Game of Thrones Season 2 Episode 2: The Night Lands
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Game of Thrones Season 2 Episode 2 Recap
The second episode, “The Night Lands”, might give us a deeper perception on the beliefs in Westeros. There is a gap between logic and mysticism. We can seen it between siblings, Cersei and Tyrion. They are again involved in a conversation, which is more like a battle. Cersei confirms that she doesn’t believe in magic and supernatural things. She thinks that those only belong to the legend. Meanwhile, Tyrion has seen such unnatural things with his own eyes, that he don’t question it anymore. If only Dany can pass through the Red Waste alive and arrive at Westeros, the questions about magical creatures that have been extinct might be all clear.
Still about beliefs, Stannis has found his belief in the Lord of Light, although it’s not clear whether he believes because he really believes or because he wants the Lord’s help for the Throne. His right hand man, Davos Seaworth, on the other hand, is not interested in worshipping any god, while his son is trying to urge him to worship the Lord of Light. Davos is more convinced to help delivering Stannis to the Throne, asking his friend, pirate Salladhor Saan, to provide him his ships for the battle against Joffrey.
At the Iron Islands, Theon Greyjoy finally arrives at his home. Greeted by his sister, Yara, at the port – not knowing that she is his sister – he is brought to his father, Balon Greyjoy. The welcome is rather cold. It seems like Theon doesn’t find his real home there.
North of the Wall, Jon comes to another clue about what happens to Craster’s sons, for he only has daughters who then become his wives. This is when one of Craster’s daughter-wives comes to him and Sam. Gilly, one of Craster’s daughter-wives, is asking for Jon’s and Sam’s help. She asks them to take her because she is afraid that her baby might be a boy. At the end of the episode, we get a hint on Craster’s sons. It is related to the White Walkers.
Back to King’s Landing, Joffrey’s position as the King is threatened by King Robert’s bastards. That is why he ordered his soldier to kill the bastards in the last episode. His effort in retaining his power is almost successful, if it’s not because of Arya and Gendry. Gendry still survives and no one knows that there is still a person carrying King Robert’s blood out there. If Arya can arrive at Winterfell safely, the Lannisters will lose a Stark to trade. If Joffrey’s soldiers are still pursuing Gendry obviously, people will soon know what is wrong with him.
Then, we have Tyrion, who always stands on the different side from the rest of the Lannisters. He replaces the commander of the City’s Watch with his friend, Bronn. He states that he doesn’t trust the commander as he is involved in the last Hand’s death and the murder of King Robert’s bastard children. Tyrion has a sense of morality more than the rest of his family members. He even warns Cersei that there will be an uprising if they keep their destructive behavior.