The episode gives the audience exactly what it expects, and absolutely nothing else.
The episode is, above all else, a resolute detailing of the final calm before a spectacular storm and what it means to be human.
The episode has the good sense to respect our familiarity with these characters, and as such it doesn’t beat around the bush.
The episode offers up a battle between CGI dragons and CGI zombies, to pulpy effect but no moral consequence.
The episode that dials back from the epic confrontations that have filled out the majority of this season.
Three episodes into this truncated seventh season and Game of Thrones is spiraling toward a preordained place.
The episode manages to set up future conflicts without interrupting its rapid pace.
Even after six seasons, Game of Thrones still doesn’t know what’s most important to its own story.
My Cousin Rachel leaves Rachel’s motives, desires, and integrity (or lack thereof) ambiguous through to the end.
Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter celebrates the unbridled force of energy for its own sake.
The show is no longer holding anything back in story or tone, and it’s making this fantasy world feel all too real.
The latest episode of Game of Thrones finally starts uniting the season’s threads, often through blood.
The episode sees the writers ruthlessly beginning to sew up loose (or underdeveloped) plots.
Director Gavin Hood treats the aesthetics of high-tech surveillance as the opaque membrane through which the prosecution of the War on Terror must pass.
It’s long been a given on Game of Thrones that “All men must die.” The question, then, is less a matter of whether they will, but how they will.
The deeper irony here, of course, is that “The Dance of Dragons” refers to the divisive, needless war between two siblings for the Iron Throne.
As you’d expect from a series with such a dismal track record of successful weddings, its idea of presents isn’t much better, and even the most sincere, like Sam’s, comes with a disclaimer.
We may not be able to control the narrative of what happens to us, but we can at least manage how we react to these things.
Considering how many people are neither feared nor loved in “Sons of the Harpy,” respect is all that matters.
Despite being home to the Faceless, the House of Black and White is filled with a variety of visages: statues to the various gods of Westeros.