Game of Thrones: Dark Wings, Dark Words Season 3 Episode 2 Review

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A busy episode shows us where the characters we missed last week are and what role they might play this season.

With so many characters, there was no way Game of Thrones could give us everyone in a single premiere. Therefore, Dark Wings, Dark Words essentially had the same tone as last week’s premiere as we basically got more “where are they now?” storylines.

The opening scene, I will say, was very cool, as Bran dreamt of his brothers, Jon Snow and Robb, teaching him how to use a bow. Upon waking up, we find Bran with the same crew he ended last season with. But a new face enters the picture, who tells Bran he is a warg, a person who can control certain animals like wolves and three-eyed crows. This new friend plans to take Bran and his friends to his home. Bran does deserve a new place to rest after Theon destroyed Winterfell.

Speaking of Theon, when we caught up with him this week he was being tortured. His captors want to know why he attacked Harrenhal. It’s a nice catharsis to see Theon in this tough spot after his mean streak last season.

Meanwhile, Robb, along with his wife and mother, leave the ruined Harrenhal to continue the war effort. In one of the best scenes of the night, Catelyn Stark confides in her daughter in law about the children she’s lost and is praying for. Clearly Robb’s flame has some sympathy for Catelyn, and I can’t wait to see it all come to a head.

Catelyn’s prayers sent us back over the wall as Jon Snow meets a warg in a chilling scene. No show on TV right now handles the supernatural as an unnatural as well as Game of Thrones.

Another child of Catelyn’s, and fan favorite Arya returned this week as well. Her and her companions run into the Brotherhood Without Banners (who I might also be rooting for since all the families vying for the throne are so corrupt). Arya continues to be one of the strongest characters on the show. This week, the best way of showing that was proving how weak she can still be. Arya may have been trained by the best and survived servitude under Tywin Lannister, but she still has a long way to go before she can fend for herself. This was a compelling lesson to watch her learn as she challenged her captor. Plus, we got the surprise return of the Hound right at the end! Story of the week?

It would be had the happenings in King’s Landing not been so wonderful yet again. Margaery continues to battle Cersei for Joffrey’s affections. And the former seems to be winning. Sansa’s meeting with Margaery and her grandmother was rich with character moments. But not as rich as Margaery learning to shoot a cross bow from Joffrey. This is the most intriguing story to appear in both episodes of the season.

But the episode did end with an exciting climax as Jaime Lannister and Brienne duke it out on a bridge before getting captured by the locals. Their fight was charged as Jaime noted she can’t kill him but he will kill her. My guess is they will have to work together to get out of their current mess.

So yeah, kind of a busy entry, even busier than last week. But at least now we are caught up with just about every major character. Hopefully now the show will establish the character arcs this season and bring us through them as flawlessly as it did last season. Grade: B+

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