Episode: “First of His Name” (Season 4, Episode 5)
Original Air Date: May 4, 2014
Director: Michelle MacLaren
Plot (via HBO)
Cersei and Tywin plot the Crown’s next move. Dany discusses future plans. Jon Snow embarks on a new mission.
Best Moment: The Raid on Craster’s Keep
Jon Snow and some of his trusted friends in the Night’s Watch like Grenn and Edd decided to stage an assault on Craster’s Keep to take down the Mutineers that killed Lord Commander Mormont, and there are a few moving parts in the scene. Locke was there posing as a loyal fighter alongside Jon and the others, but he then broke away during the battle and went into the hut that Bran, Jojen, Meera, and Hodor are being held captive because he was to kill Bran for the new Warden of the North, Roose Bolton. However, Bran warged into Hodor and snapped Locke’s neck—something Jaime Lannister probably would have liked to see after Locke took his hand. Then, Bran yelled out to Jon during the battle, hoping to get his brother’s attention so they can be reunited after everything that’s happened to their family; but Jojen reminds Bran his purpose is to find the Three Eyed Raven, which Jon likely would not let him do. With the Night’s Watch winning the battle, the Stark bastard then confronted the dirty-fighting Karl, who might have delivered a fatal blow to Jon if not for Sissy (one of Craster’s wives) stabbing him in the back, allowing Jon to put Longclaw through the back of Karl’s head. The Raid on Craster’s Keep was some avengement for the murder of Lord Commander Mormont, and it was also nice to see Jon reunite with Ghost at the conclusion of the fight.
“I will do what Queens do… I will rule.” – Daenerys Targaryen
Trivia (via IMDb)
The episode title is a reference to the naming standard used for kings of Westeros. The newly crowned King Tommen is now known formally as: King Tommen of the House Baratheon, First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men and Lord of the Seven Kingdoms.
MVP: Daenerys Targaryen
With King Joffrey dead, Daenerys had the opportunity to strike King’s Landing and attempt to take the Iron Throne. She did have an army of Unsullied, the Second Sons, and three soldiers in Jorah Mormant, Barristan Selmy, and Daario Naharis that are better fighters than perhaps anyone for the Crown, and there might not be a better time to attack. After taking advice from her trusted allies and receiving news that the liberated cities of Yunkai and Astapor have been taken back over, Dany decides she must be more than just the Mother of Dragons: “How can I rule Seven Kingdoms if I can’t control Slaver’s Bay? Why should anyone trust me?” Despite the opportunity to grab power and the Iron Throne, Daenerys makes the wise and unselfish decision that she must first further prove she can rule. If she had invaded King’s Landing, she likely would have only been ruling by fear, and things would have unfolded much differently.
#ForTheThrone Moment: Daenerys says she will not sail to Westeros
Opting to instead first show she can rule the cities she’s liberated instead of attacking King’s Landing slows Daenerys’ quest for the Iron Throne, but she was playing the long game. This is a similar situation to when Daenerys decided she must free the slaves of Yunkai, as in both cases The Mother of Dragons was showing she can and should rule Westeros because she is a worthy leader—not just because of her family name. It was important for Daenerys to first become an accomplished queen before showing up to Westeros and taking the Iron Throne with fire and blood.
Inside The Episode