Posted 01 May 2012 - 11:26 AM
Well, the season is half over. A few thoughts:
Last episode, like each episode so far, was full of so many good conversations:
- the one between a determined Catelyn and a grieving Brienne who, you hope, suddenly realizes that Catelyn is giving her something that Renly never did
- another, of a series of endless, power struggle conversations between Tyrion and Cersei which Tyrion wins again handily and begins to make us wonder how stupid Cersei really is. She's really clever about hurting people and ... well, is that it?
- Arya latest conversation with the Lannister patriarch was my favorite conversation of the episode. He seems to be the guy where, ironically enough, Tyrion inherits his intelligence from, and he draws facts and insights from Arya that no one else has. And yet, she meets his gaze unflinching, looks him in the eye and lies, and shows something about herself far more interesting than all the other generals sitting in the room.
- The conversation between Daenerys and Ser Jorah reveals something more about their relationship, to her if not to the show's audience. I don't know if the revelation is that he's "in love with" her or that he simply "loves" her, but he treats her like you'd imagine Sir Walter Raleigh or Sir Francis Drake treating Queen Elizabeth.
Thinking about Season Two as a whole:
- so Stannis is the religious fundamentalist character of the show then? His "beliefs" sound like they might be more convenient than anything else, as per his last conversation with Ser Davos, but he is at least being used by the show's equivalent of a "religious right" perhaps? If you are going to have a show about power & politics, historically the religious fundamentalists usually end up getting involved somehow.
- Now that we've seen some of these characters grow, they have much more to work with. Every little talk has ten different other things going on in the unspoken background, and the acting is showing it.
- Jaqen H’ghar needs to be given at least as big a role as Bronn. Between the two of them, I think they could sustain whole entire seasons in the future.
- All the talk about the show losing steam after doing away with it's most popular character from Season One? Not happening. Each episode is proceeding at a nearly breathless place. There are so many characters whose stories you are interested in, and each episode gives each character really so little time, that it's almost unbelievable that Season Two is already halfway finished.
- The pace is so fast (all with intricately woven plotlines, great script writing, sometimes perfect editing, fantastic acting), in fact, that my one reservation with the show is by the time an episode ends, I'm still not quite sure how much depth is really there. It's playing out like a Medieval history, but is there a message or a point? Does it matter if there is one? We do have some genuinely good characters going up against some incredibly evil characters. The story good vs. evil may be all they really need. And since they are telling the story so well, this show, in my opinion, deserves every bit of praise that it's getting.