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Game of Thrones: What Is Dead May Never Die Review

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  • 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
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Game of Thrones: What Is Dead May Never Die Review

By Jarrett Kruse     April 15, 2012
Source: Mania.com

*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.

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redslayer 4/16/2012 12:34:00 AM

This series is great! What else do you want to finish your sunday

 

flyinroo 4/16/2012 6:41:36 AM

 I can't get enough. Its amazing how devious everyone is. As soon as each episode ends, I begin yearning for the next.

TheStormrider 4/16/2012 6:59:53 AM

Id like to see the reviews be less of a play by play recap.  Just my .02c. 

isgrimner 4/16/2012 8:22:05 AM

We got a little taste of how effective a Hand Tyrion was last week in the way he dealt with the douche Janos Slynt.  I was really looking forward to them showing him rooting out Pycelle.  I liked the way they did it too.  It flowed pretty smoothly. 

Seems like they compacted some of Arya's tale, but thats fine, seems like they got the important bits for the most part.  Lommy's  "I yield" was even in there along with the "You'll have to carry me", though it isn't really important to the overall story other than to show that Amory Lorch and his crew are dicks who will kill kids.  Though I think the whole "I yield" business was just part of Martin's dark sense of humor.

In last night's episode for at least the third time in the series, they have "softened" a character or made them more sympathetic from the books.  The first that stood out to me was Catlyn with Jon in Bran's rooms.  She was more of a "B" in the book, then they gave some of Cersei's crimes to Joffrey.    Now with Theon and the letter to Robb that he burned.   I'm guessing they did some of this becuase the books allow us to see the POV character's thoughts, where the show as a more difficult path in trying to show internal conflicts.   I think the letter was actually a clever way of building Theon's character in the show. 

Since the conflict between Jon and Craster is a departure from the books.  I guess Ghost was off hunting on his own, because I think Ghost would have had a Craster snack if he had been around at the time. 

hanso 4/16/2012 8:38:33 AM

Storm, I'm the other way, I'd rather it went full recap, add humor to it and get away from the letter grades.  

As for this ep, found it boring, only dug Tyrion's stuff.

lracors 4/16/2012 11:26:55 AM

This is an awesome show.  I love every minute of it and when it's over i'm like... damn another week to wait.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 4/16/2012 2:27:21 PM

What no mention of how awesome Brienne was and how well of a job they did in uglying up a model?

TheSilentKiller 4/16/2012 8:51:32 PM

Yeah - Brienne was surprisingly credible. Yoren's death was pretty badass, and Tyrion is just getting better and better. I'm really going to be interested. Most interested to see how they handle Jaqen.

AKspade 4/17/2012 12:59:06 PM

Yeah, Brienne's character was one of the few things that saved this episode. That and Tyrion's storyline. The whole Jon/Craster thing didn't happen in the books, so I don't know why they put that in. As for Martin's "Dark humor thing." That's all he's got. Martin's a hack. He has completely lost control of his own series in the books and will probably never get finished. If you don't know what I mean, read the books and how long it took the last two get out, dealing with pointless characters that no one cares about and goes nowhere.! I'll be interested to see how hbo deals with this lazy ass!

jdiggitty 4/17/2012 5:27:30 PM

 Seems like they had to streamline how they got to the conversation between the Old Bear and Jon. If I remember right, wasn't it Sam who eventually found out and went to Jon? 

 

AK, though you put it less delicately than I would have, you're right. The way the books are written the show is going to have to combine the events of books 4 and 5. Without book 6, there is no way to foreshadow what's important. The show has 1 more season before it might hit some significant disadvantages

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