SEASON 2 EPISODE 9
How the hell am I supposed to pick ONE moment after that!? That was by far my favorite episode of Game of Thrones. Period. Just one week after my least favorite episode of the season too.
Finally… Finally! Stannis has come to King’s Landing and what an entrance it was. My first instinct was to choose the impossibly huge wild fire explosion that engulfed men and ships in awesome green flames. Or perhaps the moment was the incredibly brutal battle itself that was worthy of the silver screen. At one point, I veered towards the end of the episode which surprised me. I’m always thankful for twists I don’t see coming. (Still… I do want to read the books now.)
Blackwater was an absolute triumph when it comes to achievements in television. To stage such a huge battle is a monumental accomplishment. It’s the most fun I’ve had watching television since the season 4 finale of Dexter.
For me, choosing the best moment from Blackwater came down to character over action. Courage over spectacle. The Half Man.
“Those are brave men knocking at our door. Let’s go kill them!”
Tyrion has long been my favorite character and I’m definitely not the only one who feels that way. His growth in King’s Landing has been the spine of the season. And now he shines in what may be the moment of the season. Tyrion’s biggest moment. Inspiring the men to fight was a grand speech but heading out to fight Stannis’ men was a phenomenal moment.
It’s unfortunate that he was hurt but it made his act of bravery even sweeter. It’ll be interesting to see how Tywin rewards his son. What will become of The Cowardly King’s Hand now that Tywin has come to King’s Landing?
The rest of the episode was mostly devoted to a drunken Cersei and some wonderful Sansa moments:
“The worst ones always live.”
Her journey with The Hound will certainly be interesting to say the least. The real treat here was the battle itself. Gigantic, violent and full of ‘holy crap’ moments. I suppose my only real complaint was the absence of both Melisandre and the smoke monster.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from old Smokey. Why wasn’t it around during this crucial battle? That’s just one of many questions this episode set up for the finale next week. One episode left… Starting to get sad…
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