Game of Thrones – Season 2 Episode 7 – A Man Without Honor – Video Review
Game of Thrones inches closer to the siege of King’s Landing by Stannis Baratheon (there are only three episodes left after this one), but first some major twists in the other story arcs. Daenerys learns the fate of her dragons in Qarth. Jaime Lannister – the “man without honor” – makes a return appearance to the series in the North. And a major shocker in Winterfell with Theon Greyjoy.
My favorite part however was Jon Snow’s sexually-charged drama north of the wall. We are reminded again that he’s a virgin. Can he get more adorable than this?
Game of Thrones – Season 2 Episode 7 – A Man Without Honor
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Theon Greyjoy wakes up and discovers that Bran Stark, Rickon Stark, Hodor and Osha have escaped. His men ridicule him that he had slept with the wildling woman the night before, which angers him.
He orders his men to chase the boys with horses and hounds.
As the hounds pick up the scent, Maester Luwin asks Theon to reconsider.
“I’ll hurt them, but I won’t kill them,” says Theon. Theon’s bitterness over being held “captive” by the Starks is coming out. But more importantly, he is compelled to make the Starks his true enemies in order to gain the respect of his men from the Iron Isles.
Bran, Rickon, Hodor and Osha get close to a farm where the boys have friends. Osha says it’s not a good idea to go there because the farmers will just be tortured for information when they leave.
It is unclear if they do visit the farm, but Theon and his men arrive with no signs of the boys. The hounds have also lost the scent.
As the soldiers begin torturing the farmers, Luwin begs Theon again to reconsider. But Theon is determined and says, “It’s better to be cruel than weak.”
One of the men then finds nut shells that Rickon had been eating on the road. Theon sends Luwin back to Winterfell to spare him the sight of the inevitable.
“Theon don’t do this,” begs Luwin.
The North of the Wall
Jon Snow and his prisoner Ygritte wake up while spending the night huddled together.
“Did you pull a knife of me in the night?” asks Ygritte. (LOL!)
Snow is shocked. She is trying to seduce him.
“What’s the matter? Can’t be the first time you pressed your bone against a woman’s ass,” she continues, “Ah, it is the first time. How old are you boy?”
“I’m a man of the Night’s Watch,” he counters.
“You’re a boy whose never been with a girl.”
*Nice.* Jon Snow is a virgin. And it’s killing him.
Ygritte continues to torture him with questions about Snow and his sexual abilities.
“Shut up,” he says finally.
She tells him that she is a free woman, unlike Snow who is bound by his oath to the Night’s Watch. He likes girls and yet he cannot touch a girl. And instead getting naked with a girl, he prefers to invade their lands.
Snow says that it’s the wildings who are invading their lands.
“They are not your lands. We’ve been here the whole time. You just put up a wall and said it was yours,” she says.
“My father was Ned Stark. I have the blood of the first men. My ancestors lived here same as yours.”
They move one, and Ygritte continues to seduce Snow with sex and “freedom.” She says that they chose Mance Rayder to be their leader (not the other way around where Snow has no choice but to serve his king).
“You’re a pretty lad. Girls would claw each others eyes out to get naked with you. I can teach you how to do it,” she says.
“I know how to do it.”
“You know nothing, Jon Snow.”
Poor guy. He is totally outmatched by this girl.
They travel a bit more — Snow seems quite lost now, though he denies it — and Ygritte makes one last pitch for sex.
“Since it’s your word against mine, and you can’t talk about it without blushing, you may as well just…” she tells him.
“What right here in the muck?”
It looks like Snow might actually do it, but he stops himself and tries to draw his sword as Ygritte gets near him.
“Gods you’re dull,” she sighs, and then escapes!
Snow runs after her, but it’s too late. He looks up and all of Ygritte’s friends have already surrounded him. Oh no!
Update: Jon Snow confessed to Sam that he was a virgin back in Season 1 Episode 4 while they were cleaning the dining room at The Wall. He said that he didn’t want to have sex because he didn’t want to bring any more bastards in the world.
Tywin Lannister is now paranoid that his life is in danger after a soldier died while entering his room. (From last episode: Arya Stark had asked Jaqen to kill Amory Lorch who discovered that she had been spying on Tywin).
He has ordered as many men tortured (and killed) to find who had carried the assassination.
Arya brings him some food which he is not interested in. Then he asks her to eat at his table. They then have another one of their epic conversations.
I really love the interaction between these two. Just when you think that Arya may have Tywin completely fooled, he gives us just a little hint that he knows what she is up to. And Arya keeps on going with the charade. A great chess match.
Arya tells him that she eats a lot but just didn’t grow. And Tywin tells her about his legacy. “This will be my last war, win or lose,” he says.
“Greatest fortress ever built… but look at in now, a blasted ruin. You know what happened?” he asks her when he talks about Harrenhal castle.
“Dragons,” she answers.
He tells her about Aegon Targaryen riding his dragon to burn down Harrenhal.
She adds that it wasn’t only Aegon, but also his sisters who rode dragons. Then she goes on into details about their dragons’ names and swords.
“Are most girls interested in the pretty maidens from the songs?” he asks.
“Most girls are idiots,” she says. (Ha! I love her.)
Tywin asks her again where she learned all her war history, and Arya says, “From my father.”
“He was a well-read stone mason? Can’t say I ever met a well-read stone mason.”
“Have you met many stone masons my lord?” she asks.
“Careful now girl. I enjoy you, but be careful.”
Tywin sends her out to the kitchen, then says that low-born girls say “m’lord” instead of “my lord.”
“If you’re gonna pose as commoner you should do it properly,” he says.
“My mother served Lady Dustive for many years. She taught me how to speak proper… properly.”
“You’re too smart for your own good. Has anyone told you that?”
Sansa Stark thanks the Hound for saving her from the mob, but he is not friendly.
Later, she dreams of the mob again, and wakes up bleeding. She panics and tries to cut the blood-stained sheets out. Her handmaiden Shea arrives to help her. Sansa doesn’t want anyone to know that she can now bear children for Joffrey Baratheon.
Another handmaiden arrives, then rushes out. Shea chases after her with a knife and tells her not to tell anyone. Unfortunately, when she goes back to the room, the Hound is already there.
Sansa is sent to talk to Queen Cersei Lannister.
“You flowered my dear, no more,” says Cersei to comfort Sansa, “You’re a woman now, do you know what that means?”
“I’m fit to bear children for the king,” says Sansa apprehensively.
“A prospect that once delighted you.”
Cersei then talks about how she had a difficult birth with Joffrey. She reveals that Robert Baratheon was never there when she gave birth to any of her children. She says that Joffrey will never show Sansa the type of devotion Jaime Lannister had when Cersei gave birth. (Woah, it’s all out in the open now, the incestuous relationship.)
“You may never love the king, but you will love his children,” she says.
“I love his grace with all my heart,” says Sansa.
“How so very touching to hear. Permit me to share some womanly wisdom with you on this very special day. The more people you love the weaker you are. You’ll do things for them that you know you shouldn’t do. Love no one but your children. On that front a mother has no choice.”
“But shouldn’t I love Joffrey your grace?”
“You can try… little dove.”
Cersei’s sentimental turn continues later in the night when she talks to Tyrion Lannister about defending King’s Landing from Stannis Baratheon.
“He has 200 ships,” says Tyrion.
“We have strong high walls. We will rain fire on them from above,” says Cersei.
Tyrion tells Cersei that they need to control Joffrey — who basically started the war and whose own subjects now want dead (from last episode’s riot).
“He doesn’t listen to me,” confesses Cersei.
“It’s hard to put a leash on a dog once you put a crown on his head,” says Tyrion. (ZING!)
“I had hoped he would be more like Jaime.”
“The boy is more Robert than Jaime…”
“Robert was a drunken fool, but he didn’t enjoy cruelty.”
Cersei wonders if all that has happened was the price for “their sins” (read: incest). Tyrion argues that the Targaryens (who ruled Westeros with their dragons for 300 years) wed brother and sister for hundreds of years.
“It’s what Jaime and I would say to each other in our moments of doubt. It’s what I told Ned Stark when he was stupid enough to confront me. Half the Targaryens went mad didn’t they? What’s the saying? When a Targaryen was born, the gods flip a coin.”
“You’ve beaten the odds. Tommen and Myrcella are both good decent children.”
Well, two out of three, but obviously all you need is one monster to ruin everything.
What a rare touching moment for Cersei though. She’s a bitch with some heart after all.
Jorah Mormont comes back to help Daenerys Targaryen find her dragons. He apologizes for not being around to protect her. She is quite upset and says she doesn’t want trust in her life at the moment. When Jorah tells her she is too young. She stops him and says, “And you are too familiar…” Yikes! Jorah backs off and heads out to look for the dragons.
He consults with that mystery woman with the mask (her name is Qaithe) who tells him that “the thief you seek is with her now.”
At that moment, Daenerys is with Xaro Xaro Xhoan Daxos talking to the Thirteen. The Spice King says that they still have no need for the dragons which are the size of cats, and will not help her find them. But the warlock Pyet Pree disagrees. He says that he will bring Daenerys to the House of the Undying where he has kept them.
It turns out that Pree made a deal with the “King of Qarth” when Daenerys arrived. “He procured them for me,” he says.
Xaro stands and says that he will open Qarth to the world.
Pree uses his magic to kill the rest of the Thirteen. Xaro is now the King of Qarth!
Daenerys and her bodyguard are freaked out and they run. Jorah arrives and stabs Pree, but the warlock uses his magic to teleport.
“The dragons wait for you in the House of the Undying. Come see them,” says Pree as Daenerys, Jorah and the bodyguard flee.
Alton Lannister brings the message from Cersei to Robb Stark. Because all the cells are full, they send him to the same cell as Jaime Lannister.
Robb talks to Talisa from Valantis (the healer). Like Jon Snow, Robb is not thinking properly in front of the opposite sex. Oh these poor boys. She says that she needs supplies — and Robb allows her to come with him to Crag where he will negotiate a surrender. She would be able to get her supplies there.
In the cell, Alton and Jaime talk. Jaime doesn’t remember Alton, but Alton says that he had been his squire when he was younger. They exchange stories about their squire days. Then Jaime reveals that he has a plan to escape.
“Let me help you,” says Alton.
“You’ll only have to do one thing… you’ll have to die,” whispers Jaime.
Jaime chokes Alton to death with his chains.
And then a stupid guard comes in, and Jaime kills him too.
That was too easy.
The next morning however, Jaime is caught and the soldiers present him to Lady Catelyn Stark (as Robb is now away in Crag).
“Lady Stark they caught the king slayer,” a soldier tells her.
The soldiers want to kill Jaime, specially the father of the stupid guard, but Cat stops them.
Unfortunately, there seems to be dissension in the ranks as the father argued with Cat about Robb: “He’s gone to the Crag, but not to negotiate. He brought that foreign bitch with him.”
At night, the men are drunk and restless, and fight over killing Jaime.
Cat and Lady Brienne realize Jaime will not make it by the morning, and Cat decides to talk to Jaime, who is now double chained in his cell.
“You are a man without honor,” she tells him.
“I’ve never been with any woman but Cersei. So in my own way, I have more honor than poor old dead Ned. What’s the name of that bastard he fathered? Snow — the bastard from the North. When poor old Ned came home with some whore’s baby, did you pretend to love it? No, you’re not very good at pretending. You hated that boy didn’t you? How could you not hate him? The walking talking reminder that the honorable Lord Edard Stark fucked another woman,” he counters.
Cat orders Brienne to hand her a sword.
(Do something horrible to him Cat, please!)
Theon calls the people to the courtyard. He reveals the charred remains of two boys.
Wait is that Bran and Rickon?
Inside the Episode
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