Game of Thrones - Season wrap

Well, now the long summer has really begun. Not only are all KSU sports finished for the time being, Game of Thrones, season 2 finale aired last night. I guess I'll have to survive on TrueBlood for the next 12 weeks.

Hit the jump for a summary of the season 2 finale - "Valar Morghulis". Feel free to discuss in the comments.

The following episode synopsis is courtesy of Wikipedia.

In King's Landing

After the victory over Lord Stannis Baratheon in the Battle of Blackwater, King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) rewards his loyal subjects for their aid in his hour of need. Lord Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) is thanked by the King, his grandson, for his leadership in battle and is formally named "Hand of the King". For uniting the Houses of Tyrell and Lannister, the alliance which helped lead to the battle victory, Lord Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen) is given the Castle of Harrenhal. Lady Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) asks for the King's hand in marriage, and though Joffrey insists he is bound by oath to Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), Queen Regent Cersei (Lena Headey) and her subject Grand Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover) convince him that the Gods will allow him to reject the oath on grounds of Eddard Stark's treason. Sansa is elated to be rid of Joffrey, however, Baelish confronts her, warning her that she is still in danger while she is in King's Landing, and vows that he will scheme to see her home safely. Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) works to undermine Baelish's successes and plots to turn his associate, the prostitute Ros (Esme Bianco), against him.

Meanwhile, a scarred Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) awakens from his injuries he received from the attempt on his life during the Battle of Blackwater Bay. With the arrival of Lord Tywin, he has been removed from the position of Hand of the King and is left powerless and without allies, except for his squire, Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman). He is consoled by his consort Shae (Sibel Kekilli), who remains loyal and tries to convince Tyrion to leave King's Landing for Pentos with her. Lord Varys informs Tyrion that the Queen was behind the attempt on his life, and declares Tyrion to have been the true hero of the battle. Despite his suffering and fall from power, Tyrion refuses to leave King's Landing, saying that he had finally found a role he had excelled at and enjoyed.

At Dragonstone

In a rage over his unexpected defeat at the Battle of Blackwater, Lord Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) blames his Red Priestess Melisandre (Carice van Houten) for goading him into war with promises of victory and attempts to strangle her. He relents only after Melisandre makes him truly comprehend his involvement in the death of his brother Lord Renly. After informing Stannis that he will betray all that he has known in his quest to be King, Melisandre leads Stannis over to a burning cauldron and has them together observe the dancing fire. As Stannis watches the flames, he seems to be struck by divine visions from the Lord of Light.

In the Westerlands

King Robb (Richard Madden) confides to his mother, Catelyn, (Michelle Fairley) that he is in love with Lady Talisa (Oona Chaplin) and will not proceed with the arranged marriage to one of Lord Walder Frey's daughters. Despite Catelyn's warning that breaking his oath with Lord Frey is reckless, Robb marries Talisa in private. Meanwhile, Catelyn's knight Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) continues in her mission to escort the prisoner Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) to King's Landing, in exchange for Sansa and Arya Stark. They happen upon the corpses of three women lynched by Stark patrolmen, who soon arrive and discover that Brienne's prisoner is the wanted Kingslayer himself. Brienne slays them after they are discovered, avenging the three women, whom Brienne then buries.

At Winterfell

With Winterfell under siege and facing defeat, Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) rejects the advice of Maester Luwin (Donald Sumpter) to abandon the castle and flee to the Night's Watch, and decides to fight to the death with his men. However, during a rallying speech, Theon is knocked unconscious by Dagmer (Ralph Ineson) and betrayed by his own men, who drag him off. Luwin, in an attempt to save Theon, is mortally wounded by Dagmer. Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and his party emerge from hiding to find Winterfell sacked and Luwin dying in the Godswood, where he declares his loyalty and love for the Starks before having Osha (Natalia Tena) end his life. Bran and his group then escape the ruined remains of Winterfell, bound for the Wall.

At the Outskirts of Harrenhal

Arya (Maisie Williams), along with her companions Gendry (Joe Dempsie) and Hot Pie (Ben Hawkley), are fleeing from Harrenhal after their escape. They are surprised by the sudden appearance of the mysterious assassin Jaqen H'ghar (Tom Wlaschiha), who helped them escape. Jaqen offers to take Arya with him to Braavos to train her in his abilities, and although tempted, Arya declines, intending to reunite with her family. Before departing, Jaqen hands Arya a special coin and the passwords "valar morghulis", which Arya may make use of to contact him in Braavos. Before departing, Jaqen turns to reveal he has changed his face, an ability of the "faceless men" he mentions to Arya.

Across the Narrow Sea

Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) escorts Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) to the House of the Undying, a stronghold where the warlock Pyat Pree (Ian Hanmore) has her dragons held captive. The warlock's magical illusions quickly leaves Jorah stranded outside, while Daenerys wanders about in the stronghold, at the mercy of the warlock's magic. Daenerys is struck with a vision of her entering a decrepit version of the Great Hall of King's Landing, before encountering her deceased love Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) and their stillborn son Rhaego, both alive and well. Though Drogo is elated to see his love and is unsure which of them is dreaming, Daenerys' determination sees her through the illusion. She leaves Drogo and finds herself in an antechamber with her captive dragons chained to a pedestal. Pyat Pree appears and uses his magic to conjure chains and bind Daenerys with them. He explains that with the return of the Mother of Dragons, magic itself has returned as well, and he plans on keeping Daenerys bound within his stronghold to ensure that magic lives forever. However, Pyat Pree realises too late that this has in turn made Daenerys' dragons stronger; Daenerys has her dragons burn the warlock to death.

After escaping the House of the Undying, Daenerys finds Xaro (Nonso Anozie), who had assumed she would perish, in bed with Doreah (Roxanne McKee), who she realizes had betrayed her, and takes them prisoner. Opening Xaro's vault, they find it empty, with Xaro's boasts of extreme wealth having been lies. Despite Xaro's pleas, Daenerys orders her followers to seal Xaro and Doreah in his vault. Daenerys then has her horde loot as much as they can from the city of Qarth, intending to buy a boat and set sail for Westeros.

Beyond the Wall

Night's Watch Ranger Qhorin Halfhand (Simon Armstrong), still prisoner of the wildlings, sees an opportunity to provoke a battle with fellow prisoner Jon Snow (Kit Harington), with the goal of convincing the wildlings that Jon has defected. Qhorin goads an enraged Jon into running him through by insulting the memories of his mother and of Ned Stark. The gambit works, and after Qhorin is killed, they free a stunned Jon and introduce them to their massive wildling force, promising him a meeting with their king, former Night's Watch Ranger Mance Rayder.

Meanwhile, while on duty, Night's Watchmen Sam (John Bradley-West), Grenn (Mark Stanley), and Edd (Ben Crompton) overhear a three-note horn call, which they recognize as a call which signifies White Walkers have been spotted. The group flees in terror, but Sam is left behind and he is quickly surrounded by undead warriors and a fearsome White Walker general. Apparently ignored by the Walkers, Sam watches in horror as the White Walkers command their army of the undead to advance on the Fist of the First Men.

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