SEASON 2 EPISODE 3
“WHAT IS DEAD MAY NEVER DIE”
While it was close with Tyrion almost winning for a third straight week, it wasn’t meant to be because this week we got a battle!
Tyrion’s game of deception to find out who is in the Cersei’s pocket was awesome. Like I’ve been saying all season, it’s fantastic to have a character out-scheme the schemers in King’s Landing.
Having said that, this episode finally gave us a relatively big battle at the end. Something I was hoping to see after two heavily character driven episodes. However, I don’t fault the series for lack of action because so many characters have to be visited, introduced and developed. It’s proof that you don’t always need great action if you have great characters.
… But it’s Game of Thrones and the battles are inevitable.
This week’s moment involved Arya and Yoren. Before the big battle they had a wonderful scene together. It’s easy to forget that Arya was in the crowd on that fateful day in season one. (Didn’t want to spoil that one just in case) Yoren also got his moment to share what brought him to The Wall in the first place.
And then the swords came out for a bloody battle that, I think, will kick start the action this season. The pieces have been in motion now for weeks. Next week, you have to assume that we will finally rejoin Robb Stark and Daenerys Targaryen. They are due for some screen time. One of them is a warrior with 3 dragons and the other is fighting a war. It’s safe to say we are in for some cool moments.
What Is Dead May Never Die
The rest of the episode was as interesting as ever. It’s surprising to me that Cersei or Geoffrey haven’t openly questioned Sansa’s loyalty. She’s really just telling them what they want to hear. Are they oblivious or do they simply love making her constantly denounce her family… I’m inclined to believe the latter.
I’m still not on board with Tyrion’s lady friend Shae… We’ve spent more time with her than we have with several major characters this season. Her story has joined with Sansa’s now but, having not read the books, I just don’t see what her purpose is… Yet. I’m sure she will complicate Tyrion’s life in some way but it’s a waiting game for now.
Regardless, we are now three episodes into the season and it’s been awesome. When a show can blast through the ‘slower‘ type episodes in grand fashion, you know you’re in for something special.