Entertaining Platt: Game of Thrones, Season 2 Premiere – “The North Remembers”
April 2, 2012 § 3 Comments
Hooker coaching, brinksmanship between Cersei and Littlefinger, Tyrion’s return to King’s Landing, another great slap to Joffrey’s face, an introduction to Stannis and his red witch, a visit to an incestuous homestead beyond the Wall, and a massacre of Robert Baratheon’s bastard sons.
Welcome back to Westeros!
Game of Thrones returned Sunday for its second season on HBO with a densely packed hour that heralds the arrival of a red comet in the skies and echoes with the repercussions of Ned Stark’s execution near the end of Season 1.
The premiere didn’t slow down and never missed a beat. If anything, it sort of zoomed past some of the characters I wanted to spend more time with (not enough Varys or Arya, for example).
However, the writers wisely spent more time introducing some of the new key characters that we’ll have to get to know this season.
This episode was full of great moments, from Tyrion flummoxing Cersei by announcing that he was Hand of the King to Robb’s dire wolf (now fully grown) getting in Jaime Lannister’s face to Cersei and Littlefinger sparring over the nature of power (which nearly ends with a slit throat for the whorehouse operator and information broker).
Catelyn, who annoyed me to no end during Season 1, actually grew on me a bit with this episode – especially her line about “a king in every corner.”
Melisandre, the red witch who whispers in the ear of Stannis Baratheon, brother of the late king and maybe the true heir to the Iron Throne, has maybe gone overboard on the red hair dye and the blue contact lenses. Still, she’s creepy interesting so far.
But perhaps the most astonishing moment of the series so far came in the final minutes of the second season premiere, as soldiers from King’s Landing hunted down the bastard children of Robert Baratheon for the slaughter – stabbing an infant, drowning a kid, gutting a young man. A scene of ruthless severity, it demonstrates the callous lengths to which King Joffrey is willing to go to preserve his place on the throne.
But, hey, it’s not like we’ve never seen something like that in, say, the Bible. It just hasn’t been carried out like this on cable television as far as I can recall.
If the rest of the season is as good as the premiere, viewers are in for an amazing ride.