Yes, they deserved to die and I- wait, wrong quote…
Due to the City Watch miraculously catching up with Yoren and his “recruits”, Arya spills the beans to Gendry about who she is. Hopefully this doesn’t lead to trouble later on, as the others in the group aren’t all the nicest of people. That goes doubly for the ones who look and speak elegantly, I’m sure this Jaqen fellow is quite more than he seems. Speaking of people being more than they seem, I wonder if Gendry truly has no clue who his father is or not.
Back at The Red Keep, it seems The Spider has found out about a certain cook who shouldn’t be here. The one thing you never want to give the eunuch is leverage, and right now he’s got that in spades. Tyrion, having replaced Janos with Bronn, might feel he still has the upper hand but how long will that last? Tyrion is not the only one with influence and money within the Red Keep. I personally would have been a lot more cautious, and I have a feeling this is going to cost him later on.
We briefly get to see what is going on with Dany, but things are far worse than last time with one of her bloodriders making a return without his body. It was pretty obvious this would happen, as the premiere foreshadowed it heavily. I was kind of sad that this was the only time we got with Dany and her dwindling Khalasar, hopefully they get more focus next episode.
I didn’t think there needed to be much focus on what happened to Craster’s sons, I mean it should be pretty obvious why the White Walkers don’t give him any trouble. However, this fact seems to have eluded Jon, and it seems another stern talking to from Mormont is the least of his worries now. I’m curious as to where Ghost was, you would think he’d have been there to stop Craster.
Theon finally arrives back home, only to be tricked by his sister, Yara, and shamed by his father, Balon. I also do not feel a shred of sympathy for Theon, he should have expected all of this. While I’m happy to finally see Asha, it’s going to take me a long time to get used to here being called Yara. I can’t wait for the next episode as it promises more expansion on the Iron Islands
Things at Dragonstone are starting to move forward with Salladhor Saan joining his fleet of thirty ships to Stannis’ cause. Despite this, Stannis feels he is still at a disadvantage, especially in the field. This isn’t the only weakness he believes he has, one that Melisandre promises him she can rectify. If I had not read the books, I would swear that the show was going to turn into one giant orgy that would take breaks now and then for bloodshed and backstabbing.
There were a few scenes that I could have done without, such as Ros’ scene, and I would have liked some of the focus to be spread more evenly between the principle characters and their supporting cast. It was a good episode over all, but not as good as the premiere to be sure. Hopefully we’ll see more development next episode.
GO Rating: 3/5