Game of Thrones: Inside The Episode “The North Remembers” (S02E01)

“The North Remembers” lays the foundation to what promises to be an epic and riveting second season for the award winning medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones. The settings are incredibly diverse and spread over different continents from the desert of the Red Waste to the cold Haunted Forest beyond the Wall. As a red comet blazes overhead, each character’s journey and narrative, no matter where they are in the world are interconnected like strands on a spider web or ripples on a pond. The aftermath of King Robert’s death and Lord Ned Stark’s execution continues to unravel as Tyrion Lannister arrives in King’s Landing to assume the position of the new Hand of the King, Robb Stark sends him mother to forge an alliance with King Renly Baratheon and Stannis Baratheon declares his right to the Iron Throne after receiving Ned’s letter that King Joffrey is the inbred spawn of Queen Cersei and her brother, Jamie the Kingslayer.

Watch the Game of Thrones Season 2 – Inside The Episode with series executive producers providing insight on Robb Stark, Jon Snow and much more.

The fictional geography, religions, history, family lineage and cultures make Game of Thrones a richly complex, engrossing and fully realized world. Seven hells, I might even do the next review completely in Dothraki! (Just kidding). One of the challenges of adapting a 1000 page book into a 10 episode season is hiding the exposition usually disguised while characters are playing a drinking game, gutting a steer, taking a bath, shaving a chest or plainly having sex. It’s easy to be overwhelmed, gloss over a detail or forget what previously happened whether your new to the TV series or finished reading the book a long time ago. After watching the TV episode, check out some interesting tidbits and brief thoughts below to enrich your viewing experience. (These are intended to be spoiler-free up to the latest aired episode).

Game of Thrones Guide For “The North Remembers”:

• White ravens bring a message that the season is changing. The ravens are sent from the Citadel where the Maesters train and call home.

• Bran has had metaphysical dreams before: The three-eyed raven dream and seeing Ned in the tomb below Winterfell after his death – a dream shared by Rickon his younger brother. However, Bran is adamant that his vision of the wolf is not a dream.

• Grey Wind is the largest of the Stark’s direwolf. The wolves are said to take on the characteristics of their master. Sansa’s Lady was gentle, while Rickon’s Shaggydog is untame. Nymeria, like Arya, is lost and separated from her family.

• The wooden statues that Melisandre was burning represent the Seven – the predominant faith in Westeros. Similar to the holy trinity, the Seven is one deity comprised of different aspects: The Father, Mother, Warrior, Maid, Smith, Stranger, and Crone. Melisandre convinces Stannis to renounce the Seven and worship her god, the Lord of Light.

• The large table, where Melisandre knowingly drank the poison wine, is a carved and painted map of Westeros.

• Lightbringer – this is the sword pulled out of the fire by Melissandre. It is said to be wielded by a legendary savior, which she claims is reborn as Stannis. Speaking of swords, Ned’s sword is called Ice, Arya’s sword is called Needle and Jon’s sword that he received from Lord Commander Mormont is Longclaw.

• The Night’s Watch have taken shelter in Craster’s home. Lord Commander Mormont mentions that the other wildling towns they have passed have been abandoned; however Craster does not seem to be worried about the White Walkers.

• Dany’s dragons – They looked really cool. Actually we only saw one. She needs to figure out what they eat. Her bigger problem is finding food and shelter for herself and followers.

• It’s not a well-guarded secret that Joffrey is not the true-born son of Robert Baratheon. To eliminate any potential claims to the Iron Throne, Robert’s bastard children are being murdered. Arya’s companion is Gendry, who doesn’t know his father is King Robert. Things are not looking good for Arya. The Lannisters know where Gendry is headed which may lead them to her.

Dialogue To Die For

• Tyrion: You love your children. It’s your one redeeming quality. That and your cheek bones.

• Melisandre: For the night is dark and full of terrors.

Flesh & Blood

• Maester Cressen drinks his own poison wine hoping that Melisandre will die drinking from it as well.

• A topless whore is seen straddling her customer.

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