Game of Thrones: Season 2, Episode 9

Blackwater (27 May 2012)

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Stannis Baratheon's fleet and army arrive at King's Landing and the battle for the city begins. Cersei plans for her and her children's future.



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Confident of victory, Stannis Baratheon's fleet and army arrive at King's Landing and the battle for the city begins. The Lannisters are badly outnumbered but Tyrion has make sensible preparations and strikes a blow. When no one else will lead the troops beyond the city wall, Tyrion decides he will do so himself. Cersei plans for her and her children's future. It appears they are all headed for certain death but help suddenly arrives. Written by garykmcd

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The song "The Rains of Castamere" was written about Lord Tywin Lannister's crushing victory over the rebellious House Reyne of Castamere and the House Tarbeck. When the House Farman of Faircastle grew truculent, playing the song at Lord Farman's hall was enough to make him reconsider his position. See more »


When Sandor "the Hound" Clegane returns to the city after fleeing the battle, he calls for a drink, throws away the water and calls for wine. By the time he reaches Sansa's chamber, he is carrying a water skin. See more »


[Varys listens to the bells toll the alarm before the battle]
Lord Varys: I've always hated the bells. They ring for horror. A dead king, a city under siege...
Tyrion Lannister: A wedding.
Lord Varys: Exactly.
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The worst episode yet
2 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

I have to admit, just before watching season 2, I read the book. And until now, I couldn't complain too much. Just a few important parts of the book were left out. And very often, parts of the book were very nicely implemented in the story, without showing them at all.

But the big battle, the one part of the book I really expected to be the climax of the season, was nothing special at all. They left out half of the fight, changed the story completely, the whole dynamic of the battle, which is awesome in the book, was left out. A battle like any other is the result.

The worst part is the meaning it all has to the character of Tyrion. In the book he really got into a blood frenzy, killing off anyone who got into his way. Before he finally almost died on the river. But he really saved the whole fight by fighting a really long time on the battlefield.

In the book the character of Tyrion got suddenly an all new layer to it, which nobody, not even Tyrion was aware of. In the series we get the impression that he tried to be the brave one, and paid pretty quickly for it, without really changing something.

the 3 stars I gave the episode, are for the whole rest of the episode, which really lives up to the book.

The most disappointing episode yet, at least I have double motivation now to read the 3rd book....

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