Tonight's the night...

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Tonight's the night...

Richard Madden as "Robb Stark," with his Dire Wolf

...no April Foolin'... that cable HBO brings back the fascinating and boundlessly entertaining "Game of Thrones" for its second season.

The blood is up, not just chez Speir, but in my #2 step-daughter Katrina's household where she and her beau are eagerly awaiting the return as well!

Yesterday, she sent me an E-mail:

"GoT! Which seemingly indisposable character do you think will get the axe next???"

Excellent question, because if there's anything viewers learned in Season One, anyone can die at any time, the four biggies being:

  • Eddard Stark, and that was a shocker! Sean Bean was one of the most recognizable actors in the cast, and they lopped off his head in the penulti­mate episode!
  • Robert Baratheon, Ruler of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, took time off from wenching and drink­ing to go hunting, and was promptly gored to a lin­gering death by a boar.
  • "Khal Drogo, the fearsome and seemingly invin­cible leader of the bellicose Dothraki.
  • "Viserys Targaryen, insufferable, arrogant and of the unalterable opinion that the throne occupied by Robert Barath­eon is rightfully his.

Having married his shy young sister Daenerys off to Drogo in return for a promise of a army of 40,000 Dothraki to claim his crown, Viserys is impatient, too impatient.

Under the rubric "Be careful what you wish for demand," as the great Khal tells him... and this is an approximate translation of the Dothraki tongue, "Crown? I've got your crown right here!"

Viserys dies screaming as Drogo pours molten gold over his curly locks as millions in TV land stood cheering!

(As already noted, Viserys was insufferable.)

While I won't miss the wouldbe King, Drogo was an inter­esting character... he wasn't purely the testosterone-driven savage he initially appeared to be, it was the testosterone that killed him... trying to demonstrate his power and invul­nerability to remain unquestioned leader of the Dothraki. The wound he received in that final fight went septic and there was no coming back from that.

(Them Dothraki lads play rough! As Ser Jorah Mormont tells Viserys early on: "A Dothraki wedding without at least three deaths is considered a dull affair.")

Next to go? While I'd enjoy seeing Joffrey Baratheon (actually a Lanister though he doesn't know it) get his from "the pointy end" of young Arya Stark's "Needle," I think that will be at least a season or two away.

Lena Headey as Queen Cersei

And seeing the incestuous Lanister twin siblings, Queen Cersei and brother Jamie, get some serious come-uppance would be good.

(Actress Lena Headey, in al­most everything I've seen her in, wears a constant express­ion as if someone nearby just broke wind... her subjects should in­vest in a case of Bean-o to be on the safe side.)

But I think the most likely candidate for a dirt nap at this point is the widow Stark, the former Catelyn Tully.

Some miscellaneous thoughts...

Robyn, that cross-eyed mutant offspring of Catelyn's sister Lysa, certainly could uses a serious spanking, or at least be told he can no longer breast-feed!

(JAY-sus! The kid's in double digits already!)

Other items on my GoT bucket list:

  • I want to see how the last three dragons in the world, long thought extinct but spectacularly rein­troduced, hatched from the smouldering remnants of Drogo's funeral pyre, in Season One's climax, develop and grow.
  • I want to know more... lots more... about the Wildings and the Whitewalkers outside The Wall.
  • I also want to see lots and lots of Dire Wolves... they are terrific!
  • I can't wait to see how that treacherous whore­monger Petyr Baelish gets his... it was he who betrayed Eddard, leading to his decapitation.
  • I want to see how long before Drogo's widow Daenerys takes Ser Jorah Mormont to her bed, or will she declare herself a "Bride of the Dragon" and take a vow of celibacy from this point forward.
  • And I'm dying to see how the rotund Samwell Tarly with his pudding bowl haircut, makes out in the Night's Watch... there was already a hint that he's not the hopeless pantywaist he looked to be.

Still, after all that, Catelyn Tully will be the next main character to be killed... but not killed off.

Get the popcorn ready for tonight!

Comments

1. Bob said...

Last season I fortunately happened upon "Game of Thrones;" thankfully it was the second episode. This show is truly the best.

I'm waiting for the day that "Arya" and "Joffrey" meet alone with Arya having her small sword with her. He shouldn't have had her dad killed.

No, by the Old Gods and the New, he shouldn't! Right now, however, that little sword, "Needle," is hanging from the belt of one of the Lannister crew.

One character I liked a lot who was (presumably) killed (off-screen) in Season One, was her Fencing Master, Sylvio Forel... he was great, and had more stones than Joffrey, Theon Greyjoy and Viserys Targaryen put together! I'm confident that she will put his lessons to good use in the coming seasons. "What do we say to the God of Death? Not today!"
Dean

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