TV REVIEW: Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 2 – Dark Wings, Dark Words

Our catch up with the inhabitants of Westeros and the surrounding areas continues; Catelyn’s father has died, meaning the Starks are now on their way to Riverrun for the funeral, Bran encounters someone who can shed light on his mysterious dreams and Arya Stark continues her quest to be reunited with her family.

If last week gave us a quick round up of the events after the battle, then this week’s episode of Game of Thrones gives us a more in depth look at the fall out of the failed revolution. Bran and company are still on the run, but they meet the mysterious Jojen and Meera Reed, who have been searching for them since Jojen dreamed of Ned’s death. It turns out that Bran may be a Warg; someone who can put see through the eyes of an animal, which explains all the insightful dreams he has been having. Jojen is played by a very grown up Thomas Brodie Sangster, who has already brought a depth and weight to the role, it will definitely be interesting to see how this new development can help the scattered Stark family.

Catelyn talks with Talisa – the woman who Robb’s bannerman believe will be his undoing – and, in a powerful and revealing monologue, explains how she believes all the suffering brought on the family is as a result of her inability to love Jon Snow when he was a baby. This may seem a bit far-fetched in our world, but since Game of Thrones has always had a hint of magic, it could well be the case. At worst, it is an interesting idea and a glimpse into Catelyn as a character.

Brienne and Jaime are still carrying on their journey. He consistently antagonises her, until he manages to take her sword. They fight, but the squabble is interrupted by a surprise envoy who has yet to prove themselves friend or foe. Joffrey is his usual hateful self; he belittles his mother as usual and in an oddly sexually charged scene, shows Margaery how to use his new crossbow. We know from conversations between Margaery, her mother Olenna – brilliantly played by Diana Rigg – and Sansa, that Margaery is all too aware of Joffrey’s true nature, but we also know that the future queen is cunning enough to turn this to her advantage. It seems that Sansa has finally found some sanctuary in this family, and Joffrey may have met his match.

As well as all of this, Theon is being tortured to find out why he attacked Winterfell, Robb learns more about the methods of the King Beyond the Wall, Tyrion shows his tender side when Shae voices her concerns about Baelish and Sansa, and Arya is finally recognised when she meets Thoros of Myr.

Another slow episode of Game of Thrones, but the foundations are being laid for another strong season. The threads that ran through the last season are being tied off one by one, but new ones are being brought in all the time. It is great to see Bran move to the centre of the story and there is little doubt that Jojen will play a big role in the next stage of development for the younger Stark. As well as this, learning more about Catelyn can only be a good thing, and seeds of mistrust are sprouting all over the place as Baelish, Jaime, Margaery and Sansa’s roles shift and change. This may have been a slightly messy episode of Game of Thrones, but it allows all the players to move into position for another treacherous and betrayal filled season.

Rating: 3.5/5
GS Reviewer: Brogen Hayes

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