By Thomas Hokum
Editor’s Note: Thomas Hokum likes Game of Thrones. So much so that he plans watching parties. This wouldn’t be interesting except that Hokum isn’t the type to plan, parties or otherwise. He’s more of a "read by the pool all day" guy. If a party breaks out at said pool, he’s down. If not, he will continue reading and developing skin cancer. So, being an observant editor, I asked Hokum to leave the chlorine behind and do weekly recaps of the show he loves and he agreed. You’re welcome. Be sure to check in every Monday for Hokum’s reviews for Season 2 of Game of Thrones. They might just turn into a party.
Oddly enough it took a television show to get me off the couch and back to the dreaded word document. But it’s Spring and that means it’s time for the smash hit Game of Thrones to return. For the uninitiated, Game of thrones is the fantasy-lite drama (running 10 episodes on a $60 million budget) produced by HBO and based on George R. R. Martin’s hit series, A Song of Fire and Ice. Martin released his fifth installment, A Dance with Dragons, last July and in this less-than-humble writer’s opinion, it is far and away the best of the series. And with Martin taking a handful of years to write each book, I wouldn’t hold my breath for the final two books in the series to arrive any time soon.
The good news is that the production level and acting quality in HBO’s series makes the show a perfectly fine stand in for the books, often borrowing whole chunks of dialogue from its literary cousin, for those who don’t have time to read the books that weigh in at a minimum of a thousand pages each. The better news? Clash of Kings, or Season Two to the HBO faithful, is my second favorite in the series and this sentiment is echoed by many critics in the literary realm.
In a sense, Clash of Kings can be seen as the fallout from the epic conclusion of Game of Thrones. Without a doubt you should see Season 1 or read Game of Thrones before starting one Season 2. With the HBO Go App it’s easier than ever to catch up. Clash of Kings follows the Stark children as they scatter, gives you more Tyrion than you can shake a leg of mutton at, and delivers one epic battle royale to wrap everything up. Thankfully, producers of the show have made it clear the Battle of the Blackwater will fulfill even the staunchest of fanboys. And you can expect all the violence, sex, cavorting dwarfish* and enough beheadings to make a weirwood groan.
For those who have seen Season 1 but are rusty on everything but the one pivotal moment burnt into every viewer/reader’s mind, I offer the following recap:
* Small person, not actual dwarf like Gimli. It’s fantasy-lite remember.