Game Of Thrones Episode 14: Garden of Bones
“Garden of Bones” has a sinister ring to it and the fourth episode of season two delivers with its scenes of impending danger, doom, and disaster. What trap is Daenerys headed into? What new character does Robb meet? Where is Arya taken? And what the heck just came out of Melisandre? Read on to find out.
Game of Thrones Episode 14: Garden of Bones Video
Finally, a rider returns to Daenerys on horse given to him by the elders of Qarth. Despite Jorah’s warnings, Dany leads her people to the gates of the previously unseen great city. Once there, she grows furious when the Thirteen will not let her inside without first seeing her dragons. After shouting at them about the destruction she will do when her dragons are full-grown (reminiscent of anyone else we used to know?) Xaro Xhoan Daxos steps up to vouch for her and the khaleesi and her people are led inside and the gates are closed behind them.
It seems that Robb Stark has eyes for one of the nurses on the battlefield and helps hold down a man who needs to have his leg amputated, though the man is not one of his own. Talisa, another strong-willed female character, is not impressed by him and calls him out on his naïveté to fight a war for a throne that he has no wish to sit in and no plans to install someone else. Robb is growing into the shoes his father left for him and his refusal to torture prisoners of war because he does not want the Lannisters to hurt his sisters is another example of the honor he inherited from Eddard.
This does not stop Joffrey, however, from commanding Meryn to beat Sansa as punishment for her brother’s victory. Luckily, Tyrion saves the girl before it gets too horrible, but he makes a mistake in sending two prostitutes to his nephew’s chambers. Joffrey (hating to be shown up in court) makes Ros hit Daisy with a belt and a wooden scepter. “You will bring her to his (Tyrion’s) chambers when you are finished and show him what you’ve done.” The Imp, though, still has more tricks up his sleeve. He bribes Lancel to report to him in return for keeping Joffrey from knowing that Lancel is sleeping with his mother.
Stannis travels to Renly’s camp to demand that Renly join forces with his own and become second to him. The younger Baratheon refuses, an act he may well regret when Melisandre later gives birth to a creepy shadow figure the size of a full-grown man. Baelish also pays a visit to Renly and Margaery, neither of who grant him much information or a warm welcome. The same can be said of Catelyn Stark, but since she pulls a knife on Littlefinger, that might be an understatement. While she will not forgive him for betraying Ned, she softens a little (but not much) when he brings her Ned’s bones “as a token of good faith” and proposes trading Jaime for her two daughters.
Unbeknownst to Cat, Arya isn’t at King’s Landing, but is taken to the cursed Harrenhall, where she sees and smells death all around her. As if viewers weren’t convinced of her fiery spirit, Arya keeps repeating the names of those she blames for crimes against her family: “Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound.” She adds other names (Polliver, the Mountain) to her list later when she watches a man being tortured to death.
Trina’s Take: Stephen Dillane is proving himself to be the apt choice to play the brooding Stannis (I was unsure about him at the beginning of the season because he wasn’t at all how I had pictured Stannis in my mind when reading the books). I am completely taken in by the Tickler and Harrenhall, Xaro and the city of Qarth; the production team has done a wonderful job with those sets, as with all the others. Robb Stark has been a very underdeveloped character up until now and I’m anxious to see more of him in future episodes.