GoT S02 Episode 7 – A Man Without Honor

Game of Thrones Season 2 Episode 7 once again shows us, as we have seen many times during the show, that no matter how much we try, we still can’t fully grasp the unpredictable nature of the storyline.

The subtlety involved in some of the scenes and even in some of the seemingly unimportant conversations is only one of the factors that create an atmosphere packed with a dose of intense tension and fascinating intrigues that have captivated us the entire season.

The Escape of Jaime Lannister

To the delight of his fans, and perhaps the intense disappointment of Catelyn Stark, Jaime Lannister plays an important part in Game of Thrones Season 2 Episode 7, appearing perhaps more often than he did in the entire season. His desire for freedom and unscrupulous nature initially serve him well in his plan to escape from Robb Stark’s camp by committing two murders.

His “victory” is short lived, however, as he is quickly dragged back into camp. Lady Stark manages to keep the order, and temper the lust for revenge, but with Jaime Lannister’s insults, it is difficult to know how far her patience can go. The scene ends with her raising a sword on the prisoner.


The Escape of Bran & Rickton Stark from Winterfell

Thanks to a surprising display loyalty and cunning from the captured wildling girl Osha, Bran, Rickton and Odor are able to escape captivity in Winterfell and flee into the countryside.

Theon Greyjoy of course spits out his dummy at the idea of being fooled by a wildling girl and defied by the Stark children and mounts a hunt with his men and pack hounds.

Coming back from the hunt he calls everyone together in the keep courtyard to give them an important announcement… I told you what would happen if you served me loyally and I told what would happen if you did not…….”


Honor and Trust in Game of Thrones Season 2 Episode 7

The episode seems to spend a great deal on the idea of whether or not honor and oaths are in fact as meaningful as they seem. The Jaime Lannister, the Kingslayer, is not the only one to mirror this dilemma both through his actions and through his words. Jon Snow is faced with a similar problem, as the young girl he had spared continues to question his decision of joining the Night’s Watch.

Honor doesn’t seem to serve young Arya Stark too well either, as, after she is almost discovered by Tywin Lannister, she needs to resort to a more cunning way of trying to escape from Harrenhal.

In the meantime, after her dragons are stolen and her people murdered, Daenerys Targaryen starts to lose faith in almost all of those she had considered her friends.

While the mystery of the dragon thieves is elucidated in a disturbing way in Qarth, perhaps the greatest question is to be raised in Winterfell, where Theon Greyjoy is shown at the end of the episode presenting the burned body of a child. Could this represent the demise of Bram Stark?

Despite all the mysterious outcomes we witness in Game of Thrones Season 2 Episode 7, the show always has a way of providing the most unexpected solutions, which, in turn, shed light over even more complex facets of the Westeros power games.