4 June 2012 8:02 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

While the ongoing leitmotif of Fire and Ice featured heavily in the Season Two finale of Game of Thrones, the real theme of the episode may well have been "lowered expectations". Whether it was Tyrion's coming to after saving King's Landing to find that he'd been stripped of his title, Daenerys's securing the fortune of Qarth only to find that there Is no fortune of Qarth and realize that after all that she's really more of a stay-at-home dragon mom, really, or Theon's being c*ck-blocked by his own army, the denoument to last week's excellent big battle scene seemed determined to readjust expectations across the board.

Including mine.

We start with a close-up of a reflection of fire in an eye that I immediately recognize as being one of Tyrion Lannister's (Peter Dinklage). He wakes up to learn from Maester Pycell (Julian Glover) that Stannis has been beaten down, »

- brian

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