TV review: [Spoiler Alert] “Game of Thrones” is getting crazy

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From the April 17, 2014 edition

Through only two episodes, this season of “Game of Thrones” has already been epic. Season 3 was the best so far, but I’ve got an inkling Season 4 might exceed it. MAJOR TV SPOILERS — I HAVEN’T READ THE BOOKS — AHEAD. IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT’S EPISODE, STOP READING NOW.

While there’s been one huge development from Sunday’s episode — which I’ll get to later — there have been a number of important occurrences that may have gone overlooked. The first being Bran’s tree warging, and the voice he heard during it. I’m guessing it was the leader of the White Walkers (the one who rides a horse), and these ice monsters might not be as evil as believed. Could they actually be protectors of the North, while the South is filled with evil (Targaryens and Lannisters)?

Next up is the evolution of Arya, who is becoming a ruthless killer. But who wouldn’t in her situation? I have a feeling the Starks (and Jon Snow) might not be as defeated as believed after the Red Wedding.

All right, now let’s get to Joffrey’s wedding and the big thing that happened. Joffrey put on a little people reenactment of the War of the Five Kings. Kidding, Joffrey is dead!

Yes that sadistic snot finally got his comeuppance, and viewers are surely happy, but this is probably not good for any of the characters. Creating a vacuum of power — I’m guessing Joffrey’s little brother Tommen is now king — means more wars for the Iron Throne.

Joffrey’s death turns “Game of Thrones” into a who-dunnit. It surely wasn’t Tyrion. Most speculation involves Olenna Tyrell, but I wouldn’t count out Tywin Lannister. He has the most to gain, power-wise, with wee Tommen on the throne. And I could see him scheming with Olenna for the poisoning.

And even though we haven’t seen him in a while, this whole thing, especially the involvement of knight-turned-fool Dontos, reeks of Littlefinger. Whoever is the murderer, one thing is for sure — weddings are bad in “Game of Thrones.”

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