Game of Thrones

Season 2 Episode 9

Blackwater

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 27, 2012 on HBO
8.8
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    The highly anticipated episode lives up to expectations with an hour of production values usually reserved for blockbusters.

  • Episode Summary

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    Stannis Baratheon's fleet and army arrive at King's Landing and the battle for the city begins. Cersei plans for her and her children's future.

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    • Blackwater

      8.0
      One of the best episodes yet of this show.



      This had about as much action as you could possibly hope for from this show, and it had good storytelling throughout the battle as well, not just nonsensical action.
    • Blackwater

      10
      This is epic storytelling at its finest
    • Not as good as so many people claim it to be, but definitely a stand-out episode for the show

      9.0
      In "Blackwater", Game of Thrones' typical style is radically changed, which starts with the fact that the usual handful of locations are narrowed down to only one, King's Landing. This is, of course, serving the purpose of the huge battle at Blackwater bay, which gives the episode its title. The main cast contracts pertinently and only 11 of the usual 25 are left something that on the other hand enhances the focus on those particular characters. Especially Tyrion, Cersei, and Sansa have more screen time than usual and guest writer George R. R. Martin, author of the show's source material, the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, includes a multitude of important character information into the cleverly written and grandly acted dialogs. However, it's unlikely the awkward conversations between Queen Regent Cersei and Queen to-be Sansa about the possibility of the latter getting raped by Stannis' troops, nor the entertaining fuck-everything-attitude of our canine friend in the King's Guard, Sandor Clegane, that audiences will remember about this episode. What happens in the last five scene of "Blackwater", with an absolutely stunning twist that will leave your mouth wide open during the whole ending credits, makes it a fan-favorite.



      But first things first: it actually takes the episode quite some time to gain momentum and not one scene in the first quarter of an hour was really something special. The looming fleets of Stannis Baratheon excited me and looked really good, yet I knew that this wasn't nearly the full potential of the show. Slowly but surely, one-time Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall manages to get the right mood on the screen and once Tyrion's sellsword Bronn lets loose of his fiery arrow in the direction of Stannis, the episode's mood varies dramatically. The following wildfire explosion is unbelievable, but the battle isn't over, it has just begun. Before we get to massive bloodshed in front of the Mud Gate, however, there's a cut to Cersei and Sansa, fifty-fifty voluntarily getting drunk in Maegor's Holdfast, where they are separated from the martial outside world.



      And then, in the second half of "Blackwater", an unforgettable battle commences, that is understandably small scale in comparison to cinema blockbusters, but includes umpteen awesome close-combat killings, fantastically realized by director Marshall. Much of the gore scenes, that made the show quite notorious for TV circumstances, are there as well and they are so artistically done that it's impossible to not have fun with it. But it wouldn't be Game of Thrones if the final scene weren't a jaw-dropping surprise. Lena Headey as Cersei is amazing in an extremely emotional finale that alternately shows her and her son Tommen in the Throne Room and Tyrion and Stannis on the battle field. All of this is almost too enthralling to watch and culminates in the arrival of Loras Tyrell. Remember, the audience doesn't know on which side he and his family are on at this point and that makes the scene with him entering the Red Keep one of the best moments in the whole show.



      "Blackwater" is undeniably one of the most rememberable Game of Thrones episodes, even though I personally found the first third to be too slow and also found several inaccuracies and logical flaws (How does Stannis now that Tyrion is responsible for the Wildfire? How can Stannis climb up the latter to King's Landing first of all without anyone of the Lannister's attacking him?). I do think that the hype about this episode is a bit disproportionate, but "Blackwater" is nevertheless one of the show's highlights.

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    • What a Performance !

      10
      I only start watching that show last month "Feb. 2012" because of the over hyped "Season Three"... I'm not a big fan of Lord of Rings ,Troy , 300, etc...

      BUT that got my attention from the first episodes, It's complicated with easy to get along characters , Here at that one I surely know that Lena Headey "Cersei Lannister" was one of them, She's perfect at that episode along with Sophie Turner "Sansa Stark" and the marvelous Peter Dinklage "Tyrion Lannister"

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    • What it's all about

      10
      There aren't many series out there that can make an episode with everything you'd expect in a feature length film, but Blackwater has delivered. From start to finish this episode has everything, chilling dialogue, insane action, and in what I would call a tribute the the ferocity and violence of war, just like a life can be ended in an instant so to was the war and the episode. We finally get to see the little man proving himself to be more than he ever has before, showing a set of balls to back up his brilliant intelligence.

      One of the best scenes in my opinion were those of Cersei hauntingly telling it like it is, with no holds barred. There aren't many shows out there that can stop me from wanting to blink for almost an hour, but this is definitely one of them!!moreless

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      • Cersei Lannister: When we were young, Jaime and I, we looked so much alike, even our father couldn't tell us apart. I could never understand why they treated us differently. Jaime was taught to fight with sword and lance and mace, and I was taught to smile and sing and please. He was heir to Casterly Rock and I was sold to some stranger like a horse to be ridden whenever he desired.
        Sansa Stark: You were Robert's queen.
        Cersei Lannister: And you will be Joffrey's. Enjoy.

      • Shae: Some of those boys will never come back.
        Sansa Stark: Joffrey will. The worst ones always live.

      • Bronn: Don't get killed.
        Tyrion Lannister: Nor you, my friend.
        Bronn: Oh, are we friends now?
        Tyrion Lannister: Of course we are. Just because I pay you for your services doesn't diminish our friendship.
        Bronn: Enhances it, really.
        Tyrion Lannister: Oh, enhances? Fancy word for a sellsword.
        Bronn: Been spending time with fancy folks.

      • Lord Varys: I've always hated the bells. They ring for horror--a dead king, a city under siege.
        Tyrion Lannister: A wedding.
        Lord Varys: Exactly.

      • Cersei Lannister: I should have been born a man. I'd rather face a thousand swords than be shut up inside with this flock of frightened hens.
        Sansa Stark: They are your guests under your protection. You asked them here.
        Cersei Lannister: It was expected of me, as it will be of you if you ever become Joffrey's queen. If my wretched brother should somehow prevail, these hens will return to their cocks and crow of how my courage inspired them, lifted their spirits.
        Sansa Stark: And if the city should fall?
        Cersei Lannister: You'd like that, wouldn't you? The Red Keep should hold for a time, long enough for me to go to the walls and yield to Lord Stannis in person. If it were anyone else outside those gates, I might have hoped for a private audience, but this is Stannis Baratheon. I'd have a better chance of seducing his horse. (pauses) Have I shocked you, little dove? Tears aren't a woman's only weapon. The best one's between your legs. Learn how to use it.

      • Sandor Clegane: (to the men he's leading to battle) Any man dies with a clean sword, I'll rape his fucking corpse!

      • Tyrion Lannister: (to his troops inside the Mud Gate with the enemy on the other side) Those are brave men knocking at our door. Let's go kill them.

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