Game of Thrones Season 2

A few days ago, HBO released an official trailer for Game of Thrones season 3. The dragons are finally flying. Wooohoo! 😀 Although, I still like last year’s trailer better, probably because the song “Seven Devils” by Florence and the Machines had more impact. But that’s just me.

Anyway, because the premiere of season 3 is just around the corner, I thought I’d post something here in memory of the awesomeness of season 2.

5 Most Memorable Scenes

Last year, HBO’s Game of Thrones rolled out plenty of impressive episodes. The cinematography was unbelievable, there were a slew of stunning landscape shots, i.e. the North beyond the Wall, Harrenhal. The characters/actors gave great performances, most notably Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister. The pacing was good, some episodes were a bit dragging, but understandable due to the need for character development. There were a lot of major changes though, some were good, i.e. the Tywin-Arya dynamic, Shae-Tyrion development, Joffrey’s sadism, but some I didn’t care for, i.e. Robb-Talisa (Jeyne Westerling?) love story, Margaery Tyrell, and most especially Daenerys’ entire story line. She’s NOT supposed to lose her bloodriders, she’s NOT supposed to lose Irri, Jiqui, and Doreah like that, and her “test” at the House of the Undying was supposed to be prophetic and awesome, although I still liked the “Dracarys” scene, the stunning views of The Throne Room and The Wall, and the last(?) adieu to shekh ma shieraki anni Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa).

But despite some changes and slight issues with pacing and storyboard, season 2 is still proof that sequels can overthrow their predecessors. Cheers, HBO!

So now, here are the scenes worth remembering:

WARNING: SPOILERS! SPOILERS EVERYWHERE!

5. A Drunk Queen

Oh Cersei, my brotherfucking golden-haired Queen!

In each episode, I like her more and more. The books’ Cersei is cunning, calculating, vain. In the show, she’s all those things and more! Lena’s portrayal is certainly something I can’t complain about, plus the fact that SHE IS ALWAYS GORGEOUS!

Lena Headey Cersei Lannister Game of Thrones
Blondes do have more fun!

The 9th episode became more than just the Battle of Blackwater, it was drama—and our little whore queen carried much of it. We got to see a side of her that was only slightly revealed from her intimate conversation with King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) and the awkward is-this-the-price-we-pay-for-our-sins moment with her brother Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage). Despite the drunken slur of her words, she reveals her frustrations and insecurities.

Memorable lines from the scene:

“The gods have no mercy, that’s why they’re gods.” -Cersei to Sansa

“Tears aren’t a woman’s only weapon. The best one’s between your legs. Learn how to use it. Drink.” -Cersei to Sansa

4. The Stoning of Joffrey

Finally! Someone threw actual shit at that pinhead little Joff (Jack Gleeson)! Sadly, HE LIVES! Aaaargh!

After sending Princess Myrcella Baratheon to Dorne, the royal family head back to the Red Keep, headed by Joffrey, Cersei, Tommen, and Tyrion, surrounded by the Gold Cloaks and Lannister knights. At first, the mob was throwing praises at Joffrey, but underneath that calm, a deep-seated hatred was simmering and came to a boil from a brave-hearted throw of cow dung. Yep, that’s right- SHIT! When prick-headed Joffrey yelled “Kill them! Kill them all!”, the mob broke loose of the guard lines, angry, clawing, screeching—more animals than humans.

Of course, that’s the poetic side of things. The funny side is that Joffrey gets a bitch slap from Tyrion. Oh no he didn’t!

Jack Gleeson Joffrey Baratheon Game of Thrones
Damnit!

The dark side is, our little dove Sansa (Sophie Turner) outnumbered and cornered by rapists. It was an edge-of-the-seat-gripping-moment for me. I thought HBO would really cross the line and have a little girl, well actually not so little, be brutally raped or murdered.

But they didn’t. Sandor “The Hound” Clegane (Rory McCann) came to the rescue and literally spilled some guts on the floor.

But still, Joffrey gets a slap! Twice!Hurray! 😀

Memorable lines from the scene:

“And now I slapped a King. Did my hand fall from my wrist?” -Tyrion to Joffrey

““One day I pray you love someone. I pray you love her so much that when you close your eyes you see her face. I want that for you. I want you to know what it’s like to love someone — to truly love someone — before I take her from you.” -Cersei to Tyrion *shivers*

3. Dracarys

I was always rooting for Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), not only because I have a lesbian crush on her, but because of her dragons. Face it—dragons are game changers!

Dragons brought back magic into the GoT universe, so much so that it revived the power of the warlocks of Qarth, which means that they must have the dragons, and our khaleesi, to stay powerful. But Dany has other plans. Even tempted with the Iron Throne or her beloved Khal, she still persists on seeing her babies. On a sidenote: the visuals were stunning, especially the ash/snow-ridden throne room of the Red Keep.

When she does find her babies chained, she does what an angry mother would do—unleash her wrath. And lo and behold, dracarys! Fire! Fire everywhere! Ominous music everywhere! Awesomeness everywhere!

Daenerys Targaryen Emilia Clarke Game of Thrones
I will take what is mine with fire and blood.

This is why I’m rooting for Daenerys.

The look her dragons gave her is somewhat amusing, like they were saying “Please mommy, can we burn the bad man?” Love it. 😀

Memorable lines from the scene:

“Ma ishish anha zajje emralat Rhaeshis Ajjalani oma yeroon. Ishish anha ast Vezhofaan memé jifo hilee ma anha jad jinnaan haji ayolat yera.” –Drogo to Daenerys

Translation: “Or maybe I refused to enter the Night Lands without you. Maybe I told the Great Stallion to go fuck himself and came back here to wait for you.”

“Dracarys!”

2. Wildfire

The Battle of Blackwater capped off an impressive execution to season 2.

In the books, this battle was heart poundingly nail bitingly epic. And indeed it was EPIC!

I won’t go into the rest of the details because one post is not enough to describe The Battle of Blackwater.

Obviously, we didn’t know what the wildfire actually looked like. We knew that the ship was filled with it, and they were going to use it to decapitate Stannis’ army. As the pigshit ship drew nearer, I could hear my own heart beat in my ears. And when Bronn (Jerome Flynn) lit his arrow and fired, and the flaming arrow descended upon them, I was squinting my eyes. I’m glad I did.

What happened next was BOOM! Green fire everywhere. Even the people ashore, Tyrion, Joffrey, and the soldiers had to cover their eyes because of so much AWESOMENESS!

Battle of Blackwater Wildfire Game of Thrones
KABOOOM!!!

I have nothing against Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dilane) but admit it, the man is not the least bit likeable. He’s as charming as the chair I’m sitting on right now. And kudos to the production team for successfully using CGI to create the epic green blast! 😀

Memorable lines from the scene:

“Don’t fight for a king. Don’t fight for his kingdoms. Don’t fight for honor, don’t fight for glory, don’t fight for riches, because you won’t get any. This is your city Stannis means to sack. That’s your gate he’s ramming. If he gets in it will be your house that burns. Your gold he steals, your women he rapes. Those are brave men knocking at our door. Let’s go kill them!” -Tyrion to the soldiers

” F*ck the Kingsguard. F*ck the city. F*ck the king.” -Sandor to Tyrion

*dialogue*

Varys: I’ve always hated the bells. They ring for horror. A dead king, a city under siege…
Tyrion: A wedding.
Varys: Exactly.

1. The Return of the Whitewalkers

“One blast is for Rangers. Two blasts for Wildlings. Three for White Walkers.” Nuff said.

Of course, Game of Thrones isn’t complete without some cliffhanger. And boy were we thrown a huge dog bone with this one, so huge in fact that I thought I accidentally pressed the remote and was watching The Walking Dead. But the HBO logo was still at the corner.

The return of the White Walkers meant only one thing: shit just got serious!

Political struggles, family feuds, economic crises, warfare—none of it mattered. What people should be concerned about are the White Walkers and their army of the undead slowly marching south.

White Walkers Game of Thrones
Sup?

When that horseback-struttin’ White Walker dude stared at Samwell Tarly (John Bradley-West) with frigid pale blue eyes, I shit myself right there and then. 😀

Memorable line from the scene:

“Ruuuuuuuun!”

So there you have it. My list of the top five most memorable or AWESOME scenes from Game of Thrones season 2. What do you think? Is it the same with yours? Lemme know in the comments. 🙂

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