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Game of Thrones: Season 2, Episode 10. Valar Morghulis

 

Game of Thrones is based on A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin. The content of Season 2 in this television adaptation by HBO is drawn from A Clash of Kings. As before, the production is helmed by David Benioff and D B Weis. Here is the link to my retrospective overview of Game of Thrones Season 1. This is a spoiler-rich discussion of what happens in each episode, so do not read this if you want to watch without prior knowledge.

 

When Tyrion Lannster (Peter Dinklage) wakes, he discovers Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) has assumed the role of the Hand and, to celebrate, has made Tyrion a prisoner — a perfect end to a perfect day. Varys (Conleth Hill) explains to Tyrion he’s now without friends among the nobles. Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) did, after all, try to have him killed on the battlefield. But the people love him for saving the city which makes him feel a whole lot better. Shae (Sibel Kikilli) wants Tyrion to leave, but he likes being close to power so decides to stay and play the game.

Gwendoline Christie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau literally bonding

 

There’s a tearful moment as self-interest finally pays out with a reward. Petyr Baelish aka Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) is given Harrenhal for bringing the Tyrells to rescue the Lannisters. Looking seductive, Lady Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) asks whether she can be Queen to Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and, after Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) is cast aside, Margaery gets a round of applause if only for having the nerve to wear that dress in public. Varys meanwhile moves to recruit one of Littlefinger’s whores as a spy — you just can’t have too many spies. Out in the sticks, Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) fights Stark’s men to keep Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) safe — a stupid if noble thing to do given she’s only loyal to Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) and could just have left Jaime to his fate. Now back in family mode, Robb Stark (Richard Madden) discusses the notion of love with his mother and confirms his desire to marry Talisa Maegyr (Oona Chaplin), the immediate bird in the hand, and not the politically convenient bird on the House Frey bridge. So he ignores Catelyn’s warning about what happens to oath breakers, and the happy couple tie the knot in an official civil ceremony.

Alfie Allen inspiring his troops to fight

 

Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) remonstrates with Melisandre (Carice Van Houten) for failing to warn him he was going to lose. She puts on a brave front and convinces him he will be victorious and become King. The only price is that he must betray everyone around him. Having ordered the death of his brother, he should have no problem with that. And talking of experts in betrayal, Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) is under siege in Winterfell and remembers as a child how everyone said he was lucky to be a hostage. Sadly, he feels he can’t run because everyone will think him a coward — an incredibly stupid reason even by his standards. Maester Luwin (Donald Sumpter) makes the constructive suggestion he could make a strategic retreat to the Wall where the law can’t touch him. Unfortunately his loyal Iron Islanders think he would do better in the care of those besieging them. They knock out their revered leader, leave Maester Luwin fatally wounded and burn Winterfell. Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) is there when the Maester dies. With his final words, he sends them north to the Wall where he says Jon Snow (Kit Harington) will look after them. Except Laughing Boy Snow is a prisoner of the Wildings and, to impress the locals with his betrayal skills, he kills Qhorin Halfhand (Simon Armstrong) in self-defence. Now he’s going to meet the King Beyond the Wall while Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) has a more exciting encounter with some dead folk.

John Bradley gets his first sight of one of the “Others”

 

In the House of the Undead, there are visions of the Iron Throne in a ruined King’s Landing, of the ice beyond the Wall, of Khal Drogo and the son that was never born to them, but always Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) hears the cries of her dragons and is not tempted by the unreal. When Pyat Pree (Ian Hanmore) finally puts in an appearance in the flesh, her dragons burn him and set her free — sadly the wrong way round but you just can’t get sensible dragons these days. When she and Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) open the giant safe, they find it empty. Yet another con trick revealed, so they fill it with the giant personality of Xaro Xhoan Daxos (Nonso Anozie), steal all his moveables and go off to buy a ship. And Arya (Maisie Williams) gets the magic password featuring as the title to this episode. More about that comes in Season 3 if we feel strong enough to watch it. Fortunately, this brings Season 2 to an end with just a final set of conclusions to come from me.

 

For reviews of Season 2, see:
Game of Thrones: Season 2, Episode 1. The North Remembers
Game of Thrones: Season 2, Episode 2. The Night Lands
Game of Thrones: Season 2, Episode 3. What Is Dead May Never Die
Game of Thrones: Season 2, Episode 4 Garden of Bones
Game of Thrones: Season 2, Episode 5. The Ghost of Harrenhal
Game of Thrones: Season 2, Episode 6. The Old Gods and the New
Game of Thrones: Season 2, Episode 7. A Man Without Honor
Game of Thrones: Season 2, Episode 8. The Prince of Winterfell
Game of Thrones: Season 2, Episode 9. Blackwater
Game of Thrones: Season 2 — the HBO series considered

 

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