Spoiler Heavy Reviews: Game of Thrones- “The Old Gods and the New”

by Joe on May 6, 2012

Game of Thrones S2E6: “The Old Gods and the New”- Joe’s Rating~”A”

Winterfell has fallen, it seems Theon’s gamble of taking Torrhen’s Square has paid off. Bran’s dream from last week of the ocean swelling over Winterfell has come true as the Iron Men take Winterfell in a chancy gambit. However even as Theon has taken such a large prize, the amount of respect he receives is no different than before. Poor Theon. Even in the moment of his greatest victory, he is near tears at the disrespect he receives. He even kills Ser Rodrik, but it doesn’t solve his problem.

North of the Wall, Jon Snow’s sojourn with Qhoren Half-Hand to snuff out the fire that would warn Mance Rayder goes better than expected. They manage to capture a wildling girl by the name of Ygritte. Jon tries to execute her so she won’t warn Mance about them, but she manages to escape to some sexy time. Fully clothed tied up sexytime, but sexytime nonetheless.

A cat and mouse game ensues at Harrenhal as the first person to be able to point out Arya shows up in the form of Littlefinger. It’s uncertain whether or not he recognizes her, but we do learn that the Tyrell’s are now going to align with the Lannisters after Renly’s untimely death by vagina monster. Arya also uses her second owed death from Jaqen to kill an illiterate Lannister who almost got her caught.

Back at King’s Landing, Myrcella is finally being shipped off to Dorne, and Cersei gives Tyrion a prophetic warning about how she is going to take away someone she loves. On the way back to the Red Keep, the peasants start to revolt from food shortages and Joffrey’s unpopularity. Joffrey gets hit in the face with poo, and orders all of them to be executed. With the insanity, Sansa gets lost and nearly raped before The Hound disambowls her would-be rapist. However this isn’t before Tyrion finally has enough and lays into Joffrey. SLAP!!!

It seems not all is sexy time with Osha and Theon back at Winterfell. After Osha puts Theon in a deep sleep from what I can assume is some sweet, sweet loving, she manages to get Bran, Rickon, and Hodor out of the castle.

In Qarth Daenerys gets a bit of a bitch slap herself. Daenerys is on a mission of self discovery. After last week, where she had to turn down Xaro’s offer of marriage because of what she would give up, this week we find out that her dreams are not enough. Daeneys is learning that in the world of Qarth, names mean nothing, and it’s what you do that decides your destiny. However, her journey of self discovery will be put on hold as she has to figure out who stole her dragons.


The Good:

  • After last weeks mess of an episode storyline wise, this week seemed much better plotted, spending enough time with each story to make them feel like I was getting a story rather than quick snippets.
  • Rodrik either has a thick neck, or Theon’s got a weak swing.
  • Hey it’s the chick from Downton Abbey!
  • I would normally say that I hate blatant foreshadowing, but all the little snippets worked this episode for me. Cersei’s warning to Tyrion, Cat’s warning to Robb, Bolton’s bastard etc…

The Bad:

  • Oh, Jamie has dyslexia, that explains why he slept with his sister!
  • I’m not a fan of this Robb storyline, does it feel out of place to anyone else?

The Weird:

  • I just saw Nymphadora Tonks naked, how does that make you feel?

From the Book:

  • In the book, the whole Tywin/Arya storyline never occured, but I have to say this is the best change I have seen so far.


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Previously on Game of Thrones

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

S2E1. S2E2, S2E3, S2E4, S2E5

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, All the Best Swords Have Names

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Rick May 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I will say that Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) has the most piercing steely eyed glance I’ve seen since Peter Cushing. He’s surrounded by idiots, no wonder he’s losing the war. I haven’t seen a more incompetent bunch since “spaceballs”


Joe May 8, 2012 at 8:59 am

it’s true, look at who Robb surrounds himself with, and then Tywin. Robb surrounds himself with war veterans and bannermen. Tywin surrounds himself with relatives and sycophants, there is a reason Robb wins.


rdc May 8, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Tonks naked! Thank you, I also thought this was weird. Also, I was trying to explain to my wife about Roose and Ramsey Snow, and I was just hoping that the show would do justice to the thoroughly twisted Boltons.


Joe May 9, 2012 at 6:59 am

y’know it’s weird that there isn’t any casting information about the bastard out there. luckily my wife read the books so she is up to date on how scummy the boltons are


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