Another excellent episode.
The opening scene with Bran being saved in the woods--thank God they followed up on what happened at the door. And the reveal of Benjen Stark and his whole backstory was truly delightful.
The excellent establishment of Sam's father--awesome stuff. The dinner table scene was a masterclass in efficient and powerful character establishment.
The continuing of the wonderful royal play, and Arya's ultimate decision regarding her new line of work. This storyline, which often seemed astray, is now paying off in spades.
Walder Frey, berating his sons, and showing his only real concern, which is his reputation. Thank God we got to see him again.
The spectacle of the King Slayer riding up the steps and taking on the High Sparrow--finally some grand shots that were so badly needed. And the reveal, that the King has been brainwashed to stand with the Faith--much needed drama at King's Landing as well.
The closing scene with Daenerys sitting on her dragon giving the rousing speech dragged on a bit too long. The dragon looked good, and we could have done with less of it, and less of Daenerys cropped so we don't see the dragon beneath her. But, it was another much needed grand shot, and although the Dothraki are not my favorite part of GOT, I think we're finally getting somewhere more fascinating than wandering around the desert.
Overall, I loved the episode. Last week's was one of the best, not only in GOT history, but in all of television history. This week's episode was top notch as well, and I'm anxiously awaiting to see what happens Sunday night.
Jon David Rosten, author of
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