get Youtube to cooperate!

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One thought on “Video Podcast of Game of Thrones, Season 1, Episode 4, “Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things”

  1. Mike Heywood says:

    As for not replacing Janos Slynt, consider it from Ned’s perspective.

    This is the first time he has met Janos, and he has no prior impression of him apart from the basic fact that he is Commander of the City Watch.

    The Commander of the City Watch has just told him that the Watch is undermanned. The other members of the Council suggest that Slynt should be replaced, but Ned has good reason to believe that the councilors are out of touch with actual conditions in the city. And crucially, he has no reason to suspect that Slynt is doing anything other than requesting aid that he needs.

    So he listens to the person closest to the situation, and takes his recommendation. He refuses to replace Slynt for bearing bad news, because he fears that doing so would discourage the next Commander from honestly reporting bad news. Could he install one of his own people? Yes, but he doesn’t think he needs to, since Slynt appears to be doing his job.

    It indicates that in this case, Ned isn’t thinking in terms if playing the game of thrones, he is thinking in terms of good governance. Robert said outright that he wanted Ned to run his kingdom for him, and that’s what he intends to do. This is also why he later orders his men to go and defeat Gregor Clegane. His job is to keep the king’s peace.

    That doesn’t look at all like a failure to use his institutional power. In fact, his decision to hold Tywin to account speaks to him overestimating his institutional power. He assumes that he is administering a functioning, albeit mismanaged, monarchy, where the king’s authority is generally accepted and overmighty vassals like the Lannisters are the exception, not the rule. He assumes that being the Hand of an absentee king makes him the de facto king, and that he can expect the realm to unite with him against this overmighty vassal.

    These assumptions are wrong, but understandable for someone used to ruling the North, which in Ned’s time is a functioning feudal monarchy in terms of administration.

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