Sunday, June 3, 2012

Game of Thrones (HBO): Season 2/Episode 10


2.10 Valar Morghulis
Daenerys enters the House of the Undying and is hit by illusions of the Iron Throne, as well as of Khal Drogo and their son. Unfazed, she follows the cries of her dragons and commands them to breathe fire, incinerating the warlock. Xaro faked all his wealth and leads them to an empty vault. Daenerys seals him with her traitor handmaiden inside and loots the mansion so she can buy a ship. Arya meets her assassin Jaqen H’ghar (Tom Wlaschiha) again and he offers to bring her to Braavos to train with the Faceless Men. She declines because she intends to reunite with her family. He leaves her with a special coin before his face changes to someone else’s. Theon rallies his men despite being outnumbered, but one of them knocks him unconscious and trades him to Roose Bolton’s forces in exchange for amnesty. Robb marries Talisa despite their arrangement with the Freys. Stannis takes out his anger on Melisandre, who still ends up convincing him that one lost battle doesn’t necessarily mean losing the war. Tyrion wakes up with his title as Hand of the King passed on to his father and his war efforts unacknowledged. Joffrey announces that he’ll marry Margaery instead, much to Sansa’s delight. His fellow prisoner from the Night’s Watch provokes Jon Snow and he ends up killing him, earning the trust of the Wildlings who bring him their King. Hearing three horn blasts, Sam is left behind as his companions flee a White Walker attack. Soon enough, he sees a large army of the undead marching towards their encampment.


This is quite a long episode, maybe because the previous one focused too much on the siege of King’s Landing, which is not really a bad thing because that episode was plain epic. This one is riddled with too many heartbreaking ironies, especially for Gimli. Seeing Joffrey Bieber back to his usual antics makes you want to drag him in front of the nearest flat screen TV you can find so you can have him watch a clip of his shining moment during the battle on YouTube. Gimli should be the one rewarded here, but the universe has a very bad sense of humor. But at least we see one victory from our all-time favorite Dragon Mama. When you have three dragons that can incinerate anything or anyone with a simple command, you don’t just earn respect, but also fear. What I like best about Dragon Mama, though, is that she could be hard-headed at times, but she does learn from her mistakes. As long as those mistakes don’t prove to be fatal, she would surely be a legit force to reckon with one day. And of course, we see the Zombies once again! Were they not the opening salvo of the pilot episode, after all? They are quite scary, and I’m just happy because this is not just man vs. man or man vs. himself anymore, the greater evil has finally been introduced!

“Valar Morghulis” –Arya Stark

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