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Thanks to a balance of thrilling action, complex character work, and a savage twist, "The Old Gods and The New" justifies its deviation from the source material.
After a slightly slow episode five... series two took off explosively again in episode six.
The show gets better as its characters start to reach the point of no return. Theon Greyjoy has passed that point, and the other characters are approaching it.
The chaos and animal savagery that has always lurked just below Westeros's scrim of courtliness and gentility has finally broken through the surface and is bleeding out everywhere.
This week -- after a trip across the map that contains no new territory -- we plunge into media res so fast my head is spinning... Welcome back, Theon!
It's not just that grimness and fear that propels the show, it's an uncommon depth of writing and strength of character that makes it so remarkable an achievement.
King's Landing was the location of this week's most satisfying moment as Joffrey finally gets what he deserves.
Game of Thrones, even in the quietest episode, is still full of killing, but this week's episode featured more killing, and more graphic killing, than any episode of the entire series thus far.
So, lots of plot development this week and it's all really meaty. I love the direction that the show is going in and we're really starting to feel the race for the Iron Throne take off.
Much as we saw in the first season, mercy is a complicated thing in Game of Thrones. It's not always the best move, but it's also not always the wrong one.
All in all, a very satisfying episode. A new character, plus plenty of solid action and pacing make for an enjoyable watch.