ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘The Last of the Starks’ (Season 8, Episode 4)

“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)

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ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘The Long Night’ (Season 8, Episode 3)

“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)

ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’ (Season 8, Episode 2)

“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)

ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’ (Season 7, Episode 7)

“…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)

ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘Beyond the Wall’ (Season 7, Episode 6)

“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)

ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘Eastwatch’ (Season 7, Episode 5)

“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)