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"Second Sons" shines through efficient storytelling -- and a comparatively low number of storylines to keep track of this week.
Um, did he leave that dagger there? Homie best be returning to pick that damn thing up.
White Walker aside, that was a pretty tranquil episode, right? Not boring, though. Just one of the few Game of Thrones installments that stuck to a mere number of storylines you can count on one hand.
At this point, any episode not featuring Theon and his mysterious tormentor would get a passing grade from me, but "Second Sons" was much better than just a pass.
Ever the underdog, [Sam] sticks to his whole whole "the meek shall inherit" bit by literally sticking it to one of the most feared and powerful beings we have seen on the show. He'll go on being my favorite accidental hero.
Let's pour some wine and raise a toast to Episode 8, "Second Sons."
The sight of Davos being freed from the Dragonstone dungeon warmed my heart and seasoned this entire excellent episode because it was a reminder of just how wonderful Game of Thrones can be when it digs in instead of spreading out.
[A] very female-centric episode that is entertaining, but lacks thematic cohesion (a growing trend for GoT) and at times, feels like it's more than dragging its feet.
"Second Sons" isn't exactly "Blackwater 2," but it's the most focused episode of the series since that one.
[It] brings a closer, oft-uncomfortable scrutiny to bear on not just these frequently unusual relationships.
The result was a fantastic look at characters we've known as they dealt with new circumstances we didn't expect.
It's rare to see a TV this thematically coherent, let alone one based on a series of novels whose themes may not be exactly the same. What a pity this season is almost over - it's really hitting its stride.
The main thrust of the episode though came with the wedding of Tyrion and Sansa, every moment of which was brilliant and excruciating.