So, As a preface, During season two of Game of Thrones, i did episodic reviews with accompanying illustrations. It was a fun and challenging exercise and i’ve decided to do it again for season 4. Every week i will just put down my thoughts on each episode, sometimes comparing to the books but just talking about what i liked and didnt. I hope those of you who are Game of Thrones and ‘A song of Ice and Fire’ fans will enjoy. Here we go…
Game of Thrones is back. The first episode, “Two Swords”, premiered Sunday night as usual the first episode was really just setting up everything for the season.
They did a good job this week of making all the introductions and reestablishing plot line without being very boring, there were some really great moments.
One of my favorite character arcs is kicking into full gear, Jaime Lannister. How he has gone from hate-able to almost lovable is a really fun part of this story, so i really enjoyed his scenes.
Of course, we were introduced to Prince Oberyn Martell, and the newly recasted Daario Naharis. I was somewhat dissapointed with Oberyn. He came off more intense than flashy, and i always though of him as a bit of a showoff. Also, his intro was yet another obligatory HBO nudity scene. I admit I had no inkling of Renly’s Sexuality while reading the books, so i may have also missed clues that would explain Oberyn’s Seemingly Bisexual leanings in the premiere. regardless, that was a big surprise. It wasn’t all bad though, i really liked his exchange with Tyrion, great, intense scene. As far as Daario is concerned, i feel the new actor is somewhat less singular in appearance, while perhaps a closer match to the characters ethnic background, he just seems like just another dude. He’s gonna have to be real freakin charming for Dany to pay attention.
I would like to mention that i really was grinding my teeth during Jon’s tribunal. I hate when characters exist solely to be a roadblock to the heros, even if it means they have to be completely irrational and foolish. Janos Slynt, who keen viewers will remember from season one, and Alliser Thorne exist to just piss of Jon and be assholes. It feels like lazy storytelling, and i feel like the producers missed a chance to correct that.
A Sequence that i really enjoyed was Arya and the Hound’s reintroduction. Not only did this feel like it was in the book but it was and exciting way to end the episode. They make a good duo, and credit again goes to Maisie Williams for making all of Arya’s scenes great!I was, however very surprised how dark it got when the fight ended, but it makes sense knowing what will happen with Arya. She just never seemed as ruthless and Murder-y when i read it. Im digging it though.
Anyhoo, This Episode gets a solid 5 out of 7 stars. Valar Morghoulis