Caligula_K3 Posted August 29, 2022 Share Posted August 29, 2022 I'd give it a 5.5. If I compare this episode to The Kingsroad, the main difference is that while both episodes are dialogue heavy, The Kingsroad uses a good portion of its dialogue to enrich the characters. Sure, there's expository and political conversations, and early Game of Thrones could struggle with delivering some of that information. But you also have a range of scenes that set up character relationships or traits: Tyrion and Jon, Jon and Arya, etc... There's a lot of warmth and wit in the episode, with different kinds of characters and different kinds of scenes. Even a scene like Jamie mocking Jon Snow for joining the Night's Watch, even though it's mainly exposition, has some oomph and life in it, and it tells you a lot about Jamie. Very few scenes in this episode did that for me: just a lot of similar exposition about similar issues by characters behaving in similar ways. And while it was obvious to everyone I was watching with that Viserys would get engaged to Alicent, the show didn't do a great job of explaining why he would make this decision, or do it in the way he did. Compare that to the conflict at the end of the Kingsroad, where everyone's motivations are understandable and tell you a lot about their characters. butterweedstrover 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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