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Game of Thrones – What Is Dead May Never Die – Review

Game of Thrones is so good. I found myself applauding a couple scenes tonight.

Season 2, Episode 3: Theon Greyjoy continues to struggle with his family in Pyke. Catelyn Stark pays a visit to Renly Baratheon. And Tyrion Lannister hatches a plan against Queen Cersei.

The review:

Craster’s Keep

The episode continues last week’s cliffhanger with Jon Snow discovering that Craster had been offering his male children (babies) to the white walkers in the Haunted Forrest. After Snow was knocked out by Craster, he was dragged back to the keep and Craster ordered the Night’s Watch to leave immediately. The Lord Commander scolded Snow for being nosy, but Snow quickly realized that the Lord Commander had known all along what Craster had been doing to his boys.

“The wildlings serve crueler gods than you or I. Those boys were his offerings,” the Lord Commander says.

In the morning, Samwell gives Gilly something from his mother’s to keep safe until he comes back.

Jon Snow Game of Thrones

Winterfell

Bran Stark’s nightmares continue. This short scene is interesting as it begins from the POV of Summer, Bran’s direwolf. Bran tells Luwin that his dreams are true since he and his younger brother Rickon dreamed that their father was killed before it happened. Luwin tells Bran that magic is no longer a mighty force over the world as the dragons are gone, giants are dead and the children of the forest forgotten.

Highgarden

Ser Loras Tyrell, the Knight of Flowers (and lover of King Renly Bratheon, now in charge of an army 100,000 men) is beaten by Lady Brienne of Tarth in a tournament by the beach. Brienne requests that she be part of the King’s Guard — which Renly accepts. We also see Renly’s queen, Lady Margaery Tyrell (Loras’ sister) for the first time.

Lady Catelyn Stark arrives bringing a message from his son Robb Stark, now the King in the North. From last episode, we know that she is here to form an alliance against King Joffrey Baratheon and the Lannisters. It looks like it’s going to be an uneasy negotiation as Catelyn thinks Renly’s army is young and not ready.

“They are the knights of summer, and winter is coming,” she says.

Renly asks Brienne to escort Catelyn to her tent. Brienne is so awesome by the way. She’s so badass!

Brienne of Tarth Game of Thrones

Later, Renly is in his tent with Loras. Their lovemaking is cut short as Loras is not in the mood. Aside from being humiliated that Renly granted the request of Brienne to be part of King’s Guard, Loras thinks that Renly should do more to get his father’s support (and army) in the war.

“There’s another Tyrell who requires your attention,” he says.

Loras leaves and Margaery comes in offering herself to Renly. They kiss, but Renly backs off, blaming the wine he just drank.

Margaery then matter of factly suggests that they bring Loras in to help him get in the mood! OMG, this was too good.

“Do you want my brother to come in and help?” she asks.

“What?” he says exasperated.

“Or he could get you started, I know he wouldn’t mind. Or I can turn around and you can pretend I’m him.”

(At this point, I am giving this show an enthusiastic golf clap.)

Maergery says that they don’t need to play games and Renly’s lies should be reserved for court. She says the best way to prevent their enemies from tearing apart his alliance with the Tyrells is to put his baby in her belly. (True!)

“We can try again later. You decide however you want to do it. With me, with me and Loras, however ever else you like. Whatever you need to do. You are king.”

Excellent!

Renly Baratheon Loras Tyrell Game of Thrones Love

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Pyke

Theon Greyjoy continues to struggle with his family reunion on the Iron Islands. His sister hates him and his father plans to attack the North! Geez. Wasn’t he there to broker an alliance? What a fail.

His sister Yara is to attack Deepwood Motte with 30 ships, and Theon will command one ship (the Sea Bitch) to attack fishing villages on the Stony Shore. Theon protests to his father Balon Greyjoy — who then questions his son’s allegiance.

“What are our words? Our Words?” he asks.

“We do not sow,” says Theon.

“We do not sow. We are iron born. We are not subjects. We are not slaves. We do not plow the fields or toil in the mine. We take what is ours. Your time with the wolves has made you weak.”

Then Theon gives a great comeback, the truth:

“You act as if I volunteered to go. You gave me away if you remember. The day you bent your knee to Robert Baratheon after he crushed you. Did he take what was yours then?”

Balon slaps him.

“You gave me away! Your boy! Your last boy. You gave me away like I was some dog you didn’t want anymore. And now you curse me because I’ve come home.”

That was brilliant.

Yara then tells him to make his choice as the ships sail with or without him.

Later, Theon makes his decision: he burns a note telling Robb Stark that his father plans to attack the North. Then he is born again into the faith of his family: the drowned god of the Iron Islands.

“Bless him with salt. Bless him with stone. Bless him with steel,” the priest says.

“What is dead may never die,” says Theon.

“What is dead may never die. But rises again harder and stronger.”

The Greyjoy story is such a trainwreck. This will not end well I know it.

Theon Greyjoy Game of Thrones Baptism

King’s Landing

Tyrion Lannister is trying to figure out how he can hide his whore-mistress from Queen Cersei Lannister. He suggests putting her in the kitchen to be a kitchen wench. She doesn’t like it. Eventually, with the help of Varys, she is sent to become Sansa Stark’s handmaiden.

Sansa is still tormented by being a prisoner of the Lannisters as Joffrey’s bride-to-be and the Lannister’s war with her family. She’s only playing her role in order to survive, but it is truly excruciating to watch her scenes with them.

In her bedroom, Sansa recognizes right away that Tyrion’s mistress doesn’t know what she is doing as handmaiden, but then doesn’t dismiss her. Maybe she will be Sansa’s confidant in the future?

Tyrion launches a plan to weed out Cersei’s spies from the small council. He tells Pycelle, Varys and Baelish that Princess Marcella will be wed to form new alliances, but then her mother Queen Cersei shouldn’t know. He tells Pycelle that Marcella will be wed to the Martells in Dorne. He tells Varys that she will be married to Theon Greyjoy (LOL). He tells Bealish that she will be married to Robin Aryn of the Vale. For Bealish, he also offered him Harrenhal in the River Lands.

Queen Cersei calls Tyrion to her chambers. She is upset that he plans to marry Marcella off.

“I will not allow you to ship her off to Dorne as I was shipped off to Robert Baratheon,” she protests.

“It’s done Cersei. You cannot stop it.”

She’s really upset. LOL. I love it. So Marcella will be wed to the Martells in Dorne (that’s all the way south).

Tyrion meets with Baelish who is upset that he was deceived. But Tyrion says that he plans for Baelish to meet with Cateyln Stark (who Baelish likes) in an attempt to free his brother Jamie Lannister who is a prisoner of Robb Stark.

Tyrion catches Pycelle in the whorehouse. He is thrown into one of the black cells. He was a Lannister spy through and through. Good riddance!

Tyrion meets with Varys last. Varys is paranoid as Tyrion has now disposed of Janos and Pycelle from the small council. He tempts Tyrion to take the power of the kingdom in his own hands:

“Power resides where men believe it resides.”

Hmmm…

Arya and Gendry

At one of their stops heading toward The Wall, Arya Stark can’t sleep because she has dreams about “revenge” and Yoren tells her his own “revenge” story. He eventually killed the person who killed his brother (which led him to become one of the Night’s Watch).

The soldiers hunting for the late King Robert Baratheon’s bastard son Gendry arrive and kill Yoren. One of the soldiers take Arya’s sword “Needle”. He uses it to kill a boy who’s been crippled by an arrow. The head soldier then tells them that they are taking them all to Harrenhal, and they are looking for a bastard named Gendry.

Then Arya says: “You want Gendry. You already got him [referring to the boy]. He loved that helmet.” The bull helmet was beside the boy who just killed. Will the ruse work and save the real Gendry? I can’t wait for next week!

I love this show!

Bull Helmet Game of Thrones

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