Game of Thrones

Season 2 Episode 2

The Night Lands

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 08, 2012 on HBO
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  • LOTS OF MATING, MATEY

    Game of Thrones: Rated (arrrr)R, for Sex and Pirates

    Episode 2 expanded the already huge scope of the series by putting more focus on secondary characters. Also sex...lots of deviant sex.

  • Episode Summary

    In the wake of a bloody purge in the capital, Tyrion chastens Cersei for alienating the king's subjects. On the road north, Arya shares a secret with Gendry, a Night's Watch recruit. Elsewhere, Theon Greyjoy reunites with his father Balon, who wants to restore the ancient Kingdom of the Iron Islands. Meanwhile, Davos enlists Salladhor Saan, a pirate, to join forces with Stannis and Melisandre for a naval invasion of King's Landing. And across the Narrow Sea, one of Daenerys's scouts returns with news of their position.

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    • "The Night Lands", . "The Incest Episode"

      8.0
      The Night Lands is an episode that has a lot of great stuff, but also more than just a few disappointing aspects that mitigated my general view on it. Most of all, they decided to focus on sex even more than usual, especially increasing the incestuous content to an unsurpassed high. The inbreeding parts don't get really explicit, but just the mentioning of it, together with the baby-slaughtering in the previous episode, leads me to believe that this season of Game of Thrones is going to be a lot more unsuitable for children than before. That's not to say that I disliked seeing Carice van Houten nude, I'm solely questioning its necessity, especially since that particular scene wasn't even included in the novels. Anyway, as long as you don't watch it with your kids, the episode is still really nice entertainment.



      First of all, we have scenes with Arya again and they are some of the funniest moments the show has had up to that point. The conversation between her and Gendry, bastard son of the late King Robert, was absolutely natural and uplifting and definitely one of the most enjoyable scenes in The Night Lands, whose best part was undoubtedly Peter Dinklage's Tyrion who was present in two scenes and nailed it each time. The first one, him having dinner with Janos Slynt, the Commander of the City Watch, is hilarious and so well acted; the second one is another debate between him and Cersei that made me laugh my arse off (to stay in Game of Thrones British English) while also giving important background information. Another very good part of this episode was Littlefinger solacing Ros, which soon turned out to be a bit more than that and showed off Littlefinger's attitude so perfectly well. What happened when Theon Greyjoy visited his family is one of the incest facets the episode has to offer while actually being very entertaining and interesting since it gives us a lot of character insight.



      So much for the good parts about The Night Lands; the not bad, but not really good scenes were basically everything I didn't mention in the previous paragraph. Dragonstone, the freshly introduced new setting, already got a bit boring in this episode, however, if you haven't read the source material, it will definitely help you to understand all the new characters better. The attribute 'boring' can also be given to the scenes across the Narrow Sea where Daenerys and her khalasar of some two dozen people and most of them women are planning to attack the rest of Westeros. I'm utterly convinced that this plan will work.



      While not boring, the Night's Watch scenes were unappealing to me right from the start as unfunny fart jokes were made, while Kit Harrington did a really fine acting job and proved that he can be just a tiny bit amusing as well. The Night Lands ended in a scene with him that is bringing up the question: Is every Game of Thrones episode now going to end with a baby being killed?



      My conclusion: I did enjoy this episode, yet I found it to be one of the weakest episodes of the show yet. There were too much things happening that I didn't like and if it weren't for the numerous and circumstantial sex scenes, this would've easily been the most boring Game of Thrones episode yet. Keep in mind that my rating always augments a bit because of the show's visuals that never fail to impress me.moreless
    • The Night Lands

      6.5
      A good followup to the season premiere to keep my interest in this show. I was not as engaged as some viewers were with the episode tonight, but amidst this very talented cast, I found myself drawn to Arya's storyline the most. Seeing her pursuit for revenge has been good and I cannot wait until it reaches fruition down the line. I do not like this show as much as some do, but I liked tonight's ep.moreless
    • The Night Lands

      8.5
      The Good:

      -"Sometimes those with the most power have the least grace."

      -"Dwarf? You should have stopped at imp."

      -Theon finally gets some substantial character development away from the Starks.

      -Davos admits to his son that he has no God but King Stannis.

      The Bad:

      -Melisandre and Stannis having sex does not make sense at all.

      -It seems as though the story is going awfully quick for being only the second book. Hopefully, "Game of Thrones" doesn't get ahead of itself.moreless
    • The Night Lands

      10
      "The Night Lands" was a perfect episode of Game of Thrones and I really enjoyed watching because the story focused on other characters and gave them more depth and development. It was awesome to see Theon return home to find a disappointed father, Arya finding a friend in Gendry who is wanted dead by Geoffry, and Sam trying to help a pregnant girl. Seeing Ghost was pretty cool. Tyrion stirred things up around court and it was great to see him in action. I love how clever he is. Jon Snow finds himself caught up in trouble in the end leaving me wanting to know more. I look forward to watching the next episode, though it can't come soon enough!!!!!!!!!moreless
    • there we go, we're getting back to the magic of the first season

      8.0
      Just as I thought, while the premiere didn't feel like it had much story going on, it did set the show on track and this episode start to feel like the first season ! We see political games slowly taking places, wars being prepared and the mysterious events in the North teasing our curiosity. I still think the pace is a little slow for a show that only has 10 episodes but it sure makes me want to see the next episode !

      It is nice to see some character development, and I am really curious of Arya's future since I haven't read the books yet.moreless

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      • Balon Greyjoy: Who gave you those clothes? Is it Ned Stark's pleasure to make you his daughter?
        Theon Greyjoy: My clothes offend you, I will change them.
        Balon Greyjoy: You will. That bauble 'round your neck, did you pay the iron price for it or the gold? I asked a question. Did you pull it from the neck of a corpse you made or did you buy it to match your fine clothes? Iron or gold?
        Theon Greyjoy: (hesitatingly) Gold.

      • Petyr Baelish: Sometimes those with the most power have the least grace.

      • Tyrion Lannister: Tell me, when your men slaughtered Ned Stark's men in the throne room, did you give the order?
        Lord Janos Slynt: I did, and I would again. The man was a traitor, he tried to buy my loyalty.
        Tyrion Lannister: The fool...he had no idea you were already bought.
        Lord Janos Slynt: Are you drunk?! I'll not have my honour questioned by an imp!
        Tyrion Lannister: I'm not questioning your honour, Lord Janos...I'm denying its existence!

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