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Top Ten Best Bits From Game of Thrones Season Two

By on June 4, 2012
Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon Image © HBO

Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon Image © HBO

By Jamie Krakover

Game of Thrones’ second season featured so many moments that left audiences stunned, wowed and otherwise amazed as we scrambled to keep up with an ever growing cast of characters and branching story lines. Through it all, there were some truly great game changing moments in the season which we know are sure to lead to an interesting and eventful season three. Check out our top ten list (we could have easily featured twenty) of the season’s best bits!

 

1. Theon Greyjoy takes Winterfell

In his attempt to prove his worth, Theon conquers Winterfell and puts Bran and Rickon Stark on the run. Later in an effort to prove his power, he fakes the deaths of the youngest Starks. In the end he fails to rule effectively. He doesn’t have the strength, intelligence, or loyalty from his own men to maintain control. This is certain to lose him favor with his father and sister and will keep him from a position of power for quite some time.

 

2. Brienne swears fealty to Lady Stark

Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth and Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark Image © HBO

This is a huge moment for Brienne as she deviates from her original agenda by agreeing to help Lady Stark. It also gives Catelyn an unexpected ally in a time of need. It’s a shame Brienne didn’t stick around long enough to see the Starks through their war. And if Jaime Lannister breaks free of her grasp, the balance of power is sure to tip.

 

3. Joffrey gets slapped…again

Joffrey may wear the crown but Cersei certainly wears the pants and pulls the strings around King’s Landing. Cersei has proven time and again she will take matters into her own hands and will do what is necessary to secure her place in the court. Plus audiences never get tired of seeing Joffrey get what he deserves.

 

4. Arya orders deaths

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark and Tom Wlaschiha as Jaqen H’ghar Image © HBO

Even though the first orders were in the scope of self preservation, this rips away Arya’s innocence. She develops a lust for blood and shows hints of enjoying the pursuit. Her next step is to find her family, but now she probably won’t hesitate to kill to get what she wants. We may see much less heart from her in the future when it comes to enemies.

 

5. Jon Snow gets entangled with Ygritte

Not only does Jon Snow’s involvement with Ygritte lead to his capture, but it allows for the capture of other Night’s Watch members, endangering them and causing unnecessary death. His time with Ygritte also proves he has a soft spot for the fiery wildling. Seeing as he’s not allowed to act on love, this could make his service to the Night’s Watch complicated, and Jon is sure to become more entangled in the king of the north’s politics. Maybe he should have killed Ygritte when he had the chance.

 

6. Tywin Lannister saves Kings Landing

At Joffrey’s weakest hour, grandad Tywin swoops in and saves the day. This secures Joffrey’s place on the throne and brings most of the Lannister’s back together. If Tywin hadn’t returned, Stannis or any of the others vying for the iron throne would have had a shoe in to steal it. Now it will take more than an army to dethrone Joffrey, a notion that will add to his arrogance and overconfidence.

 

7. Tyrion falls in love

This act alone stemming out of season one, makes Tyrion vulnerable. Cersei has already tried to take advantage of this weakness. Tyrion fooled her once by leading her to the wrong woman, but she’s already suspicious of his real love, Shae. Cersei will monopolize on this in the future if she uncovers the truth. Plus she’ll be seeking revenge for Tyrion sending off her only daughter. Now that he is physically injured, he’s in an even more vulnerable position.

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister and Sibel Kekilli as Shae Image © HBO

8. Jaime Lannister slips through Robb Stark’s fingers

This moment is a huge turning point for Robb. He’s understandably upset about the loss of his high profile prisoner and in his anger starts making decisions for himself rather than the good of his people and army. He ignores a promised betrothal and weds another in love. The fallout of this relationship is sure to take hold in season three, possibly causing the loss of allies over his decision to not uphold the deal he struck. Not to mention if Jaime gets free from Brienne’s hold, the Starks will have an additional enemy to thwart.

 

9. Daenerys loses her dragons

The theft of her children sends Daenerys on a dangerous quest to find them. She doesn’t stop until they are safely returned to her. Daenerys’ reaction to the loss of her dragons proves that she has weakness and this leaves her vulnerable to future threats. On a huge positive note, Daenerys’ search for her dragons surprisingly brings back Khal Drogo. Even if it was a hallucination, it was good to see them together again and this renewed her strength as a leader. When she finally finds her dragons, she unleashes some nasty fire and vengeance, which is sure to be the beginning of something much bigger.

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen Image © HBO

 

10. Joffrey agrees to marry another

This new betrothal does many things for Joffrey and his position. First, it adds another family’s support to his already large network. He’s found a mate that he actually wants to be with which means we can expect heirs in the future. Margaery appears to be an opportunist and does this better than Sansa ever could, opening the door for more scheming and backstabbing. Lastly it leaves Sansa in a very precarious position. Joffrey has taken away her station of power but has maintained his hold on her freedom. Sansa is in for a very bumpy ride if Littlefinger does no follow through on his promise to help her back to Winterfell and her family.

With so many surprises and great moments this year, season three is sure to be equally if not more intense than season two. So what did you think of season two? What are your favorite moments and what are you most looking forward to in season three?

One Comment

  1. brianhen

    June 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    You hit a lot of them. Anything with Daenerys and the babies is going to be my favorite, and I also think when Tyrion is on screen, he dominates the action. He is that good. I am also quite fond of the eunuch. His scheming has a certain edge of humanity. It was an excellent season, and a little worried about all those zombies and zombie horses (!) converging on the wall. Should be fun next season! Walking Dead meets Game of Thrones! woo too!