Game of Thrones (Season 4)

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****Contains Spoilers*****

The Plot:

Joffrey Baratheorn (Jack Gleeson) is set to marry Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer). The guests start to arrive for the extravagant affair, and Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal) is one of them. His mission is clear – to find and kill the man that raped and murdered his sister Elia.

Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton)is Warden of the North, a title he was awarded for the successful assassination of Robb Stark. Bolton returns to Dreadfort and to his bastard son, Ramsay Snow. There he sees what Ramsay (Iwan Rheon)has done to TheonGreyjoy. Theon (Alfie Allen) is now convinced his name is Reek, and after months of torture he is enslaved to Ramsay. Bolton plans to kill the remaining Stark children to ensure his family rules the North for generations. He promises Ramsay a proper family title should he have a significant part with this project, as well as reclaiming lands the Iron Born hold.

The lame Bran Stark is still on his way to find the three eyed raven with his friends, Jojen and Meera Reed, as well as the giant Hodor. Despite their impending starvation, they persist and travel further and further into unknown territory.

Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) is still sulking over his defeat at Blackwater Bay, while Sir Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) is trying to rebuild Stannis’s army. The Baratheon army has funding problems, and Stannis and Davos go to the Bank of Bravos for funding. They are initially unsuccessful, but later Davos saves the day yet again when he manages to convince their potential financers to invest. Melisandre (Carice Von Houten) burns several people alive as sacrifice, and her staunch supporter Queen Selyse is delighted with Melisandre’s antics, even after knowing that Melisandre slept with her husband Stannis.

Things are not going well for Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage). After being forced into marriage to Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), he eventually breaks off his relationship with his mistress Shae, specifically to protect her from his family. She is furious with him, but he is relieved that she has left for safety. Jaime Lannister (NikolajWaldau-Coster) is relearning the art of sword fighting after he lost his sword hand, aided by his brother’s right hand man, Bronn (Jerome Flynn).

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The Royal Wedding arrives and tension keeps building between Tyrion and Joffrey. Joffrey is taunting his uncle in every way he can find. He is poisoned and dies, and points to Tyrion as he falls, who is arrested on the spot. Sansa Stark flees the scene immediately, and arouses suspicion that she may have been involved. She is taken to a mysterious boat where PetyrBaelish (Aiden Gillen) is waiting for her, and promises to take her to her aunt, Lady Lysa Arryn, Lady of The Vale, for protection.

Cersei (Lena Headey) is maddened by the grief of her son’s death and will do anything to have Tyrion executed, sure he is the guilty party. Tommen Baratheon, Cersei’s youngest son, becomes the imminent King, and Tywin (Charles Dance) begins to educate him in matters of the throne. Tommen seems much kinder than his deceased brother, although still very young. Margaery is soon betrothed to Tommen, and visits him in his chamber on the orders of her grandmother. Instead of seducing him, they have a nice conversation, and she leaves.

Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) is very worried about Gilly’s safety as the only woman at the Wall. He devises a plan, to take Gilly into Mole’s Town to work and stay there. She isn’t very happy about it all, but agrees at the end. The Wildlings are getting closer to Castle Black, led by Mance Ryder (Ciarán Hinds). With them is Ygritte (Rose Leslie), Jon Snow’s slighted lover who is wants revenge on him for deserting her. Jon (Kit Harrington) has to deal with being disliked by the temporary Lord Commander, his contradicting feelings about Ygritte and the worries about the Watchmen who rebelled and is still living at Craster’s Keep. They decide to attack the rebels to protect any information their former friends could give to the Wildlings, and afterwards Jon agrees that the women who were still at Craster’s old home can go their own way, understanding that they might be tired of men after all they’ve been through.

Daenerys Targyren is still laying siege to every city she approaches, and when she reaches Meeren she once again plan to attack the city when they laugh at her demands to free their slaves. Daario Naharis (Michiel Huisman) the leader of a sell sword army under Daenerys’ employ, volunteers to fight the warrior Meeren sends out. He is victorious, and the slaves are soon set free to meet out punishment on the cruel masters.

On her way to her aunt, Sansa Stark begins to realise how far Petyr Baelish would go for power and the love he had for her mother, and maybe herself. He admits to being the one of the conspirators that helped with the murder at King’s Landing, and admits that his allegiance with the Lannisters ended as soon as it no longer benefited him.

Tyrion is still in prison and his situation continues to worsen. Although Podrick (Daniel Portman) is willing to continue serving him, Tyrion knows that it will mean his loyal friend’s death. Bronn admits to being brought out by Cercei and doesn’t seem too worried that he is deserting the man who helped him become something. Only Jaime still regularly goes to visit his brother in prison, and he devises a plan to help his brother’s friends. He tasks Lady Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) with finding Sansa Stark and protecting her, and they send Podrick with her.

Petyr and Sansa arrive in the Eyrie, where they are welcomed by Lysa, Sansa’s mad aunt who is deeply in love with Petyr. Sansa is welcomed into the palace, but she is under constant watch still – her aunt wants her to marry her cousin Robbin, and she watches Petyr and Sansa like hawks for any sign of affection. Petyr marries Lysa.

Daenerys realises she is making a mess of managing her new cities when Jorah Mormont informs her that slavery has returned in Astapor and Yunkai. She realises that she needs to govern what she rules, and decides to postpone her invasion of Westeros. A lot of her problems are trying to control her now massive dragons – if they are not frying goats they are killing children. Before Daario leaves to control the resurgence of slavery in Yunkai he and Daenerys sleep together, irritating Jorah.

When everyone, including Shae, gives false testimony against Tyrion, he is angered and hurt. He demands trial by combat, but there are few volunteers when it becomes known that Gregor Clegane is the opponent Cersei hired. Oberyn Martell comes to Tyrion’s rescue because he knows that Gregor is the man that raped and killed his sister, and sees his chance for revenge.

In the Vale, Sansa finds pleasure in building Winter Fell with some snow. Robin Arryn (Lino Facioli) damages this and after he throws a tantrum she slaps him. Petyr sees this, and after calming her down he kisses her, and they don’t know that Lysa is watching. She has a fit of rage later and threatens to throw Sansa through the sky roof, and after Petyr saves Sansa he pushes Lysa through to her death.

The Wildlings reach Mole’s Town and murders everyone in sight. Gilly hides with baby Sam and is discovered by Ygritte, who leaves them alive and leads the Wildlings away. Sam is maddened by the realization that Gilly may not have lived, and blames himself. Jon needs to deal with the fact that he will most likely have to see Ygritte die, or die himself. Gilly reaches Castle Black and Sam is overjoyed, promising to never part ways with her again.

Ser Barristan receives a letter intended to Ser Jorah Mormont, a letter of pardon for giving information on Daenerys. He tells Jorah of his plans to inform Daenerys, and she sends him away, ignoring his pleas for forgiveness.

Sansa lies to the council in the Vale, confirming the lie Petyr told about Lysa’s “suicide”. Later, she tells him that he is someone she knows and doesn’t wish to be at the mercy of anyone she doesn’t know. Robbin is sent to learn some battle skills to honour his father’s legacy, and something strange seems to be developing between Sansa and Petyr. Arya is outside the gate of the Vale when they learn that Lysa is dead. She finds this hilarious and she and the Hound leave, where they meet Brienne and Podrick. Brienne battles Sandor, and he is defeated. Brienne is furious when they learn that Arya got away.

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“I am the brother of Elia Martell. And do you know why I’ve come all the way to this stinking shitpile of a city? For you. I am going to hear you confess before you die: You raped my sister. You murdered her. You killed her children. Say it now, and we can make this quick.”

Back at King’s landing, Oberyn is betrayed by his need for revenge when he defeats Clegane but takes too long to actually kill him. Oberyn dies, and Tyrion is sentenced to death. However, Tyrion realises that there are people who are loyal to him when Jaime and Lord Varys help him escape prison. Before sneaking away, Tyrion heads to his father’s room, where he finds Shae in Tywin’s bed. Tyrion, finally driven mad by betrayal, kills Tywin and Shae before leaving, hidden on a boat. When Varys realises that Tywin has been murdered, he climbs onto the ship as well.

Castle Black is now fully under siege. Ygritte dies moments before she reconciles with Jon Snow, and he is heartbroken. Grenn and five others die defending the tunnel against a mammoth. The wildlings retreat, but Jon knows that they will return and he alone heads into the woods to negotiate with Mance. Stannis Baratheon rocks up and Jon saves Mance’s life by revealing his lineage to Stannis and telling him that Mance saved his life, and that his father would have locked Mance up but not kill him. Jon takes Ygritte’s body beyond the Wall to honour Mance’s wish that she be laid to rest where she came from, and Jon burns her body to prevent her from turning into a White Walker, and at Castle Black they do the same with the bodies of their friends and their enemies.

After months of travelling, Bran arrives at the Heart Tree, where they meet a child of the forest. They are attacked by wights, and Jojen is killed. They all head into the tree where they meet the three eyed raven and a very old man that tells Bran that he will now be able to fulfil his destiny.

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Rating: 7.5/10

Season four was once again as entertaining as a show can possibly be. I am so happy I started with Game of Thrones this year, it is a fantastic story with so many layers and events and characters. There will always be moments that are dull and stretched or unnecessary, but GoT has always kept that to a minimum. I have learnt to not become overly attached to any character, because of the Russian roulette that is always being played with every Stark’s life has specifically become to heart wrenching to endure if you are too attached. #Ned #Robb. I am absolutely addicted to the GoT theme song and I get so cheered up when I hear it. It is epic and fitting and just grand as hell.

I have to say that I suspected one plot development and that was completely a first for me for this show. I wasn’t even overly worried at the siege of Castle Black. I was worried for Jon Snow’s life, because he is after all of Stark blood (OR the grand question I’ve been wondering since day one – IS HE?) and George Martin isn’t overly fond of them Starks. I’ve always been mildly irritated with Ygritte and her overly attached girlfriend manoeuvres, and Season four was a long journey of tolerance varying with severe irritation. I am glad Jon Snow finally got laid – he is too fine to waste away on the Wall without any nookie.

I enjoyed Oberyn Martell, his need for vengeance and his open disgust with the Lannisters. He is so undiscriminating against everyone EXCEPT the Lannisters. He has no problem with making known who and what he is and why he is at King’s Landing. I really admire how ballsy he is and that he just does not give a shit what anyone thinks about his sexual preferences, his lifestyle or his ideals.

So, let’s talk about the death that everyone was hoping would happen. Was it justice for the little prick? I personally think he should have been pecked to death by geese with rabies after enduring a week’s torture from Ramsay Snow, but you really can’t get everything you want in life. The eventual instigators in his death were surprising but not altogether strange because the more I thought about it the more it seemed likely. I was outraged at how Tyrion’s own family turned against him for something he clearly didn’t do; how Cersei’s blind hatred of him clouded her already shady judgement of truth and lies and how excited she became at the mere thought of Tyrion’s death.

I really like Ser Barristan and Podrick. Podrick is so sweet and genuinely loyal to Tyrion, and it broke me to see Tyrion send him away for his safety. I have liked Barristan from season one – he is such a warrior. I respected that he told Jorah first – it showed a decency few of the characters have. I felt so sorry for Jorah at the end because he made such a huge mistake and would pay for it forever. I get why Daenerys got so mad but still pitied him.

My only problem with the series is that the fighting on the Wall seemed very drawn out. I did enjoy it and how everything came to be, but it still felt like hours of watching. I LOVED that Gilly and Sam were in one place again – they are now my favourite couple. Sam is so adorably sweet and intelligent and he deserves happiness.

I am very agitated that I have to wait for Season 5. I am at the point where I might just start reading the books to not be bored, and as they are quite lengthy I hope that by the time I am at the latest one (whichever that is) the new series is out. Zoë mentioned that the books aren’t scholarly in this post and I will therefore try reading it as well.

Have you seen this? What did you think?

Series Review: Game of Thrones Season 3

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The Lannister’s win of Battle of Blackwater Bay secured their reign in King’s Landing and Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) has taken over as Hand of the King. His son Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) does not take his demotion well after risking his life and nearly dying his sister’s orders. Tyrion is still secretly seeing the former prostitute Shae, who is now Sansa Stark’s handmaiden. Cersei (Lena Headley) is still fretting over her lover/brother, Jamie (Nikolaj Waldau-Coster), who was taken captive by Robb Stark. Unknown to Cersei, Jaime is on his way back, escorted by by Brienne of Tarth (Gwendolyn Christie), the female soldier under orders from Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley).

Catelyn is still being treated as a prisoner by her son Robb Stark. Robb (Richard Madden) is furious with his mother for releasing Jamie behind his back which angered his men. He also has to deal with the anger of Lord Walder Frey (David Bradley), who is very peeved that Robb married Talisa (Oona Chaplin), and not one of Frey’s daughters as promised. Robb and Catelyn begin to repair their relationship when they hear that Bran and Rickon, the two youngest Starks were most likely killed by their former friend Theon Greyjoy.

Bran and Rickon are very much alive and are travelling to the Wall to find their half brother Jon Snow (Kit Harrington). They are accompanied by the giant Hodor (Kristian Nairn) and Osha (Natalia Tena). They meet the Reed siblings, Jojen and Meera, and Jojen particularly interests Bran because he has dreamt of the strange boy. Jojen (Thomas Reed) is able to tell name Bran’s seemingly magical abilities: he is a Warg, someone who can see into the future. Jojen begs him to heed to listen to what he sees while he sleeps.

Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) is still on her way to Winterfell with Gendry (Joe Dempsie) and Hot Pie (Ben Hawkey). They find themselves encircled by The Brotherhood without Banners, and meet Sandor Clegane. Sandor seems like a decent man and offers to set them free, but when his men arrive with the Hound (Rory McCann), taken captive after fleeing King’s Landing, and the Hound identifies Arya as a Stark, Clegane’s plans change. They are all taken to the secret cave where the Brotherhood hides out, and the Hound is sentenced to trial by combat. He wins the fight, and his slain opponent is brought back to life by the Brotherhood’s leader, Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer), who is also a follower of Melisandre’s god. Gendry tells Arya that he plans to join the Brotherhood, but his plans are destroyed when Melisandre shows up and takes him away.

Melisandre (Carice van Houten) takes Gendry to Dragonstone where Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane)is licking his wounds following his mortifying defeat. Sir Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) shows up after nearly dying but he is thrown in a cell for speaking against Melisandre’s madness.

After Jon Snow’s capture by the Wildlings, he is taken to the King behind the Wall, Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds). Mance takes a liking to Jon, but warns him that he will be killed if he betrays the people behind the Wall. Jon gets further entangled by sleeping with Ygritte (Rose Leslie), breaking a vow of the Night’s Watch.

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After the attack of the White Walkers, the Night’s Watch is in bad shape. They are once again taking refuge in Craster’s keep, but he is as horrible as ever, and the men are soon angered. Samwell Tarly meets Gillie again, the girl who begged him to help her save her young son’s life when the Men were there previously. The unnamed boy is nearly old enough to be offered as sacrifice to the White Walkers, and Gillie is very worried. Lord Commander Mormont dies when some of the Night’s Men rebel and Sam flee with Gillie and the baby, who is later also named Sam.

In Astapor, DaenerysTargaryen (Emilia Clarke) is continuing her quest to reclaim the Seven Kingdoms. Barristan Selmy (Ian McElhinney), the former King’s Guard who was thrown aside by Joffrey Baratheon saves her life and offers her his service, and she accepts. Jorah Mormont (Ian Glen) is also still around to advise her, and the two men flank her side as she frees slaves in every city she enters, offering them the choice to either follow her or be finally free, and also killing their old, cruel masters in retaliation of years of injustice and torture. Daenerys finally gets a massive army when she buys the Unsullied from their barbaric master and Missandei, the translator of the treaty, gets to join Daenerys in her quest and leave behind her life.

Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) is still in King’s Landing. Through a little bit of good luck she was freed of marriage to Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) when Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) became the King’s new fiancé. Margaery is infinitely more capable of handling the King’s madness and through some clever games of her own, she manages to endear Joffrey to the citizens of King’s Landing, but Cersei still deeply despises and mistrusts her. Sansa finds a friend she desperately needs in Margaery, and when Margaery and her grandmother Olenna ask if Joffrey is a good person, she overcomes her fears and tells them how horrible he really is.

Brienne and Jamie are waylaid by Bolton arms men, and Jamie loses a hand. Without his sword hand, Jamie is lost and desolate, but Brienne manages to keep him motivated. Jamie tells Bolton that Brienne has a superbly rich father, ensuring that she doesn’t get raped. He goes through a whole lot of things to try and keep her safe, showing that he has redemption in him. When Roose Bolton sends Jaime back to King’s Landing, Jaime returns and saves Brienne, establishing their unlikely friendship.

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The death of Catelyn’s father brings some reconciliation between Robb and Catelyn. He agrees to attend his grandfather’s funeral in Riverrun, much to the anger of Lord Karstark, who still justifiably wants vengeance on Jamie Lannister for killing both his sons.

Petyr Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen) shares the Tyrell’s hopes to marry Sansa to Loras Tyrell. Tywin is furious and intercepts, and convinces Olenna to let Loras marry Cersei instead, and this new development is not taken well at all by the Queen Regent. As reward, Petyr is sent to win the affections of Lady Lysa Arryn, the Lady of the Vale. Tywin Lannister promotes Tyrion to Master of Coin, and while he is happy with new responsibilities he is overwhelmed by the magnitude of the job and his inexperience in it. Sansa becomes betrothed to Tyrion, and no one is happy about the new developments.

Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) is still being held captive and tortured. He is hopeful when a mysterious young man helps him escapes, telling him that his sister is trying to save him. His escape is futile – his saviour is actually not a saviour at all, and only sets Theon free for the sport of catching him again. Theon is castrated by his torturer.

Lord Karstark kills two young Lannisters as retribution and Robb is forced to execute him. As Karstark’s men leave Robb, he is forced to try and make amends with Walder Frey. As a peace offering, Robb’s uncle Edmure is now to marry Robb’s previous fiancé, Roslin. The wedding seems to go well, and even Frey seems like he has made peace about it.

Sam is still trying to get Gilly and her young son to safety after the massacre at Craster’s Keep. They are attacked by a White Walker, but they are saved when Sam uses the dragon glass he found on the mountains on it. Jon and Ygritte are still close and they discuss their relationship. Jojen tells Bran that they must find the three eyed raven, but Osha is still adamant that she will not travel beyond the Wall. Eventually they reach a compromise – Osha will take Rickon to Jon Snow while Bran stays with Jojen and his sister.

Arya Stark escapes the Brotherhood’s captivity, but is once again captured, this time by the Hound. She struggles with her hatred of him while he tries to get her to Robb Stark to claim some money.

Sansa is still horrified by her upcoming nuptials. Shae tells Tyrion that their relationship will end with his marriage to Sansa. Margaery, who has become a great source of comfort to Sansa, assures her that she is lucky to receive Tyrion as a husband. Neither Tyrion nor Sansa enjoy their wedding much, but eventually some form of a rapport does develop.

Gendry arrives at Dragonstone with Melisandre. Stannis has an inkling his favourite witch is up to no good and he releases Davos to stop her, but not harm her. They are just in time to stop Melisandre from sacrificing Gendry for his Baratheon blood, and he is thrown into a cell.

Daenerys arrives at the Yunkai and learn that the Second Sons, a mercenary company, are employed there. She meets the lieutenants of the company, all but one are very rude. Daario Naharis kills his fellow leaders and offers his company to Daenerys. Her army soon takes over Yunkai and Daenerys once again gives the slaves in the city the option to be free or follow her.

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Bran and Jon are eventually a few feet apart but Jojen convinces Bran to not let Jon know they are there because it means they will never find the three eyed raven. Bran saves Jon’s life after Jon refuses to kill an innocent man. Jon escapes and Ygritte is furious that he left her behind.

Yara Greyjoy decides to save her brother, but Theon is not himself anymore and eventually she gives up hope. Sam and Gilly finally reach Castle Black and Gilly is allowed to stay and care for the men. When Ygritte sees Jon again she shoots him, and he arrives injured at Castle Black. With Jon and Sam back, Westeros can finally be alerted of the existence of the White Walkers. The news reaches Stannis Baratheon first, and Melisandre says that fighting the Walkers is their most important task.

Rating: 7.5/10

I went in with high hopes for season three, bolstered by the excellence of season one and two. High hopes are often dashed, and mine were just a bit damaged by the slow pace of season three. The story was as good as always, but the characters constantly seemed to be waiting for something to happen.

The last three episodes of the season completely exploded. I left out the big plot twist to spare anyone who hasn’t seen Season three yet. Let me just say I was gobsmacked and screaming and even angrier than when Ned Stark got executed back in Season One. Hint: I HATE MR. FILCH SO MUCH.

Daenerys once again just keeps on climbing the awesome ladder. She occasionally frustrated me in season two, but I thoroughly enjoyed her uncompromising attitude in Season Three. I really liked the inclusion of Daario Naharis. The actor that played him had something, not in looks but in attitude that just smacked of Khal Drogo. The girl has fine taste in men!

I used to be a sympathiser with Stannis, but not anymore. For the first two seasons I thought he was just a man being bamboozled by Melisandre, but he finally showed the full extent of his douchery by his treatment of his scarred daughter. His wife is a thorough nut, and I DO sympathise with him for being married to her.

The girl power in GoT rocks so much. My favourite ass kicking ladies are naturally Daenerys and then Margaery Tyrell, who impressed me so much. I thought she was mad for willingly becoming betrothed to Joffrey, but after a while I could see that she would perhaps be the only person on the planet that could control the @#$%. She furthered endeared herself to me by being so nice to Sansa, who REALLY needed a friend. I also like Arya Stark. That little girl is such a Stark and she just won’t give up and I respect her so much for it.

Some relationships were so sweet and some so annoying. I absolutely adored the love between Talisa and Robb Stark, and the whole Gillie and Sam thing. Shae and Tyrion had something going that was sweet, but eventually I didn’t like Shae’s attitude at all. I did not like Ygritte’s terrifying obsession with Jon Snow. Seriously, I get the addiction to Kit Harrington completely, but wow that was a bit overly attached girlfriend there!

Have you seen the third season? What did you think?

Game of Thrones: Season 2

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Following orders from his father, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) becomes the Hand of the King at King’s landing, while Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) is still on the field. Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) starts worshipping Melisandre’s (Carice van Houten) fire god, burning anyone who objects to his change of faith as offerings. He lays public claim to the Iron Throne as its rightful heir, revealing Cercei’s (Lena Headley) and Jamie Lannister’s incest and one of the results of it – King Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson), who has no right to the throne as he has no blood of deceased King Robert Baratheon. Despite his mother’s assurances that he is a rightful heir, Joffrey orders every single bastard child of Robert murdered in King’s Landing.

Robb Stark (Richard Madden) now rides to war against the Lannisters in vengeance of his father’s unfair execution. Robb, named King of the North, offers peace to the Lannisters in exchange that the North function as a separate entity.

Cersei rejects Robb’s offer of peace while Tyrion hatches a clever plan to see who he can trust in King’s Landing by leaking his marriage plans for his niece, Cersei’s daughter, but telling the three separate people different spouses who he intends to marry her off to. Cersei is furious when she learns of his plans and vows revenge on him while she watches her daughter sail away, while Tyrion has the Grand Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover) thrown into prison for his betrayal.

Robb sends his friend, Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) to the King of the Iron Islands, Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide). Theon, the only living son of Balon, was taken captive by Ned Stark following the suppression of the Iron Islands after Balon’s revolt against Westeros, and his father and sister taunt and despise him for his Northern mannerisms, and even his betrayal of Robb Stark’s trust won’t change their minds.

Robb and his mother Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) rides to seek an allegiance with Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) , the gay brother of Robert who has married Margeary Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) who is well aware of her husband’s preferences but doesn’t really care as long as she gets to be queen.

Meanwhile, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), who became the mother of three dragons, is leading her miniscule army through the Red Waste. They are starving and they meet many enemies, all who are unwilling to assist them. In Essos, she sends out riders to look for help, but the rider loses his head and carries a message of warning to her. She and her army eventually reach Qarth, a prosperous city, but they are nearly turned away yet again until Xhoan Daxos (Nonso Anozie) vouches for her and her troops. They are soon fed and cared for within the city, with Xaro offering her everything she wants in return for her hand in marriage. She refuses, still in love with her deceased husband Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa), and has to find other resources. Xaro heads up a coup of the state and he becomes the King of Qarth. Daenerys is horrified when her dragons are stolen, and when the immortal warlock Pyat Pree(Ian Hanmore)reveals that he has them locked in his “temple”. She heads to the temple to find many obstacles, including an illusion of Drogo with their baby, but she finds the strength to kill Pyat Pree, free her dragons and leave the temple. She finds one of her handmaidens with Xaro, and locks both of them in the vault Xaro had said held all his riches but is actually empty.

Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) is travelling with the Night’s Watch beyond the wall and they take shelter at the Wildling (Robert Pugh) Craster’s home, where he is living in incestuous relationships with his wives and daughters. It is unclear as to what precisely happens to the boys that are born of the relationships between him and his wives/daughter as he keeps only the baby girls. Jon gets curious and investigates, and finds that Craster offers the boys to the White Walkers in return for safety. Jon is furious and is found by Craster on his way back, leading to tension between Craster and the Watchmen. Meanwhile, Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) befriends Gilly (Hannah Murray), one of Craster’s wives who is pregnant. She begs him for help with the baby should it be a boy, but Jon tells him to not interfere any further and make Craster even angrier.

Following her father’s execution, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) is saved by Yoren (Francis Magee). As he heads to the Wall with some criminals to employ as Watchmen, he promises to drop her off in Winterfell in honour of his friendship with her father. He is killed by some of the Lannister’s army for refusing to give up one of his prisoners. Arya thinks the Lannisters are looking for her, but they are actually still hunting for Gendry (Joe Dempsy), who is a bastard child of Robert Baratheon. They both make it out alive by pointing out a dead boy to be who the Lannisters are looking for, but they are taken captive and held at Harrenhal, where they watch people being tortured to death for information no one seems to have. Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) arrives and immediately puts a stop to the torturing, and when he notices Arya is a girl, employs her as his servant and has no clue she is the girl his family is desperately trying to catch. Arya gets an unlikely protector, Jaqen H’ghar (Tom Wlaschiha), a man she saved from being burnt to death. In return for the three lives she saved, he promises her three lives of her enemies. She chooses her first “payment” to be the man who tortured the innocent people of Harrenhal to death. Her second is a man who discovers she is working against Tywin Lannister, and her third becomes a bunch of guards as she and Gendry escapes Harrenhall.

Stannis is still fully in the clutches of Melisandre, much to the discomfort of his right hand, Ser Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) Stannis sleeps with Melisandre so that she can give him the son his wife couldn’t, but Melisandre gives birth to a shadow creature that kills Renly Baratheon.

Catelyn Stark and Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), a female warrior, are forced to flee Renly’s camp after they witness his murder. Brienne swears her allegiance to Catelyn and vows revenge on Stannis Baratheon.

Back at King’s Landing, things are still not going well for Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). She suffers abuse under Joffrey every time her brother gains a victory. Joffrey incites a public riot and Sansa is nearly raped by some commoners, but the Hound (Rory McCann) saves her. After she has her first period she is horrified that she can now bear Joffrey’s children, and even though she and Shae (Sibel Kekilli), her handmaiden and Tyrion’s secret lover, tries to hide it, her secret is discovered by the Queen.

Winterfell is attacked by Theon and his men and when Bran(Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and Rickon Stark (Art Parkinson) escape, they are hunted down with a search party. Robb is furious when he hears of Theon’s betrayal and sends men retake Winterfell. Theon burns the bodies of two boys who everyone believes to be Rickon and Bran, but they are hiding within the castle. Bran is still having strange dreams about a three eyed raven and still has no clue what it means. Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan) heads to Winterfell to take Theon back to their father, while Osha (Natalia Tena) plans to get Theon, Rickon herself and the giant Hodor (Kristian Nairn) to safety.

The Watchmen arrive at the Hand of the First Men, an ancient stronghold. While Jon is out on a journey with some of the men they capture wildling Ygritte (Rose Leslie). She openly tries to seduce Jon and manages to divert his attention enough to escape, which eventually leads to him being trapped by Wildlings.

Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), still being held captive by the Starks’, nearly escapes after killing a guard. The rest of the camp wants him to be executed for killing one of their own, and Catelyn orders Brianne to take Jamie back to King’s Landing in exchange for her two daughters. Robb is furious with his mother and orders her to be under constant supervision while he tries to calm his men down. He meets Talisa (Oona Chaplin), a beautiful healer, and is instantly captivated by her, despite being betrothed to the daughter of one of his allies. Defying his mother’s warnings, he soon weds Talisa.

The animosity between Tyrion and Cersei reach new heights when she has a prostitute she believes to be Tyrion’s lover beaten up, unaware that she has the wrong girl. King’s Landing is meanwhile preparing for the siege of Stannis Baratheon, and Tyrion gets control of the stock of Wyldfire in King’s Landing and prepares to use it as a weapon. Stannis promises to make Davos Hand of the King if their siege is successful, and agrees to have Mellisandra stay behind.

Stannis Baratheon lays assault to King’s Landing in the Battle of Blackwater Bay. Joffrey, who is supposed to be the fearless King that is leading the army of the city, hides beneath the orders of his mother while leaving Tyrion to rally the men. After an inspiring speech, they set out to kill whatever hasn’t been killed with the wildfire. Cersei drinks herself into a stupor while Sansa tries to calm the ladies down. Tyrion nearly dies on the battlefield but his squire saves him from an assassination attempt by his sister, and Tywin Lannister’s forces arrives, defeating Stannis, and stopping Cersei just in time from poisoning her youngest son Tommen (Callum Wharry)

After the battle, Joffrey agree to marry Margaery Tyrell as a favour to her brother Loras, who helped with the saving of the city. Tyrion still fears for Shae’s safety, especially after his father’s arrival. Melisandre is working on motivating Stannis again, while Brienne is constantly facing attack in getting Jamie to King’s Landing.

Rating: 8/10

The Second Season of GoT was just as riveting as the first season, and maybe just loses a few points because season one had that absolutely WOW factor. I really enjoyed the intricate storyline and the magnitude of each character’s influence, and how everything interlinks so perfectly. I haven’t found any glitches in the storyline and I just enjoyed every story arc created. I love the random giggle moments because there are so few and those present is just hilarious therefore.

Danearys is one of the best and strongest female leads I have ever encountered. I admire her courage and determination and her resolve to never marry anyone again because she loves Khal Drogo so much. I thought the fact that she could walk out of the tent with the illusion of Khal and their baby was powerful and showed how strong she really is.

I found it hilarious that Arya Stark was under Tywin Lannister’s nose the entire time and he didn’t even know it. I have great admiration for both characters. Arya is a brave little thing, focused on surviving and a lot stronger than her sister Sansa. I like how she makes friends with the right people and how her judge of character is always right. I was cheering when she got an alliance with J’aqen and the whole three deaths and how she used them. She needed some champions and having a very scary, mysterious knight as a protector was very valuable to her safety. I think she and Gendry can become such a power alliance if you look at their lineage and I hope that they both make it to the end.

Tywin Lannister I respect. He may be short with his children and be the father of two incestuous children and that Joffrey is related to him, but he is an army man, doing the things he does to protect his family, without the pettiness of Joffrey and Cersei. I don’t like him much for the fact that he wants to kill Robb Stark, but I respect him for the fact that he is doing his job, not because he is hiding an incestuous relationship and invalid claims to the Throne, but because he is a warrior and plans to keep his family alive.

Sansa Stark. I did not like this typical teenage girl at all. BUT, in the end pure pity won out against the irritation I felt towards her. She has really had a tough time since her father died and she is so alone that it is just sad. I like that even though her life is horrible she still carries on.

Tyrrion: I STILL LOVE THIS GUY. He is one of the worthy competitors in my mind to be on the throne. His bravery far outstrips Joffrey’s and he is the only child of Tywin Lannister that deserves an ounce of respect.

Robb Stark: He just rocked in season two. I like how angry he was with his mother – she is constantly messing up everyone’s plans. He is also gorgeous and I love his attitude and that he and Talisa fell in love. Robb has honour and dignity and it is so obvious he is miles better than any Lannister. I respected him because he wanted nothing more than making the North free – he doesn’t ever claim to want that stupid Iron Throne that drives everyone mad

Jon Snow. FTW. He is still so pure and honest and good, and I love how he thinks for himself despite orders. I am not a huge fan of Ygritte, but I do like her attitude. I love his relationship with Sam, and I adore Sam just as much. He is sweet and well read and so different from the people he is surrounded with that he is constantly fun to watch.

The White Walker looks awesome. It is still amusing that everyone is slashing each other up and the biggest threat is around the corner, being ignored by the entire world.

I could go on about every single character in this show and how much I love/loathe them for hours and days, and discuss them forever (I somehow manage to work GoT into most conversation these days… I’ve become THAT person), but as conclusion I will say that this show has so much going for it and if you haven’t started on it yet, do so, and stay off the internet because it is a treacherous bastard that will spoil everything for you.