Posted April 1, 2012 by Greg Dragon in TV Show - Recap

Game of Thrones Recap 2.1 – The North Remembers

queen cersei lannister

Welcome to the 2nd season recap of HBO’s Game of Thrones. As with the original season write-ups, I must warn you that my critique and summary will be a tad unconventional and less formatted than the other shows that I write about. Having not read this book series, I offer the opinions of a person who is ignorant to the story but able to appreciate the production, acting and cinematography without the distraction of being annoyed at what is left out from the book. So please read and enjoy my ramblings and feel free to add commentary as you like.

The North remembers that Tyrion Lannister is the greatest character ever

So we start the season off with our good friend Joffrey (incest boy) Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) being the foul little tyrant that he is. He has The Hound cut a man down in mortal combat and even that isn’t enough to sate his blood-lust as he tries to have another drown to death via a horn and a keg of wine. Folks, if you have a young Joffrey in your home – be prepared for some serial killing family dishonor when he gets older. I am telling you, this “king” is off the hook, the boy punks Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) – I know big surprise there, he threatens his mother with death after she bitch slaps him and gets a righteous trolling from his uncle Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) – who seems to be the only person willing to stand up to him. 

Speaking of standing up, Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen) aka Littlefinger the pimp, or as he would have his prostitutes call him… “Lord Baelish” decides to play coy with Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and hint at knowledge of her ongoing sex-life with her brother Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Lets just say he was snapped back into reality rather fast when Cersei gave him a little demonstration of who the Boss Bitch was in the castle. I am not sure what goes through your head for you to try a snake as nasty as Cersei… and being that the only men that she finds worthy of giving her pleasure must 100% have the Lannister name, well its not like the honey smooth words of Pimpin Baelish was going to stay her hand. Word to the wise, don’t fuck with Cersei Lannister… that is unless your name is Tywin, Tyrion, Joffrey or Jaime.

Jaime Lannister - Dirty

By the way… why is the Lannister patriarch Tywin so badass when his entire bloodline seems to be unworthy of his piss? Tyrion gets a pass… so I digress.

While the Lannisters are playing petty politics in the castle, up north Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and company land on a village owned by a man who has a ton of wives. Sounds sweet right? Well these wives are his daughters and granddaughters…. NASTY BASTARD! Yes! And he was oh so cocky with it, going on about how cool he was for having all the ass he could handle, while the men of the North were forced into monk-like lives, living amongst men. The kicker was that he felt threatened by Jon Snow’s good looks and warned the entire company that they aren’t even to give his girls looks. Were it up to me, I would have tied that fool up and used his home how I see fit, but of course they respected his rules and spent the night in peace.

A little south of the incest, pedo-bear father situation, the mighty Robb (I stepped up and did the damn thing) Stark (Richard Madden) was giving Jaime hell as he made moves to grow his ranks. The cool thing about this was that we got a glimpse of Robb’s dire-wolf in it’s current form and man, let me tell you, that wolf was HUGE. The thought of a battle -borne king like Robb riding into a frey, banner-men and nagging mom on his side, and a wolf that is as tall as a man… is scary as hell when you think about it. Sure Tywin Lannister is no punk, but even he has to respect young Robb to know that its going to be on when they clash.

Stannis Baratheon and Witch

The point of this episode seems to be to remind us that there are several groups with aim at the iron throne and the bitch that sits upon it (Joffrey if you haven’t been keeping up). The most impressive of these usurpers seem to be Robert Baratheon’s own legendary brother, the hardcore Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane). To say that Stannis seems all business is an understatement as the man is all balls and refuses to hear any other side outside of what he deems as concrete rule. His brother died as king, the boy they placed on the throne is a Lannister incest baby who wrongly carries the Baratheon name, and it is only right that he claim his throne as the rightful heir and leave a trail of blood all the way to it. For his rightful crowning to occur, the warrior has in his company this creepy (but strangely hot) fire witch (you see my pun there?) who gives him a blade call The Lightbringer which I am more than sure will see much blood in the episodes to come.

The final scenes of this ep was extremely disturbing as Joffrey, who has heard the new open rumor (thanks to a letter sent to everyone by Stannis) that he is the offspring of Jaime and Cersei, decides to wipe out every bastard fathered by Robert Baratheon. This may sound like its 2-3 kids, but the soldiers were killing children and babies in droves and I was happy the direction spared us any graphic images of babies being cut up – very disturbing stuff folks. Oh and the white haired Targaryen chick with the baby dragons was looking mad thirsty with chapped lips… yawn – I will give her some love next recap.

In any event it was a great season opener and picked up right where we left off, so Game of Thrones fever is back in full effect! What did you think of it?

Greg Dragon

Cinephile and opinion writer, Greg Dragon has been a fan of movies since the 80's when Kung Fu theater was all the rage and Roger Moore was James Bond. Greg is the founder and lead critic of Spicy Movie Dogs. You can follow him on Twitter @Rafacus or on his Google+ account.