‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 2, Episode 7: ‘A Man Without Honor’ Recap

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If you thought Westeros to be a cynical place before, the newest episode of Game of Thrones has definitely set the bar a wee bit higher. With a title like ‘A Man Without Honor,’ it seems likely the reference would be toward the ungrateful adoptee/lifetime Stark hostage Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen). However, in typical GoT fashion – especially this late in the season – the show goes on to illustrate how, in their own unique way, the title of ‘A Man Without Honor’ can and does apply to most men in the series.

Not surprisingly, Theon’s run on Winterfell hasn’t gone as smoothly as it should have – what with having to take Sir Rodrik’s head, and the two youngest Starks escaping capture. Still, on the bright side, Theon has learned that the only way he’s going to earn the respect of men is through fear and intimidation. So when one particularly mouthy fellow makes words sounding a bit like an accusation that Theon’s thought’s were on Osha (Natalia Tena) when they should have been on maintaining grip on his former home, the petulant Greyjoy delivers a firm, but fair, beating.

While Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Rickon (Art Parkinson) have a decent head start, courtesy of Osha and Hodor (Kristian Naim), they’re smart enough to realize that since Theon has unleashed the hounds, the head start will be eaten up quickly. To his credit (and perhaps in defiance of Theon) Bran is reluctant to ask anyone for help, knowing full well the wrath any person would face upon inevitable questioning from Theon and his men. After finding the remnants of Rickon’s snack of choice, Theon excuses Maester Luwin (Donald Sumpter), and we are left to assume the worst when he returns to Winterfell to display two charred, child-sized corpses.

Things are looking bad for all of Eddard Stark’s kids, with the possible exception of Arya (Maisie Willaims), whose conversations with Twyin Lannister (Charles Dance) continue to be a bright spot, as the head Lannister’s adoration for the undercover Stark grows – despite having pretty much guessed her ruse. Up in the North, Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) is still in search of his Night’s Watch friends while dragging Ygritte (Rose Leslie) around by a bit of rope, all the while thinking of her as his prisoner. The two have a decent exchange wherein Ygritte both discusses how freedom is not willingly obeying a set of vows, and instills fear in Jon that if he doesn’t use “it,” he’s gonna lose “it.” Jon fails to jump on either of Ygritte’s offers and ends up in the hands of the Wildlings.

Meanwhile, in King’s Landing, Sansa (Sophie Turner) has apparently reached that horrible age where having a child with Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) is now officially on the table. The fact is clearly disheartening to everyone, including the King’s mother, Cersei (Lena Headey), who delivers a very special Mother’s Day message to Sansa, illustrating just how insufferable Joffrey had been even before he was born (she suffered in labor for a day and a half just to get the bastard out), and while there is little chance anyone could love Joffrey, according to Cersei, Sansa will love her children, and that should be the extent of those who deserve her affection.

Apparently, all this talk of little Joffreys running around lowers Cersei’s defenses a small degree, and she finds herself confiding in Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) instead of screaming at him and pushing him down onto some stairs. The two discuss how woefully unprepared Joffrey is for the coming war with Stannis (Stephen Dillane) – which works out to be about the same amount of unpreparedness Joffrey has for being a decent human being. Neither mother nor uncle mince words about the boy; and Cersei doesn’t even blink when Tyrion says, “It’s hard to put a leash on a dog, once you’ve already put a crown on its head.” For her part, Cersei worries Joffrey’s cruelty is punishment for the sins of the past, resulting in a tender moment that leaves Tyrion unsure what to say or do.

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Since Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) hasn’t been seen much this season, he pops up and manages to make the most of his time by finally escaping from his cell after killing a relative of his and a guard. The Kingslayer is picked up a short time later and put into the care of Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley). Even though Jaime goes for the low blow, with a remark concerning Ned’s infidelity and bastard son – a speech that is oddly juxtaposed to how faithful he’s been to his own sister – Cat seems poised to undermine Robb’s campaign by freeing the captive Lannister in return for Arya and Sansa.

Finally, ‘A Man Without Honor’ checks in with Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and her increasing diva-like behavior, which has understandably gone up a few notches since someone ran off with her three dragons. With Xaro Xhoan Daxos (Nonso Anonzie) and Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) at her side, Daenerys confronts 12 of the 13 of Qarth and bears witness to the murder of almost all of them – with the exception of Xaro and Pyat Pree (Ian Hanmore), who, it is revealed, orchestrated the whole thing in an effort to see Xaro become King of Qarth.

Xaro Xhoan Daxos, an honorable man? Apparently the answer is no.


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  1. Stellar show.

    Too bad its only 13 episodes (I think) because this season has been great but seems a bit rushed.
    I feel like too much is happening and at the end of each episode I am left wanting more. I wish it was a 2 hour format but its obviously wishful thinking.

    I read where the producers of GOT arent necessicarily doing a book a season format and I hope that includes this season.
    There are epic sotrylines still needing proper screen time such as Milasandre and stannis.
    I might be in the minority but this show is too intriguing for 13 episodes. Gosh I just want more.

    Kudos to the high productiobn value of HBO however. The sets are great the actors are great and you can tell no expense was spared (outside of the short run).

    • I hate to burst your bubble but its only 10 episodes per season.

    • Yeah, it’s 10 episodes for the season. And it appears they are combining episodes 9 & 10 for the season finale.

      • It’s hard to believe there’s only three more episodes left in the season. I’m gonna savor every moment because its gonna be a year-long wait for Season 3, which I’m trying not to think about.

  2. I never read the books, but I like the show. I also liked the Arya and Tywin banter. However, I hate the overt, aggressive feminism radiating throughout the show. The writers appear to love killing-off the male characters, but how many female characters have died…3 minor female characters? I’m glad Jaime talked about Catelyn’s hate for Jon Snow. I don’t like Catelyn at all. I think the 2 burnt children were the farmer’s orphan boys.

    • I’ve read the books & I’d recommend you check them out. In my opinion the 3rd book is the best. Like you though I didn’t like Catelyn Start (in the books) based on how she treated Jon Snow. On the other hand, I doubt any woman would like having a child around their husband fathered with someone else.

    • what feminisim, in a world like that one based on traditional values, thats what happens men make war women make babies, broadly speaking. Any “aggressive” feminisist would be calling for the exact opposite ie more women dying on the battlefield side by side with their male counter parts.

      Every one thinks there the farmers boys

  3. It does feel a little rushed at times but I think the pacing of the show has been excellent, there are so many story lines going on that it was a smart move to have some be told by hearsay amongst the other characters (Stannis coming to kings landing) I’m interested to see how they handle Jon’s remaining story line this season. I hope they don’t cut out his big moment with Qhorin

  4. The episode ending giving the impression Catelyn was about to off The Kingslayer. The summary up above is a bit (actually a lot) of a spoiler.

  5. Can’t wait for Artsan Whitebeard (probably the finale). What the hell happened to Ghost for the past 2 episodes though?

    • @acslaterson

      Who’s Ghost again? Is that Snow’s Dire wolf?

      • Because if so, then Ghost will save Snow from the Wildlings. That’s why he’s gone missing, so hopefully you’ll kind of forget about him so when it happens it’ll be a surprise. That’s my prediction. :-P

  6. another great episode that leaves you hanging and wanting more..

    thinking for the last 3 episodes- i’ll need to wait till the season is over and watch them back to back..

  7. Who was the burnt person hanging above the gate at the end of the episode?

    • It was two burnt corpses. Theon is presenting them as Bran and his brother. But them being burnt beyond recognition, I’m pretty sure he basically killed two random children just to scare the residents of Winterfell.

  8. I’m probably the minority here, but I’m worried that the show is diverting from the books. I understand some things need to be edited or added or whatever, and that’s fine, but one of the biggest plot twists of the second book involved HOW Jon Snow wound up in the hands of the wildlings. Just a tip, it’s not how last night’s episode (or this preview) portrayed it. I have no idea where the writers are going with this one, or why they would rewrite such a breathtaking moment from the novel. George wrote that scene beautifully (with the consequences of Jon’s actions) fully in mind. But if they go ahead and continue with this altered version of what happens to Jon Snow, viewers who have not read the book account will be sorely missing out on what was one of the best shocks in the series.

    • I agree. I’ve actually been turned off by the changes.

      1. Twyin would never waste time talking with a serving girl. Yeah I know its not a serving girl but the Lord Tywin in the books is basically the king behind the scenes running everything. He barely has time to talk candidly with his own children and when he does its only business.

      2. The difference between how Jon meets the wildings totally alters what happens in Book 3. I’m assuming they did away with that to make things shorter.

      I liked True Blood the first season because it followed the book very closely. The other seasons diverged and became ridiculous. I don’t watch True Blood anymore. Hope that doesn’t end up the same with this series.

      Also, it annoys me when people say “Game of Thrones” series. The first book is Game of Thrones, the second is Clash of Kings. The series is “A song of fire and ice.”

      • I’m actually more annoyed, because the actual series title is “A song of Ice and Fire” ;)

        • George Martin is involved in the show. If anything is changed from the book, it’s for the best.

      • Picky picky….What else are we going to call a series titled “Game Of Thrones?” And it’s much catchier than the other options…

      • How can you be annoyed when people call the show Game of Thrones. Blame the producers or the network. They should have named the show “A song of fire and ice”, because we non-book readers don’t know the difference. So they called the show Game of Thrones, and that’s what we understand it to be. You can’t be annoyed with people for that.

  9. Its easy to envision how the deviations from the books can be re-linked with subsequent events in the books. For example, the Wilding band that has captured Jon, just needs to encounter the Quorin Halfhand crows to re-connect. Similarly, Dany just needs to retrieve her dragons from the House of the Undying, and whoop there we are.

  10. “Game of Thrones is the greatest show I’ve ever watched!” -Joe Rogan

    My sentiments exactly. Though the episodes fly by I cling to every word and every Sunday I re-watch the last weeks episode. The pacing is fast but manages to compress the story successfully while maintaining the EPIC scale of the world. I LOVE GAME OF THRONES! Oh yeah, Awesome Episode this week!

    • I just became addicted to his podcast, so awesome that I have over 200 to catch up with!

  11. I too am deeply engrossed in this. I have two problems with it though and they go hand in hand. This show has was too much going on for the amount of time allwoed each week. A show with this vast of a story should be laid out in two hour segments for at least the ten episodes. We keep getting involved in one story after another, but by the end you can’t believe the show is over because there’s just so many lose ends. It’s like…”You have our undivided attention…You don’t have to keep inticing us to come back….Make some things a continuing story and not a lose end”

    This is probably one of those series that is better for me if I just wait for the DVD so I can just watch the whole story without all these stops in ther middle of so many interesting items…

    • I do agree with you completely! 2 hour episodes would be perfect. Perhaps next year.

  12. Best show on television right now. Can’t wait to see how this season ends!

  13. DO you think its the stark boys that were burnt? That was pretty sickening..

    • @tom

      My personal opinion, no, they are not the Stark boys. I kind of hold this HBO series to the same standard as my favorite tv series of all time, Rome, which is also a HBO series, where nobody is really dead unless you SEE them being killed or you physically see the dead body. HBO is never shy to show someone being killed, so anytime someone is just said to be dead, or presumed dead, or in this case their identity is obscured, it is safe to assume that said person is NOT dead.

      On another note, if you’ve seen Rome, and remember the ending, you can guess what my theory, and the theory of most fans of that show, is on whether or not a certain someone is actually dead from that show, lol. In Rome, this rule applies, they never shy away from showing someone being killed. Then at the very last episode, a certain main character is shown to be badly injured, and looking to be in a bad way, then the next scene is another character reporting that this character has died. But they never show him dying and they never show his body, and the series ends this way. Unfortunately the show was cancelled, but pretty much everyone believes that he is still alive and was just said to be dead so those people who might be after him would not pursue him, I believe this too. Anyway, I love that show Rome, the idea of a feature film continuing on from the end of that show keeps hovering around, but it might just be too late for that… Oh well…

  14. i don’t want zombies in what seems like a historically real mid evil times series. i watch walking dead for zombies

    • It doesn’t take place in medieval times. It doesn’t even take place on earth. It’s a fantasy, and George RR Martin started the books back in the early 1990s, long before The Walking Dead or “zombie” mania hit us!