All right, no fooling around this time. I’ve been thinking about Game of Thrones all week and the second episode did not disappoint one bit. I’ve read about twenty pages of the books, and that’s all I’m going to read, at least until the series is finished. I’m enjoying watching this story unfold, and I don’t want to know what happens next.
Peter Dinklage is awesome, Tyrion is awesome. If he dies horribly I’m going to be upset. His interactions with the kids at the breakfast table alone were brilliant. I also love how amused he is by Jon Snow.
Joffrey is a complete prat. If he dies horribly I’ll be the opposite of upset. (This goes in yay because, hey, we all like seeing prats get slapped around by Peter Dinklage, don’t we?)
Splendid direction. Just splendid. Especially in the (fantastic) assassination scene.
Arya. “I can be quick”, yesss. Love her.
The king and Stark. Great friendship. Love the dynamic between them. Mark Addy turns out to be a brilliant actor, who would’ve guessed?
Not So Yay:
Serious accent slippage for most of the actors. Many of them don’t seem to have decided just what kind of accent they’re attempting.
Cannot quite make myself care about Daenerys. Also, foreshadowing with the dragon eggs just slightly overplayed.
Such a shame that girls aren’t allowed to enjoy this. (Complaints in writing to the New York Times, if you please.)
That’s all, it was great!
If Joffrey doesn’t turn out to be Pretty Incest Queen and Pretty Incest Brother’s son I’ll eat one of my hats, that’s far too juicy a tidbit for any decent writer to resist–and it’s clear that George R. R. Martin is a very decent writer, at least as far as story is concerned.
Although overall the pacing was good, I thought a few scenes dragged a little. Still, minor complaint–and I’d rather something be slightly-too-slow than slightly-too-fast. Also, this episode did well in focusing on just a couple of characters, and the shifts in focus worked nicely. No trouble at all keeping track of anything. Appreciated the lack of a ‘previously on Game of Thrones…’, being given some credit is always nice. All in all, that was a great way to spend an hour and I’m really looking forward to episode three.