(Ep.2/10) After last week’s stunning series opener, this week it was time for the plot to thicken and characters to deepen. The Starks, Baratheons and Lannisters, assembled at Winterfell, dispersed in the aftermath of Bran’s “accident.” Ned Stark and daughters Arya and Sansa went south with the king and his entourage, for Ned to take up his post as the King’s Hand. Catelynn stayed behind to look after the still-unconscious Bran, accompanied by youngest son Rickon and oldest son Robb (because “there must always be a [male, conscious, adult] Stark at Winterfell”).
Ned’s bastard son Jon Snow headed north to the Wall, with Tyrion Lannister for company. Tyrion had fancied seeing the Wall, the massive structure of rock and ice that keeps the wilderness at bay. That’s what Tyrion does – he collects information. As he explained to Jon, since his body is less than useful, he has to keep his mind razor-sharp. Peter Dinklage is perfect as Tyrion, conveying the sense of a mind always at work and always one step ahead. He’s witty, smart, confident and even sexy.
No sooner had they all gone than an assassin turned up in Bran’s room, presumably sent by the Lannisters to finish off the job that Jaime had started by pushing Bran out of the window. Luckily Bran was being well-guarded by both his mother and his direwolf and was saved. Catelynn has now decided she must go to Ned and tell him that someone tried to kill his son. You can’t trust the raven delivery system with that kind of message. Continue reading