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"The Kingsroad" brings surprising new developments for characters undergoing change while pushing the various plots forward at an effective pace.
The beauty of Game of Thrones, and why HBO seems such a good fit, is that it doesn't do anything by halves.
So far, it seems that Jaime's chief function (when not, um, servicing his sister) is to meander around insulting people. At least he does it in a way that establishes plot points.
[It] was another strong entry in the series. Now that the main characters and a common understanding of the universe had been established... the story is ready to break open.
The Kingsroad is something of a transition episode.
Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau),... is quite good at evoking exactly what's intended with the character.
It wasn't until the second viewing that I realized how great the scene between Cersei and Cat was. I'm actually not even sure it's in the book, but it should be.
[It] picks up a few days after the events of the first, allowing the producers to keep the story moving, while skipping over a few parts that can be left up to the audience's assumption and intelligence.
The mark of a good TV series, whether about gangs in Baltimore, '60s ad execs or mythical realms is good characters, and the second episode of Game of Thrones allows us to get to know some of them.
This storyline, as I suspected, was the most controversial last week.
"The Kingsroad" is a particularly eventful hour of Game Of Thrones, layering on plot point after plot point in a brisk, fairly economical matter.
The killer performance in this episode, though, comes from Jack Gleeson as the sadistic, entitled little twerp Joffrey Baratheon, the most smackable scion of power HBO has seen since Ziggy Sobotka on The Wire.
With the heavy lifting of introducing the rival families out of the way, the producers started having fun with these characters and playing them off each other. It is known.