Game of Thrones s2 ep 5

“A little less conversation, a little more action please…”

Gosh.  Given that it started with an abrupt and shocking death- even by GOT standards – and the promise of terrible consequences to come, “The Ghost of Harrenhal” ended up being a much more talky episode than I expected, full of lengthy conversation which didn’t always enthrall. 

The show is always full of negotiation and intrigue but normally it’s a bit more balanced with action and that was lacking this week – most of the characters  just seemed to want to chat about stuff, than actually doing anything.

So Lady Catelyn and Brienne fled poor Renly’s camp, to hang out in a forest, do a little solemn vowing and generally shoot the breeze. Littlefinger hung around like a bad smell – for no real reason other than that’s what Littlefinger does – to offer the Tyrells advice.  (Remember how Littlefinger’s advice worked out for Ned Stark, Tyrells – don’t get too comfy.)  Davos tried to give Stannis the Stubborn some wise but unwelcome counsel.  And we spent about half the episode hanging out with Daenerys in Qarth – which looks exactly like one of those supposedly idyllic planets they regularly visit in Star Trek:The Next Generation, the planets with the evil secret business which needs someone to break the Prime Directive to sort, you know the ones –  having a blether with her dragons, her handmaidens, the Dothraki Artful Dodgers, a warlock, Xano, Mormont… who’s left?  The milkman? And what made it all the more bizarre is how interested they all were in everything she had to say.  Daenerys!  Whose principal topic of conversation always boils down to: “Iron throne: MINE.”  Good grief.

Mormont looking at her like she hung the moon is bad enough, but pretty much telling her so was just embarrassing.  Not as embarrassing as Turncoat Theon’s harbour scenes but embarrassing just the same.  Bah.  Arya Stark is more of a queen than the “Mother of Dragons” could ever be – her scenes with Tywin and with the creepy fellow who owes her three favours were amongst the highlights of the episode, with her continued hardening a sad but inevitable consequence of all that she’s seen and been through.  Her vengeance (vengeance being a hot commodity this week) will be terrible but hopefully just – and at least it has actually started happening,  unlike Dany’s which only ever seems to be in her head, or in her empty, lengthy speeches.

Sigh.  At least the Night’s Watch’s unusually chatty scenes seemed to be setting us up for something big, as Smoulders-inthe-Snow and co shivered, pondered and plotted.   That story, like Arya and Tyrion’s,  felt like it was going somewhere important but a few too many of the other sub-plots felt  like dithering.  Having said that, there was plenty to keep me interested.  Dithering on Game of Thrones is still dithering worth watching.


2 thoughts on “Game of Thrones s2 ep 5

  1. Tim May 1, 2012 / 4:13 pm

    Watching Tyrion pick the legs off the spider that was his cousin (is it cousin? it’s so hard to tell with the in-breeding Lannisters!) to the point where even making him grovel started to bore him was one of the funniest moments we have had all series.

    Come to think of it, don’t Tyrion and Bronn just make THE cutest double-act ever? 🙂

  2. CJ Cregg May 1, 2012 / 8:52 pm

    Heh, Tim, I was just thinking during yesterday’s episode that Jerome Flynn looked like he was having almost as much fun as Peter Dinklage. They’re the Morecambe and Wise of Westeros.

    I think Lancel is a cousin, but seeing as I’d completely forgotten who he was last week and had to look him up to find out his name, I may not be the most reliable source. I almost feel sorry for him caught between Cersei and Tyrion, but not quite – Lancel’s too much of a weasel.

    How horrific an individual is Cersei though? The scene with Tyrion where she was loving not telling him what the plan to protect Kings Landing was really brought home how little she cares about the city or the people in it; all she was interested in was gloating at Tyrion because she hates him. In fact, she’d burn the city to the ground if she thought he’d burn with it, whereas Tyrion is genuinely looking to save everyone he can – if we have to have a Lannister on the Iron Throne, I vote him.

    I’ve been trying to think of the remaining 2 characters I’d have Arya’s pal kill, if I had the choice, and am having trouble narrowing it down. No.1 has to be Joffrey, obviously. No.2, though? In the evil stakes, I suppose Cersei’s a worthy candidate, but I’d love to see the back of Theon or Dany or Littlefinger….

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