Game of Thrones Recap "Blackwater"

Game of Thrones' "Blackwater": What We're Still Talking About

War ain't coming to Game of Thrones — war is here. This week, the Lannisters each deal with the attack on King's Landing in their own way: Joffrey tucks his tail between his legs, Tyrion rallies the troops, and Cersei gets drunk. The episode only shows us what's happening in King's Landing, and though we don't get to see any Jon Snow, Robb Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, or Arya Stark, it doesn't feel lacking to me in any way. In fact, it's one of my favorite episodes this season.


There's only one more episode left in season two, and I'm wondering just how intense next week will be, because this week is crazy. I'm ready to chat about what I'm still thinking about from "Blackwater," so if you're ready to relive it, just keep reading.

  • Green explosions in the sky. We finally see exactly what the wildfire does, and man, does it look cool. The setup is so long and tense that I was biting my nails waiting for something to happen. Tyrion and Joffrey watch Stannis's invading ships approach, and the payoff of the green explosions that follow Bronn's flaming arrow is so rad. It also destroys so many of Stannis's men in one fell swoop, so there's that.
  • Sansa's savior. Maybe I'm alone, but I think The Hound is in love with Sansa. Sure, he's a cold-blooded killer who professes his love of killing at every turn, but he's different when he's with her; he's softer. He calls her "little bird." He keeps her from being raped. So I guess it's not all that romantic, but it's just my theory. In any case, something has changed within him, because he abandons the raging war, offering to take Sansa to Winterfell. She doesn't say yes, but it seems like she does appreciate his protectiveness.
  • Someone give Lena Headey an Emmy. Cersei has so many great lines this week, and many of them come out as she's prepping for the city to be sacked by drinking her worries away. She's almost giddy as she describes how the men will come a-raping, adding unnecessary details to terrify Sansa more and more, like calling her "a slice of cake just waiting to be eaten." (Also her whole interaction with Shae is so scary — you know she's going to die as soon as Cersei finds out that she's with Tyrion.) But behind those cruel words is a very frightened woman, a woman so desperate to protect her youngest son from a violent death that she almost poisons him with nightshade. She doesn't have to go that far though, because Tywin bursts in, declaring that he's saved the city.
  • Is Tyrion dead? Tyrion steps up this week when Joffrey can't, rallying the men of King's Landing to protect their city. It almost seems like he's a goner at one point, sustaining a wound on his face in battle. He closes his eyes, but I'm hoping he's just passed out, not dead.

What did you think of this week's Game of Thrones?

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