It’s been a long wait for G.O.T. fans and almost inevitably, with expectations so high, the first ep of the new series feels a little bit of a let down. Old characters were reintroduced, some new ones presented and generally the scene was set for what lies ahead. There were good character interactions and powerplays (Joffrey / Cersei, Cersei / Littlefinger), Peter Dinklage once again shone as Tyrion and there was some brutal violence towards the end, but on the whole not a great deal happened. Interestingly, a significant portion of the source book “A clash of kings” was covered in this ep, with a lot of skipping and condensing of plot to squeeze it all in. This bodes well for future eps as it allows plenty of room for the novel’s later, more momentous events to (hopefully) be played out in full. Despite leaving us slightly disappointed, this was a solid first episode that did what it needed to do to get events rolling along.
Game of Thrones S2E1 Nutshell Review (mild spoilers!)
Posted on April 3, 2012