Continuing the recap, we move onto the second season of GOT where I continue highlighting the most important events so far, in preparation for the final season that will air in April, 2019.
Episode 1 : The North Remembers
Tyrion takes up the post as acting Hand of the King and starts his activities at King’s Landing.
At Dragonstone (which was previously the home of the Targaryens and is now resided in by Stannis Baratheon, Robert’s eldest brother) proclaims to the public, Joffrey’s true parentage and announces his claims to the throne. He also starts following the new god and religion of the red priestess, Melisandre in order to get the throne.
On orders of Joffrey every single bastard of Robert’s is killed,even babies, so that no one will challenge his claim to the throne, with only Gendry managing to escape, along with Arya who is now disguised as a commoner boy., to escape King’s Landing.
Now having won three victories, Robb suggests to the Lannister’s to grant the North independence and exchange Sansa for Jamie. He sens Theon back to his father, Balon Greyjoy, to gain his support. Catelyn also leaves to meet Renly Baratheon, Robert’s second brother to gain his support for Robb.
Meanwhile back in Essos, with her people starving to death, Dany sends out her people to find a place for them to stay.
Back in the North, Jon and his group stay at Craster’s home beyond the wall. Craster is a man who takes all his daughters as his wives.
Episode 2 : The Night Lands
Theon return to his home in Pyke after many years, as a ward of Ned Stark to ask his father help to support Robb. His father scoffs at how Theon is now behaving like a Northerner and convinces his son that they should overthrow the crown and take the throne, along with his sister Yara.
Cersei rejects Robb’s conditions. Tyrion sends the head of the City Guard to the Night’s watch and appoints Bronn as the head instead.
On the way, Arya reveals her true identity to Gendry.
At Craster’s Keep, Samwell Tarly is approached by one of Craster’s daughters who is pregnant with Craster’s child. She is worries for her child’s future as if it is a daughter then Craster will take her as a wife and if it is a son, Craster will take him away, never to be seen again. Sam wants to help Gilly, but Jon is now convinced and feel they should concentrate on their mission.
Back in Essos one of the horses that Dany sends return’s with its riders head in a bag with a warning.
Back in Dragonstone, Sir Davos, one of Stannis’s most trusted men recruit pirate Salladhor San for Stannis’s cause. Stannis then attempts to have a son with Melisandre, something his wife was not able to give him.
Jon follows Craster, when he sees him taking a newborn son into the woods. He sees that Craster sacrifices his sons to the white walkers and when Craster finds him spying, Jon is knocked unconscious.
Episode 3 : What Is Dead, May Never Die.
Catelyn finally arrives at Renly’s camp where he has just wedded Margarey of House Tyrell. However Renly has not consummated his marriage with Margerey yet, as he in fact loved Margerey’s brother Loras. When Catelyn arrives, she sees a female knight Brienne of Tarth, defeating her enemies.
Balon Greyjoy, Theon’s father plans an attack on the North, led by Yara. Theon is found to be sending a letter warning Robb of the attack. Finally Theon is convinced by his father to join his cause, to attack the North and in a sea-water ceremony, Theon agrees.
Tyrion goes on a mission to find the people who are in Cersei’s confidence and finds that Maester Pycelle is one and imprisons him. He also appoints his lover Shae as Sansa’s handmaiden.
Back at Craster’s keep he demands the Night’s watch leave his home since he saw Jon spying on him. Jon finds that Lord Commander Mormont knew of Craster’s activities all along.
The recruits for the Night’s watch are captured by the Lannister soldiers. They kill a boy who Arya says is Gendry as she understands that they are after Gendry.
Episode 4 : Garden of Bones
Catelyn tries to convince the Baratheon brothers that they must unite for the war against Lannister’s but they do not agree. Stannis demands that Renly must obey his orders in order for him to join forces with Renly. Baelish visits Catelyn and offers an exchange for Jamie and one of her daughters. The fact that Arya is missing is unknown to Catelyn.
Davos witnesses Melisandre give birth to a shadow creature which shows the extent of her powers.
With each passing victory of Robb’s , Sansa is tortured. Tyrion puts a stop to this, and we witness Joffrey cruelly harming the several prostitutes that Tyrion sends for him.
Tyrion finds out about the incestuous relationship between Cersei and their cousin Lancel. Tyrion threatens Lancel that he will report this to Joffrey unless Lancel spies on Cersei for him.
Arya and Gendry are taken to Harrenhal where the prisoners there are tortured and killed. Tywin sets camp in Harrenhal and stops the torture and appoints Arya as his servant without knowing her true identity.
Dany walks through the desert, starving and arrives at the city of Qarth, which is prosperous and has several leaders. Daxos, a member of the thirteen of Qarth, convinces the others to let Dany and her party enter Qarth.
Daxos, a member of The Thirteen from Qarth
Episode 5 : The Ghost of Harrenhal
H’ghar, one of the prisoners with Arya, promises to Arya that he will kill three people she wants as he owes her a debt for saving him when the Lannister soldiers attacked. She asks him to kill the man that tortures the prisoners and he does.
Meilsandre’s shadow child ends up assassinating Renly. Catelyn and Brienne are announced as the criminals and they flee with Brienne announcing her allegiance to Catelyn. Except the Tyrell’s. everyone else in Renly’s army swears allegiance to Stannis.
Theon sails from Pyke to capture Winterfell while Robb is not there, to prove to his father that he is a true Ironborn (man of Pyke).
Tyrion learns about an explosive substance called wildfire from Lancel. He plans to use it in the war against Stannis.
The nights’s watch arrives at the ancient Fist of the First Men, where Lord Mormont asks Jon to join Halfhand to kill an enemy leader. ( The Fist of the First Men is an ancient hill in the Haunted Forest, where the first men built a stone ringwall during the age of the Dawn. By this part of the story some remains alone are left of the ringwall).
Daxos meanwhile proposes marriage to Dany saying that in return for the marriage he will provide all the wealth to wage war. However Jorah convinces her to win over the hearts of the people, to be a true leader instead.
Episode 6 : The Old Gods and The New
Myrcella, Cersei’s daughter is sent away to the City of Dorne where she will be living from now on. This was part of Tyrion’s plan to have a marriage alliance with the family at Dorne for their support to the Lannister’s; a decision that Cersei was not happy with it, because for Cersei her children come first.
Theon manages to capture Winterfell. However Bran and Rickon (the youngest Stark children) escape with the help of a wildling they had captured called, Osha and a servant from Winterfell called Hodor who helps Bran around.
At the Fist of the First Men, Jon captures a wildling called Ygritte. She eventually escapes from him and Jon leaves his companions behind so that he can capture her.
Joffrey starts off a riot at King’s Landing where in he gets attacked and Sansa is nearly raped. Tywin meets Baelish and agrees with his idea on contacting the Tyrell’s and getting them on their side since they are not going to be supporting Stannis. An officer suspects Arya’s true identity and she has H’ghar kill him as well (by this time we understand that H’ghar is a trained assassin). Robb discovers that Theon has now gone against him and sends men to recapture Winterfell from Theon.
Dany meanwhile tries to get a ship to move her people to Westeros, trying her best to avoid Daxos who had proposed marriage to her. Towards the end of this episode her dragons are stolen from her.
Episode 7 : A Man Without Honor
Theon begins to track down Bran and Rickon who managed to escape him as he attacked and took over Winterfell. Eventually he was not able to find the boys and kills two other little boys and shows their charred bodies to Maester Luwin (the resident Maester at Winterfell), that he has captured and killed the two youngest Stark children.
Tywin starts his search to find out the person who murdered his officer (the officer who suspected Arya’s true identity).
Sansa to her horror after the riot finds that she has started menstruating, which means that she can now bear Joffrey’s children, something she absolutely does not want to do. Cersei then advises her to love her children and not even Joffrey.
Meanwhile at the Fist of the first men, Ygritte continues seducing Jon until she has him fall to her trap and he gets captured.
At Robb’s camp, Jamie fails at an escape attempt.
In Qarth the warlock Pree reveals that he has Dany’s dragons and gives her a chance to reunite with her dragons before he eliminates the council and makes Daxos the king.
Episode 8 : The Prince of Winterfell
Catelyn frees Jamie and instructs Brienne who has proclaimed her allegiance to Catelyn to take him safely back to the Lannister’s. She does so, in exchange of the freedom of her daughters Sansa and Arya. Robb on finding this is furious and confines Catelyn to her tent and asks her not to involve herself in the matters of war anymore. Robb also starts to have a romantic involvement with Talisa, a woman who nurses the wounded on the war field.
Yara arrives at Winterfell to take Theon back home to Pyke. She isn’t happy with the decisions he made especially of the killing of the Stark children.
Tywin leaves Harrenhal to wage war with Robb. It is at this point that Arya, Gendry and their friend Hot Pie decide to escape from there. H’ghar helps them to escape so that Arya doesn’t name the third person to kill, as H’ghar himself.
Back in King’s Landing Cersei blackmails Tyrion by kidnapping Ros, who she thinks is his lover.
Now on their way to attack King’s Landing , Stannis promises to Davos that he will make him the Hand of The King once he gets the throne.
Beyond the wall, Jon and Halfhand are captured and given to the King of the wildlings, Rayder ( The North actually has many clans, all of which fight with each other and lack unity. But Rayder was the man who united all the clans together and found their co-existence possible which got him the status of the King beyond the wall, or the King of the wildlings).
At the Fist of the first men, the fellow men of the Night’s watch who were accompanying Jon find a huge reservoir of Dragonglass ( a substance known as obsidian, a form of volcanic glass).
In Qarth, Jorah agrees to accompany Dany to the House of the Undying, where the warlock has her kidnapped dragons.
Meanwhile, Brandon and Rickon are found to be alive in Winterfell.
Episode 9: Blackwater
Finally the forces of Stannis Baratheon arrive at King’s Landing to take the throne from the Lannister’s. Tyrion wards off a huge part of the attack by exploding a large amount of wildfire on the ships where in Davos and his son have perishes along with the ships that experiences the blast.
But a large number of Stannis’s forces attack by land and Tyrion, Joffrey and their side seems to be losing at first. A scared Joffrey leaves behind his men and runs away from the war scene. The soldiers lose spirit but Tyrion convinces the gold cloaks and the men to fight and protect King;s Landing and they eventually overwhelm Stannis’s forces on land as well through a series of underground tunnels around the city.
Shae, Tyrion’s lover asks Sansa to leave with Sandor who will take her back to Winterfell. She however, remains in the castle.
Cersei, fearing defeat takes her son Tommen to the throne room and sits on the throne with poison at hand to kill herself and Tommen if they lose.
Just as she is about to consume the poison and Tyrion lies injured, we see Tywin Lannister and Loras Tyrell enter the throne room in a rather ‘grand’ fashion victorious after defeating Stannis and his men, after joining forces with the Tyrell’s like Baelish had suggested at Harrenhal.
(This episode was one of my favorites up to this point. I loved how they shot the scene with the wildfire and the war in general. At this point we saw how feeble of a king Joffrey is, or rather he proved to the people that he is one. This was an episode that Tyrion really shined through and this was the point where I started loving Tyrion’s character. The battle sequence was great and what was even better was how Tywin entered the throne room, with his horse dropping dung over the floor and his victorious walk to Cersei.)
Episode 10 : Valar Morghulis
Joffrey decides not to marry Sansa but instead Margarey Tyrell who was Renly’s wife earlier. The Lannister’s agreed to Joffrey marrying Margarey in gratitude of them joining alliance in the war against Stannis.
Now that Tywin is back as the Hand of the King, he relieves Bronn from being the head of the city guard and Tyrion now fears about his safety and his lover Shae’s as his relationship with Shae is something that Tywin will never approve of.
Brienne and Jamie on their journey to return Jamie to the Lannister’s is attacked by some Stark soldiers who Brienne kills.
Catelyn tries to convince Robb not to marry Talisa as she had vowed to Lord Frey that he will marry one of his daughters. But Robb, firm in his resolve and in love with Talisa, marries her.
In Qarth, Dany ventures into the house of the Undying. Once inside Dany continues through the House following the cries of her dragons. She enters a room with many doors and opens and goes inside the door where the sound of her dragon’s cries are the loudest.
But that door in fact to the Throne room at King’s Landing where the Iron Throne sits. The scene is different though. The room is deserted and there is fine layer of snow in the room. The roof of the room is broken and open. She reaches out her hand to touch the iron throne but is stopped as she hears the cry of the dragons. She then opens the door in the throne room that should lead to the room of the small council.
This door however leads her North of the wall, the tunnel of Castle Black that leads to beyond the wall. She follows a dark mass she sees ahead and sees that it is a tent that she shared with Drogo. Inside she sees that it is warm and that Drogo is inside with their child that died. She exchanges a tearful moment with them both, but leaves as she knows it is not real. Now she goes inside the room with many doors, and sees her dragons chained. The warlock appears and chains her as well. But she commands her dragons with ‘Dracarys’. The dragons breathe fire and kill the warlock and she and her dragons escape. She then proceeds to lock Daxos in his vault and take all his wealth.
Theon tries to convince the men that they should fight Robb’s army but they knock him unconscious and leave. Maester Luwin then convince Bran and Rickon to travel to Castle Black to their brother, Jon.
Arya now having escaped from Harrenhal receives an iron coin from the city of Braavos. H’Ghar then leaves after magically changing his face.
At the North of the wall, Halfhand asks Jon to kill him, so that Jon can gain the trust of the wildlings. At the ending scene we see an army of White walkers at the Fist of the first men.
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