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"Garden of Bones" continues GoT's stellar second season with a bleak, disturbing, and powerful episode that culminates in a bizarre confirmation that the night is indeed dark and full of terrors.
It's still competent and watchable, but Garden Of Bones was frayed at the edges.
For all the beheading, incest and cursing we've seen over the previous 13 hours, this was perhaps the grimmest episode of Game of Thrones yet.
"Garden of Bones" was the gnarliest episode of Game of Thrones to date, a bleak hour that started with savage sexual violence and an unanesthetized field amputation, then only got darker from there.
As the title sequence rolls, the map of Westeros gets much more complex this week, with the addition of two new locations: Harrenhal, made of up of conical grey towers that almost look like they're made of blackened bone, and Qarth.
A jaw-dropping end to an episode that goes further than ever before in exploring the depths of depravity existent on Westeros.
The show never fails to impress.
Overall I feel this was one of the stronger episodes of the season so far. Everyone's story, for the most part, moved forward at least a bit,
Episode 4 continues the pace that blossomed last week and furthers the fantastic character/family dynamics that have been established since episode 1.
"Garden of Bones"' [brings the] single most stunning rupture of the rules that hold the Seven Kingdoms - and this story - together:
The sadistic scene involving Joffrey and his gift-whores... it was important-if maybe lingered on a little too long for shock value-but tough to watch. Which was very much the point, of course.