Any Man Dies With a Clean Sword, I’ll Rape His Fucking Corpse!
It stood to reason that I put out my review for Season Two of Game of Thrones a week away from my review for Season One since that is about the time it took me to finish both of them. That may come as a bit of a spoiler to the eventual review of this season, but I don’t care. I have a review to write and this is the thing that I’ve watched. So let’s jump right into my review for Game of Thrones: Season 2, based on the novels by George R. R. Martin, and starring Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams, Sibel Kekilli, Michelle Fairley, Emilia Clarke, Aiden Gillen, Kit Harington, Alfie Allen, Jerome Flynn, Iain Glen, Charles Dance, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Sophie Turner, Jack Gleeson, Stephen Dillane, Liam Cunningham, Richard Madden, John Bradley, Conleth Hill, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gwendoline Christie, Rory McCann, and Carice van Houten.
Robb Stark (Richard Madden) continues his campaign against King Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson). He sends Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) to gain the support of his father, Balon (Patrick Malahide), and sends his mother Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) to seek help from Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony), who is fighting with his brother Stannis (Stephen Dillane) over who has claim on the throne. Stannis has sex with the priestess Melisandre (Carice van Houten) when she promises to give him a son, which turns out to be a shadow creature that kills Renly, causing Catelyn to flee with Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie). Robb tries to trade Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) for Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Arya (Maisie Williams) Stark. And then Stannis sails against the King. Also, Arya is posing as a boy while travelling back to Winterfell, gets taken hostage and taken into the house of Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance). And, across the ocean, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is trying to lead her people across a desert and they almost die before they finally reach the town of Qarth, where shit is also going down.
Here’s something crazy: the writers of this movie didn’t go on some crazy drug binge and decide to start ignoring the excellent material they were working with. Seriously. After two seasons of this show I’ve almost broken down and decided that I should check out these books. And I hate reading! But I’ll probably just wait until the DVD’s come out. The second season was just as good as the first, and I refuse to decide which is better. That’s not necessary for a review, right? I would say that, in my opinion, this season didn’t have as much by way of emotionally impactful moments as the first season had. Ned Stark was beheaded in front of his family in the first season. This season didn’t have that. It didn’t have Khal Drogo dying. It had some great moments, but maybe I’m not thinking of them as much because the battle in episode nine was so epic it overshadowed the rest of them. It was badass. Disembowelments, ships exploding in green fire, and a feel of the battle of Helm’s Deep mixed with storming the beaches at Normandy. The only part I took issue with was not really clearly understanding what happened to Dinklage at the end of it. He seemed like he was fatally sliced in the face. It didn’t really look like a fatal wound, but they tried to act like he might have died from it, probably for the cliffhanger. But at first I thought they were going for one of those slow reveals where the top of his head slid off because the cut when all the way through his head. There were other great moments in the story, like the tense part where Arya was trying to covertly serve drinks to Tywin Lannister and Petyr Baelish and not get recognized by Petyr. There were also little parts that I didn’t care for. The only one I can currently think of is the fact that episode five had two separate occasions where “You can’t avenge him when you’re dead” worked to convince people.
The performances are still fantastic. They’re also the same people, so it’s not very surprising. One thing I still find weird about Game of Thrones so far is that all I ever heard about the series before I started watching was how awesome Khaleesi was. First off, her name isn’t Khaleesi like everyone made it seem like it was. It’s Daenerys. Emilia Clarke is sexy and great in the show, but she hasn’t made that much of an impact. There was kind of a drought of her through most of this season, and the parts she was in weren’t always that interesting. Wandering around a desert, then almost marrying a black man, then getting her pets kidnapped by the lead singer of REM, then they light that guy on fire and it’s the end of the world and he knows it. But he feels fine. She doesn’t even have much impact on the story in general, which is exemplified by the fact that she’s the only big character on the other side of the ocean. The rest of the world in this show doesn’t even know she exists yet. My favorite character in the series remains Maisie Williams as Arya. I don’t know why, but I like this kid’s moxie. And I like all the characters that are nice to her, like Tom Wlaschiha as Jaqen H’ghar. I also think he reminds me of Gambit. Plus he was the one that answered the question I kept asking early on: Why does no one realize Arya is a girl? Why does no one say to Arya as she’s pretending to be a boy, “Little boy, you seem to be developing breasts.” But then Jaqen and Tywin Lannister both figure it out, so maybe she just surrounded herself with stupid people. I like Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane more in this season as well, mainly because of the part where he rescued Sansa from getting raped. It was brutal and badass. But later, I started thinking about how highly inconvenient it would be for a warrior like him to be afraid of fire when there would be so much of it in a typical battle in this time. And the rescue situation started making me mad at Sophie Turner’s Sansa. Why doesn’t she escape with The Hound?! What kind of stupid Stockholm Syndrome is she developing that makes her stick around this castle?! Lena Headey still brings it as Cersei Lannister in this season, but I liked her most when she was getting drunk during the big battle, and especially her line about a woman’s best weapon being between her legs. They introduced two new characters in this season that I liked as well. Natalie Dormer had one hell of a smokin’ hot body, but looked goofy wearing that waffle cone dress she wore (See picture below left). And there was also Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth or, as I called her, Lady Tilda of Swinton (See picture below right).
Season Two of Game of Thrones was just as awesome as the first. Not as emotionally substantial as the first, but it makes up for it with a fantastic battle in episode nine. All of the performances are still top of the line. Season Two became yet another overly expensive TV series I’ll have to buy on BluRay, and I recommend you all do the same. Can’t wait for Season Three to hit the shelves. Game of Thrones: Season Two gets “I much like my head. I don’t want to see it removed just yet” out of “Those are brave men knocking at our door. Let’s go kill them!”
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