Game of Thrones Season 2 Premiere – The North Remembers Review

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It is so good to have Game of Thrones back, it’s been a long wait.

The opening episode is a slow one, introducing the new players in the War of the Five Kings, as well as re-introducing our favourites from season 1.

The episode begins with The Hound beating down some no name knight during the games on Joffrey’s name day. After the knight is brutally smashed over the head by the hound and thrown over the balcony to his death below, the story introduces Sir Dontos. Sir Dontos plays a major part in the story of Sansa and he is introduced here as a fat, drunk. Before he can be put to death by Joffrey for being drunk on his name day, Sansa stops Joffrey and suggest Dontos becomes his new fool, a humiliation, something that Joffrey loves to do.

It is here that we get to see Tyrion return to King’s Landing. Tyrion shows some compassion for Sansa, seeing straight through her programmed lies of love and loyalty to Joffrey. Once he is done baiting his nephew to anger, he moves to the Small Council meeting with the news he has been named the Hand of the King by his father in his stead. As you might imagine Cersei is not happy about this and quickly put Tyrion in his place in regards to his role as Hand.

Back in the North it would seem that Bran is having his first dreams about inhabiting his direwolves body, seeing the wolf walking through the godswood at Winterfell and seeing his face in the pond as he sleeps, this is another seed planted for future storylines involving Bran, for fans of the books, something that is very important and exciting.

As you can see by now, the episode jumps around rather quickly, once the introduction to Bran is done, the story moves across the Narrow Sea to Daenerys, struggling to stay alive in the desert as her and what is left of her Khalasar try to find some kind civilisation. You can tell that her situation is dire as both Dany and her people are ragged and dying. When the horse that was the first gift to Dany from Drogo drops dead, Dany sends her bloodriders out in all directions on what horses remain to try to find what lies ahead.

From here we move to Jon Snow north of the wall, as he and the men of the Night’s Watch arrive at Craster’s Keep. Craster is a vile man who marries his daughters, births more daughters and marries them in a cycle. Here we learn about another King, ex Night’s Watch brother Mance Raydar. Mance has gathered the wildlings in a bid to move south according to Craster.

Back in the south we meet one of the biggest new players in the story, Stannis Baratheon and Melisandre, his red priestess. Stannis is the true heir to the Throne and he knows it, believing that all should bend the knee to him, I think that the showrunners have cast Stannis perfectly here, he has the right mix of strength and arrogance, a perfect Stannis. Also introduced is Sir Davos, Stannis’ most trusted advisor and one of my favourite characters from the book, he knows that what Stannis is doing may not be right, but he follows him as he swore he would.

Finally we make our way back to the North and Robb Stark. Robb and Jaime Lannister’s scene here is great, both pushing eachother’s buttons and the introduction of Robb’s Direwolf is a great moment as the look on Jaime’s face is priceless, good to see some fear in the Kingslayer’s eyes. Nice CG used for the Direwolf as well, I hope we see more of them as the season goes on.

The greatest part of the premiere had to be the scene with Cersei and Joffrey, with Cersei giving us all what we wanted, another bitch slap to Joffrey. I had forgotten how much I hated Joffrey in Game of Thrones’ absence.

The conclusion to the episode is quite a brutal one, Cersei has sent the city watch to hunt down and kill all of King Robert’s bastards, a cruel act as some of them are just babies, to see the men kill these babies in hard to watch. As the watch moves through the city, killing the bastards they find that Gendry has been taken to the wall, which will set up storylines for later in the season, where they will be hunting down Gendry and in turn Arya.

All in all it was a good opening to the season, it was slow but that is expected as a lot of new characters had to be introduced.

Let us know what you thought of the premiere in the comments below.

8.5/10

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Comments

  1. 9/10 for me aswell, was a bit worried about how the dragons would look but they look increadible

  2. Very nice review of S2 Premiere!

    I came here looking for info as to why the soldiers where killing the kids, Thank you for explaining that, I don’t recall seeing Cersei give the orders for that but don’t surprise me

    • You don’t see her give the order, but it is hinted at that it was her, also no one else has reason to kill the basterds, as Joffrey doesn’t know, or doesn’t believe he is a basterd either, so the only person who would do it is Cersei. 🙂

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