Entertaining Platt: Game of Thrones Season 2: “What Is Dead May Never Die”

April 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

My eyes are up here. His eyes are on the Knight of Flowers.

Last night’s episode drove home for me: This season, so far, we haven’t seen one miscast character.

All the actors thus far have been perfect for the roles they’ve been chosen to play. In this episode, we’re introduced to Brienne (hooray!) and we get a closer look(!) at Margaery Tyrell.

I’ll get back to them. First, though, Tyrion steals the episode again with his wonderful deception to flush out the spy who’s been betraying the King’s Hand. The editing during this sequence, as he plants three different stories with Pycelle, Varys, and Littlefinger, is fantastic.

Up north, beyond the Wall, Craster sends Snow and the rest of the soldiers packing because the bastard went snooping around the woods and caught sight of the secret of their survival: The old freak’s been handing out baby boys like candy to quasi-human creatures that dwell in the wilderness. Apparently, a steady diet of male children keeps the monsters at bay.

On Pyke, Theon ditches all his Winterfell finery, grows a spine, and tells off Balon for giving him a hard time for hanging around Starks when it was dear old Dad who traded him for a peace accord. Then the boy sells out, gets baptized for the Drowned God, and burns a note warning Robb Stark that the Greyjoys are going to raid the northern lands from the sea.

Meanwhile, Catelyn makes her way to Renly Baratheon’s place just in time to see the Knight of Flowers, Ser Loras, get his ass handed to him by a girl. Granted, she’s a very big girl named Brienne, played by Gwendoline Christie. Still. A girl, right?

At first, this scene sort of jarred me, because you have all these people in coats and capes and robes and scarves and heavy armor. And then you have Margaery (Natalie Dormer) sitting up on the platform with Renly (Ser Loras’ secret boyfriend), wearing a gown that exposes a bunch of cleavage. Every time the camera was on them, I certainly noticed where MY eyes were going. But then I noticed where Renly’s eyes weren’t going, and, later, Margaery’s sexual showdown with Renly just drove home how clever she really was. It probably wasn’t meant to be eye candy for the sake of eye candy, but a test (sort of like Tyrion’s with the three spies) to confirm her suspicions – because while Renly wasn’t looking at her bare chest during the combat between Loras and Brienne, he couldn’t quite take his eyes off the Knight of Flowers.

And, finally, sad to see Yoren leave the story. I thought he might be around a while longer.

Great episode. Can’t wait for next week.

 

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