Game of Thrones (Season 2) Review
Hot on the heels of a very successful first season, Game of Thrones was back and with a 15% budget increase for quote “Battle Scenes” I was bouncing off walls. Although expecting greatness I did worry that we might see a Walking Dead style season 2 which might have killed me, luckily my fears were proven untrue and we got a stunning second season with great dialogue, new characters, battles and sword fights left right and centre and the war of the five kings well underway. You really see the budget increase in the battles but we also get to explore the world far more in season 2, with new locations such as North of the Wall, Qarth, Iron Islands and Casterly Rock. 11 More days till season 3 and I hope you all watch with me, Come on season 3!
Jaime: “Three victories don’t make you a conqueror” Robb: “It’s better than three defeats”
Warning! From Here On I Will Be Spoiling The Second Season For You!
Season 2 (2012) Overview
Season 2 spans several months on a world where the seasons last for years at a time. The Seven Kingdoms are at war, with the King in the North, Robb Stark, fighting to win independence for his people and those of the Riverlands. Robb decides that he must win the allegiance of the fiercely independent ironborn to his cause, and sends his best friend Theon Greyjoy to treat with his father, who is hatching plans of his own. Meanwhile, Joffrey Baratheon holds the Iron Throne with the backing of the powerful House Lannister, but his uncle Renly has also claimed the throne with the support of House Tyrell, whose armies are much larger. As they struggle for the throne, Tyrion Lannister arrives in King’s Landing to take matters in hand, only to face opposition from his scheming sister, Cersei, now the Queen Regent.
However, there is another faction entering the picture. Stannis Baratheon, Robert’s younger brother and Renly’s older, has also claimed the Iron Throne. A proven battle commander and veteran of several wars, Stannis is known to be utterly without mercy to his enemies and will do what is right even if it destroys him. Advising him is Melisandre, an enigmatic priestess from the east, who believes Stannis is meant for a greater destiny, and Ser Davos Seaworth, an honest and honorable man uneasy with the shifts in power at Stannis’ court.
Far to the east, Daenerys Targaryen has hatched the only three dragons in the world. Eventually they will grow into terrifying monsters capable of destroying cities at her command, but for now they are still hatchlings and vulnerable. With her khalasar gone, Daenerys and her small band of followers must find a way across a forbidding wasteland and find new allies to support her claim to the Iron Throne. In the distant north, the Night’s Watch has mounted an expedition beyond the Wall, searching for missing rangers and investigating rumours of wildlings gathering in the mountains. For Jon Snow this will be a rite of passage as he is asked to make difficult choices, for the realm and for himself.
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Joffrey really screwed the pooch in season 1. Not only is there a power vacuum caused by him becoming kind meaning war from the Baratheons, but taking the head of Ned Stark brings the whole of the north down on both kings landing and the Lannisters. WAR OF FIVE KINGS!!! Granted these scenes in westeros are great but we have other story lines that are just as interesting. Jon and the Crows going past The Wall to investigate the behaviour of the wildlings this was great. We got to see new characters and fantastic landscapes of what I think are Iceland. Daenery’s story in Qarth was both some of the best and worst of the series, when it was good we got the house of the undying and dragons, but at its worse it was boring with walking in the desert and lots of deals.
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Stannis Baratheon, Davos Seaworth, Melisandre, Jaqen H’ghar, Ygritte, Balon Greyjoy, Brienne of Tarth. All great new characters introduced in season 2. We even get more introductions to other characters that we already knew. Tyrion Lannister got a lot more to say in this season as hand to the king, all of the good scenes in kings landing had him involved. Black water, the angry mod, THE SLAP! Oh how I love that scene. John Snow and Ygritte showed more humour past the wall than I have seen in the whole of the north let alone in any of the female character, Ygritte favourite female character Ygritte: “I thought we were done but then he said TURN BACK AROUND” that line was so funny. Jamie Lannister was hysterical in this season, taking a break from kings landing is good for him. Tywin Lannister and Arya Stark did some great scenes together and I think it was a brilliant way to get the Lannister point of view in the war. Theon Greyjoy was annoying and had a crazy change of character but I did enjoy him getting betrayed during his speech, damn funny stuff.
Now we come to the visuals. Boy howdy look at all these fights and battles. The visuals that made the first season so great are back with great CGI, practical effects, costumes and global locations used for shoots. The CGI is used very subtly and only when necessary, the most common CGI shots you will see are of the grand cities set in the fantasy world such as Kings Landing and Winterfell. The practical effects are amazing though, we have a lot of violence but from what I can tell most of the injuries and wounds are all practical and look perfect. The costumes by far are the best I have ever seen in a fantasy anything, the way people dress changes so dramatically from one place to another it really feels like we are being taken to another world. Next we have the armour and weapons which are clearly custom made for the series and made using metals which adds to the realism of characters, actually better looking than most films showing any medieval armour.
The Battle of Blackwater Bay was this series jewel on the crown, stunning visuals, great action, and the first true battle scene of the series. They did well for a full battle scene. You very rarely get an actual battle scene in a TV series. I didn’t quite know what to expect but when I saw those ships getting blown up with wildfire it was shocking. Those CGI shots where blockbuster worthy really cool. The fighting on the beach was fantastic, men on fire, arrows through eyes, even the hound runs from the battle field. Tyrion kicks ass cutting men down and keeping the victory out of Stannis’s hands. Tywin comes in to save the day but from what I remember of the story Stannis will be back with a vengeance. Can’t wait, bring on season 3!
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