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Nuanced characters and a gripping plot help "Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things" set a new first-season benchmark for Game of Thrones.
The highlight of the episode was the jousting tournament, which was everything good about the series so far. Loud, dirty, expensive and excessively gory.
Things are about to get complicated. Wait, you thought it was complicated already? Oh, hahahahahaha.
[It] continues the show's remarkable ability to continue the narrative of the novel, while still narrowing its focus enough to create a common thematic thread.
Thus far, no episode hasn't been dramatically improved by the appearance of a direwolf. They are awesome - and still growing, apparently.
Production value is going to continue to be a struggle for the series, especially as we get to armies clashing, but as long as the character work remains as strong as this episode, I won't complain too much.
The MVP of Game of Thrones,... we again see the complexity of Tyrion.
It's all heating up. The only question is who will be left standing.
Credit George R.R. Martin, along with screenwriters and casting directors for giving us women with the strength to challenge the misogyny of their fictional time and place.
The episode does a nice job both setting up the swords-drawn cliffhanger, as Catelyn takes Tyrion into custody, and complicating our picture of him.
Welcome back. Thrones is once again stuffed with character moments, but also spices things up with snarling wolves, bathtub nookie, fighting and jousting, all winding up to next week when ... well, let's not get ahead of ourselves.
There was a ton of history shoved into this chapter and some of the scenes actually stood out a little bit as being a bit heavy with details.
It seems like we still have a lot of ground to cover. But Game of Thrones is the best HBO series in a long while and it's easily one of the most epic shows currently on TV.