SPOILERS BEWARE. This post is going to be heaving with Game of Thrones, S04E02 spoilers. If you haven’t seen this episode yet, do not read!
Episode 2 was a cracker, it really was. We got to see some juicy content for the world of Westeros and were present at the second colour themed wedding of the series. However, before we get to the grand finale of this episode, let’s have a look at who else we saw.
First of, Reek. Theon Greyjoy’s new identity and life, we have a glimpse at what Ramsay has done to him. I must say, it is a shame that Reek is still so… ‘normal’ looking. In the books, Ramsay really messes Theon up. He is pretty much unrecognizable. His hair has fallen out, what he has left is grey and brittle, he is missing most of his teeth, his skin is grayed and wrinkled, he can barely walk and he is emaciated beyond recognition. Obviously, the costume and make-up department has it’s limits, I just personally feel that the way Reek looks in the show really doesn’t pay enough attention to how changed Theon truly is. Here’s hoping that it turns into a series long transformation.
However, what we do see is his interactions with House Bolton. I really enjoyed seeing Ramsay and Roose’s exchange at the Dreadfort. You can really tell just how eager Ramsay is to prove himself as being a Bolton. Remember, at the minute he is simply a bastard. We also get to see just how obedient Reek has become, following every order of his new master.
Leaving the Dreadfort behind, we get to have a glimpse, finally, of Jaime and Tyrion having a nice quiet dinner. I think it is really great finally getting a chance to see these two on screen together. Out of all of the insufferable Lannisters, Jaime is the one who Tyrion respects and gets on with the most. We also get to see Jaime let his guard down on how he feels about his missing hand. What does Tyrion do in response? Gives us one of the best decisions the directors have made.
A Game of Thrones shall hereby be renamed to A Game of Bros, namely, Bronn and Jaime.
My goodness, casting Bronn as Jaime’s new sparring partner was brilliant. In the books Ilyn Payne, the King’s Justice, the one who took Ned’s head, is Jaime’s partner. This is great in the books as we see a lot of what Jaime has to say and think about his situation without having to mind his tongue, pardon the pun. However, in the series, the two characters of Jaime and Bronn will bounce off each other brilliantly. It also gives us a lot more screen time with Bronn, as, judging from the books, he didn’t have a lot of time left at King’s Landing.
And now, after waiting for so long, we come across the Wedding of the century. Red Wedding is yesterday’s news, today we celebrate the union of Baratheon/Lannister and Tyrell, the purplest of weddings!
First off, presents. Tyrion, being the scholarly badass he is, gives Joffrey a book. Now, that’s a big deal. Books are hard to come by, there are no printing companies or book stores, everything is hand written and usually rather rare. Does Joffrey care? Of course not. As soon as he gets his nice shiny sword the book is as good as gone. What a little shit.
A little wedding break and we cut to Shae and Tyrion. Thank the Gods, she is finally gone. Honestly, Shae and Tyrion is such an annoying combination in this series. Shae is such an insufferable idiot who cannot see the obviousness of how precarious her position is. She just does not understand that, no matter how much she loves Tyrion, it will not stop the blade that will inevitably be cutting off her head. I think Tyrion was brilliant in this scene, you can really see that he just does not want to do what he is doing, forcing his own hand in order to protect the one he loves, he can barely look at her. However, something tells me this isn’t the last we shall see of Shae…
Next up, Bran. We can really see his Warg powers rapidly progressing. He and Summer now are extremely adept at the skin changing. He is beginning to realise just how easy it is to live the life of a Dire wolf. Escaping from his harsh and bleak reality to run in the wilds, hunting and fighting. The most important part of Bran’s scene has to be the prophecy. He see’s visions of the past, Ned in the black cells and himself falling from the tower and visions of potential futures, the dragon over Kings Landing and the derelict throne room. The key part of the vision, however, was the Weirwood on the hillside, his new destination.
Back to the wedding, and Joffrey and Margerey are finally joined together. We have some brilliant scenes in this wedding, Tywin and Olenna’s exchange is brilliant. For such a militant diplomat, Tywin truly has met his match with the Queen of Thorns. She is brilliant! I also think it great seeing Cersei realise her power is finally wanaing. Now there is a new Queen, Cersei is nothing but the Mother of the King, and she fully exploits what little power she has left. Trying to win over both the common folk and nobles in Joffrey’s name, Margery donates the leftovers to the poor of the city. Cersei’s response? Nope. Throw it away. But even that is not enough, she chews out Brienne, probably the most badass of the lot, for her feelings for Jaime. What a shit.
The clash of the two brothers is also brilliant. Loras delivers a brilliant one liner, mirroring what most of Westeros have been thinking. When talking about the upcoming marriage between Cersei and Loras, Jaime says
“If you were to marry Cersei she would murder you in your sleep. If you somehow manage to put a child in her first, she would murder him too, long before his first breath. Luckily for you, none of this will happen because you will never marry”
“And neither will you” – Loras
OUCH! Apply water to the burn, Jaime
However, the greatest wedding exchange has to be the quasi-boxing match tag team.
In the red corner; Cersei Lannister and Tywin Lannister!
The conversation between these two is brilliant, changing blow for blow, getting low punches and the high hits. Oberyn commenting on the Dornish lack of prejudcie whilst also reminding them “Hey, we have your daughter. And we remember what you did to my sister and her daughter extremely well, so be careful”. I cannot tell you how happy I am to finally have the Martells involved, they really can give the Lannisters a run for their money.
Finally, we come to the main act. Joffrey, being the idiot he is, presents probably the most distasteful thing to present at a wedding. Everyone is uncomfortable, everyone knows how much of a shit Joffrey is, and Joffrey loves it. Yet no one can do or say a thing. Especially Sansa who has probably been dealt one of the worst hands on the show. Joffrey is such a shit.
Especially after his performance with Tyrion. How humiliating. Tyrion takes it like a beast. He knows Joffrey’s intentions and he knows how to react. Yet, this isn’t enough. The wine pouring, the cup bearer, Joffrey is intent on chewing out Tyrion until he can chew no more. Even Margery’s attempts at cooling down the situation fall on deaf ears. Not even the pie can save the day. Do you know what does? Poison.
Lovely, tasty, choking poison. Only the best poison will do. It’s a good job someone poisoned his drink, huh?
The final act, the one everyone has been waiting for. The death of the true mad king, the death of Joffrey.
No matter how much the character was hated, we all have to applaud Jack Gleeson, the actor, for his outstanding performance.
The episdoe ends with Joffrey, the former King of Westeros, choking to death, his arm outstretched towards Tyrion.
The real question is, who done it?
So there we have it. The episode I have been waiting for for a very long time. I must admit, it was not as good as I had created it in my mind, but it was still very very good. What did you think of this episode? Who do you think killed Joffrey? Let me know in the comments!