SEASON 3 EPISODE 8
Last week I was admittedly disappointed in the episode as little forward progress was made in the majority of the story lines. Game of Thrones usually follows up slower episodes with huge moments… And that’s exactly what happened in ‘Second Sons’.
Leaving behind most of the stories and characters we visited last week, this episode focused on three main threads. All of which gave us incredible moments yet none of them won the episode. If you’ve been reading my recaps this season you know exactly which moment I loved the most.
Before we got that that moment, we got to see Gendry’s arrival at Dragonstone play out… The poor guy found out he’s not on vacation in the worst way. The thought of a leech to the nuts is absolutely terrifying. (Though not as terrifying as Theon’s experience last week.) We’ll see what his… ahem… King’s blood will accomplish through Melisandre’s scorcery soon enough I’m sure. Are we destined for a super smoke monster or something worse?
Back in King’s Landing, Tyrion and Sansa got married in a ceremony laced with Joffrey’s mischief. He’s an asshole. Still, putting up with the King’s antics led to one of the best moments of the season. Tyrion stabbing that knife into the table and threatening the King was fantastic.
Daenerys has really grown this season. Last year, she spent the majority of her time trying to win people over without much success. Now, she gets what she wants and managed to get the titular second sons to join her cause with ease. No dragons required. She just had to be hot apparently. Side note: What ever happened to the Warlocks that were hunting her?
Those three stories were awesome but I HAVE to award the moment of the episode to the White Walker!
FINALLY A WHITE WALKER APPEARS IN SEASON 3!
If there is one thing that frustrated me about Season 3 it was the absence of the characters that ended season 2 so brilliantly. A whole army of White Walkers marching on The Wall only to disappear without a mention for 7 episodes. I thought for sure Jon and Ygritte would spot a few as they scaled The Wall. They didn’t.
I’m not sure how they will factor into the final 2 episodes of the season but I’m glad to see they haven’t been forgotten entirely. Although, it did feel a bit random to have one attack Sam and Gilly considering there is an army of them roaming somewhere in the North.
Regardless, watching him shatter like that was pretty fantastic. These guys are probably a huge drain on the shows budget so saving them makes sense. I would have been happy with a mention before now but I’ll take it. Welcome to Season 3 White Walkers! It’s about time.
COUNTDOWN | Best Moments: Game of Thrones Season 2
Episode 1 Moment: Valar Dohaeris
Episode 2 Moment: Dark Wings, Dark Words
Episode 3 Moment: Walk of Punishment
Episode 4 Moment: And now his watch is ended
Episode 5 Moment: Kissed by fire
Episode 6 Moment: The Climb
Episode 7 Moment: The Bear and the Maiden Fair