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TV Review: ‘Game of Thrones’ – ‘Two Swords’

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Beyond The Wall, Ygritte is crafting arrow after arrow, most likely imagining them in her ex-lover’s back (or leg or arm, for that matter).  Tormund Giantsbane, ever the observer, asks if she plans on killing all of the crows herself.  She counters by wondering when they plan to march on Castle Black, although she uses more colorful language.  Tormund tells her that he’s waiting for Mance’s orders so they don’t walk into an ambush of a thousand men, according to Jon Snow.  When Ygritte says that Jon is a liar, Tormund notices the tense used and wonders why she doesn’t speak of Jon in the past.  Tormund, who knows how keen a shot Ygritte is with an arrow states “if that boy is still walking, it’s because you let him go.”  Just then, scouts signal that someone’s coming.  Turns out the Thenns are joining Mance and his crew in the war on the Night’s Watch.  The Thenns, however, are cannibals and are truly looking forward to having a bit of crow.  Okay then.

Kit Harington

Kit Harington

At Castle Black, Jon Snow, recovered from his wounds, is on trial for his fake allegiance to the Wildlings and the “murder” of Qhorin Halfhand.  In front of exiled Janos Slynt, Maester Aemon and Alliser Thorne, Jon explains what happened while he was with the Wildlings.  As usual, no one but Maester Aemon wants to hear what he says, although Jon is talking more than usual.  Jon informs the men that Mance has 100,000 men at his command, which gives Thorne pause.  Slynt, still smarting from his exile by Tyrion, puffs his chest and says that he commanded the City Watch at King’s Landing, to which Jon retorts, “and now you’re here.  You must not have been very good at your job.”  Burn!  Jon gets to keep his head for another day thanks to Maester Aemon, who assures Thorne that he was telling the truth.  When asked how the Maester is so sure of Jon’s truthfulness, Aemon replies, “I grew up in King’s Landing.”

As her wedding gets closer, Lady Margaery is prepping for the big day with her grandmother, Lady Olenna.  Brienne arrives to speak with Margaery, who reveals that Renley Baratheon was murdered by “a shadow with the face of Stannis Baratheon,” Renley’s older brother.  Whether Margaery believes her or not doesn’t matter.  Joffrey is the King now and she is to be married to him in a fortnight. 

Jack Gleeson

Jack Gleeson

Speaking of the Brat King, Joffrey is busy strutting around like a spoiled peacock, ignoring Jaime as he discusses plans for his protection during the wedding.  Of course, Joffrey finds a way to dig into his uncle for his absence.  When Jaime apologizes for being “rather busy” while he was away, right on queue, the Brat King says, “busy getting captured.”  Of course.  Joffrey then flips through the Book of Brothers, rehashing great deeds of past King’s Guards.  When he gets to Jaime’s page, he “innocently” points out lack of deeds in Jaime’s chapter.  When his uncle states that there is still time, just like in real life, the Brat assumes that things pretty much stop at forty, as they will for Jaime.  Really, how does anyone not punch Jack Gleeson in the face after every take?  That kid is just awful, meaning he’s fantastic at portraying Joffrey.

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