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"The Pointy End" is a fast-paced transitional episode which, though written by source novelist George R.R. Martin, proves the show is now finding its own way as a separate entity from from the books.
Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) continues to both get and deliver the funniest lines.
"The Pointy End," the show's best episode since its fifth and probably its best so far, was the first episode of the show that created that never once made me think, "Eh, I preferred that in the book."
The scene between Arya and Syrio Forel is one of the most iconic in the books and lived up to that billing on screen.
If any heroes emerged this week, I'd have to put Robb at the top of the list, albeit with a big asterisk.
The Wall storyline was again a bit detached from the themes and action of the rest of the episode, but I like how the series has kept it in motion.
So, Robb's rebellion's already going well.
No one can deny that Game Of Thrones is a cinematic series, but luckily, it's avoided straying into cinematic cliches.
All told, "The Pointy End" was a set-up episode for the final two hours of Season 1. But the manner in which intensity never faded and new faces were thrown into the mix made it another riveting installment of Game of Thrones.
[There's] some crackling dialogue, a few good character moments and some of the best action the show has featured to date.
It's a beautifully written episode: tense, dramatic, heart-rending, hilarious and horrifying all at the same time, and testament to a master's hand on the tiller behind the scenes.
The Pointy End, is perhaps the pivotal sixty minutes in this first breathtaking season.
There's a lot of [moving pieces around the chess board], yes, but also some crackling dialogue, a few good character moments and some of the best action the show has featured to date.