Thursday, 14 September 2017

Game of Thrones Gossip #33 The Starks

Welcome to my Game of Thrones Gossip, where all of us fanatics get the chance to discuss everything we love about this amazing TV series. I decided to do a whole series of these discussion posts that let us say everything we want and enjoy every second of it! The topics may talk about a death, an event, a character or be season reviews and so on. Please feel free to comment fully and without restriction!

I have to warn you that it is important that you have seen all six seasons before reading any of these posts because these posts and blogger comments will be oozing and exploding spoilers all over the place. If you haven't watched the series and plan to, be warned that it's a bad idea to be here right now! I take no responsibility if you read on and things are spoiled for you.

For those of you who stuck with me through my season one posts, thank you loads! Now I'm going to look at the main characters introduced in season two, what our season one characters were doing in season two and looking at all the bests bits. Enjoy the season two posts! 

This week I'm taking a look at what is happening to some of the other Starks in season 2. Arya will not feature as I have done a post about her already.

Bran is adjusting more to his paralysis, having Hodor carry him around Winterfell. He is more troubled by the nightly dreams that he has. Maester Luwin tries to tell him that they are just dreams but Osha questions what he has been seeing. She is disturbed by his dream about the sea flooding into Winterfell and drowning Ser Rodrik. Ser Rodrik then tells him that Torrhen's Square has been attacked and he wishes to take men to win it back. Maester Luwin questions the number that he wants but Bran agrees with Ser Rodrik, indicating that if Starks cannot defend their bannermen, how can he ask them to defend Winterfell. Ser Rodrik approves of this but it turns out to be a fateful decision.

"Hush now child, I'm off to see your father." Ser Rodrik to Bran

Theon Greyjoy and his Ironborn take Winterfell by surprise and Theon orders Bran to give control to him to avoid any bloodshed. Bran reluctantly agrees and Osha reminds him that his dream has just come true. The captured Ser Rodrik is brought back and he denounces Theon as a traitor and spits at him. Bran watches in horror as Theon's men railroad him into executing Ser Rodrik, begging Theon not to do it. This event convinces Osha that she and Hodor need to get Bran and Rickon out of sight. After leading Theon on a hunt, Osha hides them all inside the Winterfell crypts. Maester Luwin discovers them later and Bran is gutted to hear that two orhan boys were killed and displayed as the Stark brothers. It is only when The Ironborn flee that they come out of hiding and the dying Maester Luwin tells them to go to Jon.
Bran has to grow up very quickly with his accident and Theon's betrayal, and he has no idea that fleeing Winterfell means he is on a new course that will change his life forever. 

Sansa is trying to learn to keep quiet and show loyalty to Joffrey to avoid further abuse. She saves the life of the drunken Ser Dontos Hollard by convincing Joffrey that he would be a better fool than a dead knight. Her frustration over hearing Robb continually abused bubbles over when she takes it out on her new maid Shae. When Robb wins another battle Joffrey orders Meryn Trant to strip and beat her in front of the Court until Tyrion puts a stop to it. She declares her love of her betrothed to Tyrion, who admires her strength.

Her worst nightmares are to follow. Had it not been for the intervention of The Hound, Sansa would have been raped and murdered by the angry mob during the flea bottom riot that Joffrey caused after seeing his sister Myrcella off to Dorne. Shortly after this trauma, she begins her periods which horrifies her as she can now be wed to Joffrey. She tries to cover it up with help from Shae but Cersei is informed. Cersei counsels Sansa about how children will be her consolation in a difficult marriage to Joffrey, seeming kind to her fears.

The Battle of the Blackwater could have been her way out of King's Landing. After having to endure being locked in a room with a drunken Cersei and frightened ladies, it looks as if Stannis is winning and Ilyn Payne may well execute them all as Cersei wishes. Shae tells Sansa to hide in her chambers and wait for it to be over. Instead Sansa finds The Hound hiding there. He offers to smuggle her out of King's Landing and take her north to her family but she decides to stay, believing that the victorious Stannis will treat her kindly. It was to be a bit of a shock to her to discover that the Lannisters actually won. She has a moment of delight when she hears Joffrey has decided to break his betrothal so he can marry Margaery Tyrell but Littlefinger brings her crashing down by reminding her that the Lannisters won't let her go-but he might be able to help her.

Oh Sansa, get a brain! Stannis rightly believes that he is the true King so do you think he will just let Robb roam around calling himself King in the North, even if he takes his troops home? Stannis sees Robb as a rebel and traitor, and would have used Sansa to force him to back down, making her a hostage again. Yes Stannis may not have treated her as bad as Joffrey but if Melisandre says she should be sacrificed for victory to the Lord of Light, he wouldn't have cared at all. The Hound saved you twice and going with him to try and get home was a much better option for you.


  1. I miss Osha. I liked her because she didn’t put up with anybody’s nonsense.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I'd have liked to see her get involved in outwitting Ramsay. I was quite shocked to see the way she died. Great character.

  2. Haven't seen any of Game of Thrones...or read any. Every time I see a post about it, I think to myself, need to read that.
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. When I first heard all the GoT hype I figured I better start with the series as there is a huge cast. It was easier imagining the actors as I read. Usually I like to read the books first but of course, the books aren't all published yet which is a pain. I think that is stopping me reading on.