Game of Thrones Re-Watch: The Ghost of Harrenhal

The new season of Game of Thrones starts July 16.  As preparation, I’m re-watching the first six seasons of the show. Below are 15 thoughts I had while watching the fifth episode of season two, “The Ghost of Harrenhal.” Spoilers for the entire series, but for this episode in particular.

Brienne of Tarth in The Ghost of Harrenhal

  1. Renly may have been a fool, but he didn’t deserve to die like that.
  2. Loras may have got the looks, but Margaery got the brains and the looks.
  3. “Do you want to be a queen?” “No. I want to be the queen.” – An important distinction on this show. Too bad Cersei had other ideas.
  4. You know it’s bad when even the king’s uncle thinks he’s a lost cause.
  5. I wish I could warn Arya that Jaqen is going to be more trouble than he’s worth.
  6. “Smart people don’t find themselves in places like this.” – I can only agree. If I was in Westeros, I’d want to live in Dorne. Certainly not north of the Wall.
  7. What kind of nut decided it was a good idea to store wildfire directly under the most populated area in Westeros?
  8. Irri was so fiercely loyal to Daenerys. She did not deserve what happened to her.
  9. I love the scene where the Dothraki are discussing the best way to steal the golden peacock statue. It shows that they can be resourceful when necessary.
  10. Osha’s bickering with Bran is so cute. He has so much responsibility on his shoulders; it’s nice to see him acting like a normal child.
  11. Daenerys is so clueless, not realizing Jorah is in love with her.
  12. Xaro, you’re gonna regret ever having that vault built.
  13. “Our children will be princes and princesses.” – This just shows how little Xaro knows Daenerys, as she was left infertile after Rhaego was stillborn.
  14. Gendry looks so good with his shirt off. A reminder of how much Joe Dempsie has grown up since his days on Skins.
  15. Also, I like the bit with Arya critiquing his sword-fighting stance. Syrio Forel would be proud of her.

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