Game of Thrones: Season 2 Review

My great rewatch in anticipation of the final season of Game of Thrones continues!  On to season 2!

Season 2 surely falls the farthest short of its source material.  Books 4 and 5 are markedly weaker than the first three.  Season 1 and seasons 3 and 4 (splitting the adaptation of A Storm of Swords) do their source material considerable justice.  It’s easy to forget that A Clash of Kings is just a hair’s breadth below A Game of Thrones and A Storm of Swords.  Especially given the weakness of season 2.

The show writers are more confident, generally not to great effect.  We get the start of the interminable, seasons-long Theon torture porn sequence.  We get Robb’s unnecessary romantic sequence.  A strong book arc for Dany is replaced with Dany yells a lot (“I AM DAENERYS STORMBORN”).

One good change: putting Tywin and Arya together (even if multiple things about it don’t make senses).

As in the book, Tyrion carries the story.

The Battle of Blackwater Bay starts a grand Game of Thrones tradition of eschewing realism and tactics (draw your bows and now hold for the next several minutes is a great pet peeve of mine) in favor of spectacle.  I can’t say they’re wrong.  It’s one hell of a preview of what we will see as the budget chains slowly come off.

At the end of the day, Dany’s storyline is disappointing and ends on a weak note.  Game of Thrones, like A Song of Ice and Fire, needs strong Dany storylines and suffers absent them.  But the Battle of the Blackwater builds on what would become a tradition of episode 9 wham episodes, and we are given the big battle set piece we were robbed of in season 1.  I’m not sure if it is matched for spectacle, although I am partial to the Battle of the Bastards and I am really partial to Hardhome.

There still aren’t enough ice zombies and dragons.

About H.P.

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8 Responses to Game of Thrones: Season 2 Review

  1. (draw your bows and now hold for the next several minutes is a great pet peeve of mine).
    Thank you.
    I also hate it when archers are commanded to “Fire!” Sheesh.

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