Sunday, April 1, 2012

Game of Thrones (HBO): Season 2/Episode 1

2.1 The North Remembers
Summer has ended, and nothing short of a long winter is expected in Westeros. A red comet lights up the sky and is interpreted differently by those who see it. Bran, now acting as Lord of Winterfell, thinks it means victory for his brother Robb in battle, but slave Osha (Natalia Tena) disagrees, believing that it signifies the return of dragons. Daenerys finds it hard to feed her triplets raw meat, but this is the least of her problems in crossing the Red Waste, leading whatever is left of her dead husband’s tribe nowhere. Tryion Lannister marches back to the capital to serve as the New Hand, much to the chagrin of his sister and his nephew. Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) gathers his forces at Dragonstone under the influence of foreign priestess Melisandre (Carice van Houten), whose new religion clashes with the old. He refuses to make peace with his younger brother Renly who has also declared himself king, and sends a raven to everyone in the kingdom regarding Joffrey’s true lineage. Robb sends a captive Lannister back to their camp to wager peace with King’s Landing, in the condition that his sisters and their father’s remains be brought back to them, and that the North be a free kingdom with him as king.

Wow, we’ve got newbies, and let’s start with the redhead, who is reminiscent of Jean Grey during her phoenix heydays. That part where she drinks the poison and there is some sort of a mini flame burning in her throat is plain wicked. Damn, Queen Bitch has new competition. And a sorceress at that! But let’s cut the queen regent some slack because she has so much to deal with right now. At least she puts that traitor Littlefinger to his rightful place. Yes, Baelish, knowledge is power, but so is control of four guards who can instantly cut your throat with a single word from your queen. In any case, season two might not be that kind to Queen Bitch. Gimli has returned to mock her ad nauseam; Prince Charming is still in captivity; and Joffrey Bieber has become simply uncontrollable. She’s got her hands full. Meanwhile, Dragon Mama’s last scene last season was so empowering, and yet here she is battling starvation. It seems Westeros and Essos are not giving these women any favors. Anyway, no matter how I find Jean Grey amusing, she comes off as a bit terrifying. Dragon Mama has her triplets; Queen Bitch has political power, for now. But Jean Grey has magic! How do you match that?

“Death is boring, especially now there is so much excitement in the world.” –Tyrion Lannister

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