TV Without Commercials Review: Game of Thrones 2.9

game-of-thrones HeaderThis week we saw something that has never before been done in the entirety of Game of Thrones, and I honestly doubt we will see it again for a long time.  Episode nine took place inside only one setting, Kings Landing.  I can’t speak for anyone else but I was perfectly content with the episode focusing entirely on one setting, especially for this episode.  I feel like the entire season so far, and especially the last two weeks, have been building up to this week and it absolutely delivered.  This episode was phenomenal and easily the best of the season, and I would even go so far as to say the entire series thus far.  I think we were all waiting to see the destruction wild fire was capable of and it certainly did not disappoint.  That explosion was fantastic, and the green fire looked awesome.  I feel bad for the Onion Knight and his son…and the rest of the fleet even though we never really got to know them.  I’m assuming the Onion Knight is still alive, maybe badly burned but his son has to be a goner.  The way they played up those first few scenes between the two of them I could tell his son would not make it through the end of the episode, but I definitely did not think it would quite so early…or brutal.  Joffrey acted predictably, Tyrion acted heroically and Cersei showed us how evil she really is.

I would say that the phrase “it’s always darkest just before the dawn” pretty much sums up Sansa’s emotions for this week’s episode.  I have no idea how she was not having some sort of breakdown as she was forced to endure Cersei’s torture via conversation.  As Cersei became more and more inebriated her words began to develop a much harsher tone, and then when she turned to Shea I thought for sure Tyrion’s lover would immediately be exposed.  Not only did Sansa have to endure being locked inside a chamber with Cersei, on her way there Joffrey forced her to see him off to battle.  Seeing Joffrey off meant that she would have to kiss his brand new sword, which he named “Heart Eater.” This required her to put her throat almost on top of blade itself, and completely in harms way.  Luckily Joffrey did nothing but make himself look like an even bigger idiot as he tried to talk about how he would kill Stannis and Rob himself.  Thankfully, Cersei leaves and Sansa is able to make her way to her bedroom and encounters The Hound who was waiting for her.  I knew some sort of relationship would develop between these two, they seemed to be hinting at it constantly, even since season one.  The way we learned about how The Hound received the burns on his face was when Lord Baelish told Sansa the story.  I’m really looking forward to seeing the two of them traveling to Winterfell together, but I have a pretty strong feeling that we will have to wait until next season before that story line gets interesting.

Well, I have to say, I knew Cersei was evil but I never thought she was that evil.  I guess in a way she was trying to protect her son. That could be argued but that fact is, she was completely ready to poison and therefore murder her youngest child because her cousin made it sound like the battle was theirs to lose.  Luckily Tywin came in and rescued her from committing such atrocities but I can’t believe how close she actually was to killing her child.  I had a feeling Tywin would make an appearance in this battle but I never expected Renly’s former lover to be fighting on the side of the Lannisters.  I know he wants to seek revenge on Stannis, but doesn’t fighting on the side of your former lover’s enemies defeat the purpose?  I guess not in his eyes, but now that Stannis’ men have pulled back, what will become of them?  Will they regroup and try again?  Surely they aren’t done trying, especially the way Stannis was being pulled away as he screamed “Stand and Fight!”  Also where was Stannis’ son during all of this?  I thought for sure he would make another appearance and start turning the odds back in his favor.  I find it hard to believe that he would appear in only one (kind of two) episode(s) this season, so I guess we’ll see.

I was never very impressed with anything Peter Dinklage had done prior to Game of Thrones but his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister is incredible to say the least.  Not only is he always sarcastic and entertaining, especially towards Joffrey, but now he his a leader of men.  He lead those men into battle, making the first kill along the way, and had them all cheering “Half Man!” when it was over.  That was until more men came charging in to fight.  I’m still kind of confused as to what happened.  It looked as though one of his own men swung at him and delivered that possibly fatal blow to his face.  Thankfully, his servant was there and was able to put that spear through his face before it was too late, but why did this happen in the first place?  That guy was on his side right?  Or was that one of Stannis’ men?  I’m pretty sure that was the guy who was chosen to represent Joffrey on the battlefield, so maybe the plan was to kill Tyrion all along.  Why wouldn’t Joffrey and his mother think of doing something like that?  The battle field would be the perfect place to commit murder and not be blamed as well.  I say possibly fatal because it seemed like he was dying or passing out or something there at the end, but I doubt that’s the last we see of Tyrion Lannister.  I guess I will have to wait until next Sunday for the season two finale of Game of Thrones.


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