Game of Thrones: Season 2, Episode 3

What Is Dead May Never Die (15 Apr. 2012)

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Tyrion tries to see who he can trust in the small council. Catelyn visits Renly to try and persuade him to join Robb in the war. Theon must decide if his loyalties lie with his own family or with Robb.



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Jon is reprimanded for interfering with Craster and Sam has a gift for one of Craster's wives. In Winterfell, Bran continues to dream but begins to believe they are visions. Lady Catelyn approaches King Renly Baratheon to form an alliance with her son Robb. In the Iron Islands, Balon decides to attack the north while the Robb Stark's armies are in the south fighting the Lannisters. Theon is given the command of a ship while his sister Yara is put in command of a fleet of 30 ships. In King's Landing, Tyrion plays the council members against one another and learns the identity of the spy among them. He also wants to protect Shae from those who might try to find his weaknesses and she soon begins work as Sansa's new hand maiden. The King's guards return and Arya and Gendry are taken prisoner. Written by garykmcd

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A Clever Tyrion!
14 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the third episode of the second season of Game of Thrones. This is one of my favorite episodes of the season so far. I loved the themes of betrayal and cunning stealth. Peter Dinklage steals the show as the Hand of the King who uses his cleverness to prove loyalty to him. There is a good amount of action, especially when it comes to the end of the episode. The episode may be free of Vaenarys, but this is still an engaging episode.

In this episode, "What Is Dead May Never Die," Tyrion wants to prove the loyalty of the council, so he decides to test them. Theon Greyjoy is given a command of a ship as they decide to attack the North while Robb's forces are at war. Tyrion wants his new girlfriend, Shae to become a handmaiden of Sansa's. Bran is having his dreams, but he comes to realize they may be visions. Jon Snow is reprimanded after his encounter with Craster. Catelyn Stark meets with Renly Baratheon to see if he would join Robb's forces. Finally, Arya is taken captive.

Overall, this is an outstanding episode in part to Peter Dinklage's amazing performance as Tyrion. The main reason to watch is just to see him outfox his council foes. But I found the other story lines to be actively engaging which makes this a very strong episode.

My Grade: A+

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