Title: Game of Thrones S2.E05 “Ghosts of Harrenhal”
Released: 2012
Series:  Game of Thrones

Number of Times Mom Would Have TOTALLY Made Me Stop Watching: 1

It’s time to talk about last night’s episode of Game of Thrones! Both me and my 12-year old self were thoroughly delighted by Gendry’s abs all of the action and plotting (and scheming) that went down, but I want to hear your thoughts! So after the jump, I’ll summarize my opinions and then turn it over to you!

What Happened

The smoke monster’s first act after clawing its way out of the red witch’s hooha was killing Renly, which is too bad, because I’m pretty sure he would have made a much more fun king than Stannis. Stannis, meanwhile almost pulls his head out of his ass in regards to the red witch, deciding that she won’t sail with them to King’s Landing. I smell trouble! Tyrion discovers that Cersei’s plan of defense is something called “wildfire,” and — after inspecting the stores — gets the Alchimest Guild to start making it for him instead. It would appear that Tyrion has a plan. Catelyn and Brienne flee Renly’s camp, and Brienne swears fealty to Catelyn, with the qualifier that when the time is right, she will be allowed to kill Stannis. Theon Greyjoy can’t get no respect from his crew, but one of the men suggests that Iron Island folk do their own thing. So Theon decides to attack in the North. Bran is doing well managing Winterfell, but they are attacked, so we hope Catelyn and Brienne get back soon. Daenerys gets a marriage proposal from the big rich dude that let her into Quarth, but Jorah advises her to go her own way. She also realizes that he’s in love with her. Arya is privy to Tywin’s war council as his cup bearer, and meets back up with the criminal she saved from the fire, Jaqen H’ghar. He tells her that he owes her three deaths, and she names the man who tortured her fellow prisoners. He delivers.

12-Year-Old Jenny

General Impressions

Holy crow! I wonder what’s going to happen to Renly’s wife now that he got killed? I mean, she said she wants to be THEE queen, but how would she do that? I was sad that Renly died, but just more shocked, really. I mean: SMOKE MONSTER!!!!! How on earth are they ever going to stop it? What can kill a smoke monster? Lots of good things happened in this episode, like Lady Stark getting that awesome Viking lady to be her protector, and Tyrion figuring out what his sister’s been up to, and Arya playing it cool in Tywin’s war council. And it’s so cool that that strange knight is kind of on her side! He’ll shorten her kill list! I wish I was like her!!! And also, don’t tell my mom, but that last scene with her and Gendry made me feel kind of strange. Like, I think I was embarrassed or something, because I started blushing a lot.

Number of Times Mom Would Have TOTALLY Made Me Stop Watching: 1. I don’t think she would have been very pleased with that last scene. Or the way it made me blush.

Adult Jenny

General Impressions

Hmmm, what happened in this episode? Oh, I don’t know, Gendry was just hanging out shirtless… making swords. Like you do. Um… did anything else happen? No seriously, it’s a good thing they put that scene at the end, because I think it might have obliterated anything else that would have happened after it. Also, is it weird that I almost felt relieved that Renly was killed? I mean, I knew someone was going to bite it soon, and while I’d rather it had been Stannis, Renly’s death is a whole lot better than, say Our Robb’s or Sam’s or Gendry’s would have been. (While my friends who’ve read the series tell me that NO ONE is safe, I’m still holding out hope that that NO ONE doesn’t actually mean Jon Snow or Arya.) Good to see him (Jon Snow) getting a chance at Rangering, although I want to see more of Ghost! And I agree with Sam — I miss Gilly. Tyrion’s reaction to finding out that the people think he’s secretly controlling Joffrey as his “demon monkey” was priceless, and I was very glad to see him forming A PLAN to save King’s Landing — or himself, whicevs. Was I the only one who teared up at Brienne and Catelyn’s interaction there? And just how amazing was Arya in this episode? Her quick-thinking interactions with Tywin and Gendry just proved once again what a fucking badass she is.

Best Scene

Now usually I’m not such a wolfish girl — I’m drawn to faces and personalities more than physiques, but ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!!!! Do you even have to ASK what the best scene was?

Now THAT’S a sword!

What was it about this scene? Did they infuse it with fairy dust? Because it wasn’t just the shirtless smithing. (Although, for the first time in 12 years together, my husband reached over and covered my eyes.) It’s because the chemistry between Arya and Gendry is OFF. THE. HOOK. Her giving him fencing tips?And looking at him out of the corner of her eye when she thought he wasn’t looking? And the look on his face, knowing she was looking? Magic. And while I think Arya is supposed to be younger, the actress who plays her is 15, so it’s not, like, SO terrible. Just for the sake of science, however, I think we should take a closer look:

Hmmm… very, very interesting. And scientific.


Jenny grew up on a steady diet of Piers Anthony, Isaac Asimov and Star Wars novels. She has now expanded her tastes to include television, movies, and YA fiction.