Tyrion arrives at Kings Landing to take his father's place as Hand of the King. Stannis Baratheon plans to take the Iron Throne for his own. Robb tries to decide his next move in the war. The Night's Watch arrive at the house of Craster.
Winter is coming as the Night Watch go to meet the threat north of the Wall, the standoff between the Stark and the Lannisters boils with new rumors of King Joffrey's birthright and the rise of the Baratheon brothers in the warfare. All the while Dany leads her band of broken things through the dead lands barely hanging on. Trust...Joffrey will do whatever it takes to keep his crown. Written by
This episode marks the introduction of Dubrovnik, Croatia, as a filming location for King's Landing. In the first season, King's Landing was filmed in Malta and Northern Ireland, using a combination of actual footage and CGI. However, according to show-runners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, the Dubrovnik location was so stunning and fit King's Landing so well that very little CGI was needed in many of the background exterior scenes. Dubrovnik was retained as a filming location for every season thereafter, with other locations in Croatia also used for a variety of different places in the series. See more »
During a scene with Cersei and Joffrey, Cersei's necklace changes direction with the lion emblem facing backwards in several shots. See more »
In the last episode of the first season, we saw the aftermath of Ned Stark's execution, we saw Jon accompany Lord Commander Mormont on a mission beyond the Wall and, most of all, we saw the birth of dragons.
Plot In A Paragraph: As Robb Stark (Richard Madden) and his northern army continue the war against the Lannisters, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) arrives in King's Landing to counsel Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and control the young king. Stannis Baratheon plots an invasion to claim his late brother's throne, whilst Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), her three young dragons and khalasar trek through the Red Waste in search of allies, or water.
The opening of the episode starts strongly but at times scenes feel slightly rushed. the sparkling presence of Tyrion Lannister, played by Peter Dinklage (Who deservedly won an Emmy for his work in the first season) is a breath of fresh air whenever he's in a scene, easily dancing around Joffrey's and Cersi'z jibes. I particular liked the scene where he offers his condolences to, and is assessing (you can see it in his eyes) how Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) has found a way to survive, by saying the words they expect. And when he discusses getting Jamie back form the Stark's "you had three Starks to trade. You chopped ones head off, you let another escape.... Father would be disappointed."
Another scene I liked, was one with Robb, Jaime a very large direwolf in Grey Wind. Nikolaj Coaster-Waldauand Richard Madden both do a fine job.
My big complaint with this episode would be the absence of Arya (played Maisie Williams, who I was a big fan of last season) except for the very last shot of the episode. All in all, this episode has some of the same problems that the show had in its premiere last year: a lot of ground to cover, and not enough time. And that's why I suspect I quick shot of Arya was just tacked on the end.
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