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Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 2: The Epic Grows
Game of Thrones Season 3 episode 2 continues the ridiculously multifaceted story of the series as we see many of the developments that unfold in Westeros. This episode reminded me of the beauty in the simplicity of a single point-of-view character. In Game of Thrones, we watch the grand tale unfold through the telling of the stories of several different POV characters. Nigh inevitable, perhaps, given the scale of the plot and its far-reaching settings, but once the story reaches the point where there isn’t enough space for every character to be seen at least briefly in an hour-long episode, you sort of miss a few faces. And dragons.
In episode 2 the scenes were distributed among Bran’s journey, developments in Robb’s war advances (or distractions, as Lord Karstark put it), Theon’s suffering (which, undoubtedly, many fans of the series would wish on him after his betrayal of Robb), Jaime Lannister’s entertainment at the cost of Brienne’s patience, the events in King’s Landing, a very brief look north of the Wall, Arya and her small group’s fateful meeting with the Brotherhood without Banners (and the Hound), and a teeny bit of the already diminutive Tyrion Lannister.
Nothing of the broken Stannis nor the far-off Dany and her newfound ally Sir Barristan Selmy (if she took him on as her first Queen’s Guard). Not much of the witty Tyrion though his exchanges with Shae are still enjoyable to a degree. Not much of Jon Snow either or his new friend, the King Beyond the Wall. The major developments seem to be focused on King’s Landing where the Tyrels are starting to encroach upon Queen Regent Cersei’s locus of power as she gradually loses control over her son, King Joffrey. Jaime and Brienne were apprehended by men of Lord Bolton at the end, who was left garrisoned at Harrenhal after Robb marched his forces to Riverrun to attend his grandfather’s funeral (and gather his men for the fight that has recently turned against their favor). The Hound let loose Arya’s secret before they could leave the hideout of the Brotherhood without Banners. Bran met someone like him. No not a paraplegic, a seer. And the son of one of his father’s friends. And ahm… yeah, Jon met a warg. See, we’re running out of things to talk about.
The series excels in bringing the tale to life by delving into all the finer details that its viewers can relate to. This may be at the cost of pacing, but it’s this attention to detail that has created the alternate universe where Westeros is at war with itself, unwittingly just waiting for its biggest threat to swoop down from the North to decimate all the living as the longest winter in recent history looms. It’s this attention to detail that makes us care. Seasons 3 and 4 of the series will be based off the same book – the longest one – and we’ll see the tale grow bigger and bigger as more characters are added to the mix (and more characters die, of course), and it makes for great TV because you’ll never run out of cliff-hangers.
By now, as I said, I miss the simple, single POV storytelling route. So far, however, I can’t say anything extremely negative about the series’ developments. Some scenes, again, have been changed from how they happened in the books, and some have been added. The good thing about this exchange is that the scenes taken out leave little to nothing unexplained anyway, and the scenes added help enhance the depth of a story already brimming in breadth. By the time we reach season 5 the series will probably be as split as the fourth and fifth books were: dealing with separate sets of storylines. That’s how large this epic is. Well. On to episode 3. [by G Dino]