Close your eyes if you haven't watched the show yet . . .
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First of all, I didn't think I liked the second season near as much as I liked the first. It seemed that we didn't see enough of the few people we care about, and instead had deal with a bunch of new characters on top of the old characters that just need to die agonizing deaths. Hubby had seen the second season while it originally aired, but I had not. When the dvd set was released, we did a marathon viewing of the entire season in one weekend. Maybe I thought I didn't like it because this was my first look at it. With the first season I'd seen many more bits of various episodes and sort of knew the story. I tried to remind myself of that and keep an open mind. And then, the weekend of the third season premiere, HBO replayed a marathon of the second season so we watched them all again. Sure enough, now that I was more familiar with it, I enjoyed the second season a bit more.
Joffrey continues to be horrible. The more whiny he gets, the meaner he gets to cover up for it. He's all big talk but when it comes time to prove himself he's constantly a whiny baby being saved by everyone else.
Just like I still think John Snow will end up being a very important person once we find out who his mother was.
Among them . . .
There were other storylines that I haven't touched on, like Tyrion trying to keep his girlfriend Shae safe now that they are in Kings Landing. He manages to get her a job as Sansa's handmaiden. This works out for everyone, but we still don't know much about Shae. I like her and want to know what her story is.
And then there is Robb Stark meeting and marrying another somewhat mysterious girl named Talisa. She has been working as a doctor or nurse or whatever, tending the wounded from the battles. This is another one (like Brienne) where I'm wondering why they're going to be so important that they need to just suddenly be plunked into the story and made a key player. I kinda don't like this girl but that might change as we learn her story. Robb's mother Catelyn is definitely not thrilled with them marrying since he promised to marry a daughter of the perverted old guy in season one, the dude who granted them use of his bridge.
I'm sure there are other things I'm forgetting. Like I said, now that everyone is all spread out across the land doing various things, a lot of new stories and people have been intoduced. You kinda feel cheated that so much time is spent on these new things when you want to know what's happening with Arya or Robb, or Bran back in Winterfell. But after watching the season twice, I'm more accepting of it as we have now started on the journey of Season Three. (I'm even considering doing weekly episode thoughts throughout this new season.)
Are YOU a Game of Thrones fan???