Case of the Monday blues? Too many days left until a new Game of Thrones episode getting you down? The state of global affairs too overwhelming and you just can’t even? Surely, you must have devoured Sue’s More Sullied recap and Oz‘s Less Sullied recap? Then why stop there? What are you waiting for? Stop thinking thoughts about the episode! Let others continue to think about the episode FOR you! What did the critics think this week? Read on…
Alan Sepinwall, UPROXX – In which he is convinced the villains are way more fun to watch right now because they’re having so much fun on screen.
Alex Mullane, Digital Spy – In which he talks about the narrative focus on a nationwide war, rather than a series of smaller, contained battles.
Alicia Lutes, Nerdist – In which she positively loves how women-centric the show has become.
Alyssa Rosenberg, The Washington Post – In which she claims she will be very mad if the White Walkers don’t have greyscale, because otherwise this storyline will be a “gross and frustrating diversion.” Meanwhile, I prepare to go to war to defend Ser Jorah Mormont of Bear Island, the show’s most heroic and my favorite character.
Andrew Snell, Mirror – In which he pines over Dany’s mistakes, and wishes she would become a proper ruler before losing everything.
Bennett Madison, Vanity Fair – In which he can’t wait for Daenerys and Jon to “team up in a nude way.”
Dave Gonzales, Thrillist – In which he picks up on a forgotten, possible (though improbable) Tyrell heir who may yet live.
David Crow, Den of Geek – In which he thinks that Davos should be (understandably) more mad at Tyrion, considering his only son, Matthos, perished at the Battle of the Blackwater
David Malitz, The Washington Post – In which he welcomes the bits of humor peppered throughout the episode.
David Rosenblatt, SquintyOverAnalyzesThings – In which I (that’s right) explore how characters either overcame or succumbed to their previous mistakes.
Emmett Booth, Deadspin – In which he enjoys the tremendous work being done to have all of the characters’ personal histories interact and flow with one another.
James Hibberd, Entertainment Weekly – In which he commends Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand) for her sensational, yet utterly dialogue-less final performance.
Jen Chaney, Vulture – In which she is happy to see the narrative promise of GOT follow through in big ways.
Josh Wigler, Hollywood Reporter – In which he acknowledges that there were so many big event moments in this one hour of TV!
Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Verge – In which she calls out terrible-military-tactician Tyrion Lannister for his many mistakes.
Kim Renfro – Business Insider – In which she continues to churn out more Game of Thrones articles in 3 hours than most writers do in 3 years.
Laura Hudson, WIRED – In which she examines how pain, trauma, and sexism all intertwine to shape who people are.
Laura Stone, Hey Don’t Judge Me – In which she accidentally, through voodoo magic, condemns Theon Greyjoy to a life of [more] torture and [more] misery.
Lauren Sarner, Inverse – In which she discusses Jon’s and Dany’s similar leadership styles, despite their differences.
Melanie McFarland, Salon – In which she acknowledges that characters who get too caught up in their own prose-filled dialogue, ultimately succumb to the ‘brittle bricks and mortar of history.’
Mike Bloom, Salon – In which Westeros World News (™) covers the week’s happenings, complete with obits galore.
Myles McNutt, The A.V. Club – In which he finds the new breakneck speed of pacing “equal parts alarming and refreshing.”
Neil Miller, Film School Rejects – In which he longs for a time when characters traveled more slowly, and more in accordance with the pacing of the book.
Nina Shen Rastogi, Vulture – In which she “found the hour a little damp and mumbly.”
Rob Bricken, io9 – In which he speculates that anticipation may be the ultimate excitement-killer and that his hopes were a little dashed.
Sarah Hughes, The Guardian – In which she gives Cersei credit where credit is due for outsmarting her baby brother, whom she knew always wanted Casterly Rock, and would direct an attack at it.
Sean T. Collins, Rolling Stone – In which he observes the different ways in which characters handle revenge, or the ways that the writers spin them.
Sonia Saraiya, Variety – In which she believes that the episode continues the season’s trends of having a “place-setting quality to it.”
TK, Pajiba – In which he felt the episode rang “strangely hollow” and “not a terribly interesting one.”
I must say I’m very surprised with the number of critics who thought the episode seemed more slowly paced, or a ‘placesetter.’ I thought it was riveting from beginning to end, and one of the series’ bests (but of course you knew this, as you surely read my review!)
Whose reviews did you love/hate, with all due respect of course, and as always?