Episode 2 of Game of Thrones hit our television screens 3 days ago now and I’m a little late getting into this one. In a nutshell I was quite disappointed with the episode initially after staying up til 2am here in the UK. I’m still waiting for our season shock moment and I believed there would be at least one per episode especially after Episode 1 finally showcasing Jon Snow ride a dragon! There was one small little surprise in this week’s episode but more on that later. After initially disappointing me I then decided to watch it again for a second time and I’ve come to terms that it’s a well thought out episode.
Jaime on trial
As Episode 1 ended we picked up right where we left off with Jaime Lannister facing a trial for murdering Daenarys’s father hence the nickname ‘King slayer’. Jaime served as a guard under the ‘Mad King’ and for his house he betrayed his honor and stabbed him in the back. This episode sees Jaime and Daenarys finally on screen together and as you can imagine Daenarys is very hostile and authoritative. Jaime has a motion to want to fight for the living and serve Queen Daenarys. Brienne of Tarth eventually steps in and as Sansa trusts her with her life Jaime is spared to help fight the Army of the Dead.
Another hostile relationship is between Daenarys and Sansa. Both of them are loyal to their people and want whats right. Sansa claims that she will never bow to anyone again and asks Daenarys after the war with the Army of the Dead what happens to the North? She explains how we took it back and swore not to bend the knee again. This is a slight caveat to what is to come in future episodes between both House Stark and Targaryan.
Arya chooses an unusual step..
So this moment was the one shock moment in this episode. Reason being was because I didn’t expect Arya to want to lose her virginity before a battle. Yes, as she said she wanted to know what it feels like before potentially dying. However, I just would not have guessed that Arya would’ve wanted to do this. I thought she would be practising or getting focused on the task at hand. This was quite a powerful scene for the entire character of Arya is being portrayed as a human being. We’ve been lost in the thought of Arya being a faceless girl and thus not actually Arya. This shows she is human and has feelings, particularly a fear of dying.
“I’ll defend the crypt then..”
Next we see a young Northern girl gathering her soup in preparation for the war. Now all woman and children are being protected down in the crypt as safety measure. I thought this was great because she was a young girl and just wants to fight. Fight for her home, her family, her people..
The real star of tonight’s episode was Tormund Giantsbane who serves up some much-needed comedy. There was one story in particular of how he got the name “Giantsbane.” Apparently he killed a giant when he was ten years old and then jumped into bed with the giant’s wife who suckled him at her breast for the next three months. “That’s how I got so strong,” he says. “Giant’s milk.” This was told whilst sitting around a fire with a crew of the show’s surviving characters: Tyrion, Jaime, Brienne, Podrick, Ser Davos and Tormund.
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
The conversation turns to Brienne and how she’s not a real knight. “Ladies can’t be knights” she tells Tormund. “If I were a king, I’d knight you ten times over,” he answers back. “You don’t need a king to make a knight,” Jaime replies. Then he tells Brienne to kneel and does something that quite a few people should have done long ago, especially Renly Baratheon. She kneels, embarrassed and flushed, and he recites the knighting words as he taps her shoulder with his blade. It’s a wonderful moment. Jaime is solemn. What began as something of a joke quickly turns into one of the most powerful moments we’ve seen on Game of Thrones.
There were tears in Brienne’s eyes as Jaime spoke the words, and there were tears in my eyes as well. When it’s over, Brienne gives the biggest smile I’ve ever seen on her face. Death is on the march and in hours the Night King’s army will be at Winterfell’s gates, but Brienne is the happiest she’s ever been in her entire life. What a beautiful scene.
“My real name is Aegon Targaryan..”
My final point on this episode involves the news of Jon Snow’s heritage being broken to Daenarys. Jon has been avoiding Daenerys for the whole episode and now it’s finally time to hash it out. Daenerys approaches him in the crypt and Jon Snow gives us what is one of the most awkward “I’m about to break up with you” smiles ever. Daenerys says her brother Rhaegar Targaryen raped Lyanna but Jon insists they were married and in love. “The last thing as she bled to death on her birthing bed was give the boy to her brother, Ned Stark, to raise as his bastard,” he says.
“My name, my real name, is Aegon Targaryen.” Daenerys is shocked, but this isn’t her first rodeo.
“A secret no one in the world knew except your brother and your best friend, does that seem strange to you?” she says. “If this is true, it would make you the last male heir of house Targaryen. You’d have a claim to the Iron Throne.” There’s a lot happening here from what’s said to what’s unsaid but there is no time now. The battle horn has sounded and after a night full of passion and truth, it’s time to crush some White Walkers.