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While necessarily setting up the events for the season, "Stormborn" features compelling strategic discussion, and a cracking action sequence to end the episode with a bang.
It's been a cautious start to Game of Thrones season seven. But, following further, patience-testing re-arranging of the chess pieces, episode two went out in a literal blaze of glory.
In the same episode that proves why family bonds might not be worth the banners their sigils are printed on, the action-packed finale drives a literal and figurative stake through some of the series' most notable familial connections.
We're in turbo mode: Game pieces are flying across the tables of various Westerosi war rooms, and certain details need to be yada-yada'd.
This is politics at its finest.
"Stormborn," proves that the table setting always pays off in Game of Thrones by giving us a sample platter of everything that the show does best.
If you've ever been frustrated by characters withholding information on this show, "Stormborn" is offered up as a medicinal salve for your gross, infected greyscale wounds.
In 'Stormborn', the time has come to start stepping on the accelerator so that these seven episodes that the seventh season has will give us enough. [Full Review in Spanish]
So last night's "Stormborn" was a subtle jab in the ribs: a reminder to not get too comfortable.
Exemplified what I've found most frustrating with the show since they went off book, and that's the feeling that they're just checking plot points off a list instead of doing the work with the characters and the story to make them meaningful and important
Watching Game of Thrones dust off the cobwebs in last week's season premiere was hard, for some (including yours truly), but this week came with a reward for patience.