Game of Thrones – ‘Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things’

TYRION: “I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples, bastards and broken things.”

To understand Game of Thrones’ fourth episode, you need only to consider the title, for ‘Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things’ quite adequately sums up the focus David Benioff & D.B. Weiss’ series lends as the world building continues to manifest.

This is, of course, the first episode of the show not written by the show-runners themselves, rather Bryan Cogman, who will go on to be one of their most signature collaborators outside of, naturally, George RR Martin. Surprisingly, Cogman has stated the central theme which the title alludes to, the idea of outsiders and those rejected by their families and circumstances, wasn’t in the forefront of his mind when he was adapting material from ‘A Game of Thrones’ that would comprise the episode. Given how successfully the piece ties together in a thematic context this is almost difficult to believe. Cogman manages to zero in on the central characters who fit the titular templates in a manner the series simply hasn’t had time to yet accomplish, while still forwarding all of the natural, serialised story arcs the show is constructing. Read more…