Game of Thrones

Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while a forgotten race returns after being dormant for thousands of years. .

Season 7

Roy

Game of Thrones comes out of the gate swinging; delivering some of the most satisfying of comeuppances. The stage has been set for exciting things to come and for the good guys’ plans to be ruined in the saddest ways. After six seasons of torture, rape and violence I didn’t think there would be a scene that would make me as uncomfortable as it did, but Game of Thrones has done it. Season seven promises to *finally* bring Daenerys and Bran into the fold and I think that is what I am looking forward to most. Bran needs to control a dragon.

8/10

Matt

The poop, the poop oh god the horrors of poop. This episode has one of the best film sequences I have seen in quite a while. It pulls you into Sam Tully’s life so well that you will literally gag with him. That is a hallmark of amazing storytelling so right off the bat the quality that Game of Thrones is famous for is there. This season premier works so well because it understands the audience's expectations. The viewer is treated to some time with nearly every character. When I’m sure it would have been easier to withhold characters to drum up anticipation.

8/10

Tommy

The return of Game of Thrones is a welcome one and the episode starts off in a wonderful way, providing a pay off for long time viewers. We also catch up with all of the important story threads and factions giving us a nice ease back into the world and current events. It feels good to catch up with these characters again and seeing them interact with one another, especially those that meet for the first time is great. This all sets up a nice amount of anticipation for future conflicts. As an example of the level of filmmaking we are treated to, there is a scene with Samwell that is just agonising to watch the use of editing brilliantly reinforces that and makes the scene feel like it lasts for an eternity.

9/10

Episode Score

83

Roy

Game of Thrones is going ham. There is so much set up for exciting things to happen and I get the impression that I won’t be kept waiting. I love Olenna and seeing her interact with new characters in that way of hers is great. Aside from the plans of the good guys get ruined already, not much really happened apart from the promise of fantastic things to come. I am so ready.

8.4/10

Matt

This episode is all about the schemes, so coming together, others falling apart and a great battle scene towards the end. But aside from a rather cinematic conclusion to the episode we mostly see characters conversing and what makes Game of Thrones awesome is that it finds a way to make those moments just as interesting as the battle scenes. This episode mainly deals with repositioning the players on the board. But it does so in an entertaing and believable fashion.

8/10

Tommy

This season of Game of Thrones is moving at a much faster clip, battles and the result of schemes are hitting us pretty quickly. As a result though we get the payoffs much faster although the pace makes these things feel just ever so slightly less significant. But anyway this episode gives us Tyrion’s plan for conquering Westeros and we get great interactions between Daenerys and Olenna. THe episode also sets up the meeting of Jon Snow and Daenerys which is something really cool to look forward to and brings back a few characters we may have forgotten about but primarily this episode seems to be there to funnel characters together and would normally be pretty dull but the significance of these encounters is like 7 years in the making and the episode overall is paced super well.

8.5/10

Episode Score

83

Roy

Well, another of my favourite characters died. Sad times. But she died the way she lived; getting the last word. There was no better way for her to have died, so in that respect, I am happy. Fire finally meets Ice. Is this the start of another classic Game of Thrones incestuous relationship? It is what we have all been waiting for. Their meeting, I mean. In itself, their interaction wasn’t that incredible but there was something so satisfying about Daenerys finally interacting with other major characters and becoming, for what I feel is the first time, an actual part of the story. This episode had something for everyone; battles, returning characters whose names we have forgotten, incest, torture. One thing that worried me is there is the annoying case of characters not simply asking the questions to get the answers they know they need and want of the people they know will answer when they know they have the chance. It is a minor thing, but when everything else is so great is feels bigger than it probably should.

7.9/10

Matt

The conclusion to Olena’s story arc was the most satisfying piece of this week's episode. But what really struck me where the themes of karmic justice in this episode. Some characters plotted and schemed sometimes unjustly and these characters suffered, and their suffering was inspired by the misdeeds they had perpetrated onto others. I was completely engaged with these moments. I also got my chance to fanboy hard this week with the bringing together of John Snow and Daenerys. There meeting was everything I wanted it to be and what the story needed in order to progress naturally.

8/10

Tommy

There was a lot of things to enjoy about this episode of Game of Thrones. Characters that we have been waiting these last 7 years to meet finally do, Euron’s victory is followed up on and we get to see the battle for Casterly Rock. The latter being told in a very efficient and effective way. The episode also sets up plenty of anticipation for things to come dropping a few threads, some which should come to fruition soon and some that seem a bist more distant. But things are moving along nicely and the bloodbath that is season 7 continues.

8/10

Episode Score

79

Roy

This is one of the things we have been awaiting for 6 seasons. Dragons in a real battle. A really big battle. A battle that was completely worth the wait. ‘Battle’ might not quite be the right word. ‘Massacre’ would be better. The Danaerys/Jon relationship is starting to heat up. It is only a matter of time. Some other stuff happened. It was all Game of Thrones-calibre stuff, but it was nothing compared to that great battle.

10/10

Matt

God Damn Dragons being awesome would summate my feelings on this episode. Game of Thrones is know for some of the best choreographed battles in television, nay film, history. But this episode takes the cat. I was on the edge of my seat, shouting commands at the fictitious army. This what great fiction does. It gets you out of your seat to cheer on your heros. This may be my favourite episode of all time. Which is why I have to award the very rare, ten out of ten.

10/10

Tommy

We have a lot of really awesome stuff on show this week. The biggest battle in the history of television is on display and it is awe-inspiring. Kings landing takes a back seat so we can concentrate more on the events surrounding the Daenarys and the Starks. The character interactions continue to deliver with more character converging together after being separated for so long. There’s a ton of Pay off, intrigue and potential ramifications for the events that took place in this episode that just continue to engage on a per episode basis and beyond.

9.5/10

Episode Score

98

Game of Thrones

Roy

Danaerys is turning into a loose cannon. She loves burning people a little too much. As much as I like when she burns people, this is going to turn out badly for her. Or maybe it will burn out badly for her. Littlefinger has his claws back, but what dastardly scheme is he concocting? I love that guy. Gendry has finally reappeared, too. He was rowing that boat for ages. It turns out his return was great because Davos had this plan to stall the plot but Gendry shut that bollocks all the way down. Keep it up Gendry. The episode was quite subdued compared to the last one but it feels like all the other miscellaneous interactions are building up the next episode. It will probably be their mad plan to capture a wight.

8.2/10

Matt

Character dialogue here is on point. I particularly enjoyed Terions counselling of Daenerys, always urging caution and restraint. Watching to very competent actors bounce off one and another is a treat to watch. I would echo complaints about the ease at which Jamie escaped his predicament but due to the rest of the assembly I can overlook it. Gendry’s return was a very pleasant surprise and added a little levity to the episode while pushing the plot forward with Davros and John Snow.

/10

Tommy

Although slow, this episode continues to deliver on character interactions which the season thus far has been excelling at. The action is slight but this episode sets up seriously cool things to come. The lack of movement in this episode would normally cripple a show but Game of Thrones nails the characters and their interactions so much that the episode is still thoroughly entertaining. The only misstep in my eyes is Jaime’s inexplicable escape from the battle and the continuing dodge of Daenarys finding out about Jon Snow’s resurrection. These are small and not really that impactful to the overall enjoyment of the episode though did stand out to me given the quality of the rest of the show.

8/10

Episode Score

80

Roy

Game of Thrones sets itself a very high bar, but it isn’t often that I feel it fails to deliver. There was some absolutely great stuff of the calibre I expected, but being the kind of person I am (pedant), there were some things I simply couldn’t ignore that lessened the greatness. One last moment deus ex machina I can give a pass to, but had two (or three depending on how you look at it) including one monumentally silly and unnecessary one. They all centred around Jon Snow, too. The plot armour is painfully blatant. The pacing of the episode also let it down in a big way. The combination of these things occupied my mind (pedant) while I should have been enjoying three dragons carbonising skellingtons and also zombie dragons. The other side of the episode was the Stark sisters still fighting in a way that wouldn’t feel out of place in season 1 or in a Nickelodeon tween drama. These characters are supposed to be world-wise now. I expected so much more from Game of Thrones, but zombie dragon, so… pass, I guess.

6/10

Matt

Man there is some cool shit in this episode and for the most part it’s going to get you through. Bad news however is some really badly placed story conveniences that for the first time in my Game of Thrones viewing experience took me out of the show to question the timelines, sudden character appearances and basic human survivability. I will defend the Stark sisters squabbling as something that was necessary for those two characters but I can understand how their childish attitude annoyed some viewers.

7.5/10

Tommy

I think this episode of Game of Thrones suffers the most from the break neck pace of this season. Beyond the Wall has some great stuff that happens especially the banter between the mottley crew venturing outside of the wall. We get another really awesome series of battle scenes and the dragons get some really cool screen time. The problem as i alluded to though is how fast all of these things happen. Even with dragons the suspension of disbelief is a bit stretched. We give in though because the scene and the ramification of the event are so awesome that it basically feels OK.There was also some stuff in Winterfell but unfortunately it is the weakest part of the season so far and just has the two Stark sisters having a really annoying squabble. Overall though the beyond the wall stuff has so much awesome that it carries those other scenes.

7.5/10

Episode Score

70

Roy

I can’t believe the seasons is over. How has it been seven episodes already?! The final episode of Game of Thrones season 7 was bursting with greatness. There were a lot of characters meeting for the first time; seeing them interact after having followed them for so long was one way this episode and this season really delivered. There isn’t much action to be found here (apart from the much anticipated Jon x Dany [finally!!]), but all the pieces are finally placed; all that is left is for them to crush each other. There is going to be so much crushing next season. Seeing it all come together was like finishing a giant jigsaw puzzle. So satisfying. One thing that let it down, however, was Sansa’s betrayal of Littlefinger. As much as I loved the scene of his execution I felt like it came out of nowhere. Also, I have lost interest in Theon somewhat.

8.7/10

Matt

The season finale is here so quickly I had to wonder where the past seven weeks went. For me the finale carried themes of conclusion for me. In one amazing scene we have all of these characters that we have followed for so long meeting for the first time. It was a great television experience for me but also felt conclusive in that the build up was now over and it was time to start the last leg of the journey. The “death” in this episode did leave me feeling a bit frustrated as I felt it hadn’t been properly set up as some of the previous big deaths had. The last scene was a great spectacle and will leave any audience member primed for Season 8

8/10

Tommy

Game of Thrones wraps up this week and we get a pretty nice ending for the most part. There aren’t any major battle scenes but there is yet another absolutely great scene where characters meet up after so long. Things are filled with conflict as yet again the male Stark is unwilling to bend from his beliefs and that causes trouble for everyone but it sets up really nicely the theme for the episode. We wrap up the stuff in Winterfell this week and I felt things were quite fitting there. We get to see the lost Dragon at work as well here and that was a sight to behold. There a lot of cool stuff here and although not quite as hype as seasons past this finale still does quite a good job in setting the stage for the final season.

8.5/10

Episode Score

84

Game of Thrones has been on the air for a long time now and there have been many scenarios and character interactions that we have been waiting for for a lot of that time. Season 7 delivers on so many of these that basically every episode had us engaged with small bits of dialogue and just revelling in characters meeting up again or for the first time. The battles and major events are as good as Game of Thrones has ever been but all of this stuff happens in a shorter time frame and it feels ever so slightly rushed. Some episodes suffer for this more than others but the pace isn't all that detrimental but does stand out in a show that is consistently as good as Game of Thrones is. The bottom line though is that season 7 delivers on promises and continues to keep the engagement up for the next season even if it does stumble a bit in how quickly it wants to wrap things up.

Episode Score

82