Game of Thrones Review: What Did You Think of Season 3, Episode 7: “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”?
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Game of Thrones Review: What Did You Think of Season 3, Episode 7: “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”?

Well, who saw that one coming? Fans of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series were probably thrown for a loop when a certain someone announced she was pregnant in Game of Thrones Season 3, Episode 7 (“The Bear and the Maiden Fair”). Say what?! Where did that come from?

So what went down in Westeros this week? Read on for Wetpaint Entertainment's review of the episode, and then rate it yourself!

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So... Talisa is pregnant. For fans of this books, this probably came as a shock — then again, Talisa is not Jeyne Westerling — but for fans of House Stark, this was most likely a welcomed surprise. We just wonder how this plot twist will affect the Red Wedding. If anything, it adds a glimmer of hope to the bloody affair. However, we do wonder if Talisa is truly writing to her mother. Given this pregnancy plot twist, we think Talisa knows more about this war than she’s letting on.

Back in Harrenhall, we have Brienne facing a “formidable foe” — which ends up being a bear! And of course those guys only give her a wooden sword to defend herself. Luckily, Jaime, who was on his way back to King’s Landing on Lord Bolton’s orders, returns just in time to help Brienne make it out of the bear pit alive. This is the second time Jaime has saved Brienne, and now she’s coming back with him. As Jaime and Brienne make their way through the crowd, “The Rains of Castamere” (instrumental version) starts to play and we’re suddenly reminded of how much we love Jaime.

Meanwhile, Jon and Ygritte are as flirty as ever South of the Wall. “What’s swooning?” asks Ygritte. “Why would a girl faint at the sight of blood?” We love this girl. Unfortunately, Jon totally kills the mood when he tells Ygritte that there’s no chance she and her people can attack the Wall without certain death. “You know nothing,” she replies. Yeah, we get it Ygritte. Jon Snow knows nothing. However, the heated moment soon turns into a makeout session. After all, he was just trying to protect her safety.

From one bastard to another, Gendry and Melisandre have quite an enlightening chat, and she finally tells him the true about his father. Yes, he’s a bastard, but he’s King Robert Baratheon’s bastard. (He escaped the great bastard baby killing crusade in Season 1.) We’re excited that Gendry finally knows the true nature of his power. Hopefully, this means more screen time for Joe Dempsie in the future. But we’re kind of worried if Melisadre is by his side because wherever that woman goes, trouble is sure to follow.

And then there’s poor, poor Theon, who is still at the mercy of Ramsay Snow (or so we think). It looks like his torturer gives him one last romp with two ladies — who comment that the rumors of his well-endowed nature are more than true — until he viciously... well, cuts it off. Gulp.

Meanwhile, back in King's Landing, Sansa lamented over upcoming nuptials to Tyrion, while Shae is none too happy about Tyrion's engagement. We knew they were setting up a jealousy plotline with Shae over Tyrion and Sansa's engagement! But lest you think this marriage might be avoided, be warned: We should be seeing Tyrion and Sansa tie the knot in Episode 8.

And then in what might be the most humorous scene of the episode, Tywin finally gets Joffrey in line and gives him a much needed attitude check. But to be fair, we’d be totally afraid of Tywin too.

Last, but certainly not least, there’s Mother of Dragons. Dany and her army reach the Yellow City, otherwise known as Yunkai, but before they enter no-man’s land, Jorah tries to advise her against it: "We don't need Yunkai. They have strong walls. They'll chip away at us, man by man." That’s when the dragons come out to play. This guy better listen to Dany, or he’s about to experience a world of fire and blood.

What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments!

Catch the next episode of Game of Thrones on Sunday, May 19 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.

05.12.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Crystal Bell
Related: Game of Thrones, Game of Thrones Season 3

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