Game of thrones review season 2 episode 8- Theon’s terrible decision disgust even his sister Yara. When he welcomes her in Winterfell instead of praise she mocks him, telling his courageous takeover wasn’t so glorious. Even more surprised is when he hears his sister telling him that Lord Balon demands Theon to return home.
Theon refuses to go back home and wishes to keep the castle. Even though his sister mocked him, she still cares for her little brother. She warns him for his safety, telling him that Robb will have his revenge. If Theon leaves with her now, he would be safe.
Being Ygritte’s prisoner now, Jon meets his destiny, the Lord of Bones to be exact. He already has a prisoner, Qhorin Halfhand, and decides to kill Jon. Ygritte stops him and convinces the Lord of Bones that they should keep Jon alive because Mance, their leader will be very much interested in Ned’s bastard.
The Lord of Bones accepts Yqritte advise and she tells Jon they are even now. Jon is relieved but at the same time devastated because he has learned that all the men in Qhorin’s group were killed by the wildlings when they went searching for Jon. Qhorin has a plan on how to save Jon and he starts arguing with him in front of the wildlings.
Somewhere in wilderness, Sam and two others dig trenches and talk about Jon and the group that hasn’t return yet. They assume the group is dead but Sam doesn’t believe that Jon is dead. As they continue digging, they discover an ancient cloak with dragonglass spikes that was buried by some previous men of the Watch.
They wonder what is the purpose for that, but we can already guess it was buried to be found by other man for their war against the White Walkers.
Although King Robb Stark was warned by his mother not to stick around with Lady Talisa, in episode 8 we see him again talking to the Lady, explaining her the circumstances of his engagement with the Frey girl.
Their conversation is being interrupted by the news of Jaime’s escape, this time with the help of his mother. Filled with anger, he confronts Catelyn who admits the accusations and therefore he orders for her mother to be taken as a prisoner and considers her as a traitor.
Robb sends his men in search of the Kingslayer. He also tells Roose Bolton to send his bastard son to Winterfell and bring Theon to him so that Robb can have his revenge. Lady Talisa comes to Robb’s tent and they discuss about her decision of becoming a doctor.
As the conversation goes on, we sense in their eyes how they slowly fall for each other, and by the time they finish the conversation, they find themselves in passionate hug. And you all know what happens next, at least you can guess, can you?
At Lord Tywin’s camp, Arya learns from Tywin’s conversation with his brother, Ser Kevan Lannister, that the Greyjoys have taken Winterfell. Due to that, Robb sent half of his men to retake the castle and Tywin suggests that now it’s the best time to strike back at the Starks.
Tywin decides to leave the same night and go after the Starks. Arya wants to stop him and she searches for the faceless man to deliver him the third man’s name. When she finds him it’s already too late, Tywin has left. She then tricks the faceless man by telling him his name, Jaqen H’ghar.
He is angry by her action and demands her to unnamed him. Arya agrees to do so, only if he help her and her friends to escape. As night falls down, Arya and her friends attempt to leave the gates and they discover that their way is clear because the guards are all dead. Jaqen has fulfilled his promise to help them and so Arya, Hot Pie and Gendry are free now.
In King’s Landing, the only man who seems to worry about Stannis is Tyrion. We see him stuck with a bunch of books, trying to find out how to save the city from Stannis’ army. Looking at the city map, Tyrion realizes which gate is the weakest spot of the city. Being short of men, he decides to stop Stannis with pig sh*t because it’s the city’s surplus.
Tyrion’s strategy for defending the city includes the King’s presence at the battlefield. Angry with this decision, Cersei confronts her little brother, informing him that she has taken leverage against him, she has taken Tyrion’s whore.
He seems surprised but also scared. However, he doesn’t let his emotions out and demands to see the girl. Tyrion is relieved to see that it’s another girl and tells her not to worry, that nothing bad will happen. The girl doesn’t betray him and plays along with the role.
Furious, Tyrion threatens his sister that one day he will have his revenge. Althoug he is relieved that Shae is not in custody, he rushes back to his chambers to assure himself of her safety.
King Joffrey insists that it’s high time to attack the Stark’s but Tyrion and Varys make it clear for the king that the problem with Stannis’ army who is approaching the city is of much bigger importance. In a private talk, Varys tells Tyrion that he is a much better Hand than the previous ones, informing him that Daenerys Targaryen is alive and that she is raising dragons. But Tyrion is aware that he needs to play one game at the time and decides to postpone this question.
Back in Qarth, Jorah Mormont informs Daenerys that he has found a ship that will take them to Astapor. She refuses to leave without her dragons and insists that Jorah should help her and take her to the House of the Undying so that she can retake her dragons. Jorah is suspicious and warns Daenerys that it might be trap, but she reminds him that she already has magic and that nothing will happen to her.
In Winterfell, Theon decides to cut down the bodies and to send money to the farmer whose boys were taken. We already know that the boys that were hanging in the yard weren’t the bodies of Rickon and Bran.
Maester Luwin learns the truth as he spots Osha stealing food and hiding in the crypt. He tells Osha to take care of the boys and not to let them know the truth about the dead boys who were once friends with the Stark boys. But it’s too late, Bran has overheard the conversation and we see how his face is filling with sadness.