It seems like “Game of Thrones” season two just premiered, taking faithful fans to the dark, dangerous world of Westeros. Ten very quick weeks later the season has come to an end leaving us with lots of questions to think about while we wait for the third season.
Season one ended with fire, season two ended with ice — a fitting tribute to George RR Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire and emphasising that the dragons have been born again to bring an end to the winter, which has come.
Similar to season one, it was episode nine which gave us the chills. The Battle of Blackwater was everything one hoped it would be and more. The effects, the acting, Tyrion’s heroics, Joffrey’s cowardice, Cersei’s need to protect her children no matter what and Stannis’s anguish made this episode one to remember. The season’s finale ‘Valar Morghulis’, however, left us hanging and we can’t help but wonder why more time couldn’t be dedicated to the House of Undying. Why so much time was dedicated to Stannis and Melisandre, and why the scene between Tyrion and Shae was so long is beyond us. Those who have read the books know how important the House of Undying is for the rest of the series and can’t help but feel letdown.
Seeing Winterfell burn after being told that help was outside is shocking to say the least. We were told repeatedly that Roose Bolton’s illegitimate son would be honoured to help Rob Stark, so what went wrong?
Stannis Baratheon has lost his entire fleet at the Battle of Blackwater. What will become of him now and what did he see in the fire?
Daenyrus Targaryen has got her dragons back and she has enough gold to buy a ship. Where will she set sail to and when will her dragons finally grow enough to defend themselves and those around them?
Who’s in trouble?
Rob Stark has chosen to deal with danger by going back on his word and marrying Talisa, a nurse from Volantics who he has fallen in love with, instead of Lord Walder Frey’s daughter. What will the repercussions be?
Theon Greyjoy showed that he would rather go down fighting but, unfortunately for him, was unable to inspire loyalty among his fellow iron-born who decided to trade him for their safety.
Tyrion Lannister has fallen in love with playing the game of thrones, and realised he’s good at it. But he has once again been shunned by his father and is wanted dead by his sister.
Bran and Rickon Stark are on the run. They have lost their home, are leagues away from their family — how will they survive?
Characters we can’t wait to meet in season three
Mance Rayder — The King beyond the wall has been mentioned throughout the season. And we are waiting anxiously to see if Mance Rayder lives up to our expectations.
Jojen and Meera Reed — The brother and sister that posses the gift of prophetic dreams and will appear in season three.
Ramsay Bolton — Lord Roose Bolton’s son was supposed to come to Rob Stark’s aid but instead burnt down his family home. What does this character hold in store for us?
Published in The Express Tribune, June 10th, 2012.
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