Game of Thrones: Season 2, Episode 4

Garden of Bones (22 Apr. 2012)

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Lord Baelish arrives at Renly's camp just before he faces off against Stannis. Daenerys and her company are welcomed into the city of Qarth. Arya, Gendry, and Hot Pie find themselves imprisoned at Harrenhal.



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Robb attacks a Lannister encampment and afterward meets Lady Talisa Maegyr who treats the wounded in the battlefield. Tyrion puts a stop to King Joffre's mistreatment of Sansa and also blackmails his cousin Lancel, Cersei's lover, into being his spy. Petyr Baelish visits King Renly but Catelyn is not pleased with his presence. He offers to help protect her daughters but a trade for Jaime is the only solution. Catelyn however tries to get Stannis and Renly to bury the hatchet and unite their forces. Davos Seaworth delivers Stannis' witch, Melisandre, to a remote cave where she gives birth. In the desert, one of Daenarys' riders returns with news that the elders of Qarth will receive them. Arya arrives at Harrenhal where one person is killed every day. Lord Tywin arrives unexpectedly and she is soon his cup bearer. Written by garykmcd

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22 April 2012 (USA)  »

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£6,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


In the novels Tywin Lannister and Arya Stark never meet. At Harrenhal Arya was first sent to work in the kitchens, and then was chosen as Roose Bolton's cup-bearer, not Tywin's. She takes a glimpse at Tywin a few times, but never speaks to him. See more »


Catelyn accused Littlefinger of betraying Ned, although she had no way to know that Littlefinger was responsible to Ned's downfall. See more »


Renly Baratheon: Can that truly be you?
Stannis Baratheon: Who else might it be?
Renly Baratheon: When I saw your standard, I couldn't be sure. Whose banner is that?
Stannis Baratheon: My own.
Renly Baratheon: I suppose if we use the same one, the battle will be terribly confusing. Why is your stag on fire?
Melisandre: The king has taken for his sigil the fiery heart of the Lord of Light.
Renly Baratheon: Ah, you must be this fire priestess we hear so much about. Mm, brother... now I understand why you found religion in your old age.
Stannis Baratheon: Watch yourself, Renly.
Renly Baratheon: No, no, I'm relieved. I never really believed you were...
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Referenced in Game of Thrones: Kill the Boy (2015) See more »


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Written and Performed by Ramin Djawadi
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Too Much Violence, Bordering on Sadism
30 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sometimes a point gets made and it is then beaten to death. I don't need to be reminded that there is cruelty in men, especially in men of power. We are experiencing these things in our present world. This is a marvelous series with great implications for bringing about a reign over all the different kingdoms. When there is battle, face to face, in a time of weaponry that is so primitive, there is going to be gore. But the scene with the two courtesans and Joffrey goes beyond the point of exposition. Then there are the tortures of the men with rats, even though they have no real information. Joffrey would have had his future queen ravaged by his soldiers for his own pleasure, telling them to spare her face. Do we need any more extravagances of violence? There are, however, interesting plot lines, including the facing off of brother, Tyrion continuing to bate the king, the motive of revenge for Arya. The arrival of the horse people to the golden city and their nearly gambling their lives away on principle. Then we have the final scene which is about as eerie and unexpected as anything so far.

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