'Game of Thrones' finale finishes the season with powerful moments
The 'Game of Thrones' finale touches on events all over the country of Westeros.
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And so, after the narrow focus on conflict that was ‘Blackwater,’ Game of Thrones is set to bring its second season to a close by spreading itself across Westeros once more in ‘Valar Morghulis.’Skip to next paragraph
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The episode largely serves as an appropriate epilogue for the ‘Battle of Blackwater’ while gathering steam for season 3. ‘Valar Morghulis’ has a lot of ground to cover, and thankfully it begins with the fallen Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), who was last seen losing consciousness as his father and the Tyrells pushed back Stannis’ invading forces. Tyrion, thanks to his squire Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman), is only slightly worse for wear – bearing a rather striking slash across his face, that he deems a worthy addition to his diminutive size. Tyrion’s wounds are more than superficial, though, as he learns, immediately upon waking to none other than Grand Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover), that the position of the King’s Hand is no longer his; it has officially been bestowed upon Tywin.
In a moment of rare tenderness, Shae (Sibel Kekilli) suggests the two run away and live their lives doing what they do best. The plan sounds ideal except for the fact that Tyrion has finally found his place in the world: it’s not lazing about drinking and fornicating – it’s participating in the process that recently spat him out. It seems, for the time being, Tyrion has no plans to run from King’s Landing.
Unfortunately, the same can also be said for Sansa. Having turned down an offer from the Hound (Rory McCann) to return to Winterfell, she receives yet another opportunity to flee north, but refuses it, too. After Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), steps in to take the hand of King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) – which takes the collective effort of his mother, Cersei (Lena Headey), and Pycelle to convince the teenage tyrant it’s best not to marry the daughter of a traitor – Sansa is ostensibly freed. Though this puts Joffrey into the hands of someone more equipped to handle his particular temperament, Sansa is warned by Lord Baelish (the newly-named lord of Harrenhal) that Joffrey is not one to give up his toys so readily.
Arya is barely touched upon, but she, Gendry (Joe Dempsie) and Hot Pie (Ben Hawkey) have successfully escaped Harrenhal, thanks to Jaqen H’ghar (Tom Wlaschiha), who offers to teach Arya the way to cross those names from her special list. Tempting as the offer must be, she turns him down, but Jaqen gives the girl his version of a business card – just in case she needs his services at some point down the road.
Meanwhile, Robb (Richard Madden) decides to marry Talisa (Oona Chaplin) in a slapdash ceremony that directly disregards his oath to marry one of Lord Frey’s daughters, not to mention his mother’s wishes. Given that Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is being escorted back to King’s Landing by Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) – courtesy of Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) – it seems a mother’s words no longer carry much weight with the King of the North.