We gave it an 8. Like last week's episode, this was one of the better episodes this season (I give last week's a 9). I'm not in love with the romance stuff with Robb, though a portion of it is certainly believable. And I really enjoy Jon's interations with Ygritte, Rose Leslie is really holding her own. Tyrion, any scene with Tyrion is almost totally brilliant. I like that he is finally interacting more with Varys, and thought that Tyrion's annoyance with Bronn was amusing, some great emotional intensity in all of Tyrion's scenes. These three work well together.
Rolled my eyes a little during the Dany scene, just par for the course this season, I guess. We didn't see Dany nursing the dragons last season, for some reason though I thought maybe that had been implied at least, so Jorah's line about her not nursing them seemed strange. It will be nice to see the house of the undying. . . if we ever get there.
Arya's scenes were pretty good, enjoyed her exchange with Jaqen. The look on his face when she names him! He really landed it.
One thought I do have: in a season that draws from source material that doesn't have as much action, what drives the decision to cut some of the (still usefull to tv-plot) existing action? While I appreciate the time we spent with Ygritte last episode, I find myself pondering the two ways the scenes with Jon are panning out:
1. the wildling girl you couldn't kill makes a quick getaway. there's a short chase followed by tying her up; she grinds her hips against yours, then you exchange some banter and have a stroll through beautiful scenery, followed by another quick escape, only to discover she has outwitted you and you are ambushed. later you discover your companions have all been killed, your leader also captured, and now the two of you plot to try and outwit them while taking another stroll through beautiful scenery. (in fairness, the season isn't done yet)
2. in trekking in the general direction of the wildling girl you captured and let go, hoping she doesn't alert your enemy to your presence before you
can find them, you discover you've been marked and, wisely, high tail it back the way you came. your leader, with precise thinking, says if you are captured, you must yield and no matter what
make them believe you are breaking your vows, so as to turn spy. grudgingly, you agree. despite your attempts to outrun them, you find yourselves cornered. there's the girl (you've been secretly thinking about her, admit it) and a bunch of the enemy. you follow the plan, switch sides. they want you to prove
it. and now your commander rushes you with his sword, playing a brilliant, worthy-of-Tyrion hand.
I think a great deal of 1 worked well on screen, especially considering time constraints (and there's the added bonus of the grinding hips). Yet. Once, my professor asked: where is the action in a Victorian novel? Mostly, it's in the dialogue. And the sex is in the little details, like the sleeve that rides up and reveals the bare forearm. Like I said, I enjoy the dialogue and much of it contains action. However, sometimes I wish this season felt a little less like Pride and Prejudice and a little more like GOT.
Edited by Eira Seren, 21 May 2012 - 03:14 AM.