Game of Thrones: What Is Dead May Never Die Review (Mania.com)
Review Date: Sunday, April 15, 2012
*SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!*
As the Game of Thrones continues, the houses are bubbling over with deception and no one is safe. In the third episode of season 2, we are treated to all sorts of new developments with the main cast members trying like Hell to calculate their next devious move. The third installment opens up with the conclusion from last week’s cliffhanger when Jon Snow (Kit Harington) was witness to Craster (Robert Pugh) offering up an infant son to a supposed White Walker. Craster kicks the Night Watch out of his home after this treachery by Snow and Mormont (James Cosmo).
King’s Landing is rife with the small but very powerful fingerprints of the Notorious I.M.P. and hand of the King, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage). The half-man is bent on eradicating anyone that is a possible threat to the throne. After three separate meetings with his council, the hand is able to smoke out his most immediate enemy in Pycelle (Julian Glover) whose communiques to the regent Queen defied his direct orders. Not only that but we are treated to some information from Season 1 in that Pycelle was instrumental in the death of the deceased hand Jon Arryn; the catalyst to the entire GOT saga. Tyrion is hell-bent on not winding up like his predecessors Arryn & Stark. Tyrion’s presence was spread out nicely in this episode and although clearly learning on the job, he is fierce and unafraid. Even when he finds a place for his mistress Shea as hand maiden to Stark’s daughter Sansa, he is clearly monitoring everything that the teen King Joffrey is unable to. Like Lord Varys says, “A very small man can cast a very large shadow.” Indeed.
On Pyke with the Greyjoy’s, Theon (Alfie Allen) is in all sorts of trouble as he tries to reclaim his birthright only to be ultimately shunned by his father Balon (Patrick Malahide) and his sister Yara (Gemma Whelon) usurping his rightful place. Although Theon tries his best to validate his presence in the very kingdom he was sent away from, Balon for a moment seems to feel guilty for basically giving up his last living son as hostage to the Stark family. Theon’s allegiances are muddled as he writes and then burns a letter to Robb Stark on the battlefield, warning him of his father’s plans to take Winterfell. At “King” Renly’s (Gethin Anthony) province, we are shown that his bid for the crown will be no fluke as his numbers increase. Although his relationship with his Queen is a sham, Queen Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) is clear on what she wants--a son, and soon.
Young Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) made a small appearance in Episode 3 confiding in Luwin (Donald Sumpter) about his intense dreams as a Direwolf. Although Luwin assures Bran that magic, dragons, and giants are things of the past, I was intrigued as to how he told the child this information while seemingly not believing what he was saying. In a stunning finale, King Joffrey and Queen Cersei have sent another group of soldiers to kill the late King Robert’s last bastard son Gendry (Joe Dempsie). Gendry and Ned Stark’s daughter Arya (Maisie Williams) (posing as a boy) have been well hidden thus far by Yoren (Francis Magee) of the Night’s Watch. However a midnight rousing by Lannister’s troops ends in Yoren’s death and several others. In the end, both Arya and Gendry are captured by the mob despite being told to run North should anything happen. The tough as nails Arya points to the small boy who was killed in the slaughter claiming that he was indeed Gendry, the last bastard son. Now it seems things are going to get heavy as Gendry and Arya head back to King’s Landing; right where they started. The air of GOT is getting thicker by the week as the preparations are starting to line up for inevitable war and the veiled promise of the supernatural. Win-Win.
Mania Grade: B+
TV Series: Game of Thrones
Episode: What Is Dead May Never Die
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Lena Headey and Kit Harington, Richard Madden
Written By: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (creators)
Directed By: Alik Sakharov