Game of Thrones: Season 2 Reviews

February 7, 2014
While Game of Thrones is steadily expanding-just look at the new pit stop on the map flyover in the credits-"The North Remembers" began hustling off steadily and confidently.
September 16, 2013
Game of Thrones is absurd in its ambition and scope.
August 20, 2013
It contains all the necessary, hugely entertaining genre staples...but also the emotional and physical realism... that characterize TV's other best shows.
April 1, 2012
Thrones creates such a rich visual feast - replete with plenty of gratuitous nudity and blood-letting - as to almost obscure its fundamental storytelling pleasures, which are as much a mob drama as anything else, having traded bullets for broadswords.
April 1, 2012
Each week the story unfolds like a tapestry, its intricate stitches slowly creating not just a scene but a whole world.
April 1, 2012
This is a sprawling, exciting, blood-soaked story, filled with great set pieces and wonderful actors
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 1, 2012
Game of Thrones nonetheless is an undertaking worth applauding for its audacity if not always for its overall senses of direction or cohesion.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 1, 2012
Once you sort out all the teams and players, Game of Thrones falls together like a good Western.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 1, 2012
You have to have a fair amount of free time on your hands to stick with Game of Thrones, and a fairly low reward threshold.
April 1, 2012
Game of Thrones is the latest entry in television's most esteemed category: the sophisticated cable drama about a patriarchal subculture.
April 1, 2012
What's onscreen is so consistently remarkable, and so much smarter than it needed to be in order to satisfy viewers who are mainly looking for sex, violence, and intrigue, that the show's presence feels like a kind of miracle.
April 1, 2012
HBO's glorious adaptation of George R. R. Martin's still unfolding sword 'n' sorcery epic makes Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings look like child's play.
April 1, 2012
Thrones is blessed with a horde of other compelling, murderous and sexy characters to maintain our interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 1, 2012
This season's premiere was so engrossing I had to know the narrative that led up to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 1, 2012
That Thrones remains so utterly unpredictable makes it even more mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 1, 2012
Even though I get so confused my head feels like it's going to explode, Game of Thrones is brainy, good fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
April 1, 2012
TV's best (but do your homework before diving in).
Full Review | Original Score: A+
April 1, 2012
This amplification of the achievements in Season should ensure more Emmy recognition, genre be damned.
April 1, 2012
It's difficult enough to hook a viewer like me, who resists sprawling, noncontemporary narratives; it's another level of pop culture wizardry to make such storytelling seem so vivid, so vital, and just plain fun.
Full Review | Original Score: A-