Game of Thrones: A Man Without Honor Review (Mania.com)
Review Date: Sunday, May 13, 2012
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Like last weeks opening, we are treated to the continuing misadventures of “Prince” Theon as he tries to hold Winterfell. Upon waking, the traitor Greyjoy is informed of the midnight escape of the young Starks Bran & Rikon along with Osha and Hodor (Kristian Naim). Theon’s bravado is raised to new levels as he is sincerely starting to believe his own hype. He shows his cruelty for his mistake with a brutal beating of a villager. Clearly he is drunk with what very little power he has. When it comes down to it he was outwitted by a Wilding, a cripple and a half-wit!
We catch up with Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) who has volunteered to have the Wilding Ygritte (Rose Leslie) left in his charge. Ygritte is purposefully pushing Jon’s buttons by making fun of and criticizing the life he has chosen. Although the flirtation seemed genuine at certain points, Ygritte is setting Jon up. Messing with his mind pays off as she quickly escapes only to turn the tables on Jon surrounding him with Wildings.
At King’s Landing, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) finally becomes a woman to her own disgust. Not because of the mess it brings but now she is able to bear King Joffrey’s children. Talk about bad seeds those kids will make. Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) tries to give her an 8th grade health class type talk of the joys of children but underneath it all it seems her grace is even scared of what Joffrey’s spawn will be like.
In Qarth, Khaleesi Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is outraged at the theft of her dragons. Although continually being supported and consoled by Daxos (Nonso Anozie), Khaleesi comes off as being just plain whiny in this episode. Without her dragons she is realizing that those little hatchlings are the only cards she has in this game for Westeros. Upon Jorah Mormont’s (Iain Glen) return to Qarth and hearing of the dragon-napping, he continues to show his undying allegiance to Khaleesi.
Back in Winterfell, Theon is on the hunt for his once “brothers” Bran & Rikon. He has gone all out with a search party and hounds to pick up their scent. He is pretty clueless but he is adamant about making a point. Upon picking up the trail of the escapees, Theon presumably concocts a plan to show Winterfell that he has indeed found the two Stark boys and has burned them alive. I am not falling for it.; too easy.
The Kingslayer Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) manages to escape the stockade of Robb Stark’s army with the aid of a distant relative. Very distant. I say that because he killed the poor kid just to escape. He is recaptured quickly and is put back in the pen where he mouths off to Cat Stark (Michelle Fairley) about the late Eddard’s exploits that produced a bastard. It is a tense scene but leaves us without much of a payoff.
Back in Qarth, Daxos, Khaleesi and Jorah take an audience with “The Thirteen” to try and determine who exactly took the dragon babies. In a very supernatural-y scene, the head of the House of Undying admits to the deed and proceeds to assassinate 11 of The Thirteen. Very creepy scene that felt a little muddled among this episode that seemed a little too crowded. After the momentum of episodes 5 & 6, I thought that this episode was too all over the place with storylines spreading further out rather than lining up for a somewhat cohesive end to the second season. Plus the lack of IMP-ishness was definitely felt with basically just a quick scene of the Halfling. I am still dying to see what happens next but as a narrative, I am just hoping for a few storylines to be resolved by seasons end. Only three episodes to go and I am getting nervous that winter may never come.
Mania Grade: C+
Episode: A Man Without Honor
Starring: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Written By: David Benioff (creator), D.B. Weiss (creator)
Directed By: David Nutter