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Nina Shen Rastogi

Nina Shen Rastogi
Nina Shen Rastogi's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Magazine/Vulture

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 89% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - The Dragon and the Wolf (TV Episode) "The Dragon and the Wolf" is the biggest episode in Game of Thrones history, but it also represents an intense narrowing of focus, as what seems like the entire living cast gathers in King's Landing to contemplate a path forward in the Great War.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
3/5 80% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Beyond the Wall (TV Episode) The spine of the whole thing is Jon's patently ludicrous, if enjoyable, wight hunting escapade.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2017
3/5 96% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Eastwatch (TV Episode) If there is a theme running through "Eastwatch" -- a grab-baggy hour that feels a little like a Westerosi telenovela, what with all the Revelation Bombs being dropped -- the need to pick sides might be it.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
4/5 98% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - The Spoils of War (TV Episode) Thanks to this narrowed focus, the story gets to breathe a bit, allowing the cast to shine and setting up some delicious new tensions to unravel in the season's remaining three episodes.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
3/5 90% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - The Queen's Justice (TV Episode) No one can make dialogue bend, snap, and menace the way Diana Rigg can, though most of the major characters tried in this week's episode, to varying levels of success.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
3/5 100% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Stormborn (TV Episode) All of this prologue is what made the final scene land so hard, and so well. The shipboard battle between the Greyjoys was very good GOT, in my mind: dramatic, unexpected, and authentic on a character level.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
5/5 94% Game of Thrones: Season 7 - Dragonstone (TV Episode) All in all, a rich beginning to what's sure to be an exciting season.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
4/5 97% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Mother's Mercy (TV Episode) I haven't loved a lot of the decisions the writers have made with Cersei this season - she's been a cartoon more often than she's been a person - but at least this granted Cersei some humanity within her humiliation.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2015
4/5 88% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - The Dance of Dragons (TV Episode) Shireen's death has been foretold for a long time now, but the foreknowledge didn't dull the pain or the horror of the actual scene, which packed an emotional wallop almost as hard as the Red Wedding's.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2015
4/5 100% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Hardhome (TV Episode) You knew something was coming the second Karsi put her girls on the boat and promised she would be right behind them.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2015
2/5 91% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - The Gift (TV Episode) Several plotlines built to points we've seen coming for a while now, only to rest on those turning points without delivering much else.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 25, 2015
58% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken (TV Episode) It's cruel to strip Sansa of the agency she's been accruing so painstakingly, but to do so by literally stripping her is so cheap, such an obvious choice, I felt offended as a fan.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 18, 2015
3/5 100% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Kill the Boy (TV Episode) What's interesting to me is that while the Daenerys scenes begin with her asserting her mother-ness, it ends with her deciding to take on another feminine familial mantle: wife.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 11, 2015
3/5 100% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - Sons of the Harpy (TV Episode) We've met plenty of warrior women in Game of Thrones, from Brienne to Yara Greyjoy, but this is the first time we've met a whole clan of them, and it's a pretty exciting prospect.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 4, 2015
4/5 100% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - High Sparrow (TV Episode) There was a great, evocative shot in Sunday night's episode - written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss and directed by Mark Mylod - that finds Jon Snow sitting alone in the Castle Black mess hall/meeting room.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2015
4/5 96% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - The House of Black and White (TV Episode) Poor Arya, having spent three seasons alternately in disguise, in captivity, on the lam, or on the way to being ransomed, coming up to the threshold of a breakthrough... having that figurative door shut in the plainest, most unceremonious way possible.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2015
3/5 100% Game of Thrones: Season 5 - The Wars to Come (TV Episode) Viewed in this light, the final major piece of the episode can be seen as a rare example on GoT of a parent-child relationship coming to something like a respectful ending.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2015
100% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Children (TV Episode) In Game of Thrones, the drama of the parent and the child is the alpha and the omega; it's the bedrock of everything else.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2015
91% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Watchers on the Wall (TV Episode) Sam's story line offered the thrills of seeing a beloved underdog come into his own unexpectedly. Jon's arc, on the other hand, offered the satisfaction of a long setup finally playing out to its expected conclusion.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2015
97% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Mountain and the Viper (TV Episode) The closing scene of "The Mountain and the Viper," scripted by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and directed by Alex Graves, was a crazy tense, classically perfect twist ending that showed Game of Thrones doesn't need gore to be bracing and shocking.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2015
100% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Mockingbird (TV Episode) There were a number of moments last night that felt... well, sunny isn't quite the right word, but at least we might say they were rather uplifting, given the grimness that is the show's consistent backdrop.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2015
95% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Laws of Gods and Men (TV Episode) It was great to see Peter Dinklage (Peter Dinklage, Peter Dinklage, Peter Dinklage) come roaring back to life this episode.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2015
100% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - First of His Name (TV Episode) Kate Dickie has fun with the campy aspects of her character. With her obsessive focus on sex and uncleanliness, Lysa's like something out of the V.C. Andrews-George R.R. Martin mash-up of my dreams.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
97% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Oathkeeper (TV Episode) I'm pretty sure this is the first time we've seen a Walker turn a living creature into a wight - an interesting wrinkle. That's one way to raise an army.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
95% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Breaker of Chains (TV Episode) In a show full of over-the-top narrative decisions, having a one-handed man rape his weeping twin sister next to the corpse of their illegitimate son rates pretty high.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
100% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - The Lion and the Rose (TV Episode) Game of Thrones stresses again and again how pageantry and performance are crucial tools for establishing power, and Joffrey's particular genius for crude, bro-ish showmanship has never been more repulsively compelling.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
96% Game of Thrones: Season 4 - Two Swords (TV Episode) The opening scene of "Two Swords" made it clear that the massacre has reset the stage. Old elements are being recast in the wake of the slaughter, and they're dangerous ones, ready to strike.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Mhysa (TV Episode) Wagons are being circled. Birds are coming back to roost. Family and home were key themes in "Mhysa" - although, the episode makes clear, these things are luxuries, not givens, and they are not parceled out evenly among all takers.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2016
5/5 100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - The Rains of Castamere (TV Episode) As in last season's penultimate episode David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who wrote the episode, and David Nutter, who directed, crafted an hour that felt tighter than most, with a consistent mood and tone that escalated beautifully.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2016
3/5 100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Second Sons (TV Episode) The wedding itself was a ton of fun to watch - especially, as is often true of weddings IRL, when people went off script. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2016
3/5 81% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - The Bear and the Maiden Fair (TV Episode) That first shot of Brienne in that pit, blood smeared across the bodice of her pink gown, facing off a GIANT BEAR, was one I won't soon forget.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2016
3/5 90% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - The Climb (TV Episode) Tyrion and Cersei had a great scene together, as the weight of their father's machinations starts to settle in.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2016
4/5 100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Kissed by Fire (TV Episode) "Kissed by Fire," continued the sharp upward swing begun in episode four, with a tightly constructed hour tied together by some key visual motifs: flames and, uh, butts.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
4/5 100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - And Now His Watch Has Ended (TV Episode) Finally! After three hours of listless flitting, Game of Thrones let fly last night with a tight, rip-roaring belch of fiery goodness... "And Now His Watch Is Ended" was all about settling up accounts - with dramatic and tragic consequences.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
3/5 95% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Walk of Punishment (TV Episode) Last night's episode suffered from a bad case of the Game of Thrones Shuffle: too much scuttling, too little air.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016
3/5 90% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Dark Wings, Dark Words (TV Episode) Okay, so we're more or less caught up with everyone now... But this being Game of Thrones, we've also been loaded with a ton of new information to process and a bunch of people to care about/sort-of-recognize next time they appear.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2016
3/5 100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 - Valar Dohaeris (TV Episode) Last night's episode was primarily about winding the machine back up, reintroducing some key story lines, and retracing the lines of allegiance - letting us know who, for the moment, considers themselves brothers, or sisters.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2016
92% Game of Thrones: Season 2 - Valar Morghulis (TV Episode) This season has been all about the children of powerful leaders coming into their own, and the story lines that felt most fully developed last night centered around the idea of tests and initiation rites - some successful, others less so.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
100% Game of Thrones: Season 2 - Blackwater (TV Episode) We always knew we were going to get a big, ass-kicking battle in this episode, and director Neil Marshall did not disappoint: it was a grand, stunning, cinematic hour.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
100% Game of Thrones: Season 2 - The Prince of Winterfell (TV Episode) That's what I loved about this episode... so many moments when we were allowed to just enjoy these characters' company, to spend a few minutes taking pleasure in their way with a quip or a ruse or allow ourselves to be carried along by their emotions.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
92% Game of Thrones: Season 2 - A Man Without Honor (TV Episode) I'm surprised to find that - of all people - Theon Greyjoy has become the heart of the show for me.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
100% Game of Thrones: Season 2 - The Old Gods and the New (TV Episode) At this point in Game of Thrones, the values espoused by dear old dead Ned Stark, our season-one hero, have been pretty thoroughly dismantled.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
92% Game of Thrones: Season 2 - The Ghost of Harrenhal (TV Episode) It's especially good to see some rays of light break through the long, dark, terror-filled night that is Game of Thrones.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
100% Game of Thrones: Season 2 - Garden of Bones (TV Episode) Just when I was ready to file away "Garden of Bones" as a forgettable, if necessary, bit of narrative groundwork... the episode ended with a major jolt of brazen WTF.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
100% Game of Thrones: Season 2 - What is Dead May Never Die (TV Episode) It's a testament to the writers' commitment to their characters that, in the middle of an incredibly tense, dangerous journey, they took time out for a scene in which Arya stops and tries to process her past trauma.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
83% Game of Thrones: Season 2 - The Night Lands (TV Episode) There were several other key moments of character development in this episode.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
100% Game of Thrones: Season 2 - The North Remembers (TV Episode) Overall, "The North Remembers" did an excellent job reintroducing us to all of Game of Thrones' varying plotlines... while also managing to move each story, and character, forward.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016