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Game of Thrones: Blackwater

A massive battle rages for control of King's Landing and the Iron Throne. Tyrion and the Lannisters fight for their lives as Stannis’ fleet assaults King’s Landing.

Source: HBO

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x9
Airdate: Sunday May 27th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) May 28, 2012
HU (HBO) Jun 10, 2012

Guest Stars
Callum WharryCallum Wharry
As Tommen Baratheon (Son of Robert Baratheon and Cersei Lannister)
Daniel PortmanDaniel Portman
As Podrick Payne (Young Squire Who Wants to Be A Knight)
Eugene SimonEugene Simon
As Lancel Lannister (Squire to Tyrion Lannister)
Finn JonesFinn Jones
As Loras Tyrell (Heir to Highgarden, Lover of Renly Baratheon)
Julian GloverJulian Glover
As Pycelle (Former King's Grand Maester)
Kerr LoganKerr Logan
As Matthos Seaworth (Son of Ser Davos Seaworth)
Roy DotriceRoy Dotrice
As Wisdom Hallyne (Head of The Alchemists' Guild in King's Landing)
Sahara KniteSahara Knite
As Armeca (Prostitute in King's Landing Brothel)
Tony WayTony Way
As Dontos Hollard (King Joffrey Baratheon's Court Fool)
Wilko JohnsonWilko Johnson
As Ser Ilyn Payne (Mute Knight and The King's Justice)
Gordan MahonGordan Mahon
As Ser Imry Florent (Fighting With Stannis Aboard The King's Flagship)
James DoranJames Doran
As Ser Mandon Moore (Member of The Kingsguard, Defending King Joffrey)
Kieran CunninghamKieran Cunningham
As Baratheon Officer (Officer for Stannis Baratheon, Commands Troops)
Michael GrennellMichael Grennell
As Captain of the Archers (Commands The Archers at The Mud Gate)
Stephen SwiftStephen Swift
As Singing Lannister Soldier (Drinks With Bronn Before The Battle of Blackwater)
Main Cast
Peter DinklagePeter Dinklage
As Tyrion Lannister
Lena HeadeyLena Headey
As Queen Cersei Lannister
Rory McCannRory McCann
As Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane
Charles DanceCharles Dance
As Lord Tywin Lannister
Jack GleesonJack Gleeson
As Prince Joffrey Baratheon
Stephen DillaneStephen Dillane
As Stannis Baratheon
Liam CunninghamLiam Cunningham
As Davos Seaworth
Sophie Turner (2)Sophie Turner (2)
As Sansa Stark
Conleth HillConleth Hill
As Lord Varys
Jerome FlynnJerome Flynn
As Bronn


The episode begins at sea. Stanis, and his fleet approach King's Landing. Davos' son Matthos thinks his god will protect them and when the fight is over his father will be the King's hand. Meanwhile, King's Landing Tyrion lies in bed with Shae, worrying that if the city falls, Stannis will burn every Lannister he can find. Shae promises not to let them hurt him. Meanwhile, Cersei waits for the attack with a glass of wine. Maester Luwin tries to work up to giving Cersei advice and then presents her with nightshade, just in case she feels like killing herself. She takes it but sends him away. Meanwhile, Bronn leads a drinking song with the goldcloaks and whores. He undresses one having a grand old time until the Hound comes in, very surly, and giving him the stink eye. They briefly debate the merits of killing. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 3.38 Million Viewers

Episode Title: 'Blackwater' refers to the location that the battle between Stannis and King's Landing takes place, Blackwater Bay.

Special Effects: The Wildfire used against Stannis' army was created by firing petroleum jelly from the catapults and turning it green in post-production.

Trivia: This is the first episode of 'Game of Thrones' to take place entirely in one location, King's Landing.

Writing: This is the second episode to be written by George R. R. Martin, the first being 'The Pointy End.'

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Ramin DjawadiMain TitleOpening Credits
Ramin DjawadiThe Rains of CastamereClosing Credits

Episode Quotes
Lord Varys: I've always hated the bells. They ring for horror. A dead king, a city under siege...
Tyrion Lannister: A wedding.
Lord Varys: Exactly.

Armeca: You've got a pretty voice.
Bronn: Thank you very much.
Armeca: And I like your nose. How many times you break it?
Bronn: Now, let's see... First time, I was five. Me mam smacked me with an iron poker.
Armeca: Ooh.
Bronn: Oh, I wasn't me she was aiming at. She were trying for me little brother. Now, he was a real pest. Second time, I was nine. Got in a scrap with a few older boys. They won. Third time... Eh, you don't want to know about the third time.
Armeca: Poor nose.
Bronn: Don't feel sorry for him. He'll be halfway up your arse before the night's through.

Bronn: Don't get killed.
Tyrion Lannister: Nor you, my friend.
Bronn: Oh... are we friends now?
Tyrion Lannister: Of course we are. Just because I pay you for your services doesn't diminish our friendship.
Bronn: Enhances it, really.
Tyrion Lannister: Oh, enhances. Fancy word for a sellsword.
Bronn: Been spending time with fancy folks.

Tyrion Lannister: Don't fight for a king. Don't fight for his kingdoms. Don't fight for honor, don't fight for glory, don't fight for riches, because you won't get any. This is your city Stannis means to sack. That's your gate he's ramming. If he gets in it will be your house that burns. Your gold he steals, your women he rapes. Those are brave men knocking at our door. Let's go kill them!

Joffrey Baratheon: Hound, tell the Hand that his King has asked him a question.
Sandor Clegane: The King has asked you a question.
Tyrion Lannister: Sir Lancel, tell the Hound to tell the King that the Hand is extremely busy.
Lancel Lannister: The Hand of the King would like me to tell you to tell the King that...
Joffrey Baratheon: If I tell the Hound to cut you in half, he'll do it without a second thought.
Tyrion Lannister: That would make me the quarter-man. Just doesn't have the same ring to it.

Shae: Some of those boys will never come back.
Sansa Stark: Joffrey will. The worst ones always live.

Sandor Clegane: I lost half of my men. The Blackwater is on fire.
Joffrey Baratheon: Dog, I command you to go back up there and fight!
Tyrion Lannister: You're in the Kingsguard, Clegane. We must beat them back or they're going to take the city... your king's city.
Sandor Clegane: F--k the Kingsguard. F--k the city. F--k the king.

Episode Goofs

When Clegan has returned to the city, having fled the battle, he asks for a drink. He is given water, takes a drink, and throws away the water and asks for wine instead. He is then shown drinking wine from a bottle. When he reaches Sansa's room, he is carrying a water skin again, although he left the battlefield with the wine.

Cultural References
John Holbrook Vance: When Pycell give Cersei the essence of nightshade, he calls it "deadly and efficacious."

The use of the word efficacious is a reference to author Jon Holbrook Vance, a science fiction author that is greatly respected by 'Game of Thrones' author George R. R. Martin.

Episode References
Season 2, Episode 8: Arya, Gendry and Hot Pie escaped from Harrenhal in 2x08 "The Prince of Winterfell" with the help of Jaqen H'ghar.

Season 2, Episode 8: After being hunted by Theon Greyjoy for escaping from Winterfell, it was revealed in 2x08 "The Prince of Winterfell" that Osha, Bran, Rickon and Hodor are hiding in the crypts underneath Winterfell.

Other Episode Crew

Co-ProducerGreg Spence  |  Christopher Newman
Associate ProducerJonathan Brytus  |  Oliver Butler
Line ProducerLisa McAtackney
Music SupervisorEvyen Klean
Story EditorBryan Cogman
Second Assistant DirectorAlex Jones (4)  |  Therese Friel
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