Thursday, May 31, 2012

What I’m Watching: Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones: Season 2, Episode 9 “Blackwater” (A-)

It’s a relief that all the buildup to the kingdoms coming together to fight wasn’t more exciting than the battle itself. Forgetting some of the supporting characters, like all Starks aside from Sansa and Daenerys, was wholly worthwhile for the immersion into war that it allowed as Kings Landing prepared to be invaded by Stannis’ army. Joffrey proved himself even more despicable than before as he was persuaded to go fight on the front lines and then retreated to safety after his mother sent for him to be protected. Tyrion was rather incredible, commanding in the absence of his nephew’s leadership and then unifying the people by declaring, “There are brave men at your gates! Let’s go kill them!” I certainly hope that Tyrion didn’t lose his life in this battle after sleeping through the last one since he deserves immense commendation for his actions, and for his stunt of the wildfire, which was assisted by excellent visual effects. Cersei’s conversation with Sansa was extraordinarily intriguing, and I liked how Cersei immediately saw right through Shae and realized that she was out of place, though it’s a good thing that she doesn’t know just why that is. The Hound offering to spirit Sansa to safety was met with predictably obnoxious results, as she refused the chance to escape unscathed. That ending was formidable, as Cersei seemed ready to end her own life moments before Tywin swooped in and enthusiastically declared that they had won. I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for Sunday night’s finale.

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