With the battle won, King Joffrey names his grandfather, Tywin Lannister, as the Hand of the King. It has an immediate impact on Tyrion, who awakens in new and much smaller quarters wounded from the battle . Petyr Baelish is rewarded for his loyalty. The King takes an interest in Lady Margaery Tyrell and decides to marry her. Lord Varys recruits a new spy. Arya has managed to escape from Harrenhal with Jaqen H'ghar's help. He shows her something of himself. Theon and his men are surrounded at Winterfell and are forced to abandon their position. They don't leave much behind. North of the wall, Jon impresses his captor in a fight with one of his own. King Robb and Talisa are married despite the promise he had previously made. Brienne and Jaime Lannister continue their journey but not without difficulty. In Qarth, Daenerys enters the House of the Undying to retrieve her dragons.Written by
"Valar Morghulis" means "all men must die" in High Valyrian. It is a customary saying in Essos, and is traditionally answered with "Valar Dohaeris" - "all men must serve". See more »
Pycell gives Tyrion a piece of silver and says "For your trouble", repeating the gesture Tyrion made to the prostitute Daisy when he had Pycelle arrested (Game of Thrones: What Is Dead May Never Die). However, by the time Tyrion gave the prostitute the silver, Pycell was no longer in the room, thus he could not know Tyrion did that. See more »
[one of the Stark soldiers recognize Jaime]
I wish someone would have told me, I wouldn't have had to steal that pig.
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Came to 'Game of Thrones' fairly late in the game and due to being so busy the binge-watching was gradual. Have found myself truly loving the show, very quickly becoming one of my favourites. It totally lives up to the hype and not only does it do the brilliant source material justice (a rarity in television) it is on its own merits one of the finest, most addictive and consistently compelling shows in recent years and quality-wise it puts a lot of films in recent years to shame.
Season 2's last episode "Valar Morghulis", meaning "all men must die" as explained in Season 3's "Walk of Punishment", is a grand finale for a very strong season. It is not quite as spectacular as "Blackwater", for me the "Baelor" of Season 2, but everything that is so good about 'Game of Thrones' is in full throe and to exceptional quality.
'Game of Thrones' has always delivered in the acting. "Valar Morghulis" is no exception. Peter Dinklage is a fan favourite for very good reason and Tyrion continues to be one of the show's most consistently interesting characters. Alfie Allen is also splendid, Theon very nearly rivalling Joffrey in the nasty piece of work department, not quite though, Joffrey is as reprehensible a character as one can get.
Visually, "Valar Morghulis" looks amazing. The scenery is throughout spectacular, the sets are hugely atmospheric and beautiful on the eyes with a real meticulous eye for detail and the costumes suit the characters to a tee. The make-up is beautifully done. The visual effects are some of the best of any television programme and are not overused or abused, the scale, the detail and how they actually have character and soul are better than those in a lot of the big-budget blockbusters. As well the cinematography and editing, which are cinematic quality as well.
One cannot talk about "Valar Morghulis" without mentioning the thematically, orchestrally and atmospherically multi-layered music scoring and the unforgettable main theme. Again, worthy of a high-budget fantasy/action/drama film.
It is hard not to be bowled over by the quality of the writing, outstanding isn't a strong enough adjective to describe how good the writing is once again. It always has a natural flow, is layered and thought-provoking and demonstrates a wide range of emotions such as suspenseful tension, poignant pathos and wit. The story is paced beautifully, structured with such nuance and attention to coherence, a high emotional level and is done with intelligence, passion and sensitivity.
There are quite a number of surprises and one cannot imagine a more ominous final scene than the one here.
Can't fault the direction either. Nor the writing or development of the characters, most shows could only wish to have characters with this amount of depth and complexity.
Summing up, truly grand. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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