Spoiler Heavy Reviews: Game of Thrones- “A Man Without Honor ”

by Joe on May 13, 2012

Game of Thrones S2E6: “A Man Without Honor”- Joe’s Rating~”A”

Oops, looks like Theon’s having a bad morning. First he finds out Bran and Rickon are gone, and now he hurts his hand on a big fat iron man jaw. Well anyway he’s hot on the runaway princes trail, but right as he seems to find them, they disappear. However a misplaced Walnut has given them away, and Theon returns to Winterfell with two small corpses.

It looks like Jon had a comfy night with Ygritte, but he’s too…too…Jon Snowish to enjoy being that close to a woman. What I love is that they spend an inordinate amount of time discussing the sexual habits of the Night’s Watch. Ygritte spends most of this episode trying to convince Jon to run away and join the Wildlings like their king, Mance Rayder, did.

Meanwhile at Harrenhal it seems there’s been an assassination attempt on Tywin Lannister. Tywin sends Gregor out to burn the surrounding lands until they smoke out their enemies. Tywin is feeling introspective as he offers Arya a meal. He sees this as his last war. It will be his legacy. Arya though almost makes a blunder as she shows a bit too much of her upbringing. It’s still unclear if Tywin knows her origin, but he seems to be getting closer to the truth

Sansa gets an opportunity too thanks to Sandor in King’s Landing. Sansa though gets her period, and with her visit from Aunt Flow, she also finds herself ready to marry Joffrey. She has actually a quite nice heart to heart with Cersei regarding motherhood, but unfortunately she learns it’s a bit of a dark life being a wife and a mother to a queen. Later Cersei outright admits her affair with Jaime to Tyrion.

In Qarth,  Xaro  pledges he’ll help Daenerys find her missing dragons. Little good that does without knowing if he is the one who took them. Jorah returns, after a mysterious absence, and claims he is the only one she can trust. But Daenerys isn’t interested in trust, she needs someone to find her dragons. Jorah accepts, and after a conversation with Quaithe, the masked lady, he learns that one of the Thirteen stole the dragons. At the meeting with the Thirteen,  Pyat Pree outright admits he took the dragons, and after he kills the rest of the Thirteen, he bids Daenerys to come to the House of the Undying to retrieve them.

It seems Robb is smitten by the new lady doctor, and he is going to a place called the Crag to retrieve their surrender. While he’s gone, Jaime Lannister decides to con his ineptly imprisoned cousin to escape. During his recapture, the Kingslayer kills the son of Rickard Karstark, and he demands Jaime’s death. It seems the Lannister won’t make it through the night waiting for Robb to return. Catelyn takes advantage of the opportunity to perhaps kill Jaime herself?
The Good:

  • OK this is officially the last time I’m mentioning how much I love the Arya/Tywin scenes
  • They actually deepend Cersei quite a bit this episode.
  • I really dug the scene with Pyat Pree in the council.
  • This may be the second episode with no nudity, and I really enjoyed the fact that the show has proved that you don’t need nudity when you have a solid story, the exposition with Alton and Jaime is a perfect example.
  • The story is really getting focused now as they move towards the end of the season. We aren’t following quite as many storylines per episode.

The Bad:

  • The focus is good, but I miss my grumpy ole Stannis.
  • As much as I liked the Alton/Jaime moment, it seemed to go on quite a bit before the predictable “I’m going to kill you” moment happened.

The Weird:

  • I take back the no nudity, I saw a dude’s butt.

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Previously on Game of Thrones

S1E1, S1E2, S1E3, S1E4, S1E5, S1E6, S1E7, S1E8, S1E9, S1E10

S2E1, S2E2, S2E3, S2E4, S2E5, S2E6

 

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Game of Thrones: Casting Roundup 1 and 2, Game of Thrones Primer IIGame of Thrones Primer I, Inn at the Crossroads Interview, Season 1 recap

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Inn May 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Didn’t the previous episode have a topless woman during the riot and naked Osha?

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Joe May 18, 2012 at 6:52 pm

two no nude shows, just not in a row

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Inn May 16, 2012 at 8:18 pm

“As much as I liked the Alton/Jaime moment, it seemed to go on quite a bit before the predictable “I’m going to kill you” moment happened.”

I agree, but it did serve a purpose. We got a bit more information about Jaime, who hasn’t done much in these first two books. We learn how he fell into knighthood and we get Barristan name-dropped again as a badass. The scene with Catelyn is pretty huge too. I love how Jaime points out that he’s not a bad person and what he did was for the greater good of the people (and of the Lannisters). But he just doesn’t care enough to truly emphasize or prove that he’s not bad, just letting people believe whatever the hell they want about the Kingslayer they all loathe.

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Joe May 18, 2012 at 6:53 pm

oh I agree it had a purpose. I think it added a lot for Jaime who has been sorely left alone for much of this season.

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