*** This review contains Game of Thrones season 2 spoilers ***
So it ends as it did in season one of A Game of Thrones: Danaerys Taergaryan shows herself in all her glory as the Mother of Dragons. After several episodes of whining and bitching and going around in some weird couture that didn’t strike me as fitting the last remaining Blood of the Dragon and a Dothraki Kaleesi, Daenerys Stormborn foreshadows what is to come in book five of A Song of Ice and Fire, A Dance of Dragons.
But does George R. R. Martin stop there? No he keeps going because he is awesome. Dragons, knights, sorcerers, dire wolves, faceshifting ninja assassins, and now, brace yourself: Bloody f**ing zombies. I ask you, has there ever a been fantasy series that just plain has it all?
No. There hasn’t
So at the end of Season Two of HBO’s flagship series, here’s where we’re at:
-Catelyn Stark releases Jamie Lannister to negotiate her daughters’ release at King’s Landing (she doesn’t know that Arya isn’t there because Littlefinger lied. As usual.). She sends Brienne of Tarth as his escort.
-Rob Stark, King of the North, has married Talisa instead of the daughter of Walder Frey, like he promised.
-Tyrion is no longer the Hand of the King, and he has just learned that Sersei tried to have him killed in battle
-Danaerys is about to cross the narrow sea to Westeros
-Geoffrey Baratheon announces he will make Margery Tyrell, the wife of his uncle Renly Baratheon and sister of Laurus Tyrell, Renly’s lover, his queen instead of Sansa
-Theon Greyjoy is taken back to his homeland of Pike as a prisoner by his own men
-Stannis Baratheon sees a vision that Melisandre shows him in the fire, which we assume is his ultimate victory
-Jon Snow has killed Quorin Halfhand, a brother of the Night’s Watch, and is now being taken to the King Beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder, who is poised to attack the South
-The Whitewalkers are here and so is the Long Winter
Lesson: Maniacs get knocked the hell out.
And here’s what’s coming in Book 3: A Feast For Crows.
-Arya Stark (my favorite character) goes to Bravos to learn to be a Faceless Man.
-Say goodbye to some major players in the Stark and Lannister families
-Shae’s stock plummets drastically
-Danaerys Taergaryan gets herself an army and becomes ten times more awesome (it’s possible)
-Littlefinger helps Sansa escape
-There’s a new ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.
Why so serious, guys?
Just some of the Major Differences Between the Book and the Series:
1. Jon Snow kills Quorin Halfhand – In the book it’s Ghost, Jon’s dire wolf, who kills Quorin,
saving Jon in the nick of time in a battle staged by Quorin
2. Daenerys’s dragons are stolen and she is betrayed by her own and Kal Drogo makes a comeback
3. Tywin Lannister saves Gendry Baratheon (Robert’s bastard) and Arya Stark, making her his cupbearer
4. The Battle of Blackwater Bay – Tyrion used wildfire chucked from catapults and a massive chain to wipe out Stannis’ fleet
To read all the changes made to A Clash of Kings, go here.
So begins the year long wait until season 3 is completed. Gives me time to catch up on my reading of the truly epic A Song of Ice and Fire. I hope I can last the long winter.
The lack of skin moisturizer was a pain in Winterfell.
How about you? What did you think of the season finale? Post your comments below!
A Song of Ice & Fire: A Clash of Kings (Game of Thrones season 2 finale review)