Thoughts on Game of Thrones, episode 1, season 2

game-of-thrones-logoSeason 2 of  Game of Thrones starts with more of the same:  King Joffrey is a dick.  I think we already knew that, but then, this scene isn’t about him.  And so my journey into character fatigue begins…

Let’s start out with a snip from the summary of “The North Remembers:”

The Hound fights an unnamed opponent atop the walls of the Red Keep during a tourney to celebrate King Joffrey Baratheon’s nameday. His mace rains blows down on his smaller adversary, knocking aside his shield, disarming him and then knocking him over the edge of the wall. The knight falls hard into the courtyard below. Joffrey rushes forward from his pavilion to look down on the fallen man. He shouts congratulations to the Hound and then asks Sansa Stark if she enjoyed the duel. Sansa, Joffrey’s captive, is deferent and subdued. Princess Myrcella Baratheon and Prince Tommen Baratheon are also seated in the pavilion.

“Princess Myrcella Baratheon and Prince Tommen Baratheon are also seated in the pavilion” is the perfect way to describe these two characters in season 1.  Yep, they were there.  Sitting quietly.  Or walking.  Do these two every do anything?  Do they ever talk?  Or are their characters so bland I’ve just completely forgotten any contributions they’ve made?  I don’t know what the answer is and I don’t seem to care enough to figure it out.

Hence the character fatigue.

This first scene is really about revealing The Hound’s character and that underneath it all, he’s really a good guy.  The thing is, I didn’t really need this reminder because I’d already learned that during the jousting episode and probably other instances I’d forgotten.  I’m starting to think the GoT producers think we’re idiots.  (On the other hand, I can’t hardly remember anyone’s name, so they may be on to something.)

I think the fatigue didn’t really hit me until the Stannis Baratheon and Melisandre with their people on the beach scene.  What, now I gotta pay attention to these jerks, too?  Jeez!  And now they’re talking about villages beyond the wall, so there’s going to be even more characters coming.  Let me get my chart out…


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Call me old-fashioned, but I’m not used to having to consult a flow chart to watch a TV show.  (Please pardon me if this is not a flow chart.)

Anyway, there’s that scene where Robb talks to Jaime and…  I dunno, nothing really happens.  I think this scene exists to remind the audience that Jaime is still the Stark’s prisoner.  But we do get to see the comically large direwolf.  I love that guy (Although Grey Wind is the worst name ever  – even Ghost is a better name than Grey Wind.  Seriously, Grey Wind sounds like Robb named one of his farts.)

Oh and obligatory brothel nudity in this episode?  You better believe it.  Never before was a topless woman so pointless to the plot.

Anyway, this is a decent little episode, but I have to admit, Game of Thrones is starting to tax my limited mental powers.

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Posted on June 24, 2014, in tv review and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. You don’t need to pay attention to the characters in the background. They may or may not become more important, but Tommen and Myrcella are basically there to say “Joffrey is simply Joffrey, not ‘all incest-babies are twisted horrid perversions'”

    The hound is a good guy — who killed the butcher’s boy in cold blood.

    • That’s a good point on Tommen and Myrcella
      Nevertheless, I feel like the show is trying to sell me that The Hound is the enforcer with a heart of gold – he’s the Han solo of murders

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