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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.
Where the last couple of episodes have been heavy on people having a moan in damp castles, this episode had stronger focus on those truly advancing the "game of thrones".
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."
"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.