While not completely unsympathetic, up until this season Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) has not been a character that was easy to embrace. She was stern and flinty. Strong – yes. Devoted to her children – yes. But the warmer, more outwardly loving of the Starks was certainly Ned. In Walk of Punishment as in Dark
The Lannisters: The most interesting family in Westeros With the arrival of the fleet and army of Stannis Baratheon imminent, the main characters at King’s Landing are preparing for the battle. For Tyrion Lannister and Joffrey Baratheon, it means fighting (or not). For Sansa Stark and Cersei Lannister it means waiting. There is beautiful pacing
Sieges and Strategies Numerous strategies are exposed in this episode; some to be launched, some that have failed, and none that have proven very successful. We learn from Bronn that it is starvation, not fighting, that kills most people in a siege. He explains to Varys and Tyrion Lannister that during the fighting, thieves steal
It’s hard to completely despise the Lannisters when they are the most interesting people in the Seven Kingdoms. They certainly are the most complex and faceted. It’s easy to imagine what Sansa, Jon Snow, Catelyn, Daenerys, or Stannis will do in a certain situation – but not so much with the Lannisters (except maybe Joffrey).
Tywin Lannister: What killed him? Arya: Loyalty Halfway through Season Two, and I find myself still missing Ned Stark*. Outside of Robb’s victories, things are not going well for the Starks. In a beautiful exchange of information between Tywin Lannister and Arya, he asks her about her father. Arya lies and says her father was a stonemason.
“Men win wars. Not magic tricks.” Bronn Robb Stark is racking up victories over Tywin Lannister. No one has had a decisive victory so the Iron Throne still remains in play, and as Tywin points out to his war council, waiting for their adversary to fail is not going to work. New strategies will be
Garden of Bones is one of the more depressing episodes of Game of Thrones – which is saying a lot given the general brutal and catastrophic happenings in the Seven Kingdoms. The episode takes its name from the desert surrounding Qarth; Ser Jorah tells Daenerys, “Every time the Qartheen shut their gates on a traveler,
Watching Game of Thrones, it’s easy to focus on the big moments – the fallout from Jon Snow following Craster into the woods with the baby boy, the trap that Tyrion Lannister sets to see if Lord Varys, Petyr Baelish, and Grand Maester Pycelle will betray him, or Catelyn Stark approaching Renly Baratheon at the
“I’m not Ned Stark. I know the way this game is played.” Tyrion Lannister In the enormous void left after Ned Stark’s death, who would be the most virtuous man of power? While there are many candidates for the most dangerous, there are precious few for the most virtuous (Robb Stark? Renly Baratheon?). Who is
If Ned Stark, like Ron Swanson, had a Pyramid of Greatness – I think it would go something like this: Winter is Coming – Believe it! Lannisters – Avoid them. Greyjoys – Best to have a hostage. Baratheons – If only they would listen! Daughters – War was easier. Death Penalty – Only if you