Game of Thrones Season Two, Episode 4 – Garden of Bones Directed by: David Petrarca Written by: Vanessa Taylor Starring: Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Emilia Clarke, Liam Cunningham, Charles Dance, Stephen Dillane, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aidan Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Conleth Hill, Carice van Houten, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Patrick Malahide, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, and Issac Hempstead-Wright
Before I sat down to watch “Garden of Bones,” I knew that Game of Thrones really needed to kick into gear with this episode. As great as the past episodes have been, I’m tried of plot building and I’m more than ready to see some of the various plots come together with real consequence.
I was not disappointed.
With a title like “Garden of Bones,” I wasn’t expecting to see very much in terms of happiness, but this week’s episode ratcheted up the intensity of the conflict, while finally moving the plot forward in many ways.
Poor, poor Sansa (Sophie Turner). As Robb Stark (Richard Madden) continues his march towards King’s Landing, the oldest Stark daughter falls victim to young King Joffery’s (Jack Gleeson) wrath. I know the show has gone to great lengths to prove just how evil Joffrey truly is, but this week that evil was taken to an entirely new level. Between nearly killing Sansa, and his brutal interaction with Tyrion’s (Peter Dinklage) gifted prostitutes, there’s no redemption for the little Mad King. He’s a loose cannon and I look forward to a potential and hopeful dethroning.
As for Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), after a few weeks of a dragging plot, the ‘Mother of Dragons’ finally finds refuge in the beautiful city of Qarth. However, if the interaction between Daenerys and the secretive ‘Thirteen’ is any indication, I believe that Daenerys’ story is just getting ready to take off as we learn why Qarth has survived while others were left for its garden of bones to grow larger.
After their capture last week, Arya (Maisie Williams) and the rest of newly captured prisoners are quickly shuffled off to the frightening Harrenhaal, where the dark tone of the episode only increases. The guard’s ‘unique’ method of torture almost befalls Gendry (Joe Dempsie) only to have the day saved by a surprising visit of Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance), who sees through Arya’s masquerade and chooses her as his new cup-holder. Out of the frying pan and into the fire for the youngest Stark, but at least she won’t have to worry about having a rat eat through her stomach.
However, the dark tone throughout the episode is elevated to new heights when Stannis (Stephen Dillane) enlists Davos’ (Liam Cunningham) help for a secret mission, one that provides the most down right eerie and creepy moment in the show thus far. While Stannis may pretend he’s strong, we’ve seen just how truly scared and insecure the man is. Perhaps it’s this fear that pushes him to ask for Davos’ help.
Regardless of the reasoning, the ending is truly powerful and downright scary. And it’s a perfect ending to rapid-fire episode that was just what I needed to be really hooked on the show once more.
The night is dark and full of terrors. And I can’t wait to see what terrors arise.
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