SEASON 2 EPISODE 1
“THE NORTH REMEMBERS”
People who love awesome things around the world are all breathing a collective sigh of relief. Game of Thrones has returned!
The occasion is so wonderful and so epic that I’ve decided to begin a brand new weekly feature here at The Athletic Nerd: The Game of Thrones Weekly Moment.
Every Monday (or Tuesday) I’ll look at the single moment that stood out from each episode of the massively anticipated second season. It begins… Now.
This week’s moment?
Tyrion arrives at King’s Landing… And pisses off everyone.
Fresh off an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor, Peter Dinklage picks up right where he left off. Tyrion’s presence in King’s Landing is immediately felt as he reveals he has been named the Hand of the King in his father’s absence. As his crafty dialogue gets under the skin of the King he is simultaneously sympathetic to Sansa given the loss of her father. It’s a brilliant way to introduce one of the series most beloved characters.
But it didn’t end there. Tyrion vs Cersei was even better. Here the writer’s successfully remind us why Tyrion is awesome while summing up key events of season one. Tyrion has an answer for everything and it’s the truth. Cersei messed up big time handling Ned Stark and his children and Tyrion is quick to point out that she is now ‘the disappointing child’.
Going forward, I can’t wait to hear what he has to say about Cersei’s love affair with her brother Jaime. Actually, I can’t wait for him to weigh in on a number of gossip in the South. His feelings are made pretty clear later on in the episode when he talks about the abundance of liars in the kingdom.
This week’s moment goes to Tyrion Lannister and I have a feeling it won’t be the last this season.
The North Remembers
The rest of the episode was fascinating as both a fan and an aspiring writer. How these writer’s manage to juggle so many characters and locations so brilliantly is beyond me. It’s hard enough when it’s original material but this is an adaptation of a massive series of novels. They even managed to introduce several entirely new characters.
True, the main characters couldn’t be any further apart but I think that’s the genius of this series. In one scene, we are in the Red Waste with baby dragons and a starving Daenerys Targaryen. In the next, we’re following John Snow in a winter wasteland. Everyone has a claim to the throne and I’m so happy we get to watch them all fight for it again.
This was a fantastic return for a series that blew millions away last year.
Welcome back Game of Thrones!