Game of Thrones Season 2 Review

Since I was running behind on reviewing this season‘s episodes, I decided the best way to make up for lost time was just to review the entire season as a whole instead of episode by episode, which will mean that this review will be much longer than the rest just so I can cover as much detail about each characters stories as possible. Though some episode were not as strong as last years I still found myself loving every episode because of how much detail went into the season. Though there was a lot missing from the book, a lot added in not at all from the books, and some story lines from the third book, I really didn’t mind at how they went about tackling the Clash of Kings they included the most important things that where present in the book and I think that is what matters most.

All in all I thought that this was a well done season, though it had its slow moments mid way though. Being a fan of the book I was curious on how they were going to do the Battle of Blackwater, since in the first season they used a cut away instead of a full fledged battle, which isn’t too bad but it could have been better. One character that really got on my nerves both in the book and the show was Theon Greyjoy, being conflicted between gaining the respect of father and making sure that he is no longer laugh at by his people or with the Starks who raised him for as long as he can remember, who’s story was a good one but him as a person was just awful, like a lot of people in this world. I think that it was a wise decision to include more story for Robb Stark because he was absent for the majority of the second book and it was a nice touch to see how his relationship with Jeyne Westerling. What I did find most compelling about the season is how well Stannis Baratheon was portrayed, who I give a lot of credit to Stephen Dillane, he so far was the strongest addition to the cast. His character seems to be on the right path as a leader, which is seen in The Battle of Blackwater episode where he singlehandedly leads the army to the gates of King’s Landing while the current king Joffery runs off and cowers with his mother. What was great about Jon Snow‘s story is that it became his own story instead of being attached to the Night’s Watch, who ended up getting their own story line as well, and meets a woman Ygitte who challenges everything that he swore off as a brother of the Night’s Watch, which created a lot of tension and dynamics between them. The one story that real was a let down was Daenerys Targaryen’s, who’s story was weak in the book as well but that is more in part to the strong story of hers from the first book, it doesn’t take off until the final episode which happened mid way though the book, but I was happy the way it ended because it starts to show how ruthless a leader she will end up becoming. Tyrion is by far the strongest character and my person favorite and he was given the most time and he was able to make some slow episode fantastic. I found his storyline compelling because he didn’t want to make the same mistakes that the previous hands had made and he was the sole reason that the men rallied to fight for King’s Landing when the king chickened out and ran but it all came to an end when he was nearly killed and demoted from his role as hand of the king but I would really like to see where he will go in the next season.

There is a lot that I am going to miss out on reviewing because I wanna keep this as short as possible while covering the more important things since I have been lazy and not reviewed any episode since the third one. One final thing the ending of the season was much better than the first because we finally get to see the threat behind the Wall that was teased in the pilot and man was it awesome. There is nothing like seeing a massive zombie horde, lead by White Walkers on undead horses, though the snow towards the Night’s Watch it was a good way to end it for now and will be great to see the consequences that it makes and how they end up taking it in the beginning of next season.

2 thoughts on “Game of Thrones Season 2 Review”

  1. Poor Tyrion, no one except Varys appreciate everything he’s done. It’s probably not really surprising, though, he’s made too many enemies in King’s Landing, in his effort to do the right thing. I’m really, really fascinated by Stannis, but the whole “you’re the Lord’s chosen” thing is worrying. How far would he be willing to go to achieve his goal?

    1. I agree with you completely about Tyrion, his story was very well done and it is a shame to see it end the way it did. Being a fan of the books I know goes to some pretty far depth but he is in it for the realm and helps the kingdoms the best that he can.

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