As week five begins, so does another season of Game of Thrones. Season two premiered in 2012 and brings on many new characters and religions that the viewer had only been introduced in passing. Season two begins with Joffrey performing excruciating acts of torture, a very broken down Mother of Dragons, and even more betrayal.
This week’s blog covers:
S2 Ep 1: “The North Remembers”
S2 Ep 2: “The Night Lands”
S2 Ep 3: “What is Dead May Never Die”
This Week’s Highlight(s):
This week, it goes to none other than Tyrion Lannister who once again proved, his cunning and intelligence are his greatest strengths. In “What is Dead May Never Die”, we see Tyrion Lannister use a technique utilized commonly by intelligence agencies called the barium meal test. This works to expose whom the “double agent” is within the small council. By “leaking” elementally different pieces of information to various sources, Tyrion can track the where Cersei gets her information. Tyrion tells various lies to Maester Pycelle, Varys, and Baelish about Princess Myrcella’s marriage arrangements. He discovers that Maester Pycelle has leaked his information to Cersei. The consequences of this discovery are drastic to Maester Pycelle and extremely fitting. He will rot in a black cell and Tyrion gets a one up on his sister, Cersei.
This Week’s Lowlife(s):
Someone who will never be a stranger to this weekly section: Joffrey Baratheon. His reign of terror and torture has officially begun. He not only uses his twisted wrath against those around him, he even begins to torture commoners and demands the execution of the late King Robert’s bastard children, including the execution of a baby at Baelish’s brothel. Although this scene, in “The Night Lands” does not explicitly show the murder of the baby, it is one of the most disturbing of the series, to say the very least.
Another lowlife that I must mention this week is Theon Greyjoy. Having just pledged loyalty to the Stark family as a brother, to betray them so quickly and easily is heartbreaking. We’ll see many examples of this level of betrayal again and again, but this one just hurts and deserved my recognition.
Thought Provoking Theme(s):
Religion comes back into play in the beginning of season two. Not only do we have the old Gods vs. the new Gods, we now have introductions to the Drowned God, in which the Greyjoys believe in, and the Lord of Light, R’hllor, in which Melisandre has introduced to Stannis Baratheon from the Free Cities. In “The North Remembers”, Stannis denounces his faith in the Gods of the Seven in a most sacrilegious way. Melisandre burns the statues and Stannis pulls a sword engulfed in flame. We will discover whether Stannis has made a wise decision in betraying his faith for another. These religions will add much to the series and provide distinction between the families that fight for the Iron Throne.
The most important theme this week is that of power. While this is a continuous theme throughout the entire series, I feel that it is of most importance to break down this theme for this week’s blog. Cersei believes that she still has the utmost power in the kingdom. Due to Cersei becoming Queen Regent and Joffrey’s desire for power growing immensely since his father’s death, her power diminishes. This is solidified when Joffrey threatens his own mother’s life when she slaps him.
In turn, Cersei exerts power over Baelish and Sansa to regain what she has lost. In “The North Remembers”, Baelish claims that knowledge is power, in reference to his knowledge of Cersei’s incestuous relationship. In turn, Cersei reestablishes her power by having her guards almost kill Baelish. Cersei simply states, “power is power.”
Cersei also attempts to maintain power over Sansa at a dinner with her two youngest children, Tommen and Myrcella. Cersei maintains that although the Starks are at war with the Lannister’s, Sansa will fulfill her duty as the soon to be wife of Joffrey. This results in Sansa’s eventual power trip over Shae, her new handmaiden. This struggle to maintain and even regain power is very important. The seeking of power and displacement of anger is what continuously shifts the narrative throughout.