Game of Thrones 2.03 "What Is Dead May Never Die" 4/15 No Book Spoilers

Episode 1: The North Remembers
Episode 2: The Night Lands

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We left off with Craster knocking Jon out after he witnessed him giving up his son to what seem to be white walkers. Sam wants to steal one of Craster’s daughters (like a goat!) but Jon quite reasonably does not. Arie and Gendry know each other’s secrets, and whacky hijinks will ensue. Stannis acquired 30 pirate ships as part of a fleet to sail on King’s landing. Tyrion and Cercei had some quality family time together. Danerys is, well, still starving in the desert.

We’ve been off to a relatively slow start - but they’re setting up the pieces. It’s not that it’s boring - some of the scenes have had great acting and interesting dialogue - it’s just that there hasn’t been too much to discuss so far. But I suspect things will start moving along.

I gotta say i love the title of this episode. Also it’s Arya and Daenerys :).

And while we’re at it, it’s spell Joffrey…not Goffrey, or Geoffrey, or Geoffry, or however else you want to spell it.


It always ends too soon.

No Dany, who I am not liking this season and more Sansa who I am. Totally opposite of last season. I wonder if there is going to be a Sansa/Shea payoff later on in the series.

That Tryon, he’s a trickly little devil. Varys has gone from veiled threats to veiled compliments.

I’ve heard say that Arya doesn’t look like a boy. I think she does. A pretty boy with big doe eyes. She thought she was having trouble sleeping before, how 'bout all that stabby you got in your head now! I knew Goldilocks was gonna get it when he snatched up Gendry’s helmet.

You know what would be fun? If Sansa went all psycho and ran around the table during a meal stabbing everyone there in the eye with her fork. Poor Sansa, she didn’t have Yoren telling her not to look.

As far as we know the only thing the Lannisters knew about Gendry was the bull helmet, which was the only thing the armorer mentioned when they asked how they could recognize him. It was only Ned and Jon Arryn before him that actually went to meet him. And yes, the kid with blonde curls that got killed looked more like a girl than Arya does.

However, I wonder if there’s any significance to the fact that the kid who was killed had blonde hair, when we (the viewer) know that all of Robert’s bastards were “black of hair.”

Excellent episode!

Renly’s “queen” - is this the first we’ve seen her? I recognize her, but I’m not sure if it’s from a previous episode, or from some other part she played in something unrelated. Though, I was unfamiliar with her tits, which I think I would have remambered. [sic]

They sure made Renly sic.

That’s the first time Margaery has been in an episode.

Theon’s scenes were fantastic. I felt really bad for him. Margaery with Renly was hilarious.

Yoren went out like a BOSS.


Yeah, I had meant to mention that. Theon’s scenes were particularly well written and acted. When he busted out with the “but it was you that gave me away!” bit, I had been yearning for him to yell everything he did.

Yes, he did. I had just been recognizing how much I liked the character and the actor, and it was then that I knew he was gonna get off’ed as soon as the Gold Cloaks came. I’m starting to learn how to cope with seeing so many ugly things… (the tits help quite a bit in that regard)

Alas, poor Yoren.

I bate crossbows.

I don’t think the Goldcloaks/Lannister lackies had been informed that Gendry was a dark-haired boy–whose existence might prove that King Joffrey was the son of the queen’s brother rather than her late husband. Just a little detail that would have been omitted from their orders! They knew about the helmet & Arya’s quick thinking might have convinced them that Gendry was dead.

I wish they’d have explored Greyjoy’s plans and motivations more. As it is, I thought that suddenly letting Theon in on the plans, and to attack the north, were just a test to see how he would react and choose his loyalties.

But Greyjoy has lots of reason to hate the North - Stark was the one who crushed his rebellion, and while the viewers know that, it would’ve been nice to emphasize it more. Instead it seems more like “it’s chaotic out there, and well, we’re dicks by nature, so let’s be dicks!” more than a more relatable story of revenge.

I also thought the Tyrion’s test, to see who’d leak to the queen, went too fast. It seemed instantaneous - Varys and Littlefinger probably didn’t even have time to go rat him out to the queen even if they wanted to. It almost seemed too easy, too, as if Tyrion were getting double played - for instance if Varys somehow spied on his plan, and then leaked the wrong destination to the queen. I suppose that’s still a possibility. But Pycelle’s claims of loyalty to house Lannister seemed like enough of a confession.

I have to say I can’t find much interesting about the Shae storyline. They seemed to acknowledge that her purpose in the story is to eventually be a weak point for Tyrion. I suppose it makes sense - it’s hard to get a smart, pragmatic, charming guy in too much of a bind, and having a vulnerable loved one is a good ticket. But I can’t say I find the character interesting at all or the scenes. I’m also having a hard time buying her as enigmatic or otherwise stunning enough to justify

Sansa is in such a shitty situation, but I’m having a hard time sympathizing too much since she was shown to be such a bitch in the first season. I know - some of it is simply the way she was raised to essentially be as good a subservient wife as she could, but she was also just deliberately cruel, to her septa for example.

I wonder if Mormont understands that Craster is giving away his babies to white walkers, or if he just thinks he’s killing them.

Yoren did get to go out like a badass, too bad the dregs didn’t do much to help him.

Natalie Dormer played Anne Bolelyn in Showtimes The Tudors…where her boobs were quite memorable.

It seemed like he was well aware of the arrangement. He said that the boys were an offering to them, and that’s what has kept them at bay. Though he was aware that with winter coming, that deal won’t last, since he said that Jon would probably be seeing more of them.

That’s it! Except I watched that show, boobless, on BBC America. :mad:

I was going to say that. Only Dormer somehow seems younger in this than she did in The Tudors.

Hmm, he pretty much throws it in Theons face that the Starks killed his real brothers every single time they talk.

On a related note, Maisie Williams(the actress who plays Arya Stark) turned 15yesterday. Happy birthday!

That girl is 15? I would not have guessed it. I hope she gets Needle back and puts all her dancing and acrobatic training to good use in an Errol Flynn type sword fight.