Highlights from Game of Thrones Season 3, Episode 2

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Ethan Gach

I write about comics, video games and American politics. I fear death above all things. Just below that is waking up in the morning to go to work. You can follow me on Twitter at @ethangach or at my blog, gamingvulture.tumblr.com. And though my opinions aren’t for hire, my virtue is.

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  1. Avatar Glyph says:

    Ah, but at least watching alone, you can get fully immersed, and not have someone asking “Wait, who’s THAT guy again, and what’s his deal?” every five minutes.

    I cannot BELIEVE they keep adding characters and locations. It’s awesome – but, well, it tends to increase incidences of the aforementioned “W, WTGA, AWHD?”

    Margaery is obviously canny – she only wanted to know if Joff’s a monster so she could figure out what kind of monster bait to use – I just wonder how safe it is to attempt to ride that psychotic monster.

    And I hope she doesn’t end up letting Sansa’s admission be used against Sansa (Sansa, girl, trust NO ONE in King’s Landing! Did Ned teach you nothing?)

    I’m sure you already saw this:

    http://youtu.be/hwF-D5wEEmkReport

    • Avatar Kimmi says:

      eh… this one ain’t knifed her yet.
      … and threadjump (to “Safety, at what Price?”)Report

    • Avatar James K says:

      And I hope she doesn’t end up letting Sansa’s admission be used against Sansa (Sansa, girl, trust NO ONE in King’s Landing! Did Ned teach you nothing?)

      These scene plays out a little differently in the books, so I have no idea whether the difference is significant or not.Report

      • Avatar Don Zeko says:

        I’m pretty sure that (SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT) the outcome of that scene will be the same in the book and the show: the Tyrell’s eventually decide to kill Joffrey.Report

      • Avatar North says:

        Joffery making such an emphasis on coming down hard on “Renly’s deviant behavior” might be significant. Don’t forget who her brother is.Report

  2. Avatar KatherineMW says:

    I am very impressed with Margaery. And I liked the Jaime and Brienne fight. Overall, though, I’m not feeling hugely impressed with this episode. I think we may have just gotten to the point in the series where there are too many different characters and plotlines for the show to deal with them effectively.

    Also, I would be quite happy if they just didn’t show us any of the Theon scenes. I want to just close my eyes whenever he’s on screen.Report

    • Avatar North says:

      Well the Theon scenes are interesting primarily because they shouldn’t exist. Theon vanishes and reappears quite surprisingly in the original work. So even book readers aren’t entirely certain what’s going on in these scenes.Report

      • Avatar Reformed Republican says:

        Yes, but it is not practical to sideline an actor while he is gone from the story. You either have to pay him to not work, or you have to let him go and hope he does not get another contract in the meantime.

        Similarly, they changed things when Barristan Selmy introduce himself to Danaerys, since the audience knows exactly who he is, and there is no way to keep it secret like it was done in the book.Report

        • Avatar North says:

          No criticism here from me! The moment he appeared on screen I went “Oh? What’re you doing here? You’re two books early. Oh wait, this is TV. Wow, I wonder how they’re gonna work this?”
          So it’s kindof interesting in that now we book readers are in the dark as to what’s going to happen in these bits. My own guess: This character is in a… particular… shall we say- state of mind when he was reintroduced. I suspect that these added scenes are going to walk us through how he ended up in that state step by step. Could be interesting but definitely will be harrowing and it will definitly be interesting to see if the actor cal pull it off.Report

      • Avatar KatherineMW says:

        I don’t mean they’re uninteresting. I simple have an extremely low tolerance for torture scenes.Report

  3. Avatar Ethan Gach says:

    I’m curious, either of you think Margaery doesn’t quite know the depth of King Joff’s evil?

    Her and her mother don’t seem phased by Sansa’s claim that he’s a monster. Do they not realise that he’s an incredibly sadistic one? Less “Mad” King and more regal pscyhopath?Report

    • Avatar Kimmi says:

      His lack of forward planning and thinking are far more of a character flaw than his sadism.
      His sadism didn’t kill Ned…Report

    • Avatar North says:

      Well Margaery and her -grand-mother probably don’t appreciate Joff’s evil. Sansa left quite a bit out for instance and left out the stuff that would phase Margaery and Olenna the most.
      She told them he forced her to view her traitor father’s head. They were sympathetic but not enormously appalled. I suspect, however, that if she’d revealed that in response to being displeased with her or her family he’d had her beaten by his guards or he’d stripped her down in court then that would have made both of the Tyrell ladies sit up straight with their tails bristling.

      His emotional abuse they can sympathize with her over but not fear suffering the same. His predilection for taking his emotions out on the most nearby woman he can consider culpable for a slight? That’d make them start looking for the exits.Report

      • Avatar Glyph says:

        I obviously don’t know either Margaery or her grandmother very well (I’ve only read the first book) but I have to believe they do not *quite* grasp how bad Joffrey is.

        They seem capable and canny, but not so depraved as to consider someone like Joffrey (if they actually knew all the deets) business-as-usual, someone that they can work with?

        But again, we don’t know much about them at this point.Report

      • Avatar Pub Editor says:

        I suspect, however, that if she’d revealed that in response to being displeased with her or her family he’d had her beaten by his guards or he’d stripped her down in court then that would have made both of the Tyrell ladies sit up straight with their tails bristling.

        I suspect that Sansa is not their only source of information on this score. With regards particularly to the very public abuse of Sansa in front of the court, there would be many witnesses, each witness occupying his or her own position in the social hierarchy and having his or her own motives for potentially wanting to curry favor with the Tyrells or for hating the Lannisters (or Joffrey in particular).

        I suspect that Sansa was largely confirming fragmentary evidence that the Tyrell ladies had already gathered from other sources in their network.Report

    • Avatar Jason says:

      In the books, they know. The books also highlight that Margaery won’t be abused because Loras is on the Kingsguard (while young, he is a capable fighter). I’m not sure why the episode didn’t have him in the Kingsguard outfit. Protection of Margaery was one reason the Tyrells insisted that Loras be on the Kingsguard.Report

  4. Avatar North says:

    Contrary to Katherine I found the show enrapturing so far. GoT can make an hour feel like all of five minutes. I half envy newbie’s to the series being able to swallow the entire first two seasons in delicious exquisite binges.Report

    • Avatar Glyph says:

      Yeah, it does fly by doesn’t it?

      A lot of TV critics complain about the show’s fragmentation of the narrative (5 minutes here, 5 minutes there), but it doesn’t really bother me. Over at AVClub someone pointed out that doing so in the season’s early going is part of what helps the later eps with tighter focus, like “Blackwater”, their power, derived from the scope of all the smaller individual moments that led up to it.Report

      • Avatar Kimmi says:

        What worries me is not 4 Lines All Waiting…
        But the fact that they can’t fit all the plotlines into an entire hour.

        From my perspective, that’s 5 episodes of TV (20ish minutes apiece) to even deal with all the characters.Report

      • Avatar Glyph says:

        er, “helps give”Report

      • Avatar Reformed Republican says:

        The fragmentation does not bother me now, but I am concerned that it will become a problem the further along we get in the series. Then again, maybe the story will benefit from some judicious editing.Report

    • Avatar KatherineMW says:

      I watched the first two seasons on DVD, finishing each of them in a couple of days. I may just be reacting to the comparative slow-ness of having to wait a week for each episode.Report

      • Avatar North says:

        You have both my sympathy and my envy. That rush of two full seasons in a couple days must have been delish but the screeching halt to the narrative when you caught up to the present must have been like a famine.
        I’ve experienced it myself with web comics. You discover one, hop on and read like mad up to the present then *bam* you’re down to one or two updates a week.Report

      • Avatar James K says:

        I have that problem with webcomics. The plot flies along during the archive binge, but once I’m following at regular speed it can be excruciating.Report

  5. Avatar Kolohe says:

    I can’t figure out with Margaery if she’s cheating or we’re cheating. She does seems to have a somewhat preternatural sense of everybody’s motivations and buttons, but, on the other hand she’s grown up in that culture and appears to have had very effective teachers. (better than say, Sansa had). Perhaps it just we know all the players by now, better than anyone of the characters do, which makes it easier now to judge everyone’s moves right when they do them.Report

    • Avatar North says:

      I don’t think she’s cheating per say, she’s just introducing the Tyrell manner of politics into an arena that has been barren of them for a while. I am confident she’ll slip up eventually but right now she has all the advantages. Her family has probably been watching affairs in Kings Landing very closely for a while without being watched as much in return.Report

    • Avatar Plinko says:

      With Margaery I think it has a lot to do with the Tyrell’s coming into King’s Landing relatively unscathed and desperately needed to shore up the Lannister’s power, but having been out of the inner circles of power under King Robert – there aren’t many people around with any kind of leverage to check them.
      That and all the stuff North said.Report

  6. Avatar James K says:

    I found the Brienne – Jaime fight really satisfying, it captured the dynamic from the books well.Report

  7. Avatar Maribou says:

    I am only caught up to the end of season 2, but I saw “Sipping some gin and finishing off the remnants of a week old chocolate Easter bunny” in the sidebar on the main page, and, well, that is quite possibly THE BEST PHRASE I HAVE EVER READ ON THIS SITE, so I felt compelled to comment.

    I thought I was the only person who imbibed in those sorts of combinations.Report