Cast & Crew
Queen Cersei Lannister
Lady Catelyn Stark
Ser Jaime Lannister
Prince Joffrey Baratheon
Ser Jorah Mormont
Xaro Xhoan Daxos
White Walker No. 1
Old Woman Prisoner
Garden of Bones Photos
It's still competent and watchable, but Garden Of Bones was frayed at the edges.
"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.
"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.
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.
Part of the joy of Game of Thrones is the guarantee of great acting talent in each and every scene, and I've never been more entertained by a show with so many scenes of discussion and collective bargaining.
A jaw-dropping end to an episode that goes further than ever before in exploring the depths of depravity existent on Westeros.
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.