Well, it has returned. After a year long wait, season 2 of Game Of Thrones is back.
Sadly, the opening of the episode is clumsy. Opening on the Hound killing another knight might've been alright for a mid season episode, but for a season opener, it fell flat. It does quickly remind up how much of a little shit Joffrey is, even more-so now he is King, how Sansa remains a prisoner and engaged to him and how Peter Dinklage portrayal of Tyrion is beyond perfect.
A new place we see is Dragonstone which is the seat of the the self proclaimed King Stannis, younger brother of Robert Baratheon and older brother of Renly Baratheon. Here we are quickly introduced to a number of new characters; the mysterious Red Priestess Melisandre who burns the Septs, Maester Cressen who sees her as a threat to Stannis and the Onion Knight Davos Seaworth. The burning of the Septs would've likely made a better opening to the episode rather than what we got but I can understand them wanting to open to characters we already know. The letter writing scene is a great scene that shows us how Stannis is a blunt man but not without honor and also sets up the conflict between Melisandre and Davos as they both are vying for Stannis's ear, not to mention Maester Cressen's death.
The trip to Robb Starks camp is a good one. Firstly, the scene between Robb and Jamie is quite tense, beginning with Jamie wisecracks until he realizes he's in no position to appear superior to the King in the North and the appearance of a very large Greywind certainly concretes this.
The quick trips to Beyond the Wall with Jon Snow and the rest of the Nights watch, and to the Red Waste with Daenerys and her dragons allow us to quickly see where they are currently at, without taking away too much from the major conflicts within Westeros.
The small trip to Winterfell is actually one of the best parts of the episode. Firstly seeing Bran bored as Lord of Winterfell, then seeing Bran's dream from the POV of Summer, which was filmed fantastically, then the conversation with Osha about the different theories of what the comet in the sky means. Hers? "Dragons"
The pilot ended with Bran being flung out of a window. This time? The murder of all Roberts bastards, including a baby. Certainly the most disturbing thing shown in the series so far. The final thing we see is one of Roberts last living bastard Gendry on the Kingsroad with Arya in a strangely powerful scene.
The episode was not perfect. The numerous plot threads all over Westeros and across the Narrow Sea at Essos that didn't connect bar through the comet in the sky was a bit disjointed. The episode does set up some compelling conflicts and effortlessly introduced new characters, however.
Post by Chris Davis on Apr 2, 2012 12:22:21 GMT -6
I agree with a lot of what you said. While the premiere was good, my expectations might have been a little bit too high. There were some great moments in the episode, like the scene between Littlefinger and Cersei -- "Power is power." Lena Headey is so great
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Those closing scenes were really heart-breaking... and I'm saying that as someone who is very rarely "touched" by bad things happening to people on the screen. But anyway, yeah, I loved the premiere and as with every GoT episode there were several memorable scenes to be remembered.
^I also loved the scene between Littlefinger and Cersei. I've heard a lot of book fans complaining about it, but I think it (and, as you say, Lena) was brilliant.
Little late to the party, but finally seen this episode. So much good stuff all around, the riot in Kings Landing, the scenes beyond the Wall, Theon being Theon, and that cliffhanger in Qarth but it was the mention of Roose Bolton's bastard at the Dreadfort that really made my day. I was worried they were gonna leave him out, but thankfully not.