On “Game of Thrones” “Second Sons” – which aired May 19 – some characters are wishing they were dead, happy occasions aren’t nearly so happy, and someone unexpected discovers a new way to fight.
The Hound and Arya
Arya is determined to kill the Hound, but it’s not as easy as taking a rock to his skull. “Kill me, and you’re free,” he tells her. “But if I live, I’ll break both your hands.” Arya is stuck with the Hound for now, but she might just start to realize that he is a bit of a good guy. After all, he tells her the story of saving Sansa, and then he admits to taking Arya to her mom and brother at the Twins.
Daenerys’s strength grows
To defeat the city of Yunkai, Daenerys needs to turn their men to her side. But gold isn’t enough for these “Second Sons”; one digs his own grave when he sexually harasses the queen of dragons. But it isn’t Dany’s men who kill him. Rather, it’s Daario Naharis, who decided to protect her beauty, by beheading his two mercenary comrades. Dany shows her naked self to him, and, just like that, she trusts him. She now has three advisors, and even more men to wage her wars.
Melisandre and her lamb
Now at Dragonstone on “Game of Thrones” season three, episode eight, Melisandre is treating Gendry kindly, and Stannis wants to know why. “If a lamb sees the knife, she panics,” the Red Lady says. “Her panic seeps into the meat and darkens the flavor.”
She means to use him in some way, and Davos Seaworth — once again in King Stannis’s confidence — doesn’t understand. After all, “is there a difference between kill and sacrifice?”
Once again, the voice of reason isn’t listened to. Instead, Stannis continues to listen to the flames, and in that fire, he saw a battle in the snow, which is quite a bit of foreshadowing.
But for now, what is Melisandre’s purpose? She starts to bed Gendry and then she ties him to the bed. It’s then that she starts leeching him, claiming that she’s just demonstrating the power of king’s blood. That demonstration will take longer than the time of “Game of Thrones” “Second Sons” will allow.
“Balon Greyjoy, Robb Stark, Joffrey Baratheon,” she says, tossing three leeches into the flames.
A royal wedding for Sansa and Tyrion
But the faces behind the first two names aren’t appearing in this episode. Yet, the disgusting twerp, King Joffrey, is. Tyrion and Sansa have married, and it all seems to be an event to entertain Joffrey, who steals Tyrion’s step stool. And then at the reception, Joffrey taunts Sansa by threatening to bed her when her new, drunk, husband passes out that night.
But that threat doesn’t come to fruition, if only for what a drunk Tyrion has to say. When Joffrey attempts to start the bedding ceremony, Tyrion stops him by threatening to hurt Joffrey’s nether regions.
Tyrion then stumbles to his room with a understandably reluctant Sanas following behind. He tells her of his father’s wishes — that he consummate their marriage — and ever the dutiful one, Sansa begins to undress. But it isn’t in Tyrion’s nature to force her to do anything she doesn’t want, a stark contrast to his nephew. “I won’t share your bed, not until you want me to,” he says. And when Shae doesn’t find blood in the sheets the next morning, everything is right in Tyrion’s world once again — if only for a moment.
Sam, Gilly, and the white walker
In one of the most dramatic moments of the night, Sam and Gilly start to settle in for the night, and Sam doesn’t win many points with his inability to start a fire. But then a creepy number of crows surround their little hut, and Sam somehow gathers some courage to go outside.
But what can he do against the approaching white walker? His sword shatters at the white walker’s touch, and the supernatural creature heads toward the baby. And just then Sam becomes the hero that he was, in ways, destined to become. He stabs the white walker in the back with the dragonstone dagger.
Which storyline was your favorite in “Game of Thrones” “Second Sons”? What do you think of Melisandre’s demonstration of power with the leeches? Are you starting to like Sam more now that he finally did something great?
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