TV REVIEW: Game of Thrones Season 2 Episode 4 – Garden of Bones

Joffrey shows us an even meaner streak this week, Baelish represents Tyrion Lannister in the Stormlands and Arya’s identity may be uncovered.

There was a lovely pace to this week’s episode of Game of Thrones. There has often been too much going on in any one episode for the audience to take it all in, but this week was just perfect.

Let’s start at the beginning. Joffrey hears of an attack on a Lannister camp, and decides to punish Sansa for her brother’s actions. As well as this, he forces two prostitutes to be incredibly cruel to one another for his amusement. It is sometimes easy to forget that Joffrey really is a despicable little weasel, but when watching him threaten his bride to be with a crossbow, it is all too easy to remember. Jack Gleeson is obviously enjoying the fact that he gets to be so evil, and he does a great job with the character, although many haters of the Lannisters will be happy to see him get his comeuppance.

Tyrion is playing games with the small Council again, not only did he save Sansa from Joffrey and send the prostitutes to his nephew, but he has sent Lord baelish to the Stormlands, where he confesses his love for Catelyn Stark and returns her husbands body to her with the offer of trading her daughters for Jamie Lannister. Tyrion also discovers the fact that his sister is sleeping with the King’s squire and, in return for information, agrees not to tell Joffrey. Tyrion is playing a dangerous game, but seems to be winning… For now.

All is not well in the Stormlands, not only is Baelish aware that King Renly’s marriage is not all it is made out to be, but Stannis Baratheon tells his brother that anyone who does not stand with him is his enemy. Stannis’s dalliance with the red Woman is finally bearing fruit, and she gives birth to an assassin who may turn the war in the Baratheon’s favour. Magic is becoming more and more prevalent in Game of Thrones, and the shadowy creature that emerges from the Red Woman’s womb is proof of this. The battle is going to be an interesting one to watch now that there is an element of the supernatural involved.

Arya and Gendry are hedging their bets in the fortress of Harrenhal; a settlement, which has seen the devastating power of dragon’s fire and in which they are prisoners. Tywin Lannister turns up just in time to save Gendry from torture and immediately sees through Arya’s disguise and takes her in to be his cupbearer. This is bound to be a dangerous situation of Arya seeing as the Lannisters are out looking for her and have no idea that Gendry is still alive. There is also mention of a mysterious brotherhood, about which no one knows anything. This is bound to be another twist in the battle for the Iron Throne.

Speaking of dragons, Daenerys and the Dolthraki that she is Queen of arrive at the city of Quarth, who agree to take her in in return for a glimpse of the dragons. We finally get to see Daenerys riled up again as she fights for her people, and one of the ruling Thirteen vouch for her to be allowed refuge.

In all, this was a nicely paced episode of Game of Thrones; there was still more than enough going on to move the story forward, but nuance was not lost in a sea of dialogue. Each of the players grows stronger by the week, and the Lannister hold on the throne is slowly slipping. War is definitely coming, although it is not entirely clear who will be on whose side when the battle finally starts, and this is what makes Game of Thrones so fascinating and compelling to watch.

GS Reviewer: Brogen Hayes

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