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4.0 out of 5 stars A hit or miss kind of season, February 17, 2013
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This review is from: Game of Thrones: Season 2 (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) (Blu-ray)
A Clash of Kings is not my favorite book in the Ice and Fire saga, in fact besides A Feast for Crows it is the weakest book in the series, even still I was excited about this season of Game of Thrones. The first season had its problems, namely it had a hard time keeping tension and intrigue like the book did, but it succeeded greatly for the most part. So now season 2, and I am happy to say I was not disappointed. Season 2 took some initiative and decided to stray away from the books a bit. This worked for it splendidly at some parts and hurt it at others. The story of Tyrion, Cersei, Joffrey, and Sansa all benefited from the changes. It stayed loyal to the books overall, but the small changes really made them stand out. Theon Greyjoy was also a great character this season and season 2 really made his story work out. Characters like Jon Snow and Arya Stark, however, were more of a mixed package. The problem with Jon Snow is not the writing, it was the performances. Kit Harrington is a terrible Jon and really has a lifeless performance the entire way through. I was constantly bored by his travels through the North and was all the more disappointed that they cut some of the amazing chase scenes in the end of the book for some forced Ygritte/Jon shipping. Arya's story in season 2 was exciting, and I was never bored for a moment during her time on screen, however, much of the character development she had during book 2 was not present here. Clash of Kings was all about Arya losing her identity, and season 2 did not show that in any way. Also there were a few cheesy chase scenes that were unneeded. The biggest disappointed for season 2 was Daenerys. Her entire plot was rushed and convoluted. I knew that they would have to stray from the books with her (she has like 4 POVs)but her entire plot was laughable. We got no developments for the politics of Quarth and I didnt know why I should care with what was happening on screen. Worst of all, Dany turned into a one dimensional little bitch. Despite these grievances, season 2 worked out. I was happy how they portrayed their new characters (Stannis, Davos, and Melisandre) and Margaery Tyrell was a gem on screen. Overall I would give this season a 4/5. Here is hoping they succeed with season 3.
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Initial post: Feb 19, 2013 9:26:41 PM PST
I agree with a lot of what you said, but was surprised to see you say that you enjoyed the changes to Margaery Tyrell. For me, she was the most blatantly changed character in this season compared to the books. Instead of being a coy and innocent "maiden," she's been turned into a conniving, boisterous, and (frankly) annoying character. It seemed to me they attempted to combine the Queen of Thorns (likely due to lack of screen time able to devote to her) and Margaery, but missed the mark quite dramatically.
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