John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
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This season seems more willing to take liberties with the order of events in the narrative than season 1.
Everything feels thrillingly unsettled, as if the rules are constantly changing and the biggest prize may actually be a booby trap.
So there you have it -- sex, blood, infanticide, incest, rebellion, poison and great big wolves. Man, I missed this show, didn't you?
Whew! That episode was packed. And yet, since there are so many storylines, it felt like things barely got started and then the hour was already over.
This little trick of jiggering storylines so we're getting to the most exciting stuff straight off makes the whole series move with a muscularity and confidence it sometimes lacked at the start of season one.
It's remarkable how much gets packed in, and how much the show can get across in the brief time it spends with its many, many characters.
"The North Remembers" sets the tone for season two of Game of Thrones - less sex, more violence. And a million dizzying subplots
I guess this is me being a spoiled brat more than anything else, but I was certainly ready for more when the final credits came up.
It was once again a beautifully acted and directed episode, providing all of the darkness and delightful intrigue that we've come to love about the show.
Everything about this episode feels bigger, better and more sure-footed than last season.
All in all, a very solid start for season two. Naturally, it couldn't be full-on amazing, as everything just became very cloudy,... but the foundation is laid for another outstanding season.
Joffreyʼs actor is amazing. This kid has got subtle malice with a sprinkling of smarm and the twinkle of becoming unhinged in his teenage eye.
All in all this was a pretty awesome way to start the season and shed any doubts about the series being great without Ned Stark.
Where 'The North Remembers' is less than excellent is in the inevitable grot-work of bringing people up to speed.
Season two... dives right into things.
The biggest name may be gone, but the GoT formula of political intrigue, beautiful people and scenery, enthusiastic sex and unflinching brutality is still very much in place.
The North Remembers has been very clearly worth the . At times shocking, always involving, and occasionally rude.
The episode excelled in underscoring Joffrey's cruelty (he does make a truly vile villain, doesn't he?) and Tyrion's humor and growth as a character.
I love the red comet scene transitions, which is also very much in keeping with the books. (I'm like, "Well it's what I would do. Clearly the show-runners are almost as smart as I am.")
It's not the battles or the trysts that make the show compelling-it's the maneuvering in courts and councils, the power game turning vices, secrets, lies and betrayal into trump cards.