Stannis is sailing toward Kings Landing. Though the show wasn't clear about where they were, they were NOT near KL. In the books they were camped at Bitterbridge and then went to Storm's End which would be where Stannis sailed from. (Check maps). Evidently the show doesn't think viewers need to know exactly where the camp was, but you heard Tyrion say in this episode that his fleet was still 5 days away.
Thanks for that. I must've missed the 5 days comment and I'm not familiar with any larger or more expansive maps (as I mentioned, I haven't read the books). I've been avoiding reading too much about the characters or the world so that things don't get spoiled for me.
Qarth is not on an island, but a continent. There really isn't much nearby for Xaro to conquer and all trade would be done by ship. If he were attempting to conquer the entirety of Essos, that would indeed be extremely ambitious and he'd need to be more than just the richest man is Qarth.
Ahh, ok. I guess the opening credits gave me the impression that Vaes Dothrak and Qarth were on opposite ends of an island that's a bit smaller than Westeros.
Dany is certainly learning some hard lessons here, but don't give up on her yet. She's in a difficult situation, but she is an extraordinary woman indeed. She's already been through a lot and is young yet.
I don't want to give up on her - she did survive a fire, after all. But the bratiness right now is a little overwhelming. I guess I also find it hard to believe that she's become so power-hungry. It makes her, at least at the moment, no different than her brother (or from the sound of it, any of the prior Targaryen kings). Maybe 'losing it' a little is just a trait of that family; if so, she's likely to fall from my radar as someone to root for over the long-term.
I think you're wrong about Catelyn hating Jon Snow. Hate may be a strong word, but she basically tolerated him because Ned insisted. As far as she's concerned he's a constant reminder of Ned's apparent infidelity. She'd be stupid to kill Jaime, yes, but I don't doubt that his words are hitting her hard.
I hear you here, but I still think that she isn't going to ignore that, for instance, all of her kids looked on Jon Snow very favorably. I don't believe she's just going to get lost in her emotions, especially rage or anger. Even in her arguments with Robb, the things she's saying are very balanced and pragmatic. It just seems out of character that Jamie could knock her off kilter with insults that's she been dealing with for so long.
Littlefinger is in transit somewhere trying to work some miracles with Tyrells. I'm sure he'll pop up soon enough.
I guess I don't see the point of scattering the Small Council already. I know that Joffrey's reign is already fairly tenuous and unstable, but all through the first season, we were led to believe that Littlefinger and Varys were running things more than it seemed on the surface. Now in this season, they are almost afterthoughts. It's just creating a little imbalance for me.
Roz can stay scarce as far as I'm concerned. I haven't missed her.
I like Roz. Her dialogue and the way she's able to hold her own with the powerful men she's around just gave the impression she was more than just the garden variety wench. Again, it's like the stuff we saw in season 1 has just been thrown out now regarding her character.
As for characters being missing at times, it just speaks to the enormity of the scope of the series. There are so many scattered about in so many places that they couldn't possibly follow them all during every episode. There is an immense amount of detail in the source material and therefore HBO has a pretty tall order with the adaption. They'll show you what you need to see and try to keep you focused on what is important at the time. It should all fall into place in due time.
Oh, I definitely get the scope. And I don't know that I expect to see every character in every episode - sometimes other characters simply talking about those absent is enough. But to not see or hear about some characters at all seems a little uneven.