Entertaining Platt: Game of Thrones Season 2 – “The Old Gods and the New”
May 7, 2012 § 3 Comments
It’s sort of astonishing sometimes how much story and character development can get crammed into an hour of good television.
We’ve passed the middle mark for the second season and the latest episode gave the feeling like all those wheels set in motion in the first five episodes are now rolling downhill, carrying all the characters full-tilt toward utter ruination.
Everything kicks off with the capture of Winterfell and yet another poor choice for Theon Greyjoy, who obviously paid little or no attention to Ned Stark’s lessons in leadership. And maybe he could have spent extra time developing some upper body strength because, really, if you’re going to take MY head off, you at least need to be strong enough to manage with one stroke, Lord Chop-Chop.
Meanwhile, off in King’s Landing, everybody’s super happy and holding hands and singing songs and…wait, no, they’re throwing crap in Joffrey’s face and trying to rape Sansa. The Hound, a crowd favorite anti-hero, swoops in like a combination of Batman/Two-Face/Inigo Montoya and murderizes the would-be rapists before hauling Sansa back to the relative safety of a room where Tyrion, Cersei, and Joffrey are holed up while the riot rages outside.
At Harrenhal, Arya seems to be bonding a little with Lord Tywin – and then Littlefinger shows up for a well edited sequence in which she must do her best to serve wine without allowing him to recognize her. Later, she has to use up her second of three “kill them for me” wishes to deal with a guy who’s about to rat her out as a spy to Tywin.
Way out past the Wall, Jon fails miserably at being a cold-hearted member of the Night’s Watch and lets a Wildling girl get away. In the end, he’s snuggling with her on a cliff. I’m sure this will all end happily.
And in Qarth, while Dany is trying to wheedle ships out of a merchant, her people are slaughtered and her dragons are stolen. No sign of Ser Jorah, hmm?
With all that, they also managed to squeeze in some time for Robb Stark to flirt with a girl and then reunite with Catelyn, whose idea of saying hello is chastising him for thinking about a girl that can’t do him any good as king. And then they learn that Winterfell has fallen and Robb’s suddenly all “What girl?” and wants to haul his army back home to dismember Theon. An advisor wisely cautions that it won’t take the army to deal with the idiot Greyjoy.
Can’t wait for next week.