“…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)
“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)
“You know you’re onto a winner when an episode ends, and immediately you want to watch it again, don’t you? With it’s spectacular visual effects and compelling handling of various reunions and almost reunions, ‘The Spoils of War’ easily fought it’s way to the top to rightfully sit beside the best episodes of the series, comfortably nestling amongst ‘Hardhome’, ‘The Rains of Castamere’ and ‘Battle of the Bastards’.” Our Round-Up of the spectacular, fourth episode.… Read More ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘The Spoils of War’ (Season 7, Episode 4)
“With Weiss and Benioff back in the driving seat as scriptwriters, Thrones returned to form with punchy, gut-wrenching and sometimes raucously funny dialogue in ‘The Queen’s Justice’. Likewise, the various storylines from one end of Westeros to the other slotted together neatly, adding to the impending sense that the pieces of the puzzle are all coming together, as some of the main players begin to turn their attentions to the real threat: the Night King and his army.” Our Round-Up of the ‘punchy’ third episode.… Read More ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘The Queen’s Justice’ (Season 7, Episode 3)
“Admittedly much improved on a second viewing, ‘Stormborn’ still had pacing issues which overall made the episode rather clunky. Nevertheless, there was plenty to chew on as various reunions were set up for the coming weeks, and clever callbacks reminded us of the journey we’ve been on with this show and its characters, and how far we still have to go.” Our Round-Up of the solid second episode. … Read More ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘Stormborn’ (Season 7, Episode 2)
“With those extra budgetary dollars plain to see on-screen, and the twisted political intrigue alongside the more supernatural elements already jostling with one another to create the narrative tautness we’ve become so accustomed to with Thrones, it’s definitely not going to be a chore to see how all of these plotlines shake out.” Our Round-Up of the intriguing Season 7 opener. … Read More ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘Dragonstone’ (Season 7, Episode 1)
“Writing our death pool predictions has become a lot easier after last season’s bloodbath. Many of Westeros’ Houses were almost completely wiped out, as Game of Thrones continued to earn it’s reputation as one of the most brutal shows on TV. Now, with the penultimate season upon us, the fight between the living and the dead comes into sharp focus. So who’s potentially going to be added to the Night King’s army? We give our rundown on who’s still standing, and whether we think they still will by the end of Season 7…” We take a stab at guessing which characters are living on borrowed time. … Read More Game of Thrones: Who’ll Bite the Dust in Season 7?