A Man Without Honor
|"A Man Without Honor"|
|Game of Thrones episode|
|Episode no.||Season 2
|Directed by||David Nutter|
|Written by||David Benioff
|Original air date||May 13, 2012|
|Running time||56 minutes|
|Game of Thrones (season 2)
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"A Man Without Honor" is the seventh episode of the second season of HBO's medieval fantasy television series Game of Thrones. The episode is written by series co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and directed, for the second time in this season, by David Nutter. It premiered on May 13, 2012.
The name of the episode comes from Catelyn Stark's assessment of Ser Jaime Lannister: "You are a man without honor," after he kills a member of his own family in order to attempt escape.
In King's Landing
Sansa (Sophie Turner) thanks the Hound Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann) for saving her during the riots, but her thanks are met with a cold reception. Later, Sansa is awakened by a nightmare of the riots and discovers that she has bled, with the implication that she can now be wed to Joffrey and bear his children. When Shae (Sibel Kekilli) discovers Sansa trying to cut the blood from her sheets, Shae begins to aid her, but they are discovered by one of the Queen's handmaidens, who rushes to tell the Queen. Shae catches the maid in the hall and threatens her life should the maid tell anyone, but upon Shae's return, Shae discovers the Hound has seen the sheet as well. Cersei (Lena Headey) meets with Sansa to discuss her duty to Joffrey, but tells Sansa that it will be impossible to love Joffrey so she should just focus on loving her children. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) tells Cersei that Stannis' fleet will be arriving in days and the King's plan to repel them might not work. Cersei implies that Jaime is the father of her children, and shares with Tyrion her belief that she is being punished with an uncontrollable Joffrey for committing incest.
Beyond the Wall
Jon Snow (Kit Harington) continues to search for his companions with his prisoner, Ygritte (Rose Leslie), in tow. When Ygritte deduces that Jon has never been with a woman, and upon learning of his vow of celibacy, she is dumbfounded and tries to convince him that life would be better with the wildlings, under Mance Rayder. Jon remains true to his vows and rebuffs her advances repeatedly. While crossing a muddy passage, Ygritte is able to slip away from Jon and make her escape. Jon pursues her but is unable to find her until she whistles to him, at which point several wildlings reveal themselves, thus capturing Jon.
Lord Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) orders "the Mountain," Ser Gregor Clegane (Ian Whyte) to find Amory Lorch's killer, believing that the murder of Lorch was actually an attempt on his own life. When Clegane leaves, Tywin invites Arya (Maisie Williams) to eat with him. They discuss Tywin's desire to leave a legacy and the conquest of Westeros by Aegon the Conqueror, which led to the destruction of Harrenhal. Tywin is surprised to learn that Arya knows much of Aegon and his sister-wives. Having deduced that she is highborn, he tells her that she says "my lord" instead of "m'lord," and advises her to do it properly if she is trying to hide her highborn status. She rebuffs this by stating her mother served a noblewoman for many years, and taught her to speak properly.
In the Westerlands
King Robb (Richard Madden) hears Alton Lannister's (Karl Davies) unfavorable reply to the peace terms he brought to Queen Cersei. Lord Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton) informs Robb that his prisons are full, so Robb orders the construction of a new pen to keep Alton in, and orders him placed with Ser Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) until it is complete. Robb also meets with Talisa (Oona Chaplin) to discuss getting her more medical supplies. Robb asks her to come with him to the Crag to see the Maester for her supplies, which she agrees to do. After a prolonged friendly conversation, Jaime brutally kills Alton, planning to escape. When the jailer, Torrhen Karstark, investigates, Jaime strangles him with his chains and flees. In the morning, he is recaptured and brought back to the Stark camp. Lord Rickard Karstark (John Stahl) demands the Kingslayer's head in retribution for murdering his son. Catelyn (Michelle Fairley), with the assistance of Brienne (Gwendoline Christie), is able to delay the execution until Robb returns from the Crag. Catelyn confronts Jaime about Alton's death and calls him a man without honor for breaking his vows. Jaime bitterly explains that his vows as a knight included requirements to defend the innocent, obey his father, and serve the king. However, his father despised his king, and his king was slaughtering the innocent. Jaime considers concepts like "honor" and "loyalty" naive at best and hypocritical at worst, especially since his vows conflicted with one another. Jaime also asserts that he has only been with Cersei and has more honor than Eddard Stark, Catelyn's late husband, since he fathered Jon Snow, a bastard. He insults Catelyn by pointing out her hatred of Jon since he was a living reminder of Ned's infidelity. This brings Catelyn to breaking point and she asks for Brienne's sword.
Across the Narrow Sea
Having lost her dragons, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) has difficulty trusting Xaro (Nonso Anozie) when he tells her he did not take them. Later, Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) returns from his search for a ship and vows to find them. He seeks out the mysterious Quaithe (Laura Pradelska), who knows much of the dragons and the relationship between Jorah and Daenerys. Quaithe informs Jorah that although she does not have the dragons, Daenerys is currently with the one who does. At a meeting of the Thirteen, Pyat Pree (Ian Hanmore) tells Daenerys that he has her dragons in the "House of the Undying." Shortly after this revelation, Xaro, with the aid of Pree, proclaims himself King of Qarth. Pree, having multiplied himself around the room, assassinates the remaining eleven members of the Thirteen, and Daenerys flees with Mormont and Kovarro (Steven Cole).
Prince Theon (Alfie Allen) wakes in the morning and finds the wildling Osha (Natalia Tena) gone from his bed. Outside, he discovers one of his men has been killed, and Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright), Rickon (Art Parkinson), Hodor (Kristian Nairn) and Osha have fled Winterfell in the night. While berating his men for the escape of the children, he is challenged by Black Lorren (Forbes KB) for sleeping with the wildling. Theon brutally beats Lorren and then begins a hunt for the two boys and their companions, against the wishes of Maester Luwin (Donald Sumpter). After arriving at a farm, Theon is displeased to learn the dogs have lost the trail, but Dagmer (Ralph Ineson) discovers walnut shells in the farm yard, indicating Bran and Rickon may have passed through. Theon then orders Luwin back to Winterfell so he may interrogate the farm owner. After returning from the hunt, Theon calls the people to the square, and after Luwin's arrival, reveals to them the charred remains of two children.
The episode was written by producers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, their fourth of six scripts for the second season. This was a particularly difficult script to adapt from George R. R. Martin 's original novel as it demanded the condensing and movement involving around ten POV chapters from A Clash Of Kings. In the end , "A Man Without Honor" adapts the content of Sansa IV & Catelyn VII (chapters 53 & 56), plus the rest of the material from Theon IV (chapter 51) held over from the previous episode "The Old Gods And The New" .
A number of storylines have numerous changes - as stated previously, the Qarth storyline with Daenerys continues to be loosely based on source material and the Robb Stark material is far more onscreen. At Harrenhal, the death of Amory Lorch (instead of Weese in the novel) is in response to Lommys death earlier. We take it as read that Tyrion is intelligent enough to work out the truth of Cersei and Jamie's relationship (though Jamie's needling of Catelyn is still present). And the Jon storyline has been pushed back to the season's end, with instead far more one-to-one scenes with Ygritte.
Aidan Gillen (Lord Petyr Baelish), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon), Carice van Houten (Melisandre), Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), John Bradley-West (Sam Tarly), James Cosmo (Commander Mormont), Jerome Flynn (Bronn) and Conleth Hill (Varys) do not appear in this episode and are not credited. Recurring guest actor Karl Davies (as Alton Lannister, the courier between Robb Stark and King's Landing) made his final appearance, as his character is killed in the episode.
The episode received positive reviews from critics: IGN's Matt Fowler gave the episode a 9 out of 10, noting that "While A Man Without Honor didn't have as many big, striking scenes as some of the past few episodes, it made up for its lack of face-melting moments with some absolutely fantastic one-on-one scenes."
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