TV Review: “Game Of Thrones” Season Two!
As summer comes around, so goes the end of Game Of Thrones. The second season of the adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s sprawling medieval fantasy certainly upped the stakes, as well as the amount of characters taking up space on the show. Amazingly though, where many shows would crumble under the weight of so many characters and plotlines, somehow, someway the creative minds behind the series crafted a better season than the last.
Deftly juggling nearly a dozen characters, the second season of the show primarily focuses on the fallout from the death of Robert Baratheon, the king of the Seven Realms of Westeros. With his mad son Joffrey in charge, there are a multitude of people who believe that not only is Joffrey not a true heir to the throne, but that they have a right in it as well. Robert’s brothers Stannis and Renly feud among one another over who should get it, Robb, the son of Ned Stark (our protagonist from last season) believes he should overtake it, and then there’s Daeneryes, who is slowly trying to build an army an ocean away. Aside from all of this, there’s also Jon Snow, Stark’s son with another woman, who as part of the Night’s Watch, is in charge with protecting the realm from the creatures beyond the wall. Add to this bursting cast the Greyjoy family, who is hungry for the Stark controlled land of Winterfell, and you have quite the season.
With so many characters, it’s easy to think that they would all be lost in the shuffle. But if there’s one standout in the cast, it’s easily Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, the dwarf Hand Of The King for King Joffrey. Just like last season, Dinklage steals every scene he’s in, as his character runs circles around all others: scheming, plotting, and even protecting his family (in his own way as well). His speech in the episode detailing the “Battle Of Blackwater” is one of the best moments of the season.
However, there were some causalities to the amount of the characters this season. IF anyone got the short shrift, it was probably Daenerys, who many times didn’t appear in any episodes at all. I suppose her struggle to build up an army probably isn’t as exciting as the Stannis Baratheon’s plot to overtake King’s Landing, but for such a strong character, I really think she deserved a few more minutes of the screen time.
Regardless, this season of Game Of Thrones was still better than a lot of TV that’s out there currently, and I’m still awaiting season three with bated breath. My hope is that next season we’ll be given more than ten episodes, because while I haven’t read the rest of the book series yet, I get the feeling that the show runners are going to need a lot more time to keep these adaptations up to par.
VERDICT: 3 ½ Hound-killed soldier pieces out of 4