Entertaining Platt: Game of Thrones Season 2 – “The Ghost of Harrenhal”

April 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

Renly, we hardly knew ye!

How about a nice game of shadow puppets? I'll go first!

But, hey, Catelyn finally gets a decent plot to carry her through the rest of the season as she teams up with fellow fugitive Brienne after they’re saddled with the accusation of assassinating one of the thirty or forty guys vying for the Iron Throne of Westeros.

It was a solid episode, a much appreciated return to form after last week, which I considered one of the weakest of the two seasons so far.

Every scene felt critical to the plot and carried the story forward in some fashion, from the shadow thing killing Renly to Arya’s new friend taking on her kick-the-bucket list.

I especially enjoyed the evolution of the story in Qarth, which really picked up the pace for Dany’s narrative and gave us glimpses of not just one, but two baby dragons!

And out beyond the Wall, more adventures for the Night’s Watch and Jon Snow as they prepare a sneak attack against the Wildlings.

Other great moments:

* Tywin Lannister’s dismissal of a worthless cousin. He might not like Tyrion much, but it’s not hard to see where the Imp got his sarcastic sense of humor.
* Stannis and Davos standing off against each other over Melisandre.
* Margaery’s proclamation to Littlefinger that she doesn’t want to be a queen – she wants to be the queen.
* Every scene with Tyrion, as usual, especially when he urged Lancel to beg Bronn to kill him if something bad happened to his boss.

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