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"High Sparrow" expertly weaves together characters from Game of Thrones' sprawling stories, though the episode ultimately belongs to Jon Snow, whose new position highlights unexpected qualities.
Its ending was plenty dramatic, but it matters much more that "High Sparrow" had what may well be the most haunting and beautiful opening of any episode in Thrones's history.
I would like to think that these references to the show's beginnings mean that we have turned the corner and that the story will be more concentrated on bringing characters back together and building toward the ending than separating them.
Episode 3 was the best of the season so far. Which is simple to say, considering we've only just been, but after two episodes of "where we left off," the story is finally beginning to move and plots are thickening.
You could say that actor had quite the part.
It's a perfect example of the erosive effects of tragedy, in that a person can only survive by becoming something else, and not for nothing does Arya spend the majority of this episode silently doing menial tasks, scrubbing away the past.
"High Sparrow" uses another important emotion in building out the journeys it weaves together in this episode: vengeance, something that's always a defining factor in the biggest moments and shifts in power in Westeros.
This slow build is allowing the characters to see, experience, and judge the consequences of their actions, beneficial or otherwise, and that build will likely culminate in some serious carnage.
It's so impressive that the series continues to have such strong - in every sense of the word - female characters, and such a varied sense of how they might learn to exert influence.
Tyrion gets all the best lines on this show.
This episode was a slow burner, devoid of action or effects, but that didn't make it any less compelling.
Ah, now this feels a bit more like it
The pace is still quite slow this week, with all the players again being set up for this season's game.