With less than four weeks to watch an additional 51 episodes, I’m just going to bullet point this stuff. There’s only so much Game of Thrones I can cram into my life, and still literally keep my sanity. Here goes…
- So far, the show is still centered with a theme of rival Medieval English kingdoms, although that’s very clearly about to change, as the supernatural elements are beginning to tear away at the seems. Not much is clear about this show’s direction, but that much is. The White Walkers, who opened the series as little more than a teaser for things to come, are literally on the march at the end of Season Two. Khaleesi is officially the heir to Ronnie James Dio…umm, I mean the House of Targaryon…as the master of dragons. And Stannis Baratheon, probably the last guy anyone would expect of possessing supernatural powers driven by dark magic, does, in fact, possess supernatural powers driven by dark magic.
- For now, though, the primary stories still involve all the different houses at war with each other, and to whatever limited extent this show can be explained in a “conventional” way, the Starks are the good guys and the Lannisters are the bad guys. Of course, this isn’t a conventional show, and Tyrian Lannister is arguably the easiest guy to root for in the series so far. Ned Stark was, in hindsight, little more than a McGuffin to drive the story along, as well as get the viewers emotionally invested into what’s going on.
- Speaking of hindsight, knowing what I think I know about the series, the real protagonists are starting to emerge now. (Sorry, Ned.) Three of four of them make sense- Tyrian (a dwarf), Jon Snow (a bastard), and Aria Stark (a girl), all of whom have incredible courage and potential, yet were screwed over by life- Tyrian by being a dwarf, Snow by being a bastard, and Aria by being a girl- are beginning to come into their own. Sansa, apparently released from King Joffrey’s grasp- for now- apparently plays a big role in the series, although I’m not sure how yet.
- Oh yeah, and Khaleesi- how can I forget?? Sold into slavery to begin her life, there seem to be great things ahead for her. What, exactly, isn’t clear yet. She’s the most famous face of the show, and yet two seasons in, still seems like she’s on a completely different show! (Tyrian even alludes to this, saying, “One game at a time,” when she is brought up in discussion.) I’m guessing that changes sometime in Season 3. It has to, right? How much longer can she wander around the desert, where her main company is some guy who looks like he was poached from National Geographic!
- I kind of wonder how much I like or dislike a character based on my own personal taste, versus how much the show wants a character to be liked or disliked. For example, I like the “evil” Cersei FAR more than the “good” Mrs. Stark. Cersei can be heartless, occasionally downright cruel, but seems to be very self-aware of it, as well as the merciless world that shaped her into that person. It almost seems like there’s a good woman deep down inside, which was buried by circumstances. By contrast, Mrs. Stark pretends to be a “proud” woman, but in reality, is anything but. She treated Jon Snow like dirt, for something that was her husband’s fault. She blamed Tyrian for a crime that he didn’t commit. Then, she released the infamous Jamie Lannister behind her son’s back, because she was dumb enough to be outwitted (again!) by Little Finger- who really should have the nickname Middle Finger, because he really sticks to everyone- and I mean everyone– he encounters. Am I supposed to feel sorry for her for always being at such a loss? Because really, I just snicker every time her ignorance blows up in her face.
- What was the deal with “The Thirteen”? Was that something from the book, that just got crammed in, due to time constraints? I didn’t understand that plot at all. The graphic of them standing together was good for a laugh, though.
- The Stark kid who can’t walk is like Kenny from South Park. How many times can we be tricked into thinking he’s dead? I’m guessing one of these days, it won’t be a trick.
- I enjoyed some characters finally abandoning pretense of noble but violent honor, showing ACTUAL fear, as The Dog backed away from the fire in the middle of the battle, and the new Knights of the Watch ran for their lives, once they realized they were being invaded by White Walkers.
- Last but least, there seemed to be more of a romantic bend in season two. Maybe they’re going somewhere with it- ie. the men falling in love weakens them- but I really hope not. (They probably will, though- Game of Thrones doesn’t seem to let any plot line go to waste.) To me, at least for now, it just feels like an eyeball rolling distraction. And of course, we had to be reminded of Khaleesi’s love for her beloved captor…um, I mean late husband. For such an unnervingly graphic show, Game of Thrones has a lot of heart to it, but the romance just doesn’t do it for me.
Anyway, lots more to write about, but even more to watch. Onto season 3. See you in a few days…