TV Review: “Game of Thrones” Season 7 Episode 2 – Ready For More

Written by Sydney O'Keefe July 29, 2017

* WARNING: Spoilers ahead *

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The most notable moments of this episode came in its final scene when we witnessed a massacre and Theon’s weakness. It’s always been clear that the writers weren’t going to give us the fierce sand snakes we wanted that could survive in the cut throat world of Game of Thrones. The characters quickly became oversexed and one dimensional. They became less interesting and less skilled extensions of their deceased father. By doing this we missed an opportunity that could’ve added a diverse and interesting layer to the narrative. I have to say their disappointing death left a bad taste in my mouth.

Thankfully the writers provided some interesting developments. We’re finally told in black and white what Lord Varys AKA the Spider motivations are in this grand scheme of things. Daenerys makes some shrewd observations about Varys’ (Conleth Hill) lack of loyalty. He goes from king to king serving whoever is in power; Varys answers his treachery by saying that his true master is the people. This was an interestingly genuine moment between the two of them since they both want to help the people. Until Daenarys (Emilia Clarke) reminds us she will burn anyone who dares to cross her. This blends with the running belief that Daenarys will fall to the same madness of her father and brother. That repeated betrayals will make her merciless and mad like her ancestors. So could her threats be foreshadowing to Daenarys becoming afraid of her surroundings just like her father?

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Daenarys meeting with her advisors and allies shows and interesting array of leaders: four women, three eunuchs, and a dwarf. They’re all powerless and outcasts in one way or another, but together they plan to take the kingdom by storm. This plan is thwarted by the death of two sand snakes and the capture of Yara (Gemma Whelan), the Queen of the Iron Islands. However, the real disappointment comes with Theon (Aflie Allen), who when faced with fight or flight has a paralyzing moment of fear similar to when Yara stormed Ramsay Bolton’s (Iwan Rheon) keep to save him. This time he jumps into the water to escape instead of hiding. The question is, will Theon’s story continue a cycle of PTSD or will he finally overcome his issues, and save his sister from the clutches of a villain.

“Conquering Westeros would be easy for you. But you’re not here to be queen of the ashes.”

Sansa (Sophie Turner) is being left in charge of the North, which highlights the fact that Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) has really fallen from his previous position as puppeteer. He appears to just be sulking in corners staring at Sansa as opposed to the insane plotting we have witnessed in the past, including the death of Jon Arryn that set off the events of the entire series.

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This episode was a little disappointing to me because it was the final nail in the coffin of the horribly done sand snakes. I cannot forgive the horrible representation of what could have been interesting depth with characters that are different from any other on the show right now. There’s some potential in the cowardice of Theon, and I hope that we get to witness a new redemption arc instead of the utter depressing black hole of unlikeable Theon as he has been basically since this show started.

“Send a raven north. Tell Jon Snow that his queen invites him to come to Dragonstone…and bend the knee.”

The second episode of Game of Thrones illustrated more of the faults with the series and the writing than the strengths. Instead of showing the power of the characters, the audience was more drawn to the weakness that lead to the premature end of diverse characters. These characters could’ve opened the Game of Thrones universe to a new array of individuals from a new cultural background. Instead we got oversexed, underdone characters with an ill thought out death scene.

My Rating: 6.5/10

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