Any great TV show needs moments that leave your jaw well and truly dropped. On something like Game Of Thrones, they tend to involve incest and horses, so it probably shouldn’t have been a surprise that Episode 2 had a nasty shock (well, two) for Theon Greyjoy on what he expected to be a triumphant return to his family home. But still, that moment he discovered the woman he’d been interfering with on a horse moments earlier was HIS SISTER? Wow…
Much like the first episode of the new season, this one had a lot to fit in without necessarily a lot happening, so it flitted about all over Westeros with little time to cover too much in depth. Daenerys is still stuck in the desert and looking increasingly miserable, especially when one of her two hopes for finding a way out returns lacking anything below his neck. Meanwhile, my hopes of shouting abuse at Joffrey were scuppered by his failure to make even a brief appearance, despite ordering the mass slaughter of babies at the end of the last episode.
Robb Stark is also absent, but things don’t exactly go well for him, with Theon’s mission to recruit his father’s armies going about as well as his horse ride with his sister. He gets humiliated and ridiculed for his clothing and told that his family will most certainly not be joining sides with his other ‘family’. At least he got to have sex with the captain’s daughter on the way over, assuming of course that she isn’t another relation of his. In Game Of Thrones you never can tell.
Things go a bit better for Tyrion, despite walking in on his secret lover talking to the least trustworthy (well, one of them anyway) people in King’s Landings, and there’s some wonderfully veiled threats between him and Lord Varys. Meanwhile, a meal with Janos Slynt sees the Watch Commander exiled to the Wall for his part in the baby massacre, with Tyrion’s loyal ally Bronn installed in his place, massively strengthening his position, certainly enough to have a few pops at his sister later in the episode.
Ayra only appeared in the last moments of episode one, but gets a lot more to do this time, avoiding capture by City Watchmen and further befriending Gendry, enough to share her secret with him. They’re still on their way to the Wall though, so things aren’t exactly looking promising. Beyond the Wall, Jon Snow is still causing trouble with Castor’s daughter-wives, and gets himself a whack over the head when he spies the old lech giving up an unwanted grandchild to a White Walker, a promising sign that these scenes are going to lead to the kind of horror we were promised when they left the safety of Castle Black.
And that just leaves us with Stannis Baratheon and a scene laden with symbolism. Having sent loyal Davos out to negotiate with a pirate to get himself a navy, the wannabe king then succumbs to the temptations of tricksy temptress Melisandre and her promise to provide him with a son if he gives himself over to the Lord Of Light. So he proceeds to, well, do her on a large battle map of Westeros. You just know this isn’t going to end well. Overall then, another episode laden with plotlines, but packed with quality and promise.
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