Game of Thrones

Season 2 Episode 1

The North Remembers

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 01, 2012 on HBO
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    Game of Thrones: A Clash of Kings

    Season 2 got off to a fantastic start with more focus and a broader look at the kingdom where blood will spill in the names of several self-proclaimed kings.

  • Episode Summary

    Winter is coming as the Night Watch meet the threat north of the Wall. The standoff between the Starks and the Lannisters boils with new rumors of King Joffrey's birthright and the rise of the Baratheon brothers in the warfare. Meanwhile, Daenerys leads her band of Dothraki through the dead lands.

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    • The most brutal and chilling conclusion for an episode ever seen on TV

      The season starts on a bloody tone that is as introductory as it is comprehensive, the reunion of Joffrey's siblings with uncle Tyrion serves as warm contrast to Joffrey's scene with Sansa & the Hound, both of them offering a common front as solid as the one of Robb and his mother in King of the North front, yet not as arid as Daenerys "Dragon" Princess on her way to the South.

      However, it's not Daenerys's dragons but the ravens carrying news of Lannister incest what provoke the most brutal massacre, as the last thing we hear are the screams of dozens of mothers watching Joffrey's men slay each and every single one of Robert's bastards (even the babies)...the surviving one, Gendry, still in the same wagon as Ned's bravest daughter Arya.moreless
    • The North Remembers

      The Good:

      -"It must be hard for you to be the disappointing child."

      -Jon Snow puzzles as to what Craster does with his sons.

      -"I will not fail you..." "You never have." "Now is a bad time to start."

      -The killing of Robert's bastards is mentioned in the book, but no one is there to see any of it.

      It would seem that the second season of "Game of Thrones" is upping the excitement level of its literary predecessor, "A Clash of Kings."

      The Bad:

      -Melisandre seems less fearsome than she ought to seem. This red woman is bad news, but the show doesn't let anyone know it yet.

      -Cersei and Petyr do not really butt heads in the books. It's strange that he would not hold his tongue in the presence of the Queen; he usually knows better.moreless
    • Not like the book, yet somewhat enjoyable

      Ok first things first, for those who do not like seeing the brutality and immorality that fills this show..too bad. This series is based upon a book series, therefore the producers do not have MUCH say as to creating the content.

      That being said, I had a large issue with this episode as a whole. In essence it misses the whole point of the first 300 pages of "A Clash of Kings." One of the beginning scenes is of Jon and lord Mormont beyond the Wall in a wildling's tavern. Ding! Big mistake guys...This doesn't occur until nearly 250 pages into the book. What happened to the critical scenes beforehand, and the dangers beyond the wall, explaining the White Walkers!!! Secondly, the relationships throughout the episode are severely altered from their counterparts in the novels. Rob and his mother have a strenuous relationship in the books as Rob's newfound power begins to somewhat cloud his judgement..this is not evident in the show. And what in the world is this awkward mother/son relationship between Cersei and Joffrey (especially Joffrey speaking down to her and questioning her sex life), this is a huge part to add to the show, nor is it accurate. If you read the books, Cersei is the Queen Reagent, meaning she rules until Joffrey becomes of age. What is all this crap about Joffrey ordering and threatening his mother, when in reality she is just as bad as him.

      As many disconnects from the books this episode showed than previous ones, it is still somewhat enjoyable as the storylines of Daenerys and Jon pose a great mystery and suspense to both viewers and readers alike. Stay tuned as the series progresses, but the producers certainly need to coordinate the storylines much more efficiently.moreless
    • not as thrilling as I hoped for, still a good quality show

      I remember sitting on the edge of my seat while watching Game of Thrones, and for this first episode, well, I wasn't. Maybe it is because I need to immerse myself in the fantastic game of Thrones universe after its long absence, but it wasn't as thrilling as I hoped for, not enough going on. I keep in mind it is just the beginning, things will get interesting very soon I'm sure.

      Actors on this episode were brilliant as usual, nothing to say there, it's just the story that was a bit too much of an introduction for the next one.moreless
    • 2x01 "The North Remembers"

      After a fantastic first season, Game of Thrones returns with a solid episode with outstanding directing (as always) and a well-crafted script. I don't know about you guys, but this show already feels like a classic to me.

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • In the opening credit sequence a new destination visited in this episode, Dragonstone, "rises" from the map. Vaes Dothrak and the Wall also rise although they are not visited in this episode, but there is activity by key characters in their general areas of the world.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Tyrion Lannister: Starks love their children as well. And we have two of them.
        Cersei Lannister: One.
        Tyrion Lannister: One?
        Cersei Lannister: Arya, little animal, she disappeared.
        Tyrion Lannister: Disappeared? What, in a puff of smoke? We had three Starks to trade. You chopped one's head off and let another escape. Father would be furious. Must be hard for you, to be the disappointing child.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • The scene with the soldiers invading the brothel, looking for King Robert's bastard offspring, even chasing down a woman with a babe in her arms, is an allusion to an early scene in Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 version of "The Ten Commandments" when Pharaoh Seti I, on advice from his astronomers, ordered the slaying of the Hebrew children to prevent the rise of their Messiah.