Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Game of Thrones 2.7: A Man Without Honor

 Well you all are in for a treat. With the Season 3 premiere only a week away, I will be posting four new blog posts this week to make sure that I finish up Season 2 before the new episode airs. “A Man Without Honor” covers a lot of story lines and the title seems to characterize the episode well. Each story deals with someone who trys to maintain honor or someone who completely forsakes their honor. Jon Snow is still dragging Ygritte around behind The Wall in search of his fellow Night’s Watch men. Though Snow can battle the most wicked and evil creatures without a flinch, Ygritte stumbles upon the one topic that makes Snow uncomfortable: sex. She continuously taunts him about trying to have sex with her. His uncomfortable responses and his inability to look her in the eye quickly makes Ygritte realize that Snow is still a virgin. She uses this fact to her advantage continuing to distract him with sordid details of what it is like to have carnal knowledge of another. I don’t know why Jon does not realize that during this entire conversation Ygritte is leading him instead of Snow leading her. His distraction allows Ygritte to lead him into a trap and now Snow is surrounded by a pack of Wildlings. Another interesting caveat to their conversation involves the description of life as a Wildling. Taking a break from all of the sex talk, Ygritte sings the praises for why it is better to be a Wildling than a Crow. She remarks that she has freedom to do what she wants when she wants. Snow quickly retorts that the Wildlings also serve a king to which Ygritte replies that their king was chosen by the people. It appears that the Wildlings, though they seem like the most backward of people actually have the most forward thinking allowing the people to choose their leader.
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Jaime Lannister shares a bit of screen time this episode. Still captured by the Starks, Jaime gets a cell mate, a cousin who he barely knows. A softer side of Jaime begins to appear as he bonds with his younger cousin over his first outing as a squire. It makes Jaime seem human and almost as if he has morals. These feelings quickly dissipate when Jaime kills his cousin in order to orchestrate an escape. He is quickly captured, however, and about to be killed by the crowd when Catelyn intervenes. I know that she wants to keep Jaime alive because Cersei holds her daughters captive but there has to be another way to get the girls back. Nothing good can come from keeping Jaime alive and though I love to look at Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the actor who portrays Jaime, each week and do not want to see him killed, logically I just do not 
                                                      understand Robb's endgame.

The mystery of who kidnapped Daenerys’ dragons is answered in this episode. It is touching to see Daenerys feel so sadden over the loss of her people. She really does feel responsible for them and is distraught when she fails to protect them. She is definitely the complete opposite of her brother who only wanted power and did not care about the people he would rule. Ser Jorah returns to help Daenerys find her dragons. Their love story continues in a very soap operatic scene where he professes his devotion to her. She pushes Jorah back either because she is not interested but more likely because she feels torn between her devotion to her dead husband and her feelings for Jorah – literally her knight in shining armor. The kidnapper of the dragons is revealed when Xaro calls together a meeting of the 13 and announces that he along with Pyat Pree kidnapped the dragons and put them into the House of the Undying. Pyat Pree then multiplies and kills the rest of the 13 leaving Xaro to be king. I must admit this took me by shock. Though I did not fully trust Xaro, I thought he would be more likely to try to rape Daenerys instead of kidnapping her dragons and killing her people. I am excited that we get to travel into the House of the Undying. I can only imagine what we will find in there. 

Theon continues his little boy tantrum once he figures out that Bran and Rickon escaped with Osha and Hodor. Instead of blaming himself for being distracted by his penis, he blames his own men and berates them. He then vows to find the two little lordlings and kill them. He does manage to track them to a nearby farm where he screams at the top of his lungs (with his voice cracking) that they should all follow him and produce the two runaway princes. No one at the farm knows what he is talking about because Bran has a heart and is smart unlike Theon and refuses to use anyone else in their escape plans, because he knows Theon will torture and hurt those who help them. One of Theon’s men does find walnut shells, an indication that the young lads were there. How he knows that I do not quite understand because other people could be eating walnuts. However, the episode ends with a shocker: Theon produces the bodies of two boys to the people of Winterfell that look to be Bran’s and Rickon’s height and weight, but they are burnt and unrecognizable. Though everyone on the show thinks these are the bodies of the two princes, I am still skeptical. I think the capture scene would have been filmed for the show. I think this is classic misdirection, making the audience think Bran is dead when really he is still on the run.

One last major story involves Cersei and Sansa. I will say in this episode Cersei almost seems human and I began to think that maybe I don’t hate her as much. Sansa “becomes a woman” this episode the one thing she fears most. Now she is able to bear Joffrey’s children. Though she tries to hide it with the help of Shae, Cersei finds out and actually provides comfort and wisdom to Sansa. Cersei also acknowledges that she knows of Joffrey’s faults and that he is not the best husband or companion (unlike Jaime). Though Cersei acting like a mother to Sansa is touching, it is Cersei’s later scene with Tyrion that really made my heart wrench. She finally admits out loud to Tyrion that Jaime is the father of her children and she expresses fear and almost regret wondering if it was because of her incest that Joffrey is cruel and evil. I almost feel bad for Cersei this episode because she loves Joffrey because he is her child but she also knows that he is evil and a bad king and does not know how to handle it. I wonder if in later episodes this problem will come to a head and if she will have to make a decision between taking Joffrey down or supporting his evil ways.

Three more episodes to go in the season! Look for the last blogs of the seasons and remember to watch the premiere next week!