Entertaining Platt: Game of Thrones Season 2 – “The Prince of Winterfell”

May 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

Making plans for bros night out?

Ned Stark might still be alive in Westeros today if he’d thought of locking Catelyn up to keep her from meddling.

Way to go, Robb!

Sure, it’s not exactly sending her flowers and showing appreciation for giving birth, but when the woman cuts loose the one bargaining chip you’ve got on the slim (and silly) hope that Cersei Lannister will free the Stark children, it’s obvious that she’s become a liability.

Well, actually, it was obvious that she was a liability back when she was taking Lannisters hostage in Season 1, sparking a lot of this mess.

Speaking of Tyrion: Fantastic work by Peter Dinklage in this episode. I can’t say I’m overly fond of the acting abilities of the woman who plays Shae – really, she may be the weakest link this season – but Dinklage more than made up for it in his scenes with Cersei and Ros, with Shae, and with Varys. His line about turning joy to ashes in Cersei’s mouth was excellent, delivered with quiet venom.

Most interesting in this sequence: It seems like Varys remains the closest Tyrion has to a (sort of) trustworthy friend. He knows about Shae, after all. When Cersei dragged Ros out as Tyrion’s mistress, it was obvious that the Master of Whispers hadn’t betrayed the Imp. Their exchange on the battlements by Blackwater Bay was great too. Anyone else hoping that King Joffrey dies in friendly fire next week?

Across the Narrow Sea, stuff’s happening with Dany and the Dragons Who Must Not Be Rendered, and I’m not caring very much.

In Harrenhal, apparently the writers were just as weary as I was of the ongoing cat and mouse game between Arya and Tywin Lannister, because they decided to ship him off to attack Robb Stark, leaving Arya to scramble around looking for Jaqen with that third name. Once it’s too late for her to utter Tywin’s name, she names the assassin instead. Apparently, the Lannisters are rubbing off on her Stark heritage.

Rather than off himself, Jaqen begs her to un-name him, and she does so in exchange for Jaqen helping her escape with the blacksmith and the fat kid.

Up north of the wall, I’m wondering where the hell Ghost is when Jon Snow needs him?

In Winterfell, we get a great exchange between Theon and his lovely sister, who shows up with a handful of riders rather than 500 and urges him to come back from Winterfell before Robb Stark returns to execute him for killing (heh – right!) Bran and Rickon. Theon is so gloriously stupid that he refuses, which just means we’ll get to see him run out of the Stark compound next week (I hope).

Meanwhile, I’m not sure I understand the wisdom of hiding the Stark boys back inside the tombs of Winterfell. Maybe someone can enlighten me. My guess is: Plot contrivance setting up for next week, because we’re going to be bouncing all over the world map and this tightens things up a bit.

I didn’t care much for the scene with Jaime and Brienne at the boat. It was like one of those Saturday Night Live skits that goes on about two minutes too long. Yes, we get it, Jaime thinks she’s ugly. Maybe the intent was just to show how much crap Brienne is willing to put up with, but a little goes a long way.

Meanwhile, out at the fleet, we get a little more insight into the character of Stannis Baratheon and his good friend, the Onion Knight – Davos Seaworthy. (Davos is one of my favorite characters in the book series, second only to Tyrion.) I love how this show is layering in the history of the world in measured doses, and in so doing it brings back echoes of what has gone before in the previous season. In Season 1, we heard all about the heroics of Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon. In this episode, we learn that it wasn’t all grandeur and glory for their allies, and the sacrifice that Stannis made helps explain why he’s so driven to take the Iron Throne for himself now.

And it explains why he’s so very dangerous to the current occupiers of King’s Landing.

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