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Moodier than the premiere and full of dark intrigue, "The Night Lands" introduces viewers to exotic new locations in Westeros and delivers some pivotal character moments.
The Night Lands is tense and fast-paced despite its relative lack of event.
So maybe it's not a surprise that the smartest guy in the room is the one who no one wanted at all. Peter Dinklage is really taking Tyrion to an entirely different level this season.
This was one of those episodes where every single interaction was a marvel to watch, a testament to the strength of the show's writers.
It'd be enough to make you sick in your mouth if it wasn't so bloody entertaining, and true to form Game Of Thrones continues to intrigue and titillate in equal measure.
All of the characters on "Game of Thrones" struggle, nothing comes easy, and this mirrors the demand on the audience's patience and intellect. But the struggle is well worth it.
Game of Thrones has done some astonishing casting, and the fact that the actors who play these young characters have such incredible chemistry feels like a blessing. I'm going to enjoy watching these two [Arya and Gendry] interact.
Yet as ugly as it got,... "The Night Lands," was also a thing of beauty, more impressive on a purely visual level than even its immediate predecessor.
It's kind of a remarkable confrontation between Tyrion and Cersei, in part because she doesn't present as an utter monster.
The second season is well-and-truly on now, and I am very pleased with the progress so far.
Just as we know that all this scene-setting and meandering is going somewhere spectacular - but on its own, 'The Night Lands' looks like one of John Norman's embarrassingly juvenile Gor books come to life.