“There’s no denying that ‘The Bells’ was a visual feast. You could see the blood, sweat and tears that went into making it, as well as every penny of the none too shabby budget. ” Our Round-Up of the divisive penultimate episode of the show.… Read More ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘The Bells’ (Season 8, Episode 5)
“After the storm whipped up by the Night King, ‘The Last of the Starks’ seemed to offer us some much needed respite after such a monumental battle in the North. The characters grieved, they laughed, they drank, they lost their virginity. It was all going relatively well until we realised that Cersei had a chance at winning this war, and what’s more, we’re not sure how we feel about that now that Dany is revealing herself to be a less than worthy ruler.” Our Round-Up of the enjoyable, but jarring 4th episode…… Read More ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘The Last of the Starks’ (Season 8, Episode 4)
“Putting aside the need for night goggles, in it’s purest form ‘The Long Night’ was an absolute spectacle! Have we ever seen an episode that was concurrently as visually stunning and absolutely terrifying?” Our round-up of the spectacular third episode. … Read More ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘The Long Night’ (Season 8, Episode 3)
“For a show that’s set a rip-roaring pace for the last couple of seasons, this character-driven calm before the storm was as surprising as it was welcome. Bryan Cogman has described ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’ as a ‘love letter’ to the characters he cares so much about, and there doesn’t seem like a more fitting description.” Our round-up of the excellent second episode. … Read More ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’ (Season 8, Episode 2)
“After ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’ put every key element on the map, and lured us into loving the characters we love even more, we just know that the next installment is going to rip all our hearts out. Who will live? Who will die?” Our predictions for the Battle of Winterfell.… Read More Game of Thrones: Who will Survive the Battle of Winterfell?
“In spite of there being many enjoyable moments in ‘Winterfell’, not least of all some of the much anticipated reunions, Dave Hill’s script lacked some of the flair and subtlety that we’ve become accustomed to with the show.” Our Round-Up of the hit miss S8 premiere.… Read More ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘Winterfell’ (Season 8, Episode 1)
“How to approach the Night King’s army, a deadly mix of vast numbers of reanimated corpses and White Walkers with superhuman strength, is a tactical issue that we’ve been given hints about since as early as Season 1.” A look at the mortal danger facing the living in Westeros in the final season, and how they might beat them. … Read More Game of Thrones: Does Westeros have a Secret Weapon Against the Night King?
“…those reunions and first time meetings between friends, family and foes did indeed make the season finale incredibly watchable. However, considering all the effort that was put into building up that meeting in the dragon pit between the various factions in Westeros, it felt thoroughly underwhelming. This was particularly disappointing… because it seems like that was the point that the whole season was hinging on, and to get there certain missteps in terms of characterisation had to be made to push towards this ‘momentous’ parlay.” Our Round-Up of the jam-packed Season finale.… Read More ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’ (Season 7, Episode 7)
“For all of the shocking moments in ‘Beyond the Wall’, and there were many, the episode was oddly flat. Prescriptive dialogue, coupled with some truly unbelievable moments that would challenge anyone to suspend their disbelief, made what should have been an epic outing for the show rather mediocre.” Our Round-Up of the rather average penultimate episode.… Read More ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘Beyond the Wall’ (Season 7, Episode 6)
“Pacing has become a huge, glaring issue in Season 7, and nowhere was it more obvious than in ‘Eastwatch’. Amidst everybody zipping across Westeros, and much anticipated reunions being given no time to sit in the moment and unleash their full impact, it feels like we’re losing touch with the emotional resonance of earlier seasons. In fact, it’s possible to go so far as to say it’s starting to feel like a different show. Viewers cannot live on CGI and fanservice alone.” Our Round-Up of the overly fast-paced 5th episode.… Read More ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘Eastwatch’ (Season 7, Episode 5)