The end is near for season two of Game of Thrones. This week’s episode begged the question, who is a “Man Without Honor?” On this show, there’s more than enough devious deeds to go around. Both men and women have plenty of skeletons in their closets. Is it Jaime for his nonchalant attitude towards killing and incest? Or is it Theon for his betrayal and heartlessness?

Find out more in our review…

The Players: 

  • Creators: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
  • Writers: David Benioff, George R.R. Martin, D.B. Weiss
  • Cast: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Michelle Fairley, Richard Madden, Kit Harington, Alfie Allen, Maisie Williams, Charles Dance, Iain Glen, Sophie Turner, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gwendoline Christie, Sibel Kekilli, Oona Chaplin, Rose Leslie

Episode Title:  “A Man Without Honor”

Daenerys continues to search for her dragons in Qarth, while Theon tries to avoid embarrassment by recapturing Bram and his crew. Jon Snow wanders the land north of the wall with his captive, and is ambushed by her band of Wildlings. Sansa enters the normally celebrated event of menarche, only to dread the coming of Joffrey’s spawn.

The Good:

  • The Starks: Not since Lenny Kravitz has a man been able to wear leather and fur like Robb Stark. His stolen glances with Talisa on the battlefield juxtapose his rebel power with human weakness. Swoon! Arya continues to curry favor with Tywin Lannister and Cat Stark holds her own against Jaime, The King Slayer. Even the normally voiceless Sansa has a grown-up sit down with Cersei about her womanhood without a single tear. The character development here is so complex, yet subtle you almost have to watch the episode twice to appreciate it all.
  • Relationship honesty: There hasn’t been a lot of “twincest” talk this season, but both Cersei and Jaime confessed it in different arenas. Why the sudden decision for openness? To bring attention to Daenerys’ similarly gnarled family tree? She’s been talking such a big “Mother of Dragons” game, perhaps there’s something dark beneath those white locks? With bloodlines being the central focus of the war, bringing the spotlight back to those unsavory relations was a welcome, if not cringe-worthy, element.

The Bad:

  • Ygritte: So far, there’s something disappointingly grating about Ygritte’s story arc. This episode was too much talk in general, but hearing poor Jon Snow get belittled over an over for being a virgin was a bit hackneyed. As far as kick-ass women of the show go, Ygritte needs a little more depth before she earns a spot in our “good” column.

Overall:

This episode, with its “whose bodies were those at the end?” cliffhanger is a perfect set-up to the upcoming finale. However, scenes of dialogue grew a bit tedious this week. As viewers, we’re used to a few gasp-worthy moments by at least the 20 minute mark. It was far from disappointing, but Game of Thrones has had better days.

Rating: 7/10

Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights at 9:00 PM on HBO

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