TV REVIEW: Game of Thrones Season 2 Episode 6 – The Old Gods and the New

Winterfell falls to Theon Greyjoy, the people of King’s Landing finally turn against Joffrey and the Lannisters and Daenerys discovers that gaining support in Quarth is more difficult than she thought.

When last we saw Bran and the inhabitants of Winterfell, they had just heard that a neighbouring town was being attacked. This week, Theon Greyjoy has managed to sack his former home and declare himself Winterfell’s king. Of course there is opposition to this, but Theon quickly dispenses of those who do not accept him as their leader. Theon Greyjoy has been struggling with his identity and his position in his father’s house ever since he was sent back to the Iron Islands. Yes, this is a strong move on his part, but it not going to be one that the people of Winterfell take to kindly or one that his father will accept as a win… Mainly because he grew up in Winterfell and knew the city’s strengths and weaknesses, and it is not very difficult to take control of a stronghold governed by a child and whose armies are away. It looks as though Osha may be the support that Bran is looking for, as she quickly turns against Theon and his guards.

After waving goodbye to Marcella, who is off to be married due to Tyrion’s meddling and scheming, the Lannisters are attacked by angry inhabitants of King’s Landing. Of course Joffrey deals with this in his usual hot-headed manner, which leads to the mob responding in kind. Most escape unharmed, but Sansa is separated from the group and cornered. Bronn saves her from being sexually assaulted and Tyrion finally calls Joffrey on his attitude. If there was anyone who was going to give Joffrey as good as he got, it was Tyrion. Even with Cersei’s threat to destroy someone he loves hanging over his head, Tyrion sees fit to take his nephew down a peg or two and remind the petulant child that his behaviour is unacceptable. It was about time someone did this, and no-one better than Tyrion. One thing is for sure though, Joffrey is not going to take this kindly.

Daenerys asks the various ‘kings’ of Quarth to support her quest to take the seven kingdoms and sail for King’s Landing, but finds this a lot more difficult than she would have liked. To add insult to injury, she finds her people murdered and her dragons stolen. Daenerys is a character who is sympathetic, but she is also her own worst enemy as she gets up on her high horse and insults those who slight her. In fact, as time goes on, she becomes more like her brother, and we all know what happened to him… Daenerys had this coming due to her haughty and dismissive ways, but there is a gentle soul inside her who the audience sympathises with. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Jon Snow and the others are out to destroy the Wildlings before they are destroyed themselves. Jon, however, runs into a spot of bother when he must dispatch a female Wildling. As he chases her down, he becomes further removed from his brothers in arms. It is clear that this relationship with a Wildling is going to change Jon’s perspective on the world and the war, but in which was is not quite clear… yet. Tywin and Arya are forming a bond that verges on father/daughter, but she is still very aware that he is her enemy. She manages to get herself into trouble while stealing information about her brother, and uses her second ‘death wish’ to save herself. As well as this, Robb Stark is still flirting with the healer even though he knows he is promised to another. Cat and Brienne arrive at the camp and discuss the best course of action regarding Winterfell.

This was a fantastic episode of Game of Thrones. Each of the stories moved on a little further, and the killings that happened on screen were some of the goriest we have seen yet. The threads holding the seven kingdoms are pulling ever tighter and the power struggles continue. It is becoming clear who the major players in this war are going to be, and they may not be the ones who would hope to be at the front. Game of Thrones creates a world of mystery and intrigue and reminds the audience of how truly great a TV show about power and influence can be.

GS Reviewer: Brogen Hayes

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One comment

  1. Jon /

    Bronn doesn’t save Sansa, the Hound does.

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