Either I’m over the Star Wars effect, so much being thrown at you you drown in information, or this season is much more straight forward. Probably a bit of both.

Nice to see Joffrey as psychotic as we left him, knights fighting to the death on his nameday. Interesting to see The Hound back up Sansa after angering Joffrey. You think he has something for Sansa? And then enter the man, Tyrion. Peter Dinklage just nails all his lines and is worth the price of admission all by himself. Nice to see Tyrion put his nephew in his place publically and be untouchable.

Tyrion’s next victim is his sister Cersei. Unknown to her their father has sent the dwarf to be the King’s Hand while there is a war. Cersei doesn’t like the fact that Tyrion is there to reel her in as well as Joffrey. And judging by her thoughts of how to deal with the refugees flooding into King’s Landing, she does need some reeling in. Bran in the north shows better judgement listening to people he’d rather not, but needs to hear.

Daenerys is wandering in the desert like Moses, if Moses had had some dragons! If Daenerys is your favorite character then you’ll be a bit upset, she gets maybe 5 minutes of screen time. ~sigh~

Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch are pushing deep beyond the wall. There has been a lack of wildlings and they hole up with a creepy dude who marries his own daughters and then keeps doing that. Jon still needs to know to hold his tongue and The Commander tells him that in order to lead you first have to know how to follow. I’m still don’t know why the Night’s Watch doesn’t just roll crazy incest dude.

Enter the red-headed witch, Melisandre, who is running her own spiritual thing. While burning idols of the Seven, she calls forth Stannis Baratheon, the late King’s brother, to play Arthur and pull a sword out of a burning idol. Guess that makes Melisandre Stannis’s Merlin. And poor Stannis is far too honest and dour to be a good king. He does send out a message saying that Joffrey is not a Baratheon and he, Stannis, is rightful king. And how badass is Melisandre for drinking a whole goblet of poisoned wine after knowing it was poisoned… and have nothing happen to her.

Poor Jaime Lannister gets schooled by the “boy” he’s trying to mock… and his very dire wolf. Jaime seems to be a former shadow of himself, which is sad as I think her was beginning to be someone of interest in the latter part of last season. Theon Greyjoy tries to convince Robb that he needs ships to take King’s Landing and the Greyjoy’s have ships. Robb is undecided, but his mother is totally against teaming up with the Greyjoy’s, who were once their enemies. Robb yet again shows his understanding that once the war starts, it isn’t so easy to end. He needs a decisive victory or a really great trump to sue for peace.

Nice to see Tyrion in a brief moment of joy with Shae. In the same quarters as Ned Stark. Hope their fates are better than poor Ned’s.

Interesting seeing Cersei showing Little Finger that knowledge isn’t power, power is power. Knowledge doesn’t stop a blade to your throat, but finding out where Arya is might. And how crazy is it when the Lannisters start killing any suspected bastard of the late king? I mean the population of the Seven Kingdoms must have been halved!

Off to a good start, but I want to see more of Daenerys, Jon and Anya.

Iain McGregorTVGame of Thrones,George R. R. Martin,The North Remembers
Either I'm over the Star Wars effect, so much being thrown at you you drown in information, or this season is much more straight forward. Probably a bit of both. Nice to see Joffrey as psychotic as we left him, knights fighting to the death on his nameday. Interesting to...