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- Episode: The Lion and The Rose (Season 4, Episode 2)
- Starring: Peter Dinklage, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Neil Baltus, Kristian Nairn, Pedro Pascal, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
- Written By: George R.R. Martin ("A Song of Ice and Fire" by), David Benioff (creator)
- Directed By: Alex Graves
- Network: HBO
- Studio: Home Box Office (HBO), Television 360, Grok! Studio
Game of Thrones: The Lion and The Rose Review
One of the best episodes!
By Jarrett Kruse
April 14, 2014
Game of Thrones: The Lion and the Rose Review
And here I thought that the season four premiere was outstanding last week. Now I am trying to process the overflow of events that happened in episode two. In a nutshell, it was a wow of an episode and save for the absence of Daenerys, this is in my opinion one of the best episodes of GOT since the show’s inception. It was that much of a rug-puller but it also had the qualities of a brilliantly executed drama with the right pace that pushes the story forward. As I do not know exactly how the events transpired in the books, “The Lion and the Rose” felt remarkably like a movie in its own right. Now that GOT is insanely popular around the world, I think that the loyal fan base has upped the stakes for the producers and every installment of the show is that much more grand.
The second meanest dude in Westeros, aka Ramsay Bolton is hunting a woman through the words with a bow and arrow and dogs. Although just a short scene, it really has a lot of power as he lets the dogs maul the maiden after he has put an arrow in her leg. Ramsay is not alone in the forest and is flanked by his servant Theon who is now his lackey that he calls “Reek”. Man has this guy been through the mill with no end in sight. I kept thinking that Ramsay and Joffrey would make a great hunting pair. We also check in on Bran and company as he is still plagued by visions. I actually like the short scenes that GOT does because it usually is a good setup for what is to come to pass in Westeros. However they do peter out sometimes and that is what the Bran scene had me thinking. No big deal though.
I should point out that the name of the episode refers to the wedding of King Joffrey and Margaery Tyrell but I didn’t put that much credence into it. The reason I say this is because Margaery clearly has an ulterior motive on her path to being Queen. She has shown in many episodes that she is just the type of young woman that fits in nicely in King’s Landing. While she seems pleasant enough on the surface, I feel confident that at the end of day she is going to be up to no good. That being said, the wedding takes up almost half of the episode and rightfully so.
As Joffrey and Margaery sit high up on the dais, the young king continues his wickedly sadistic ways. After a little people War of the Five Kings reenactment, Joffrey challenges his Uncle Tyrion before pouring wine over his head. I think that part of it was a slap to Sansa’s face to make the half-man embarrassed. And Tyrion is also very somber after finally sending Shae away to save her life. While doing his best to humiliate his diminutive uncle (as if the little person show was not enough), Joffrey demands more wine from Tyrion. After handing him a goblet, Joffrey starts to hack and cough. At this point I just thought he was clearing his throat but then out of nowhere (for the TV viewer) he begins to violently choke and gasp for air. Writhing on the floor, a panicked Cersei and Jaime rush to his aid but it is too late—Joffrey is dead and is most definitely purple in color. WOW!! Did not see that coming but I imagine the die hard book readers were psyched at this major event finally coming to fruition. You ask me, Joffrey got off way too easy.
Joffrey was the quintessential bad guy we loved to hate. I shudder to think what he would have been like as he got older on the show. Cersei demands that Tyrion be arrested for poisoning Joff as he stands there holding the goblet. As quickly as the poison acted, knight turned jester Dontos Hollard whisks Sansa away. Looks like Sansa will be on the run in the weeks to come. Its about time, the poor girl deserves some happiness but I am not optimistic. For me this episode was just short of what I thought of last years Red Wedding. It is absolutely a solid “A” that I will be watching again and again. The Purple Wedding did not disappoint.