Season 2 of Game Of Thrones was a very interesting mix because it does have one of my favorite episodes but I do believe it to be the weakest season of the series.
Now, this isn’t a bad thing, it’s certainly not a bad season. It’s just that in comparison to the introductions of Season 1, the heartrending moments of Season 3, the character moments of Season 4, the scale of Season 5 or the new ground of Season 6 then it’s kinda hard to compare.
For those of us that were upset about the lack of battles in the first season, the second season more than makes up for it in the epic ninth episode : “Blackwater.” Which covers the battle of Blackwater Bay between The Lannister forces and Stannis Baratheon. It’s phenomenal by itself but it’s the exceptional lead-up to the episode that makes the season worth it in my opinion. Tyrion is clearly the lead character of this season and it’s because he’s the only one that can keep everyone alive in King’s Landing. His command of the army and his plan for defeating the navy is what saves the day…even though he gets no recognition for it at all.
Other characters like Jon and Arya find themselves in very different surroundings than what we saw for them in the first season. Jon being beyond the wall and ending up with a group of wildlings and Arya just trying to get out of Harrenhal alive. This actually leads to some of my favorite scenes in this season with Arya becoming Tywin’s cupbearer and trying to avoid them finding out who she really is. Jon’s story has some great moments but really they’re all just lead-up to his great story progression in Seasons 3 and 4.
Unfortunately the bad parts of this season are that Daenerys, Bran and Sansa basically just have the worst luck ever. Granted, Sansa basically ended up there herself but Bran couldn’t really do anything and Daenerys’ story is just sadness after sadness until she gets her Dragons back in the last episode. But it all works out for her cause season 3 basically belongs to her.
Favorite Episode : Blackwater
How could this not be the best episode? From the scale of thr battle to the character moments between Bronn and Sandor, Tyrion’s Speech to the troops or even Cersei’s story to Tommen. This was the episode that truly proved that this was going to go down as one of the greatest shows of all time.
Favorite Scene/Favorite Quote : The Riot.
This might seem like an odd choice but it’s genuinely one of my favorite. From Tyrion realizing exactly what’s about to happen, to Sandor saving Sansa and then of course, the most perfect quote : Tyrion : “We’ve had vicious kings, we’ve had idiot kings but we’ve never been cursed with a vicious idiot for a king.”
Joffrey : “You’re talking to a king!”
Tyrion slaps him and then : “Now I have struck a king! Did my hand fall from my wrist?!”
Most Shocking Moment: Three Blasts for White Walkers.
The grand finale for season two had to be the most shocking moment. Knowing that The White Walkers were finally heading south in force was one of the biggest shocks to all of us. Even those who had read the books were surprised because this scene actually takes place at the beginning of Book 3…which, of course we’ll get into in my Season Three retrospective : “The Rains Of Castamere.”