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“Game of Thrones” Season 2 Roundup Recap Review (Part 2)

Posted: June 4, 2012 in Entertainment, TV
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Here goes part 2 of my “Game of Thrones” Season 2 Recap Roundup Review

Jon Snow


Although a huge fan of Jon Snow, I have to say I was underwhelmed by the journey his character took in season 2. Out of all the Stark children, it seemed like he was the only one that didn’t do anything. Yes, towards the end of the season Jon was captured by the Wildlings and in the finale he was on his way to meet The King Beyond The Wall Mance Rayder, but that was about it. What Jon’s problem was this whole season was character arc, and the problem was that he didn’t have one. Jon didn’t go through a journey in the season, he didn’t learn anything new and he was pretty much the exact same person he was at the beginning of the season. In the beginning of the series, Jon changed from who he was at the start, he learned a lesson. When he first came to The Nights Watch he was a spoiled, over privileged, whiny wanna-be prince, but through the whole season he left all his insecurities behind. He became a man of The Nights Watch no longer afraid of who he really was, freely admitting that he was a bastard and not taking any offense when he was pointed out as one. In season 2, he pretty much spent the whole season walking without developing at all as a character, killing Halfhand in the season finale was a step in the right direction, but it was all for nothing because we didn’t see the effects it had on Jon. At the end of the day, Jon is still one of my favorite characters and I’ll like him no matter what, but if they don’t make his story more interesting I doubt I’ll be invested in his character as much as I used to be.

Theon Greyjoy


I think the series tried to do all it could to make Theon a sympathetic character, they gave him a reasoning to betray the Starks, but try as they may I still hated him with all my heart. They tired to give him daddy issues, tried to make us feel like he was abandoned by his father and make us feel sorry for him, but none of that worked for me. When you’re a hostage to Ned Stark you have nothing to complain about, and Theon had the sweetest life any hostage could ever ask for. Most of the time the Starks treated him as an equal, even in the first season it took me a few episodes to realize that Theon is a Greyjoy and not one of the Stark children because of how good he was treated. I wish Theon could spend a day with Sansa to see how it truly is to be a hostage because even though she is a girl, Sansa has it much worse then Theon ever had. If Theon reminds me of anything, it’s one of those girls on “My Sweet 16” bitching that they got a BMW instead of a Mercedes. I can’t write anymore about him because I am actually getting upset, but I’ll just say that I cheered when he was betrayed by his men and I hope they bring him to Robb to get eaten alive by Grey Wind.

Tyrion Lannister


Tyrion is my second favorite character in the series, right there behind Arya and the only reason for that is because she has to fight for what she needs where as Tyrion already has it. Never the less, that does not make Tyrions story any more interesting. Arriving in Kings Landing at the beginning of the season as the appointed Hand of the Kings in Tywins absence, Tyrion had quite a task ahead of him. The crown was in debt, the people were starving and the kingdom was at war, it would have not been easy for anyone to face these problems but Tyrion valiantly stepped up to the plate. Of course, he couldn’t fix all the problem that were put on his doorstep, but he tried as much as he could. There was nothing he could do to stop Joffreys tyrannical rule, but Tyrion thrived in this environment. He even said it himself in the finale, how he loved dealing with bad people and talking his way out of problems, a true diplomat at heart. Thanks to Tyrion alliances with the Martells were made through marrige, and even though Cersei hated him for shipping Mycella away she must have know it was the right call. If that wasn’t enough, he devised a plan to save Kings Landing from Stannis using the wildfire, making him not only an amazing diplomat but also an very good military strategist. In the end, Stannis would have sacked Kings Landing if it wasn’t for the arrival of Tywin and Loras, but if it wasn’t for Tyrions weakening of the Baratheon forces I don’t think the arrival of the Lion and Renly’s Ghost would have made a difference. In the season finale, we leave Tyrion beaten and bruised, tossed from the position of The Hand like yesterday’s garbage and left scarred in what’s almost a dungeon. The imp does not get any credit for all the good he did for the people of Kings Landing, nor does he get thanks from any of his family members for keeping their family on the throne. He is utterly alone and under appreciated, a complete 180 from where he was at the end of last season when he was complimented by his father and put into the second most powerful position in the Realm. Where we he will go of here is unknown, but in my opinion, his story was by far the most interesting this season. (take note, Jon Snow!)

Daenerys Targaryen


Dany’s story was absolutely exceptional last season, from what she went through to the characters she was involved with, her story could be a stand alone show. This season? I’m afraid that it was almost as bad as Jon Snows. A sure sign of a boring story is a simple test and its pretty easy, all it asks you is to summarize the story in as little sentences as possible while being as detailed as possible. With Jon is pretty shocking how easy it it: Jon gets captured by the Wildlings….yeah, One sentence, pretty bad. When it come to Dany it’s a little better, but not much: Dany gets to Quarth. Her dragons are stolen. She gets them back… yeah, it’s two more then the Jon plot line but try the same thing with Tyrion or Arya. Im not going to do that here because I already wrote whole paragraphs on them, but you see my point. Danny’s story wasn’t much better then Jon’s, but it did improve quite a bit towards the end of the season unlike Jon’s which just remained stagnant. Although one of my favorites on the show, Dany was really getting on my nerves by episode 6, her over privileged way of thinking and talking about herself made her sound like a clone of Viserys. She kept calling herself “The Mother of Dragon” and threatening people with “Fire and Blood” but it was like she forgot how weak she really was and absolutely in no position to threaten anyone. Did she not realize that just a little while ago she was starving out in the desert? She was at the complete mercy of the people of Quarth yet she still demanded ships and an army. It was another of those “My Sweet 16” moments, but luckily she was put in her place when her dragons were stolen. It made her realize how weak she really was and gave her story an interesting twist, wrapping up her storyline quite nicely by the end of the season.

Everybody Else






Yes, there are quite a bit of other characters in the series that I didint mention specifically by name. A few of them simply didint play a big enough role to deserve their own paragraph and others just didint strike me as that interesting so I figured I’ll mash them all up. Robb and Catelyn played a fairly big part, but neither did anything that worth while. Catelyn was simply there and her biggest accomplishment was to free Jamie, and Robb did all he could to show us that while he is great at fighting battles he is terrible at winning the war. Brianne and Jamie didint really have much to do this whole season aside from showing what badasses they both are and how much of a great chemistry both actors have with each other. Their scenes together is something im really looking forward to next season. Tywins scenes with Arya were the highlights of any episode they showed up in, further cementing Tywin and a master of military tactics. With him in Kings Landing and allied with the Tyrells the war is looking like its already won. Characters like Asha, Shea, Joffrey, Osha and Jaqen were great, (Jaqen being the stand out) but they didint play a big enough part in the season to have their own storyarcs.



How did I feel about this season? It was good, close to great, but not quite there. I enjoyed the first season much more because it seemed like it was constantly movin forward. When I look back at season 1 I have a hard time coming up with slow episodes because there really were none. Every episode of season 1 was moving the storyline forward, and every episode had something worth remembering be it an action set piece, a revelation or a cliffhanger. Season 2 had none of that, and although I understand that this season was pretty much a set up for the next one it just didint draw me in as much as season 1. Listen, I’m a huge fan of slow burn type of TV shows, when watching something like “Breaking Bad” or “The Wire” I get completely drawn in, but the true satisfaction of a slow burn TV series is the pay off and this season of “Game of Thrones” didint have that. Season 1 was sort of like a build up as well, , but then in episodes 9 and 10 we got the pay off, the storylines we wanted to see end did so, and although not all the questions we had were answered it was enough to keep us satisfied. This past season of “Game of Thrones” was seriously lacking that pay off with only Danys storyline really being concluded and ready to move forward into something else. Overall, I have to say I was disappointed with this whole run and I would give it a 7 out of 10 when I gave season 1 a 10 out of 10. Now before you stone me for blasphemy, allow me to say that I still belive “Game of Thrones” is better then 90% of what’s currently on TV, even including this season, but it’s because I hold “Game of Thrones” to such a high standard that I’m less then pleased when the shows quality dips below my expectations.



Originally I wanted to review every episode of this seasons “Game of Thrones”, but there are many more sites out there that do that better then I. Also, writing a review for every episode is really a lot of work when you include editing and posting it up.
Around the midpoint of the season I decided to do a blog at the very end, to give you my thoughts on season 2, how I feel about the main characters as well as their journeys and express my expectations for season 3. Now just to let you guys know, I am a book reader but I’ll keep this review/recap absolutely spoiler free as far as the next books go.

In this review/recap, I’ll use a technique very similar to what Larry Williams does, but instead of doing locations like him, I’ll do it character by character

FYI: If you don’t know who Larry Williams is, allow me to explain. Larry does weekly YouTube “Game of Thrones” reviews [among many other videos]. You can find him under the channel OtakuAssemble and he is also only a TV viewer so if you haven’t read the books, his channel is the best option for you. He is extremely entertaining and articulate, I watch everyone of his reviews and I couldn’t recommend him more. You can find his channel right here.

Stannis Baratheon/Melissandre


In the books, Stannis is portrayed as a man with no charisma, a man unwilling to bend, as someone who sees the world in black and white without a spot of grey. That truly is Stannis Baratheon, a man who follows his own code and doesn’t break it for anybody, but then again, Stannis is also a man living in George R R Martins world and here everyone has flaws. The only man truly honorable and honest in the show lost his head last season, and the only way to survive is to break even your own rules, much like Stannis did. See, as much as Stannis talks a big game, he is still a survivor and in order to survive he does what he must and that is to get himself involved with some black magic. Just having Melissandre there to help him is one thing, forcing people to convert to his (but mostly her) god is pushing it, but to break your marriage vows with her in order to spawn a shadow demon that kills your brother in secret? Stannis had gone to far, I think he knew it and thankfully and all he needed was a little push from Davos to put some distance between himself and The Red Witch during The Battle of Blackwater. Unfortunately that didin’t work out so well as Stannis lost most of his force and the defeat rushed him right back into Melissandre’s arms. I fear that now he will not be able to, nor be willing to, separate himself from her even for a moment. Especially with the fire vision (?) she showed him in the finale, he’s going to become a fanatical follower of the Lord of Light and be complete under the Red Gods control.

Renly Baratheon/Loras Tyrell/ Margaery Tyrell


Unfortunately, the youngest of the Baratheon brothers didin’t even get to see the halfway point of this season and ended up joining his brother in the afterlife. It was really too bad since Renly seemed to be a better choice for a King then his brother. He had the charisma, as well as the political savvy; after all, he did get the Tyrells to join his side although that might have been more because Loras was his lover and the Tyrells hated the Lannisters for quite some time. Following his untimely death most of his men joined Stannis and the Tyrells bailed on the whole thing until their alliance to the Lannisters came to light. Honestly, that was their only choice if you look at the situation logically: Stannis, being the unbending follower of rules, would have proclaimed them traitors and have them executed. They couldn’t really team up with Robb since all he wants is the North and the Tyrells are from the South. What would happen to them once the war was won and Robb went back to Winterfell? I know that the Tyrells are very wealthy, but I doubt they can hold the South by themselves. In the end, there are two simple reasons why they switched over to the Lannister side. One is that Loras wants revenge for Renly’s death and I’m sure he somehow knows that Stannis is responsible, the chance to destroy Stannis at Blackwater was too good to pass up. The other reason is power, as Margaery said it herself even before Renlys body was cold, “I don’t want to be a queen. I want to be the queen”. Those are some powerful words, and she is getting what she wants judging from the season finale. I love having Margaery in Kings Landing as Joffrey’s bride to be because it seems like she is the opposite of Sansa which I think is great. Margaery looks like she is on Cersei’s level of playing the game, she knows how the world really works and knows how and when to move the pieces. I’m really hoping that in season 3, Cersei and Margaery will go head to head to see who will become the true queen.

Davos Seaworth


Poor, poor, poor Davos Seaworth…..words cannot express how sorry I feel for you. Whether Davos is alive or dead, you have to admit one thing: he was loyal to the very end, be it either of the end of his life or of the end of the season. It’s true that nothing can replace Ned Stark, but if anyone can come close it’s most defiantly Davos. In the few scenes he had this season, just from his conversations with Stannis and anyone else, you could tell that Davos was a man of honor, willing to die for his king if he had to. Such loyalty didin’t always win him favors with Stannis since Davos was quick to share his opinion about Melissandre and the Red God, but that was one of the things that made him great. You could tell that Davos and Stannis had a very honest relationship with each other, one was the king and the other the subject, but Davos was never afraid to tell Stannis how he felt. It was a good thing that Stannis had Davos to balance out Melissandre and I truly hope we’ll get to see Davos next year.

Cersei Lannister/Joffrey Baratheon/Sansa Stark


This season has shown us that even though Robert is gone and Joffrey is the King, the Queen Regent still hold most of the power in Kings Landing. It’s true that she has no real power and whatever Joffrey says goes, but to a certain extent Cersei has him under control. If that’s actually a good thing is a completely different matter. I’m going on a limb here but I would say Cersei is almost as crazy as Joffrey, although not as sadistic. She’s not having whores beat each other with wooden clubs under the watch of a crossbow, but I do sense a tad of crazy in her. Throughout the season, it looked like she was getting more and more paranoid, and even though Tyrion never actually went out of his way to hurt or kill her she was constantly accusing him of it. Imprisoning what she thought was Tyrion’s whore and preparing all the women of the court to get executed if the city was taken turned my assumptions into fact, but what really cemented my option of Cersei being insane is the last scene of episode 8. The woman was seconds away from poisoning her child! Of course you could say that she didin’t want Tommen to get taken captive or executed by Stannis but how could a mother do that to her kid? I don’t think that Catelyn would ever be able to to that to her children, and speaking of the Stark kids, let me mention the most pathetic one AKA Sansa. While every other Stark is out there, be it fighting the Lannisters or their own battles, Sansa gets pushed around and pretty much spit on in Kings Landing. It was only last episode where Sansa became “brave” enough to make a quip at Joffrey and it was a very underhanded, tongue in cheek quip at that. I hope she becomes more in touch with the Stark blood in her veins next season and starts to fight back. Sansa has the best access to all the Lannisters, just imagine what Arya would do in her position.

Arya Stark


Out of all the Stark children it’s obvious that Arya has it the hardest, which at the end of the day makes her the toughest. Jon has it bad beyond the wall, but at least he has his brothers. Robb is fighting a war, but at least he has his army. Sansa is stuck in Kings Landing, and although she gets knocked around, as long as she plays nice she has a bed to sleep in, food on the table, someone to comb her hair and every other luxury that comes with living in a castle. Bran and Rickon had a pretty sweet life most of this season, and even after Theon took Winterfell, it’s not like the Stark boys were being hurt. Now ask yourself, who does Arya have? She had Yoren for a bit until he was killed in front of her, after that she was taken prisoner which I’m sure wasn’t a walk in the park. She became a servant once in Harrenhall, and even though she served Tywin, I’m sure it wasn’t easy. Every other scene we saw her carrying buckets of water and cleaning up after people, as well as being mistreated by the Lannister guards. There was bright spot in Jaquen but he’s gone now, so who does she have? Now keep in mind that besides Bran and Rickon, she is the youngest one. She most definitely has is the toughest, but thank god she’s Arya because it makes her strong. It was in this season that we saw Arya turn into a survivor and the conversation she had with Jaquen in episode 7 regarding the third name proved that. She loved her father, but she’s nothing like Ned. Arya will lie, cheat and steal to get out of a situation and as long as she’s alive at the end of the day she’ll be happy with herself. What proves this the most is when she names Jaquen as the third name he tells her that she has no honor and Arya, without missing a beat, shrugs her shoulders. You can see it in her eyes, they way she sees the situation is “Who cares if I have no honor? At least I’ll be alive.” it’s as simple as that. At the end of the season out of all the Stark children, with all their honor, bravery, love and courtesy it is only Arya who’s not up shits creek without a paddle.

It’s 2 am as I’m writing this, I still have to edit and post it. I won’t be done until at least 3 am. I really didint want to do this but I’ll have to split this into 2 separate blog. I’ll have the second part up tomorrow.


This entry won’t be as long as my usual ones are because frankly, I don’t think this topic deserves that much discussion, but I did want to get this off my chest.

My general feeling towards all award shows is, as the Facebook generation would up it, dislike. I don’t see why we need to be told what was the best in the field of movies or TV, I’m pretty sure that is a decision we can make on our own.

What upsets me the most with the Golden Globes, The Oscars and The Grammys is that only the people who are involved in said industry are allowed to vote. The whole award show thing is just everybody in the industry padding themselves on the back and giving each other awards for being awesome in each others opinion.

(I’m going go use the Oscars as an example from here on out because I feel like they are the worst of all.)

Honestly, does anyone really care if someone wins an Oscar for being the best actor that year? Do you find yourself looking at a movie trailer and saying “The only reason that I’m going to see that movie is because that guy won an Oscar last year”? I don’t think you do because hell, I’m a complete movie geek and even I don’t do that. I look at a trailer and if it looks interesting, even if it’s starring a dead monkey, I’ll go see it because I like the premise. Not to mention the fact that just because someone wins an award it doesn’t mean that their work will always be amazing. Look at Nicholas Cage, who won in 1995 for “Leaving Las Vegas”, then look me in the eyes and tell me that his movies since then have been full of riveting performances. You can’t. (Unless you’re a really good liar)

You can also forget about them giving out such honors fairly. The most obvious example of somebody being screwed over and over is Martin Scorsese, the director of such classics as “Taxi Driver”, “Casino”, “Cape Fear” and “The Last Temptation of Jesus Christ”. If you’ve seen them you know that are all incredible movies, but did you know that Scorsese did not win an Oscar for best director until “The Departed”?

That’s not that surprising when you realize how out of touch the Academy is from the general public. If you look back at the history of the winner of “Best Picture” you’ll see that the winner almost never coincides with the popular opinion.
Take “The Dark Knight” as an example, it was an amazing movie with incredible performances and it was very popular with the public raking in almost $1 billion. When it came Oscar time, it wasn’t even nominated because the academy passed it of as just a “superhero” film that didn’t deserve the golden statue.

Listen, I understand if you don’t want to open the voting to the public because that would mean “Transformers” and “Twillight” would win for everything, but you can’t be so close minded that you ignore movies that should have won but didn’t because you and your buddies didn’t think they should.
See, what award ceremonies are is a very small, special clique giving awards to each other for being in that clique and if you don’t pander to their whims, you’ll never win. With any luck, I won’t have to bitch about this much longer since the ratings for the Oscars are dropping every year and studies show that most people under the age of 30 doesn’t care who wins. I hope that by the time I hit 60 all entertainment ceremonies will be gone and we’ll be able to enjoy a performance because we think it good, not because we were told to.

P.S. That was a rant fueled by anger, vengeance, Red Bull and French toast. I’ll try to keep these sort of blog to a minimum but sometimes you just have to let it out.


Once in a while a movie like “Avatar” comes around. A movie that people will remember for years to come as the movie that brought in a new age of movie making, a new age of cinema. This is the kind of movie you will be watching with your kids 5, 10 or 15 years from now, telling them proudly that you saw it in the theater. This is “Star Wars” of our generation.

(If you’re not really into movies, I suggest you stop reading right now. The above paragraph is all you really need to know)


James Cameron, the director of “Avatar”, does not have a long resume. He’s done less then 6 movies his entire career, which started in 1978; it’s been 12 years since his last movie (a little flick called “Titanic”).

Now, I know what you might be thinking “Why would I want to see a movie by a guy that made the biggest chick flick of all time?”…well, also on Cameron’s resume is Terminator 1 & 2, Aliens and True Lies. You cannot tell me that there’s even one person on there that didn’t enjoy any of those movies. Me, for instance, loved anything Cameron has ever came up with (yes, even “Titanic”) because he makes great movies, with great stories that invest you in the characters. He’s a storyteller at heart, he cares more bout the story then the special effects.

Another minor detail you might not know is that every time Cameron steps behind a camera, he pushes the envelope. The technology to create the special effects in “Terminator” did not exist before Cameron created it, the technology used to create the T-1000 in Terminator 2 did not exist before Cameron invented it…you see where I’m going with this? Take a look at “Titanic”, look at the special effects in that movie and tell me the CGI (Computer Generated Images) does not hold up to movies being released today. They do, and there’s no question that every time Cameron drops a movie, the effects are way ahead of the competition, but with “Avatar” he really brought it to another level.


The story of the movie is simple, and like I said before, the less you know about it the better so I won’t reveal too much here. It’s a story that you’ve seen, heard or read a hundred times before. You pretty much know how the movie ends before you’re 15 minutes in, but I believe that was the point. I truly believe that Cameron chose this story because everybody is so familiar with it, and because we already know of this story, we won’t focus too much on it. If the story had twists and turns that the audience didn’t expect, we’d spend too much time focusing on it instead of the true star of the movie, Pandora, the planet the movie is set on.

20111214-003321.jpgOne of the attractions in Pandora? Being eaten by a dragon.

Cameron really went beyond anything anyone could have ever imagined on this one. He created another world, a living, breathing planet that seems like it exists just across the Milky Way. When you leave the theater, you’re going to leave disappointed because you can’t book a vacation to Pandora and you know you won’t get to see it in your lifetime. The movie only spends about 20% of its running time with real actors, besides that, everything is CGI, but not like anything you’ve seen before. You know how you felt the first time you saw “Jurassic Park”, when you saw that huge CGI dinosaur and you knew, even if you weren’t a movie geek, that movies are never going to be the same? That’s how you feel when you first see Pandora, a planet of such great imagination and realism that you really have a hard time believing that what’s on screen is not real.


The main characters are mostly the Na’Vi (12 foot tall blue aliens) who expresses emotion just like an actor. Up until now, Golem from “Lord of the Rings”, had the cake for being the most realistic CGI character ever in a movie, but he does not hold a candle to the Na’Vi. Where Golem had pretty much 2 emotions that he could display on his face (normal and Anger), the Na’Vi has hundreds. The way their eyes squint, their lips quiver, their body moves…it’s not that you can just tell whether they’re sad, happy, curious or surprised, but you can tell how sad, curious or surprised they are.


I will tell you this much, you have never seen anything like it, within 20 minutes of watching the movie, I forgot I was watching special effects and I truly started caring whether the Na’Vi live or died. This movie is truly a great experience at the cinema. Although the story is simple, it leaves you to enjoy the beauty that Cameron has created. See it on the biggest screen you can (I’m going back to see it at IMAX 3D, a regular sized 3D screen was good, but you’ll know what I’m talking about once you see it), and that’s another great thing about it, the 3D. The way Cameron uses it here, it’s not a gimmick like it is in so many other movies. You don’t have bullets or arrows flying at you, making you “dodge” them in your seat like you’d think. The 3D is used to bring you into the movie, to make you feel like you’re a part of it.
No matter what I say, word cannot describe the experience, you have to see it for yourself, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. The audience I saw it with gave the movie a standing round of applause when the credits rolled…..I guess I’m not the only one who liked it.



If you look at the second posting on my page, you’ll see a blog titled “The Things ‘The Walking Dead’ TV Series Got Wrong: Andrea (Part 1)”. It was originally planned to be followed by a part 2 focusing on Rick, part 3 focusing on Carl and a part 4 focusing on Shane.
That was the plan, but as the series went on I felt like I’d need to write a part 5, then a part 6 and a part 7….8….9….and so on and so on. It finally became too much and I decided to abandon the whole thing.
Following shortly after that, I decided to abandon the TV series as well because the things I disliked about it out weighted the things I enjoyed. It became a chore to watch it, and where as before I would look forward to seeing a new episode, by the time we got to the mid-season finale I barely paid attention when it was on.


I knew I’d come into the show already spoiled as I am a huge fan of the comic, but I was still excited about it being adapted for TV. I can honestly tell you the truth and say that I was a big fan of the first season, it was a little over rated in my opinion, but enjoyable TV nonetheless.
It was season two that lost me, because of it incredible knack for drawing out a storyline and it lack of character development. It failed where the comic exceeded and turned a spectacular character journey in a boring one.
The biggest thing that bothers me about the TV show is that it’s characters are so uninteresting. I might be unfairly comparing them to their comic book counterparts but if you knew their potential, you’d do the same thing. I already covered Andrea extensively in my other blog, so I’ll move right one Rick, *Carl, Shane, and briefly, some others.

*The character of Carl is strictly in the spoiler category.


Rick is ruined in the TV show as he does not have that leadership personality trait the he needs to take charge of the group. In the comics, Rick is not afraid to be the bad guy in order to help his group of survivors make it through the day. Comic Rick has no qualms about what he has to do, and it willing to go to some extreme lengths for the greater good.


You know how in the TV show Rick begs Hershel to stay at the farm? In the comics, he tells Hershel “We’re staying!” and Hershel almost got his head blown off. Comic Rick is a survivor, and he’s willing to do some shocking things in order for his family and friends to be safe. It’s what makes him such a compelling character, his survival instinct and his justification for such extreme actions.


Rick is born leader in the comics, and multiple times is even begged to take charge when he doesn’t want to because everybody know he is willing to make the tough calls and won’t hesitate to do so. That is the total opposite of the weak TV Rick but it does sound like someone we know, doesn’t it?


TV Shane is comic book Rick.

That’s what they got wrong with Shane, they made him like Rick is supposed to be. TV Shane is tough, isn’t afraid to make unpopular decisions and has the drive to survive that a leader needs. I’ll be the first to admit that shooting Otis in the leg wasn’t a nice thing to do, but you look at it logically it was the right thing to do. If Shane didn’t do it both him and Otis would die, not to mention Carl who wouldn’t get his medical supplies. Save 2 lives or loose 3? It looks evil from our perspective because humans are naturally good so right now we’re all thinking “There has to be a way to save all 3! There just has to!”…..but what if there isn’t? That’s the call Shane made. He didnt do it because he wanted to, he did it to save himself and Carl.



It was instances like this that made me dislike the show, they made Shane the guy I root for even though I know he’s going to die.
Thats another reason I dislike about where the TV series went with Shane, it’s the fact that he’s still alive. His death was a big part of the storyline even though he died very early on. Shane was an example of how the zombie outbreak changed people and the stress of living in fear turned them into psychopaths. Shane was Ricks best friend before the outbreak, but he couldn’t cope with what the world became and broke down. It were Shane’s actions at the beginning of the story that taught the group the distrust strangers.


You can’t speak about Shane’s death without talking about Carl. That was the beginning of Carls transformation into the biggest, smallest, ruthless, youngest badass in all of comics. Kick-Ass’s HitGirl held that title before him, but when 11 year old HitGirl is stabbing middle aged drug dealers 10 year old Carl is busy shooting 8 year olds in the head.


Why? Because it had to be done and nobody wanted to do it!

I know it seems cold hearted to say something like that but believe me, there was a just explanation for his undertaking. In the comics, Carl is basically a mini version of Rick turned up to 100. He has a sense of right and wrong, but he’s willing to cross over to the other side if he has to. TV Carl seems like he’ll never get to that point, and even if he does the actor that plays him doesn’t have the chops to pull it off.


On a personal note, and this is just pipe dreams for the comic, I have a dream of where the series should go. I know that Robert Kirkman has the story planned out up untill issue #600, but I’d love if somewhere in the middle of the run there would be a time lapse. Imagine if at issue #301 the story skips 25 years into the future, human society is starting to rise from the ashes and people have learned to live with the threat of zombies. All the characters we know have since passed, except for Carl who is now a middle aged, one eyed cowboy-like figure hardened by surviving in a kill or be killed world for most of his life? How freaking awesome would that be? Alas, it probably not going to happen but I can dream.


!!!!!!END SPOILERS!!!!!!

There’s is plenty more wrong I find in the show, with characters like Carol and T-Dwag taking up space and screen time. I mean, has T-Dwag done anything besides getting hurt this past season?
We also have the whole storyline of the show, which moves slower that any other show I have ever seen. What made the comic special was that the story constantly progressed, the characters where never in one place to long. They were always in the move, and even if they weren’t, there was enough dynamic at a particular location to keep me interested. These character have no dynamic, are completely unrealistic in the decisions they make and they’re boring. Aside from Shane, I’m totally uninterested as to what’s happening to any character.
It’s because of all these reasons I never finished the original series of blogs. If I did, I’d have to write about a different thing every other day and I just don’t have the willingness to do that. I love everything about the source material, but unfortunately they missed the mark with the TV series.

At least I still have the comics.

This is the first of the weekly columns about new releases of DVDs. It will include my opinion of the movie/show if I saw it and my recommendation. Enjoy.

Kung-Fu Panda 2

I’m not sure if I can give you an unbiased opinion on this. For one, I’m not a fan of animated movies unless it’s something that connects me to my childhood. I’ll sit back and watch Disney classics like “Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast” all day, but if it’s something that was released after I turned 16 I usually avoid it. I’m not trying to pass these movies off as something that only kids find entertaining, but I just can’t get involved in the story for whatever reason. Its more of a personal preference than any sort of judgement. I thought “Up” was one of the most over rated movies ever and aside from that I haven’t seen any other Pixar movies except for the “Toy Story” ones. This movie also stars Jack Black and I really don’t like him. I’ll never understand how he got famous because I find his comedy annoying and obnoxious. I realize that it’s only his voice acting in this, but I can’t stand to listen to him for 90 minutes. I’m never going to see this, but if you saw the first one and liked it you already know where you stand.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

The first recommendation of this column goes to “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, if you haven’t already done so, go see this movie as soon as possible. I saw it in the theater when it first come out and it absolutely blew me away. I went into the theater with low expectations due to the taste Tim Burton’s “Clusterfuck of the Apes” left in my mouth a few years back. This movie is not at all like that one, it is supreme on almost every level. It has a simple, yet interesting storyline, the acting was excellent and the special effects were amazing. The lead ape, Cesar, looked like he was in the room with the human actors and expressed hundreds of subtle emotion just by the way he looked and moved. It was completely mind-blowing and on par with the effects of the Na’vi in “Avatar”. If you’re into collecting DVDs, this is a must have. If not, just make sure this is the next movie you see, be it on Netflix or OnDemand. A must see.

Fright Night

I really like this movie because it was very viewer friendly. The story about a vampire living next door was good, but what pushed it over the top for me was that the characters in the movie knew about vampires. I love that fact that these guys were brought up on movies, TV and comics about the supernatural and, even though they were still shocked at their existence, they knew how to deal with them. There is nothing I find more annoying that a zombie TV show in which the character have never heard the word “zombie” (you know what show I’m talking about). I already saw this and although I don’t belive it’s worth buying on DVD, it definitely a good rental.


City of God

First off, if you haven’t seen “City of God” yet, you’re missing out. It’s an incredible crime drama set in the ghettos of Rio de Janeiro that is absolutely beautifully shot and edited. The story of a group of friends growing up surrounded by crime is heartbreaking as you watch them struggle to make it out. It is an amazing movie and a most definite must buy, especially on Blu-Ray. The HD version of the movie is amazing to look at, especially because of all the color distortion the director used. It would be a great addition to your collection and a movie you’d enjoy for years to come.



You all should know by now that I tend to over analyze every bit of information that comes out about season two of “Game of Thrones”. Especially with how disappointed I am with the way a few of my favorite TV dramas ended this year (I’m looking at you “Sons of Anarchy” and “Boardwalk Empire”), I cannot wait for the new TV season to start.

Thankfully, I have HBO, and since their seasons run shorter then cable TV, I don’t have to wait a whole year for my Sunday night to filled with quality programming. Unfortunately, I missed the sneak peek of “Luck” last night so I’m not sure if that will keep me glued to my idiot box every Sunday, but that’s inconsequential. I only have to wait four more months for one half of my favorite TV shows to come back on air (“Game of Thrones” and “Breaking Bad” tied for the number one spot).

Many of you know, or should know, that a new “Game of Thrones” teaser trailer aired last night before “Boardwalk Empire” and while I have viewed it countless times since then, I decided not to do an in-depth review like I did last time. The reason mainly being that it looks like there was not much actual footage used and it was mostly promo stuff. I still felt like I needed to, or wanted to, write a breakdown of it.

Since there is a voice over in this teaser, I’ll do a slightly different format then I did before. I’ll try to match the screen caps as close to the narration as possible. Anything written in quotes and in bold is a direct quote from the narration.

We start of the trailer with a shot of a knight on a horse

If you look closely, he’s holding a green banner which tells me he’s one of Renly’s men. This looks like one of the few shots from the teaser that’s actual footage in the show. This is when we hear the first voice of dialogue from the show, and if you’re wondering it’s Stannis Baratheon speaking.

“My brother left no true born heirs.”

If you remember, both Jon Arryn and Stannis knew that all of Robert’s kids were actually Jaime’s. Now that Jon Arryn and Ned Stark are both dead, Stannis is the only on who knows.

Next, we see a quick shot of Renly Baratheon

I said it before and I’ll say it again: Renly looks so much better and more badass then he did in season one.

As the next picture comes up, which is of Stannis and his wife at the burning of the seven, we hear the next line of the voice over.


“By right and birth and blood I do this day lay claim to the Iron Throne of Westeros”

I literally got chills hearing Stannis say this line but before he’s done, we see a shot of Jon (looks like a promo so there’s no point in discussing it).


Then we see a rider crossing what I belive is The Red Waste. Since the rider seems to be by himself, it’s most likely one of Dany’s bloodriders scouting ahead.


Following that, a shot of Dany and Jorah possibly seeing Qarth or Vaes Tolorro. (What’s kind of sad is I’m banging out all these names from memory).

I love the fact that Jorah is rocking his full plate mail armor. Even though he is a dishonored knight and a traitor to Dany he’s still on of my favorite characters.

As Stannis continues his badassery, we see a shot of Jaime

It’s kind of dark, but you can see he’s still in chains looking scruffy with a beard and dirt all over his face. I guess being the best swordsman in Westeros doesnt help much when you’re locked up in the dungeons of Riverrun. We also see Cersei looking like she’s plotting something as she always does.


“That all true men declare their loyalty.”

A quick promo shot of Tyrion


…and even a quicker one of Arya (so quick in fact, that I wasn’t able to get a clear screenshot), although this one doesn’t seem to be a promo but actual footage.

20111212-153107.jpg I have to say, I love what Maise Williams is doing with Arya. She plays her exactly as she is in the books and has to be one of the best actors in the series.

Next we get a shot of Catelyn and Robb



There’s nothing really special about either of these shots, but I did want to mention that Michelle Fairley is doing a good job of making Catelyn more likable in the TV show.

The way Stephen Dillane delivers the next line as Stannis chills my bones.

“The Iron Throne is mine by right.”

We see a shot of Joffrey and Sansa, which seems to be actual footage, as Stannis delivers his final threat.


“They will bend the knee or I will destroy them.”

I love how as Stannis says “…destroy them.”, the shot of Joffrey crumbles and blows away in the wind, which brings us to the last shot of the teaser


“The Cold Winds Are Rising.”

Stannis finishes up as the trailer comes to an end, giving us an air date (April 2012)

Overall, a great teaser. It gave the viewers just enough information without giving too much away. I rather like the promo look of the trailer, but I wish we got more landscape shots as opposed to close ups of the actors, but that’s a minor issue. I do have a slight problem with the fact they didn’t show any of the new faces we’ll see in season two (aside from Stannis). I would have loved to see Brienne of Tarth, Davos Seaworth, Xaro Xhoan Daxos, Jaquen H’ghar or even Craster. I’m also not a huge fan of the tag line “The Cold Winds are Rising”, I would have much preferred what was originally planned which was “The Night is Dark and Full of Terrors”. It simply sounded cooler, but maybe since season one had “Winter is Coming” they want to stick to the whole winter theme.


While I sit and write this, I can honestly tell you I have never quit a TV show because of a plot line. That’s not to say I have never stopped watching a TV show, but stopping and quitting are two different things. Just like you don’t stop smoking cigarettes, you quit smoking cigarettes. Stoping smoking means that once in a while you forget to buy a pack, sometimes you have something better to do then lighting one up and before you know it, you haven’t smoked in a month and you don’t miss it. That’s stopping, but nobody really ever stops smoking, do they? They quit. They force themselves not to buy a pack, they grind their teeth whenever they get the urge to smoke one and even years down the road, when they see that light blue smoke rising thru the air they miss it like a junkie misses smack.
I said before that I stopped watching TV shows in the past, but last night, for the first time, I quit “Boardwalk Empire”. The reason? If you watch the show, you already know.

20111212-131628.jpgJimmy and his one suit.

James Darmody was one of my two favorite characters in “Boardwalk Empire”. He was the reason I tuned in every week and loved the show for every single episode and yes, that includes the season two finale and the reason I quit the show. Confused? How can I love an episode and loathe it at the very same time? Allow me to explain this double edged sword viewpoint of mine before we get any farther. There is absolute genius in the evil that took place on last nights episode.

20111212-133908.jpgThe camera loves Michael Pitt. Even watching him just sitting there is entertaining.

The way it was written, the way it played out, the dialogue, the performances, the cinematography and the soundtrack was all perfect. It was as good as TV gets, an hour of TV so engrossing I literally didint move for the whole hour. It was all perfect except for the fact that it happened. That was its one flaw, the reason why it’s terrible is because it exists.

I apologize if I’m getting to philosophical, but what I’m trying to say is that this perfection should have never happened, at least not yet. It was to early for Jimmy to die as he was the heart of the show to Nucky’s brain. I’m not a TV writer, but if I was the show runner for this, this would be the series finale, showcasing Nucky’s transformation to a full gangster. Do you remember in the first episode of the series Jimmy says to Nucky “You can’t be half a gangster anymore”? That’s what this show should have been about. Nucky’s transformation from a crooked politician to a full on gangster, getting his hands dirty and taking care of business himself.

*In the same vein, I’d just like to metion that in my opinion the show moved too fast this season. The end of season one left so many possibilities, I would have loved to see Jimmy become a serious competitions to Nucky, and going head to head with him in the liquor trade. That was the setup for season two, but before we even got midway Jimmy’s empire was crumbling.


I don’t want to sit here and analyze the whole series and get too far off topic so let me bring it back to the point of the article: Jimmy’s death made me quit the show. Why? I said before he was my favorite character but it’s not as simple as that. I’m not quitting because he was my favorite character, I’m quitting because I don’t like any other characters on the show. There is nobody else I really care enough about to keep me tuning in every week and following every single episode. As an example let me use “Game of Thrones”: Ned was my favorite character on that show, but when he was killed the thought of quitting the show never even passed thru my mind. I was most definitely upset that it happened, but what “Game of Thrones” did that “Boardwalk Empire” didn’t is that it created a whole cast of very interesting characters around Ned that I fell in love with. Was I upset that Ned died? Very much so, but I won’t stop watching because I also really like Tyrion, Dany, Jon, Robb and Arya. There’s hardly no character in that show whose story I don’t want to see played out. “Boardwalk Empire” failed to do that, they made one interesting character and they killed him off, and simply put, I hate almost every other character on that show. Allow me to break it down

20111212-132813.jpgPictured Here: Douchebag

Nucky: I originally tuned in to the premiere of the show for Steve Bushemi. I love him as an actor, but before the second episode aired, I was there for Jimmy. Nucky completely lost me this past season for reasons I still can’t pin point, but it think it’s because he was too far over to the dark side. He’s a greedy, spiteful, cocky puppet master, and there was nothing in there for me to like. He was smart and clever, but it wasn’t enough for me to enjoy as a character. What made it worse for my opinion of Nucky was that there was no character development for him. After all the crap he’s been thru this past season, the betrayal, the indictment and trouble at home, he comes out unscathed and completely the same as he was before. He welcomes Eli with open arms and marries Margaret like their life together is perfect. The final nail in the coffin was him killing Jimmy basically cementing himself as the bad guy by killing off a favorite character, and you can’t be a main character and the bad guy in a show like this. That does not work in a drama, this in not a comedy like “Eastbound & Down” where a evil protagonist works.

20111212-133101.jpgYou’re a racist, mean-spirited, coke head Kenny, but I still love you.

It would have worked if before he shot Jimmy, he turned the gun on Manny or Eli and shot them. That way, even if he killed Jimmy the viewer would have a sense of justice and a reason to like Nucky. That didn’t happen and at the end of last nights episode the bad guys won and the hero lost. Nucky is no longer an antihero but a full fledged villain and I’m not going to watch a TV show where I root against the main character.

Margaret: Margaret is a character I did not enjoy watching one bit, going as far as skipping thru some of her scenes if there’s not another major character involved. I don’t love to hate her like I do with Cersei or Joffrey on “Game of Thrones” (Yes, I’m referencing “Game of Thrones” again because that is a new quality programming standard I’ll hold all TV shows up to). Margaret is just a character I have no investment in, a character I hope would be killed off in every episode, a character I neither like or dislike, I just don’t care. I belive it was the wrestler Shawn Michaels that once said “I don’t care if people cheer me or boo me as long as when I go out there they do something.”, when it comes to Margaret all I hear is crickets.

20111212-133226.jpgYou have no idea how much I nothing you, Margaret.

Those are the two major character that I belive HBO thinks viewers will tune in for next season. Of course, there is also Owen who is getting set up to be Jimmy’s replacement but does not have the acting chops of Michael Pitt and his story is uninteresting since he’s already proven himself disloyal. Agent Van Alden has been pretty much written out of the show, moving to Chicago under an assumed name so there goes another character I liked down the drain. That leaves us with the only other character that made me watch this every week, the man with the iron face aka Richard Harrow.

20111212-133443.jpgNo caption can be cool enough for this guy.

Aside from Jimmy, it was Richards story I was most invested in, and week after week Jack Huston knocked his performances out of the park. I would love to see Richard become a masterless samurai next season, dealing out vengeance for the murders of Jimmy and Angela but the show runner for “Boardwalk Empire” already said thats not going to happen. Richard lost his connection to Atlantic City with the deaths of the only two people that understood him, just like I lost my connection to “Boardwalk Empire” with the death of Jimmy. It was just way too soon.

I’ll be the first to admit, it took balls to make a move like that just like it took balls for David Chase to end “The Sopranos” the way he did. When that finale ended and the screen went black, I was just like the majority of the viewers, I thought my cable box went out, but then the credits started rolling and I was in awe. It was perfect, but that was a series finale, not the end of season two. Killing off Jimmy took balls, but was it a smart move? Not at all. From the fan reaction online, it looks like “Boardwalk Empire” will loose at least 40% of their viewers which means it won’t have a season four. It’s sad because I loved the show, but now I have no reason to watch it. Thankfully it did give me two seasons worth of great TV and I enjoyed every second of it.



Around this time about two years ago, I was sitting on my couch watching on of my favorite shows on G4 called “Attack of the Show”. In case you don’t know, it’s almost like a news hour for nerds showcasing video games, gadgets, movies and comics.
One of their segments is called “Fresh Ink” and in this segment they talk about comic books that are currently making waves in the industry. The comic that was featured on that particular episode was “The Walking Dead”. Now, at this point I have never heard of this series but after hearing nothing but praises, and the fact that the first three issues were available for free on the Comixology app I decided to see what all the buzz was about. Six hours later, my credit card was almost maxed out and I was the proud owner of all 72 issues of “The Walking Dead”.
Now I know you might say to yourself: “Of course you spent all that money on a comic book. After all, you are a comic book nerd.” and you would be partially correct. I am a comic book nerd, but I did take a break for a while. You see, my love for comic books dried up a few years back, as a matter of fact I haven’t spent any money on a comic since September 2003 on the final issue of “Batman: Hush” so if me blowing almost $500.00 in a few hours isn’t a testament to the quality of the comics, I don’t know what is.

A Batman story with art by Jim Lee and a story by Jeph Loeb = Comic Book Nirvana

“The Walking Dead” brought me back to the years of my youth where I’d look forward to the next issue that’s coming out impatiently. Simply put, “The Walking Dead” renewed my interest in comics. The way the art, storyline, characters and dialogue came together was unlike anything I’ve seen in many years. I’ve bought many comics since that fatefully day two years ago, but “The Walking Dead” is still the only one I buy on a regular, monthly basis.

I could go on for hours about how great the comic is, but we’re here to talk about “The Walking Dead” TV series. I’m not going to go into detail about the production of the show and how I feel about the overall quality of it in this blog. I actually already covered that in another, as of yet unreleased, blog. What I would like to talk about is where I feel the series went wrong. I am a TV nerd as well, and I understand that whenever something is being adapted to TV from another media there will always be changes and things will be left out. There are details to consider, such as budgets and running times, that will impact the adaptation but I feel like there are certain parts of the comic that could have been included in the TV series, but for some reason, we’re not. So without further ado here is the first blog in the series: The Things “The Walking Dead” TV Series Got Wrong: Andrea.


20111122-143834.jpgDon’t let the shotgun and the belt of ammo fool you.

I’m going to be honest with you, I didn’t hate TV Andrea right away. I really did think she did the comic Andrea justice for the first few episodes. Everything was fine and dandy until the episode where the camp gets attacked by geeks zombies (for the viewers out there, everything plays out exactly the same in the comic). In the comic book, that moment was a turning point for Andrea. Even before everybody in the group has a chance to collect themselves after the attack, Andrea puts a bullet in her sisters head. Amy doesn’t even get a chance to come back as a flesh-eating zombie before Andrea herself, without anyone’s input or advice, makes the call to shoot her. It was at that moment in the comics Andrea became the female version of Rick (we’ll come back to Rick in the next blog). She realized the world has changed and there are some things she has to do, no matter how difficult they are. She became tough, accepted the fact death is all around her and dealt with it which is one of the reasons she’s still around in the comics.


It’s because comic book Andrea is so awesome (see: Above) that I hate TV Andrea so much. What made her character stand out in the comic is totally gone in the TV series. TV Andrea is weak, and even though she was the one to kill Amy, it did not have the same impact on her character or her storyline as it did in the comics. When it came for TV Andrea to kill Amy, it was more of a “in the moment” decision then anything. Zombie Amy was attacking her, and TV Andrea pulled the trigger because of her “fight or flight” instinct rather then making a logical decision that it had to be done. After that, TV Andrea went into a deep depression, attempted suicide and shot a member of her survival group because he looked like a zombie without actually checking if he was, you know, a zombie. All while comic book Andrea became a total badass.

20111122-152635.jpgThat’s Andrea Swiss cheeseing a zombie.

Comic book Andrea became the best shot in the group, an amazing sniper and Rick’s female enforcer, ready to back him up at the drop of a dime with a gun that’s just itching to come out of the holster on her hip. Now think how awesome the TV Andrea would be if she was more like her comic book self.


If you know me at all, by now you should realize I have an unhealthy obsession with George R R Martins fantasy book series “A Song of Ice and Fire”. What’s unusual is that I’m not a big fan of the fantasy genre, especially books. I once attempted to read “Lord of the Rings” but gave up after about 20 pages due to the fact I couldn’t handle Tolkiens ridiculously long expositions. After that, I have never picked up a fantasy book again and was very satisfied just sticking to political thrillers and criminal biographies until HBO showed me the way. Yes, unfortunately, you heard that right; I’m a fan of “ASOIAF” because of the TV series, a n00b if you will, but that does not mean I don’t love the books any less. I have read all the books at least 4 times, and thanks to the TV series, it’s much easier to picture some of the characters. Now, enough of my self proclaimed justification and let’s move one to the point of the blog.

It’s been about 24 hours since I finished reading “A Clash of Kings”, the second book in the “ASOIAF” series, for the 5th time and the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Yesterday (Nov. 20) HBO released an in-production trailer for season 2 of “Game of Thrones”. I figured I’ll do a trailer breakdown, just to talk about some characters and basically explain what’s going on for the non-readers, and maybe remind some people who haven’t picked up the book in a few years. I’ll only focus on the characters shown in the trailer, basically ignoring the producers and the really basic location shots unless they might be important. Also, when I refer to “viewers” I’m only talking about those of you who have only seen the TV series, and “readers” will be the ones who have read the books. Let’s get it started.

FYI: I watched the trailer on YouTube “Game of Thrones” Season 2 In-production Trailer The time marker underneath the stills is there to let you know at what point in the trailer the still happens.


The Ironborn
The first shot we see is what seems to be a guard along a coast looking out to the sea. It’s not really much unless you look at the banner in the back. It’s a kraken on a purple background, the sigil of House Greyjoy of the Iron Islands. Viewers might not know these guys very well, but readers will be very familiar with the Ironmen as their role becomes more important as the series goes on. I believe the Greyjoys are mentioned in episode 2 of season one in a conversation Ned and Robert have on Kings Road while on their way to Kings Landing. Just to provide a quick explanation to the viewers, House Greyjoy led a rebellion against the Iron Throne around 10 years before the events of “Game of Thrones”. The rebellion was quickly squashed by Ned and his bannermen, and in their defeat the Greyjoys had to give Ned a hostage which ends up Theon Greyjoy.


The Lord of Dragonstone
Stannis Baratheon, the older brother of Renly Baratheon and the now dead King Robert Baratheon. Viewers will have no idea who he is, as he was only mentioned in passing a few times, but he will be much more familiar to the readers. Basically, in season 1 Stannis found out about the twincest along with Jon Arryn, and got the hell out of dodge when Jon Arryn was killed. He’s been hold up in his castle at Dragonstone ever since but viewers should be ready, this season Stannis is coming back to settle some scores. I’m not sure how I feel about the look of Stannis in the TV series. In the books, he’s described as being bald, not to good looking and extremely uncharismatic, however I’m not shocked they didn’t follow the book exactly since they didn’t do it for a few characters in season 1. Personally, it’s not really a big deal for me as long as the actor pulls of the cold personality of Stannis.


The Red Woman
Calling season 1 of “The Game of Throne” a fantasy series might cause some confusion. It does take place in a different world, but aside from about 5 seconds of dragons at the very end of the season, magic is completely absent. Well, I’d like to introduce you to Melisandre, The Red Preistess of R’hllor and the Kings Red Shadow. Although Melisandre is a Preistess of The Red God and she does have quite a few tricks up her sleeve, don’t expect any wand battles à la “Harry Potter” to happen. Viewers who enjoyed minimal magic of season 1 should rest easy, magic is never used to win battles, only to sway them. Apart from that, I have to say I love the look of Melisandre, she’s even better than I imagined. The blood-red hair is a great touch as I thought she was going to be cast as a ginger.


Well, not really actual dragons, just a statue which I assume is at Dragonstone, but you have to admit it looks pretty cool. This is the second scene that doesn’t show us a specific character but does give us a clue what’s happening. If you pay attention, the frame pans up to the dragon statue from a spilled wine cup. Readers should know what this is, and if you don’t, re-read the prologue to “A Clash of Kings”.


The Half-man
The best thing about “ASOIAF” is that there is so many characters that I love, but Tyrion is definitely in my top 3. Peter Dinklage truly deserved his Emmy for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister and hopefully he gets many more. As far as this scene goes, it looks like maybe Tyrion is being brought by somebody through and underground passage to see a certain somebody.


The Mother of Dragons
The absolutely gorgeous Emilia Clarke has got to be the break-out star of this series. The way she potrayed the transformation of Dany from a scared, sad little girl to a powerful, brave queen of the Dothraki horde was amazing. Already a viewer favorite, her popularity will only increase now that she has the only three dragons left in the world as her pets. As the books go on, her journey story only gets better and she is also in my top 3 favorite characters in the series.


Dude with Torch
Honestly, I have no idea what this scene is about and where it takes place in the books. The only two options I could come up with is it’s either someone running to meet with Theon Greyjoy upon his arrival at the Iron Islands or Maester Cressen hurrying to meet with Stannis.


The Banner
I can only conclude that this is the banner of King Jeoffrey. The Crowned Stag is the sigil of House Baratheon (King Robert) and The Gold Lion is the sigil of House Lannister (Queen Cersei), Jeoffrey believing he is their son would naturally have a banner combining the two.


Lord Snow and Sam The Slayer
Jon and Sam, the best of friends, talking to each other beyond the Wall. This scene doesn’t mean anything to the viewers but to the readers I say: They have reached Crasters Keep and are talking about Gilly.


The Fish and The Flower
I can only assume this is around the time Lady Stark goes meets with Renly Baratheon during the tourney at Bitterbridge. Lady Stark is easy to spot, but in case you didint notice, that’s Loras next to her. He looks a bit different since they took off the black wig and used his natural hair this season. The readers will know him as the best sword in the kingdom, second only to Jamie Lannister. The viewers will know him as the dude that blew the other dude.


The Queen Regent
Cersei is one if the few characters that is clearly a villain. She is both power-hungry and paranoid which is a bad combination. Not much to say about this frame besides the fact that Cersei’s hair seems to look more realistic this season.


The Badasses Badass
I’m sure we all breathed a sigh of relief last season when Yoren grabbed Arya and saved her from seeing her father die, as well as sneaking her out of King’s Landing. That was only a small bit of how awesome Yoren is and this scene will cement that into the ground when it plays out on our TVs. I’m not going to go into detail, but it’s here that one of the greatest quotes from “ASOIAF” is said: “That’s not the Law, that’s a sword….happens I got one too”


The Ghost of Harrenhall
I said before that Dany is in my top 3 characters of the series. She’s number 3. I also mentioned Tyrion, who is number 2, but by far Arya Stark is number 1. There’s not much I can say about her without major spoilers since the best part of her story is what she goes through. Let’s just say that from where she started to where she is now in the story is something that will leave viewers, and any new readers, stunned.


The Youngest Stag
Here we have a still of Renly Baratheon and his wife Margaery. Not much to say about this besides that fact that Renly’s crown is totally badass and his look has improved vastly over the previous season. Also, this seems to be takin place at Bitterbridge as well, so the readers should be able to figure out who he’s watching fight.


The Captain of The Sea Bitch
This is the scene of Theon arriving at the Iron Islands. If you remember, last season Robb Stark sent Theon to ask his father to help Robb win the war. In the books, he meets a preist of The Drowned God who he later recognizes to be his Uncle, Aeron Greyjoy. However, I found out that in the TV series it’s just a random preist.


The Douchebag King
I hate Jeoffrey. I refuse to write any more then that about him.


The Lightbringer
It’s a well known fact that George R R Martin’s books are inspired by world history. Westeros is pretty much Europe, The Dothraki are Mongolian, and the Free Cities are like the Middle East. It is no surprise then that in the second book and in the second season religion starts to play a major role in the story. The readers will recognize this scene as one of the characters turning his back on the Gods of his homeland and putting his faith in a new, red god. In the end none of the religions are similar to our religions, but their impact is almost exact. War.


A Queen and A Knight
This still is obviously from some point in the series where Dany is traveling through the desert, but that’s not why I put it up. The only reason why is here is because it’s so freaking cool looking. I wish I had a super hi-res version of it do I could frame it and put it on my wall.


The King’s Dog
The Hound. Another awesome character is a roster already full of awesome characters. As a viewer, you might hate him right now but keep watching and you’ll start to smile whenever he appears on-screen.


The Maid of Tarth
Once again, Renly Baratheon is so much of an improvement over last season it’s hard to believe its the same character. However, my focus in this still is not on Renly, but the person behind him. Since this won’t mean anything to the viewers, I feel safe in saying its Brienne.


The Smuggler
I thank the gods that run HBO for showing us Ser Davos Seaworth, even if it was a blink and you’ll miss it cameo. The viewers don’t know him, but if you’re looking for someone to fill the honorable shoes of Eddard Stark then look no further then the Onion Knight.

Well, that’s pretty much it. I know I missed some stills, but the characters that appeared in the trailer and I didn’t comment about on here I simply had nothing to say about. I hope both viewers and readers alike enjoyed reading this breakdown, as well as my reactions to the trailer. I truly hope and recommend to any viewers out there to pick up the books, they are truly works of art.