Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 7: The Bear and the Maiden Fair
Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 7 Recap
As we don’t see so much action in this season of “Game of Thrones”, “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” shows us a bit of it towards the end of the episode. This also has great character building and deals with hard truths. Moreover, this episode tells more about Jaime and Brienne.
As we know, Jaime is sent on his own way by Roose, while Brienne is left at the Harrenhal. In the end, Jaime can’t leave her alone with Locke and his cronies. He knows that she can handle them herself. She is worth alive than dead after all. However, he hears that Locke refuses her father’s payment because he thinks that House Tarth has all the sapphire mine in the Westeros. He feels responsible for that and he uses it as an excuse to go back to Harrenhal to help her. He’s not in a good condition to help because he has lost his hand. Luckily, a Bolton’s soldier knows that he will be at stake if he lets Jaime dead, so he saves both Jaime and Brienne. They both represent a positive relationship, which is very rare in Westeros. Most of the relationships there are based on negative things, like lies and violence (the best might be duty). However, Jaime and Brienne have proven that two people (especially they are a man and a woman) can respect each other and develop a pure relationship.
Just like Jaime and Brienne’s pairing, other pairs are presented this week. Truth is also an important aspect of this episode. Melisandre tells the truth to Gendry, that he is King Robert’s bastard son. This might be a good or a bad thing for him. Meanwhile, Arya is still mad about Gendry being taken and knowing the truth only makes her curse Beric and run outside, only to fall into The Hound’s arms.
At King’s Landing, Sansa receives an advice from Margaery to make the best out of her situation, in which she has to marry Tyrion. Tyrion himself also receives some advice from Bronn, before he is involved in a painful conversation with Shae. Bran still wants to go to the North of the Wall just as Jojen told him, despite Osha’s fear of the white walkers. In the northern part of the kingdom, Ygritte trusts Jon, although she is uncertain about Jon’s commitment to the Wildlings and her. Finally, the pairing between Robb and Talisa still shares emotional moment with a lot of tenderness.
Trust is always a main cause of “Game of Thrones”. This series always plays with who to trust and who not to. In this episode, the sense of trust is already established and the bonds between characters are starting to be mature. Jaime and Brienne’s relationship is filled with trust, as they both are willing to sacrifice for one another. It reminds us again that a sincere relationship is still worth in the Westeros. Since life in Westeros is already hard, starting a positive relationship will help somehow in survival and make life seems better.