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Now that it's in motion, its momentum gets more undeniable week by week. And "You Win or You Die" was the series' most thrilling and thematically rich hour to date.
Pluses: Khal Drogo called Dani "moon of my life." Aw. Direwolf appearance (Ghost). Hilarious woman-on-woman porno-coaching from Littlefinger.
The Littlefinger scene: So much to unpack! He is turning out to be one of my favorite characters.
One of the biggest events in the whole series happens in this episode, and I'm impressed with how abruptly it happens.
I'm amazed at the situation Westeros is in with three episodes to go.
The standout scene this time is Ned's and Cersei's deceptively relaxed, sunny outdoor dialogue near the beginning of the episode, in which we finally hear both the title of the series and its tag line ("you win or you die"), spoken aloud.
[This episode] sees the consequences of this "game" continue to reach their bloody fruition. If there's a theme for this week, betrayal is certainly one of the top contenders.
There was a real sense throughout the episode that things are being set up for an almighty showdown, and it's coming soon.
What a terrific episode (probably my favorite so far), and especially in the way it turned the spotlight on the characters who are villains in Ned Stark's version of the story.
The action has been steadily climbing since eppy one, and we're finally getting some of the fruits of that labor.
So much happened in this episode... it wasn't until the credits rolled that I realized we hadn't seen Tyrion at all. And I didn't even mind.
All in all another fine episode, let down only by the absence of the Imp Tyrion (Peter Dinklage).
The hour went very quickly, and yet the landscape of Westeros and the Free Cities changed forever.
There's an interesting contrast throughout the episode between those who know exactly who they are (Cersei, Littlefinger, Khal Drogo) versus those who don't (Ned, Jon Snow, perhaps Jaime Lannister).
I loved this episode despite the absence of Tyrion and a couple of clunky moments. The plot is rolling unstoppably forward and it's hard not to spend most of the time on the edge of the sofa yelling "Noooo".
I can't finish this article without talking a little more about that devious Littlefinger. I know we're all supposed to hate the guy, but I can't help but love him.
Okay, raise you hand if you saw that coming. Really? 'Cause even with Baelish's little porn-assisted monologue, I didn't.
If Thrones is a roller coaster, Episode 7 was the first (but not the last) hairpin turn, with the game board overturned and a new king taking the Iron Throne.
"You Win or You Die" is an excellent, pivotal episode where Ned gets unfortunately thwarted by his own honorable intentions.
This episode of Game of Thrones - "You Win or You Die" - shows just how far the art of television has come, and how it's beginning to surpass mainstream movies by and large.