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Game of Thrones is not just a Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 2
television show. Game of Thrones is a full-fledged event. I have spent
the better part of this weekend glued to the television, streaming
episode after episode in a marathon of screaming, swords clashing, blood
spraying, dragons roaring, and sexposition sexpositioning. To say that
the first episode back after a very long wait was eagerly anticipated
would be an understatement.
Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 2
Game of Thrones has lost nothing in the long wait between seasons;
indeed, the best show on television has gotten even better in the
interim, even if HBO telegraphed one big surprise with its "Previously
on" round-up. Even with that spoiler (avoid it if you can), the show is
nothing short of brilliant thanks to the steady hand of David Benioff
and D.B. Weiss.
Charles Dance may be the show's Game of
Thrones Season 3 Episode 2 best actor when it comes to delivering long,
blistering monologues. In season one, he ripped into the Kingslayer
while ripping into a deer carcass. This season, the carcass he rips into
is that of his mangled son, Tyrion Lannister. Despite being blessed
with the family name and all the money and power that it comes with,
he's the black sheep, the family curse, the physical manifestation of
the rot in the Lannister soul. Being a good hand of the king, saving
King's Landing with a brilliant scheme, destroying Stannis' fleet,
leading the men onto the beaches to repel the invaders, suffering a
grisly facial wound...
Game of Thrones Season 3
Episode 2 none of that is enough to impress Tywin, who tears into Tyrion
with one of the most bloody, heartbreaking speeches in the show's
history. It's a credit to both actors; Dance delivers the words with
such pain and fury and hatred that it makes Peter Dinklage's responding
facial expressions, going from prideful and nervous to shattered in the
course of a few simple sentences, that much more effective. It's
heartbreaking for both men and somehow even more of a betrayal than that
of Stannis to his closest companion, Davos Seaworth.
any armed combat, the battle within each man between loyalty and honour
versus a lust for power is the true war at the centre of Game of
Thrones, and this episode explores that directly. For two seasons and
who knows how many in-show years, Dany has been adamant about two
things: regaining the Iron Throne and getting her dragons back. We've
seen to what lengths she'll go to get her dragons back, but how far will
she go to regain the Seven Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 2 Kingdoms?
It's an interesting moral quandary (and one of the funniest scenes the
show has Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 2 done with the translator,
the slaver, Dany, and Jorah) and a legitimate question. Dany is a woman
of high morals when it comes to pretty much everything. Just how low is
she willing to stoop? How many compromises will she make? It's strange
that the woman who did basically nothing in the second season except
poke around Qarth and whimper about her missing dragons now may have the
best potential story arc for the third season. At least it promises to
be significantly more interesting (and arresting to look at).
Game of Thrones has taken massive Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 2
steps towards cranking up the show from a looks standpoint. Director
Daniel Minahan doesn't do a lot of trickery this episode aside from a
few very clever overhead shots and some of the dragon work, but he
doesn't have to because the crew behind the scenes have chosen some of
the best-looking, most-interesting filming locations available in the
world. I don't know how they do it, or how much they have to sweeten
things with CGI, but every location feels different from the next. You
know Winterfell instantly and when you're beyond The Wall, it's obvious.
I didn't know that Dany's ship was pulling into Astapor, but it has a
completely different feel from Qarth, Pentos, or Vaes Dothrak. King's
Landing, Dragonstone, and Pyke are as different as different can be.
That's fitting, considering the show's different characters and story
lines. Valar Dohaeris is spread across thousands of miles and dozens of
characters we know and love, and it leaves out multiple other story
lines in the process. The first few episodes back tend to be a bit
cluttered, but as the season progresses, I have no doubt that the focus
will tighten, some stories will rise to prominence over others, and
loose threads will be tied off or snipped out entirely. Life is cheap in
Westeros, and grudges are not easily forgotten.
Correspondent Ron Hogan has been drinking coffee from his Khal mug in
preparation for the return of Game of Thrones. It is known. Find more by
Ron daily at Shaktronics and PopFi.
Game of Thrones
Season 3 Episode 1 Premiere spans several months on a world where the
seasons can last for years at a time. Autumn has fallen across the
world, with winter not far behind. The people should be preparing for
years of snow and ice, but the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros instead remain
gripped by civil war. Would-be king Renly Baratheon has been
assassinated, altering the alliances in the war. The cruel boy-king
Joffrey Baratheon has won a great victory by securing an alliance with
House Tyrell, with his supporters defeating his uncle Stannis in an epic
battle. Joffrey now commands the largest armies in the realm and his
triumph appears inevitable.