'Daenerys' is the guts of <i>GOT</i>

Sunday, June 10, 2012

'Daenerys' is the guts of GOT

This will be the first of the past eleven Sunday evenings that there won't be a new episode of "Game of Thrones" on cable HBO, and I for one am glad for the respite so that I can better reflect what Season Two has wrought.

Although I awaited with increasing impatience for the series to return in April, when it appeared it didn't have the "bang" that Season One did... right up until its final ten minutes.

Which is ironic, because the very first ten minutes of the pilot, "Winter Is Coming," for those unfamiliar with George R.R. Martin's source material and had no idea of what was ahead, brilliantly hooked viewers into the series!

(Although those with queasy stomachs can be excused for switching channels to CBS' "Undercover Boss.")

Season One had a tremendous finale... it cannot be termed a "wrap" since it left open myriad possibilities!

Prime of which was "Daenerys Stormborn," daughter of the long-extinct dragon, soot-stained and naked in the cooling ashes of her husband's funeral pyre with three freshly-hatched dragons about her.

Having just sworn to her Dothraki khalasar that those who would harm them "will die screaming," I couldn't wait to see what "Daenerys" would wreak on her enemies this season.

She didn't do very much over 9¾ episodes, only being saved, with what remained of her khalasar, from death in the desert lands by the less than althruistic kindness of "Xaro Xhoan Daxos" and afforded the sanctuary of the port city of Qarth where her infant dragons are stolen by the self-replicating warlock conjurer "Pyat Pree."

But re-centered by a dream vision of her dead husband and their stillborn son "Rhaego," she reasserts herself and with the simple, softly-spoken command "dracarys" to her dragons, frees herself and her charges from their chains... with their breath of fire.

There's great humor, too... the one young dragon's first attempt results in a sort of burp, and a tiny smoke ring; nothing to cause anyone to tremble.

The second try, though, is much more satisfying: a stream of fire is propelled across the chamber and the cadaverous "Pyat Pree" dies... screaming, of course... in flames.

(So much for his conjurer's tricks!)

She then marches, her chirruping dragons in hand, into the bed chamber of "Xaro Xhoan Daxos," removes the clock­work key from a medallion around his neck, and opens his giant vault of great wealth only to find it empty.

Never one the let a giant empty vault go to waste, she consigns the false tycoon, and one of her hand maidens who'd been sharing his bed, within and re-locks the door!

While deprived of the man's illusory wealth, "Daenerys," her ever smitten "Ser Jorah" and her remaining khalasar recover enough gold plates and goblets to acquire a ship to take them across the Narrow Sea to Westeros where she plans to reclaim the Iron Throne for the Targaryens.

It won't be an easy undertaking what with the powerful "Lannister" family in full control, having just thoroughly defeated "Stannis Baratheon."

(Nor can the youngest daughter of the unjustly execu­ted "Eddard Stark," the feisty and quick-witted "Arya," be counted out.)

But it is "Daenerys," so far, who has emerged as the viscera of "Game of Thrones" with its great, goosebump-raising story-telling.

Season Three cannot come soon enough!

Comments

1. Jeanne Speir said...

Nice headline, dear!

It's Sunday – Going... through... "GOT" withdrawal.

I loved the little puff of the magic dragon too; it made me giggle... for a moment.

Some viewers don't realize that there's humor in the series aside from Peter Dinklage.
Dean

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