Game of Thrones: Season 2, Episode 8

The Prince of Winterfell (20 May 2012)

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Stannis is just days from King's Landing. Tyrion prepares for his arrival. Jon and Qhorin are taken prisoner by the wildlings. Catelyn is arrested for releasing Jamie. Arya, Gendry, and Hot Pie plan to escape from Harrenhal.



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Theon's sister Yara arrives at Winterfell with reinforcements but he still can't seem to earn her respect. She tells him he was stupid to kill the Stark boys as they were valuable prisoners. Theon learns that his father wants him to return home. North of the Wall, Jon had been taken prisoner by wildlings. At Harrenhal, Arya identifies the last of the three lives Jaqen H'ghar promised her for saving him. Robb is dismayed at the deal his mother has made with Jaime Lannister and places her under arrest. Danerys refuses to leave Qarth without her dragons and decides to retrieve them from the House of the Undying. Stannis and his army approach King's Landing from the sea. Tyrion plans for the defense of the city but Cersei wants him to keep her son King Joffre out of the fighting. He realizes that he must take steps to protect Shae. Written by garykmcd

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According to the novel, Robb sent no force to recapture Winterfell, even after hearing that Bran and Rickon were allegedly killed by Theon. He made no offer of surrender to the Ironmen in Winterfell. See more »


[after learning that Catelyn has freed Jaime Lannister, Robb and Rickard Karstark confront her in the tent where she is kept prisoner]
Robb Stark: Tell me this isn't true.
[Catelyn looks at Robb, but says nothing]
Robb Stark: Why?
Catelyn Stark: [quietly] For the girls.
Robb Stark: You betrayed me.
Catelyn Stark: Robb...
Robb Stark: No! You knew I would not allow it, and you did it anyway.
Catelyn Stark: Bran and Rickon are captives in Winterfell. Sansa and Arya are captives in King's Landing. I have five children, and only one of them is free.
Rickard Karstark: [disdainfully] I lost one son fighting by you...
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Written and Performed by Ramin Djawadi
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Character Driven Episode
12 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"The Prince of Winterfell" is a more character-focused episode than any that came before it this season, providing the calm before the storm.

Plot in A Paragraph: Arya calls in her final debt with Jaqen in a way that he is not amused with. Robb finds out that Theon is not the only person to go behind his back. At Winterfell, Theon receives a visitor. Tyrion and Varys bond, Danaerys ignores Ser Jorah's advice. Stannis and Davos approach their destination.

I really liked Gemma Whelan's performance as Yara and Alfie Allen performs strongly, as he has throughout this second season as Theon.

I didn't think Peter Dinklage could improve on his Emmy winning performance of the first season but his amazing turn this season has been ridiculously good, he has several excellent scenes that show his talent as an actor. He shares a brilliantly emotional scene with Shae (Sibel Kekilli) and his scene with Varys (Conleth Hill) is one of my favourites of the season. Hill shines whenever he is in a scene with Dinlklage.

Lena Headey's Cersei actually seems to rise to the occasion of being in a scene with him in this episode. Normally he blows her off the screen, I've not disliked her as much as I did in this episode since the beginning of season one.

Charles Dance has been excellent as Tywin Lannister, and his scenes with Maisie Williams were always good, but perhaps too much of a good thing as I will miss them now Tywin has left Harrenhal. Their scenes have been some of my favourites of this season.

On the negative side the Robb and Talisa story features two very good looking people doing their best with material that is cliché through and through. Oona Chaplin has a nice bum though, and I hope we get to see more of it. Lol Emilia Clarke and Michelle Fairely are again weak links acting wise too.

Back to the good. I really liked the interplay between Brienne and Jaime as the Maid of Tarth leads her prisoner to a boat.

Now bring on episode 9 and the battle of blackwater. What promises to be the biggest of the season.

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