'Game of Thrones' recap: Bloody battle a bore, another character bites the dust

June 9, 2014 6:42 AM

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'Game of Thrones' recap: Bloody battle a bore, another character bites the dust

Historically, the ninth episode of the season is a big one for "Game of Thrones". Ned’s beheading, the battle at Blackwater and the Red Wedding were all featured in the penultimate episode of their seasons, making expectations for "The Watchers on the Wall" impossibly high. Maybe it's because fans are still reeling from last week's shocking ending, a classic "Thrones" twist, but this hour just didn’t pack the same punch.

It opens with Sam and Jon discussing the upcoming invasion. Sam’s curiosity about Ygritte gets the best of him and he forces Jon to do some reminiscing about his spurned lover. Sam laments the loss of Gilly, sure he’s responsible for her and her son’s demise. Which makes it especially sweet when she...

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