On Game of Thrones, if you have intrigue, then villainy isn't far behind. For the second week in a row, I have the Lannisters to thank for the episode's most chilling moment.
Spoiler alert: If you haven't watched the second episode, "The Kingsroad," yet, it's best that you turn back now.
The Lannisters and their minions were responsible for most of the disturbing scenes: Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) gleefully bullying Mycah, the butcher boy; the casual way Mycah's dead body was draped over a horse; and the senseless killing of Sansa's direwolf Lady (which triggered her direwolf littermates and Bran into wakefulness). The attack on Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the bedroom, however, tops them all.
First of all, the whole scene was just creepy, beginning with the corpse-like assassin telling Catelyn (Michelle Fairley), "You're not supposed to be here. No one's supposed to be here. It's a mercy. He's already dead." Then, there's the bloodshed, both from Catelyn grabbing the assassin's dagger by the blade (ouch) and Bran's direwolf attacking and ripping the dude apart. Was that final shot of the blood pooled on the guy's neck really necessary?
In the bigger picture, we once again are faced with the Lannisters deliberately plotting to kill a child. Even while in a coma, Bran is still a target. How many times can people try to kill him before they eventually succeed? Having your child die is a mother's worst nightmare, but having to witness your child be killed is unbearable. We completely understand Catelyn's despair when she thought the assassin had won the day. Hooray for the direwolf's last-minute save!
Which scene chilled you the most? What did you think of the episode overall?