GAME OF THRONES 2.4: “Garden of Bones”

Well, there’s something you don’t see every day: A mysterious priestess giving birth to a smoke monster — onscreen. (Thank goodness they didn’t use that scene on LOST!) In an even more depraved scene, King Joffrey made a couple of royal whores beat one another. But I guess that’s just the way GAME OF THRONES rolls these days; gotta keep upping the depravity.

Robb Stark (Richard Madden) upped the ante by employing direwolves to soften up the Lannister army for another victory. A victory that so incensed Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) that he threatened to shoot Robb’s sister, Sansa (Sophie Turner), with a crossbow. He settled for having her beaten and stripped at court. But then Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) intervened, rescuing Sansa and embarrassing his royal nephew in the process. (Not to mention teaching the court — and viewers — the difference between “helpful advice” and a “threat.”) In an effort to assuage Joffrey’s rage, Tyrion later sent his nephew Ros (Esmé Bianco) and another concubine, but the king forced Ros to beat the other girl savagely while he watched, which a cocked crossbow pointed at them both. The boy ain’t right in the head!
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GAME OF THRONES 2.3: “What Is Dead May Never Die”

This week’s GAME OF THRONES did clear up one thing for me: I’d always wondered about: the origin of that strategy of telling three different people three different stories in order to uncover a mole. Apparently, it originated with Tyrion Lannister, way back in… well, whenever the show is set.

Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) is determined not to lose his head the way the previous Hand of the King did, so after dispatching the captain of the city guard last week, he set out to ferret out the mole in the Small Council by giving Pycelle, Varys and Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen) a nugget of information about marrying off young Myrcell Baratheon (Aimee Richardson) to various lords. Pycelle (Julian Glover) went running to Cersei (Lena Heady) with the plan for her daughter, and so Tyrion had his mole, and tossed him into a black cell.
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GAME OF THRONES 2.1: “The North Remembers”

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Kings were wild this week on the second-season premiere of GAME OF THRONES, because every time a character turned around, someone was declaring himself king — or khaleesi/queen. And there was a red comet in the sky, but no one could agree on what it portends.

Perhaps the show should be renamed “Game of Kings,” because it’s almost easier to enumerate which characters are not laying claim to the iron throne than those who are. Doesn’t anyone want to be just a noble knight anymore?
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