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TV Review: This Week on Game of Thrones (S4 Episode 2/ April 13, 2014)

Apr. 13, 2014by: J.A. Hamilton

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EPISODE 2: The Lion and the Rose

THE PLOT : The long summer is at an end, winter truly is coming and with it the cold winds of war as five self proclaimed Kings claim dominance over Westeros, but there can be only one winner when you play the game of thrones.

THE LOWDOWN: (The following column contains MAJOR SPOILERS, so I don't recommend reading this if you haven't watched this episode). Tonight was bound to be a treat (and damn, was it ever) seeing as how this was the episode of the season written by George R.R. Martin himself, and it shows, particularly with the dialogue between guests at the royal wedding. The event itself was handled well enough, grandiose to be sure, but from all the promo talk I was expecting more. Not to say it wasnt good, it surely was, I guess what Im trying to say is that with so many key players in one place, I was having a blast with all the character clashing and could have easily sat through two hours like it was nothing. Before the wedding however, a couple interesting things happen in Kings Landing. Jaime seeks aid from Bronn (through Tyrion) for sword training with his left hand and its every bit as awesome as it soundsI could easily listen to Bronn belittle people for two hours as well. And then theres Tyrions heartfelt letting go of Shae. Its so sad to watch, for her and because you know its tearing poor Tyrions heart to pieces.

A strange highlight was the return of Roose Bolton to his keep where his bastard son, Ramsay, awaited him with Theon (we get yet another display the dudes cruelty in the opening moments as he and some chick run down another chick with dogs and arrows while Theon looks on). Finally, Theons story becomes interesting. I honestly dont remember much of Theon from the books, but Im hoping hes playing possum and biding his time. I love the look on Boltons face when he finds out Bran and Rickon arent quite as dead as hed hoped. Bran and his crew venture farther north where he gets a coolass vision courtesy of one of the trees from FABLEsorry, I kept waiting for it to give him a riddle. Funny how this one scene marks a bigger jump for his character then the past couple seasons combined. That said, his story will get cooler once Coldhands and his great elk hit the scene. Looking forward to that.

Our visit with Stannis finds Melisandre burning mofos at the stakeyet againthe nights full of more than just terrors when shes around. This feels much like the brooding we got from him before Renly was killed, but this time we get an awkward dinner to go with it. His wife is proper nuts, and I love how shes more than eager feed their daughter to the flames. Again, its been so damn long since I read these books, and without the aid of the shows clarity with characters, I dont remember much of this storyline beyond where they end up, so I hope they dont kill his daughter, shes cool, and it looks like Melisandre thinks so toobut then again, she never lets her lambs see the blade coming.

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 4's second episode celebrates the greatest wedding of all time, because FINALLY, we see Joffrey get his due. Its beautiful and gross all at once. This is the icing on the cake so to speak, as the wedding itself provides more than enough entertainment. The exchange between Jaime and Lorras was perfect, as was the conversation between Brienne and Cerceiand the look on her face when Joffrey started going on about Renly, you could tell she wanted to break him in half. Another priceless moment was Cercei cutting Pycelle a new hole. I laughed my ass off. She should just kill the old bastard and be done with it. The War of the Five Kings play was in poor taste, and the looks from the crowd were deadly. I cant believe Tywin let Joffrey pull something like that with all those in attendance (like shit wasnt tense enough already). Speaking of tense, everything fell apart when Joffrey collapsed, but is it me, or did no one seem too eager to help him? Even Cercei, she almost looked like she didnt care for a second there, like she was embracing the tragedy as a weapon to use against Tyrion. Poor Tyrion, this just isnt his season, and its only going to get worse. Damn good episode though. Long live the king.

SEX/NUDITY: Bronn talks about having sex, does that count?

VIOLENCE: A girl meets a grisly end thanks to that sick bastard Ramsay, some peeps get burned to a crisp, and King Joffrey dies painfully. I still cant get that image out of my head.

SHARPEST QUIP: Tonights episode is full of them, and probably the hardest choice yet, but Im going to go with funny. Granny Tyrell going on to Sansa about the brutality of the red wedding, finishing with; As if men needed more reasons to fear marriage.

MOST EPIC SCENE: The best scene was when Prince Oberyn and his woman run into Cercei and Tywin in passing at the wedding. Ive never seen so many threats and insults masqueraded by pleasantries and smiles. Oberyn makes his intensions clear and its easily one of the most epic scenes in the episode (come on guys, I know hes a dick, but it cant be all about Joffrey dying).

FINAL VERDICT :

TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

And, here's a preview of next week's episode "Breaker of Chains"

Extra Tidbit: I dont think the blame for Joffreys poisoning was ever clearly assigned. Hinted at, yes, but not outright admitted. Granny Tyrell did look rather pleased though.
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7:44PM on 04/15/2014
Been waiting for this since season 1. I will miss Joffery's bastard of a character, but seeing him finally die a horrific, painful death makes up for all the terrible deeds he's done in the past. Was disappointed by the lack dragons, but this was another great episode with a few dragging spots. Next week should prove to be very exciting with the fallout of Joffery's death.
Been waiting for this since season 1. I will miss Joffery's bastard of a character, but seeing him finally die a horrific, painful death makes up for all the terrible deeds he's done in the past. Was disappointed by the lack dragons, but this was another great episode with a few dragging spots. Next week should prove to be very exciting with the fallout of Joffery's death.
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9:43AM on 04/15/2014

word to the wise

never get married in Westeros
never get married in Westeros
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7:36PM on 04/14/2014
There was never a moment in the series where I thought Jack Gleeson was acting. He was totally the guy from the first episode.
Well done.
There was never a moment in the series where I thought Jack Gleeson was acting. He was totally the guy from the first episode.
Well done.
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9:37PM on 04/14/2014
Yes, splendid work there!
Yes, splendid work there!
3:10PM on 04/14/2014

Sharpist Quip

for me this week had to be Tyrion telling Jamie to try the boar,
"Cersi can't get enough of it since one of the them took Robert"
for me this week had to be Tyrion telling Jamie to try the boar,
"Cersi can't get enough of it since one of the them took Robert"
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2:15PM on 04/15/2014
that was a good one. Also love the Die Hard reference
that was a good one. Also love the Die Hard reference
3:09PM on 04/14/2014

Oh Yes!

About time the little shit got his! The only thing disappointing about this episode was the length...I could've easily watched 2 hrs. It was over with so quickly!
Long live the King!
About time the little shit got his! The only thing disappointing about this episode was the length...I could've easily watched 2 hrs. It was over with so quickly!
Long live the King!
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2:41PM on 04/14/2014
Would have been awesome, if fucking South Park did spoil the shit out of this scene in their Game of Thrones episode. The actually had several characters spoil several up coming revelations in Game of Thrones. Assholes.
Would have been awesome, if fucking South Park did spoil the shit out of this scene in their Game of Thrones episode. The actually had several characters spoil several up coming revelations in Game of Thrones. Assholes.
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1:10PM on 04/14/2014
Wasn't too keen on the final scene, didn't think the tone was correct. Seemed like they were going for tragedy when obviously no viewer would be upset about this, though Lena as Cersei is so damn good you almost feel something other than glee. Plus no Arya, and it's no GoT episode without Arya. Still good though.
Wasn't too keen on the final scene, didn't think the tone was correct. Seemed like they were going for tragedy when obviously no viewer would be upset about this, though Lena as Cersei is so damn good you almost feel something other than glee. Plus no Arya, and it's no GoT episode without Arya. Still good though.
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10:02AM on 04/14/2014

You should wait

to post these reviews until after it airs PST
to post these reviews until after it airs PST
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1:00PM on 04/14/2014
It airs on the west coast the same time it airs on the east coast, on hbo 2 or 3, I forget which.
It airs on the west coast the same time it airs on the east coast, on hbo 2 or 3, I forget which.
1:02PM on 04/14/2014
It airs on the west coast the same time it airs on the east coast, on hbo 2 or 3, I forget which.
It airs on the west coast the same time it airs on the east coast, on hbo 2 or 3, I forget which.
1:04PM on 04/14/2014
But why would anybody open this write-up before they watch it? There are no spoilers in the subject title and that's all we see until we physically open up the thread ourselves.
But why would anybody open this write-up before they watch it? There are no spoilers in the subject title and that's all we see until we physically open up the thread ourselves.
1:07PM on 04/14/2014
Or you could, you know... Wait to read if?
Or you could, you know... Wait to read if?
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9:29AM on 04/14/2014

Cersi and Pie

Just want to throw this out there I thought it was the pie that poisoned him, not the wine. Also, while I'd like to take credit it was my friend who named cersi as the killer and I think he's right. She has the most to gain.
Just want to throw this out there I thought it was the pie that poisoned him, not the wine. Also, while I'd like to take credit it was my friend who named cersi as the killer and I think he's right. She has the most to gain.
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8:43AM on 04/14/2014

Who poisoned Joffrey?

I haven't read the books so I could be wrong, but go back and look closely at Granny Tyrell's hands when she goes over and talks to Sansa.
I haven't read the books so I could be wrong, but go back and look closely at Granny Tyrell's hands when she goes over and talks to Sansa.
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8:59AM on 04/14/2014
Didn't catch what her hands did, but her little speech about people getting m-urdered at weddings was interesting. But how? She would have to pass the stuff to Sansa who then happened to have the cup kicked her way?
Didn't catch what her hands did, but her little speech about people getting m-urdered at weddings was interesting. But how? She would have to pass the stuff to Sansa who then happened to have the cup kicked her way?
10:10AM on 04/14/2014
You asked the question so I'm assuming it's not rhetorical, but just in case, SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER yes it was the Queen of Thorns SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER
You asked the question so I'm assuming it's not rhetorical, but just in case, SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER yes it was the Queen of Thorns SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER
11:03AM on 04/14/2014
@aerketype no look at what granny tyrell takes from Sansa - Sansa is an unwitting accomplice, is my guess.
@aerketype no look at what granny tyrell takes from Sansa - Sansa is an unwitting accomplice, is my guess.
1:40PM on 04/14/2014
Kivzirrum do contain yourself! Us poor illiterates prefer to be surprised by the tv show. I only asked about what actually happened in the scene.
Joker, I will have to re-watch and pay extra close attention.
Kivzirrum do contain yourself! Us poor illiterates prefer to be surprised by the tv show. I only asked about what actually happened in the scene.
Joker, I will have to re-watch and pay extra close attention.
7:21AM on 04/16/2014
Ah, I'm sorry! Thejoker's title was "Who poisoned Joffrey?" so my intention was to respond to that. I'm so SO sorry if I ruined something in the show for you, seriously. I know what a bummer that is.
Ah, I'm sorry! Thejoker's title was "Who poisoned Joffrey?" so my intention was to respond to that. I'm so SO sorry if I ruined something in the show for you, seriously. I know what a bummer that is.
11:01PM on 04/16/2014
You didn't spoil anything for me, Kiv....I haven't read the books, but I thought it was obvious she did it. This is a woman who never intended to be Joffrey's punching bag.....she didn't care what he was like because she knew she'd never have to deal with it. Now she's Queen and there's nothing anyone can do about it.

You didn't spoil anything for me, Kiv....I haven't read the books, but I thought it was obvious she did it. This is a woman who never intended to be Joffrey's punching bag.....she didn't care what he was like because she knew she'd never have to deal with it. Now she's Queen and there's nothing anyone can do about it.

7:12AM on 04/14/2014
I don't know how to feel yet. I mean I'm glad we finally got thrown a bone, but at what cost is this going to come. I'm more scared for the good guys now more than ever. I guess the question now is whodunnit. Ser Dontos seems too obvious. Hodor.
I don't know how to feel yet. I mean I'm glad we finally got thrown a bone, but at what cost is this going to come. I'm more scared for the good guys now more than ever. I guess the question now is whodunnit. Ser Dontos seems too obvious. Hodor.
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2:54AM on 04/14/2014
Finally someone on the list of people I want to see dead dies and its the top of the list one. I feel like celebrating. I was hoping he'd get poisoned at his wedding but I shouldve seen it coming after that comment about murder at weddings
Finally someone on the list of people I want to see dead dies and its the top of the list one. I feel like celebrating. I was hoping he'd get poisoned at his wedding but I shouldve seen it coming after that comment about murder at weddings
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9:32AM on 04/14/2014
I like your username.
I like your username.
2:06AM on 04/14/2014
Little shit deserved it.At was a brutal way to die,and it was so freaking cool!
Little shit deserved it.At was a brutal way to die,and it was so freaking cool!
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2:00AM on 04/14/2014
Great episode. I was so satisfied that they finally killed off Joffrey and in such an awesome, gruesome way as well.
Great episode. I was so satisfied that they finally killed off Joffrey and in such an awesome, gruesome way as well.
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1:25AM on 04/14/2014
This is one of my favorite episodes, not even because of Joffrey. If anything, we did just lose one of (if not the best) television villain of all time. He seemed so oblivious to his cruelty, so whereas Ramsay Snow loves being twisted I don't think Joff even knew he was being a prick, but that he was being funny and/or charming. He was Tywin's soul, but not his restraint. All the character moments were priceless, especially in seeing characters that never interact share moments.

That said,
This is one of my favorite episodes, not even because of Joffrey. If anything, we did just lose one of (if not the best) television villain of all time. He seemed so oblivious to his cruelty, so whereas Ramsay Snow loves being twisted I don't think Joff even knew he was being a prick, but that he was being funny and/or charming. He was Tywin's soul, but not his restraint. All the character moments were priceless, especially in seeing characters that never interact share moments.

That said, your tidbit made me lol. This show is Growing Strong for sure.
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1:20AM on 04/14/2014
I'll let a quote from Clarence Darrow handle my feelings about this episode:

I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure."
I'll let a quote from Clarence Darrow handle my feelings about this episode:

I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure."
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12:08AM on 04/14/2014
I've never been so happy to see someone die in my life! My girl and I were literally just saying the little shit better not live through this series, and a few minutes later he died, I was so happy lol! Sucks Tyrion got blamed. He's a great addition to the show and I don't want to see him leave, but big George has already proved he isn't afraid to kill anyone! We'll see...
I've never been so happy to see someone die in my life! My girl and I were literally just saying the little shit better not live through this series, and a few minutes later he died, I was so happy lol! Sucks Tyrion got blamed. He's a great addition to the show and I don't want to see him leave, but big George has already proved he isn't afraid to kill anyone! We'll see...
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11:47PM on 04/13/2014
I've read the books but still need to get the series on Blu-Ray. At the speed George RR Martin is writing his books I'll forget everything by the time Winds of Winter finally comes out.
I've read the books but still need to get the series on Blu-Ray. At the speed George RR Martin is writing his books I'll forget everything by the time Winds of Winter finally comes out.
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11:43PM on 04/13/2014

YESSSS!!!!

I hope there is some kind compilation video on youtube of people's joyous reactions to 'The Purple Wedding' (apparently that's what it's called) just like the horrific reactions to the 'The Red Wedding'...

Very satisfying just wish the little prick could've suffered more...
I hope there is some kind compilation video on youtube of people's joyous reactions to 'The Purple Wedding' (apparently that's what it's called) just like the horrific reactions to the 'The Red Wedding'...

Very satisfying just wish the little prick could've suffered more...
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3:16PM on 04/14/2014
Calling it the Purple Wedding is the part that bothers me the most lol
Calling it the Purple Wedding is the part that bothers me the most lol
11:22PM on 04/13/2014
Joffrey dies...and all is right in the realm. Can't wait to see how the non-readers react to this one!
Joffrey dies...and all is right in the realm. Can't wait to see how the non-readers react to this one!
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9:35AM on 04/14/2014
I'm glad you're excited that people like myself are excited. I'm partly through the first book nearly finished but get too sucked into the show and reading other things. Run on sentence as I'm on my phone.
I'm glad you're excited that people like myself are excited. I'm partly through the first book nearly finished but get too sucked into the show and reading other things. Run on sentence as I'm on my phone.
2:42AM on 04/15/2014
As a non-reader, I really don't know how to react. I love Joffrey as a character. He's one of the characters who really make this show entertaining despite how much you hate him. I can't wait what happens next, but the show is one character that you want to see less.
As a non-reader, I really don't know how to react. I love Joffrey as a character. He's one of the characters who really make this show entertaining despite how much you hate him. I can't wait what happens next, but the show is one character that you want to see less.
11:09PM on 04/16/2014
I despise Joffrey because he brings NOTHING to the show. He's stupid, so there isn't even a hint of behind the scenes maneuvering with him. He's cowardly, so there is no hope that he'd be involved in some epic fight (even if he was going to win). He's twisted, so there's nothing to find fascinating about his character. He's painfully one-dimensional and probably the worst thing about the show.

Tyrion and Cercei's never-ending battle is great! The fight in the North against the
I despise Joffrey because he brings NOTHING to the show. He's stupid, so there isn't even a hint of behind the scenes maneuvering with him. He's cowardly, so there is no hope that he'd be involved in some epic fight (even if he was going to win). He's twisted, so there's nothing to find fascinating about his character. He's painfully one-dimensional and probably the worst thing about the show.

Tyrion and Cercei's never-ending battle is great! The fight in the North against the Wildings (and soon the white walkers) is awesome! Arya & The Hound's arc is riveting! And Daenerys' rise to power is beautiful in it's inevitability. There is so much to love about this show (both good characters and weak/bad/evil ones). Why care about the wimpy inbred kid who we all knew would die before he accomplished anything?
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