SEASON 2 EPISODE 8
“THE PRINCE OF WINTERFELL”
I hate to say it but this may have been my least favorite episode of season 2… But this is Game of Thrones after all so that’s pretty much giving it a 7/10 instead of 9 or 10. There was a LOT of talking in this episode as the players move towards their penultimate destinations.
Stannis is knocking on King Joffrey’s front door. Tywin marches towards Robb who has a separate force ready to reclaim Winterfell. Daenery’s is on route to reclaim her children from the House of the Undying.
In the middle stands Tyrion has his quest to clean up the mess his nephew has caused in King’s Landing without revealing his love for Shae. Brienne escorting Jaime amidst constant teasing at her expense. Kat having to deal with Robb’s anger after freeing Jaime in the first place. John Snow not doing much in the north except fearing people with skull masks. But the most entertaining conversation in the episode was courtesy of Arya and Jaqen.
So this week’s moment is revealed.
Even though it was incredibly frustrating to have Tywin right in front of her without naming him, I thought Arya’s quick thinking was pretty great. Naming Jaqen knowing he would honor his word was a brilliant way to get what she wanted. Freedom. His reaction was priceless. It’ll be interesting to see where Jaqen pops up next. He’s slowly creeping up my list of favorite characters on the show.
“The girl must do as she’s told.”
Still, she should have named Tywin first but I understand it’s a TV show and that’s a crappy way to kill off such a strong character.
THE PRINCE OF WINTERFELL
While nothing MAJOR happened in this episode, it was still necessary to prepare us for the season’s final episodes. The only real disappointment this season has been John Snow’s storyline. It’s… Just okay. I can’t help but wonder if his journey is more of a seed for Season 3 rather than a vital component of Season 2.
All in all, it was another solid episode of Game of Thrones. It just wasn’t as amazing as the others before it and certainly will pale in comparison to what lies ahead.
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