TV Review: “Game of Thrones” Episode 8 – “Second Sons”

Written by Jesse Gelinas May 22, 2013

A new face on this week's "Game of Thrones"

Two guesses which one becomes a regular.

After a couple sleepy weeks in Westeros, it’s nice to see things really starting to pick up speed. The momentum is obvious, and we finally have a good view of where this season is taking us. The destination is in sight, and everyone is off and running. “Game of Thrones” is back to its full potential this week with “Second Sons”.

In the Riverlands, Arya taes a shot at killing her captor, The Hound. The disfigured warrior thwarts her attempt and the pair continue on down an uncertain path. However, he soon reveals that he’s taking the Stark girl to the Twins (Walder Frey’s home) to meet her mother and brother at Edmure’s wedding.

We’ve always known Arya had a hidden strength (and darkness) in her, but it’s cool to see her actually ready and willing to take action when she can. Even if she was stopped. The little girl is still one of the most interesting characters on the show, and I can’t wait to see her story unfold further.

“There is power in a king’s blood.”

At Dragonstone, Stannis meets Davos in his cell and discusses Melisandre’s plans for Gendry (Robert’s bastard). Davos disapproves of sacrificing an innocent and Stannis seems conflicted, but unmoved. He then frees Davos.

Later, Melisandre mets Gendry in his new chambers and seduces him. During sex (go on…), she quickly binds his hand and feet (go on…), gets off him and brings out a bowl of leeches (… oh). In front of Davos and Stannis, she bleeds the boy, and performs a fiery ritual with Stannis.

The scene is both confounding and surreal, and plays out brilliantly with van Houten’s performance and natural charisma. Though it is still frustrating seeing Stannis play her little bitch boy. Especially in front of Davos.

Melisandre turns seductress on this week's "Game of Thrones"

“I wanna have your smoke monster.”

Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys meets the Captains of the Second Sons, the mercenaries who are defending Yunkai. The three sellswords are disrespectful to her and her followers, and refuse to negotiate unless it is her full surrender. Later, the trio plot to assassinate her and nominate the young Daario to do the deed. He enters Dany’s tent and reveals that he has instead killed his superiors, and swears fealty to her beauty. The pretty boy is another in a long line of pretty faces to grace the screen this year. I’m sure he’s got more going on than his cheekbones, but we’ll have to wait and see on that one.

“Now the Rains weep o’er their halls, and not a soul to hear.”

In Kings Landing, Tyrion and Sansa prepare for their wedding. Joffery does what he can to humiliate his uncle during the ceremony, but it goes on regardless. At the feast, Tyrion gets Full. Ass. Drunk. After some prodding from his father about consumation, and some provocation from Joffery, the dwarf delivers the best lines of the episode and sets off to the bed chambers. Once there, he tells Sansa that he will never force her to consumate the marriage and passes out.

Tyrion and Sansa at their wedding on this week's "Game of Thrones"

“I am the god of tits and wine.”

Finally, North of the Wall, Sam and Gilly make camp at a broken down house in the woods. Later in the night, a murder of crows cover the Weirwood tree outside and alert them to their approaching visitor. A White Walker comes toward them and shatters Sam’s sword after freezing it with hits hands. Sam pulls his dragon-glass (obsidian) dagger he found earlier and stabs the creature, killing it instantly. The pair then run off into the night. Sam has officially overtaken Jon Snow as the biggest badass in the North.

“Then you’ll be fucking your own bride… with a wooden cock.”

The episode moves along nicely and as usual, feels like it ends far too soon. The action is brief but exciting, and the dialogue is fantastic as always. The transformation of characters like the Hound, Sam, and Jaime (unseen this week) are very intriguing and allowing for some great character scenes. And of course, Tyrion commands attention for the duration of his scene. The wedding is the first of two (possibly three) coming before the season is out. And it is the real catalyst that seems to be pushing the characters forward now toward their final destination of the season. Everyone seems to be on their way to Edmure’s wedding, and things are sure to come to a head soon. The results could go either way with so many parties involved.

Sam takes down a White Walker on this week's "Game of Thrones"

“Thwarted by a fat sidekick. My only weakness.”

This week was a huge boost from last week, and I’m all kinds of pumped for the final two weeks. I am also incredibly depressed that there’s only two weeks left, but what can you do? The new developments are intense and exciting, and the death of the White Walker is sure to bring a new edge to the story in the North. Sam’s a boss. Tyrion’s a married man. Dany has a new boy toy. And Stannis is… still kind of insane. I love this shit!

My Rating: 9.5

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About Jesse Gelinas

After years attempting to escape the Matrix, Jesse has accepted his fate as a writer and Senior Editor. Now that's he finished with his film degree, it gives him something to do while waiting for the machines to get careless.

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