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For the purposes of this blog we are also going to hopefully avoid book spoilers as well. This season of Game of Thrones has largely been about power: those who have it, those who desire it and those who are entirely without it. Thus we saw Tyrion continue to out-manoeuvre his sister; Littlefinger drop further honeyed thoughts this time into Tyrell ears ; Bran learn further lessons in lordship; Theon ponder whether power comes to he who seizes it; and Stannis continue his seemingly unstoppable march on Westeros.
But it was among the female characters where the real power games were played. Most compellingly of all the formerly powerless, Arya learnt that making the right or rather wrong friends can reap brutal rewards. Alas, poor Renly. He was growing increasingly likeable — mocking his brother, making jokes about ham, and even proving reasonable in debate. Finally we were given the chance to see Dany do something other than trudge wearily through deserted lands.
Of the three we met this week I found the mask-wearing Qaithe the spookiest, although self-satisfied warlock Pyat Pree was also creepy, albeit in a slightly camp way. Most interesting of the three, however, was the self-made Xaro, who has been given far more of back-story than in the books. The scene where he and Dany discussed ambition was fascinating, suggesting that he is more than just a wealthy man with a taste for the exotic, and leaves you asking just who is playing who.
I also enjoyed seeing Jorah come closer to declaring his obsessive love for his Khaleesi. I loved the scene between Catelyn and Brienne. She would love a freezing wasteland in the middle of nowhere? It must, as Edd dolorously remarked, be love.
Like Ned Stark before him, however, he is beginning to discover that being the Hand is a thankless task, not to mention a pretty unsafe one. The decision to make him a somewhat untrustworthy lieutenant was interesting. In a first for the show there was absolutely no sex this week with not even Theon squeezing in a little bit of full-frontal nudity before heading off to plunder and pillage. So what did you think? Whose head will Arya ask for next? How many more family-instigated jibes will Theon suffer through? As always let us know what you think in the comments below. Game of Thrones: episode by episode Game of Thrones.
Game of Thrones — season two, episode five: the Ghost in Harrenhal. Power games escalated this week in an episode that sets up what should be a thrilling climax in the season's endgame. Game of Thrones, season two. Sarah Hughes. She needs true protectors now more than ever…for dragons are fire made flesh, and fire is power.
Additional thoughts I loved the scene between Catelyn and Brienne.
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