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Game of Thrones Episode 1, Season 2
The North Remembers, Aired: April 1, 2012
Directed by: Alan Taylor
Aggregate Rating: 8.8/10, 16,000 reviews
"The North Remembers" is the very first episode of Game of Thrones second season. The King's Landing is celebrating Joffrey Baratheon's name day with huge pomp and glory. Joffrey orders his knights to fight to the death, for his entertainment. The festivities are interrupted when the new acting "hand of the king" Tyrion Lannister arrives. Tyrion heads straight to a meeting of the small council where he presents his father's order making him the acting hand of the king.
At Winterfell, Bran has assumed the responsibility of the Stark's family seat, while at the wall the men of the nights watch march towards north beyond the great wall. The Rangers arrive at Caster's Keep, who has many wives, most of whom are his own daughter. Lord Jeor Mormont inquires about Benjen Stark but gets no information. However, Caster reports that the wildlings are assembling for Mance Rayder, the King beyond the wall.
In the Riverlands, Robb Stark interrogates his prisoner Jaime Lannister and makes it clear that he knows about Joffrey's true parentage. Robb invites Joffrey's underestimations by sending his peace terms to King's Landing as he plans to trade Jaime Lannister for his sisters. Robb also plans to send Theon Grejoy to the Iron Islands to get the ships they need attack King's Landing to which Catelyn reminds Robb that trusting Theon is a bad idea.
On the island of Dragonstone, which is ruled by Stannis Baratheon, Melisandre, the red priestess leads a bonfire. The inhabitants of the island gather as Melisandre burns the idols of the gods of the "Faith of the Seven" as an offering to the Lord of Light. Melisandre claims that Stannis is the true champion of the Lord of the Light and she can help him win the Iron Throne.
Meanwhile, the world away Daenerys Targaryen, along with her dragons, and Khalasar cross the vast desert known as the Red Waste. Daenerys watches her people starve and horse collapse as they are running short of food and water. As a last resort, she decides to send three of her best riders in three different directions to find civilization where they can get food and water.Game of Thrones Episode 2, Season 2
The Nights Land, Aired: April 8, 2012
Directed by: Alan Taylor
Aggregate Rating: 8.6/10, 15,000 reviews
In the second episode of Game of Thrones Season 2, Arya Starks who is now traveling with a group of Night's Watch recruits led by Yoren finds herself in trouble when gold cloaks approach her camp. It is soon uncovered that the men were sent out for Gendry who is the sole surviving bastard of Robert Baratheon.
At the same time, in the King's Landing, Tyrion dines with Janos Slynt and questions him about the massacre of the bastards of Robert Baratheon. Although, he freely admits his involvement but holds back on who gave the actual orders. Janos is arrested and exiled to the Night's Watch, and Bronn replaces him as the commander of the City Watch. Tyrion is confronted by Cersei and ends up concluding that Joffrey ordered the massacre.
Theon Greyjoy sails off to the Iron Islands and meets his father Balon Greyjoy to get his support for Robb's army. Davos Seaworth also tries to secure a fleet of ship to back Stannis Baratheon's army and asks his old friend, the pirate Salladhor Saan for help. Saan agrees to help Davos considering that Davos is the most honest smuggler he has ever met.
North of the Wall, the Rangers are still taking shelter at Craster's Keep. Samwell Tarly speaks with a girl named Gilly, one of Craster's wives, who is terrified as she is expecting a boy. Sam brings Gilly Jon and tells him that they need to help Gilly escape. Jon disregards Sam's request as he is already on dangerous grounds with Caster.
Jon Snow is woken up when he hears Craster leaving with an infant. Jon decided to follow him and is shocked to hear the voice of White Walkers echoing through the trees. Jon rushes to help the crying baby and witnesses a dark figure taking the child. Craster then appears behind Jon and strikes him to the ground.
At the Red Waste, Daenerys awaits the return of her blood riders as she lies exhausted in the heat. She soon spots Rakharo's horse returning riderless. On investigating, Ser Jorah Mormont discovers Rakharo's head and severed braid in its saddle bag, which makes it clear that a rival Khalasar killed Rakharo.
Game of Thrones Episode 3, Season 2
What is Dead May Never Die, Aired: April 15, 2012
Directed by: Alik Sakharov
Aggregate Rating: 8.9/10, 15,000 reviews
Craster is infuriated at Jon Snow's spying and asks the men of the Night's Watch to leave. Jon tried to explain the situation to Lord Commander Jeor Mormont and tells him that he saw Craster sacrifice his son to the White Walkers. Jon is shocked to learn that it is old news for Lord Commander.
Bran continues to have strange dreams in which he sees the world through the eyes of his Direwolf Summer. He decides to confide in Maester Luwin about his dreams but is disappointed when Maester disregards them by telling that mystical powers no longer exist.
Catelyn Stark pays a visit to Renly Baratheon in the Stormslands. She witnesses a tournament in which Ser Loras Tyrell is defeated by Brienne of Tarth. Brienne's extraordinary fighting skills earn her a place in the Renly’s kings guard. Renly then speaks with Catelyn and promises her justice for Ned Stark's death, although Catelyn is highly unimpressed with Renly's preparation for the war.
Theon Greyjoy learns about his father's plan to attack the Stark's northern holding, while Robb is away at war with the Lannisters. Balon assigns Theon a single ship to raid the fishing villages of Stone shore while Yara, Theon's younger sister is put in command of 30 ships that will sail to Deepwood Motte. Theon asks his father to reconsider the attack saying that they'll be destroyed if they lose. However, if they support the Starks, they will be crowned the King of the Iron Islands and may also get Casterly Rock. Balon turns down Theon's idea and decides to proceed with the plan. Theon later considers his options, whether he should inform Robb about Balon's plans or follow the plan. Theon decides to support his father who later baptizes him following the religion of the drowned god.