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    Game of Thrones Episode #501: "The Wars to Come"

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    Edited By inferiorego  Staff
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    Note: There are spoilers for the episode in this review.

    The opening scene features a young Cersei as she visits a local "witch" who tells her future. Cersei has always been an awful person, even as a bratty little child. We haven't seen any flashbacks on this show, but this was a really cool one because she's always been an incredibly vicious and cold character and it's obvious the witch knows her future by the way she laughs after telling Cersei about the children she'll have while married to the king... because her brother is the father of the children.

    The back and forth dialogue between Tyrion and Varys is fantastic. Tyrion's dialogue is always great though. It's smart, witty, and always one upping the person he's talking to. His match of wits with Varys is incredibly pleasing. Plus, Tyrion has a sweet beard in this episode, which is always a good thing. The two will be heading to Meereen to discuss things with Daenerys, who, deep down, still wants to be queen, but not of Meereen.

    The Sons of the Harpy are incredibly creepy and have this great cult feeling to them. Their first murder is incredibly shocking and comes out of nowhere, which really sets to tone for Daenerys' story in Meereen. We don't see them much, but what we do see is pretty haunting. In addition, she's been told the people of Meereen want the fighting pits back open, but she is against it at first. She may have been in Meereen for a while, but her growth as queen here is incredibly interesting to watch.

    Daenerys goes back to see her two dragons (one flew away), which she locked away, after one of them burned a child. She feels she can no longer control them, and she's partly right. They've grown. They're angry. They don't like being locked away and Daenerys is frightened. The thing that made her a powerful force is now the thing she's most scared of. Her story isn't incredibly complex, but because she's so far away from everyone else, isolated, her journey just because it feels fresh and a bit more interesting.

    Really fantastic turning point at The Wall as Stannis Baratheon discusses taking Winterfell with Jon Snow, but Stannis wants the Wildlings to bow to him and help him in the fight. Jon Snow has until nightfall to get the king of the Wildlings to follow suit. It's a bold move for Stannis and makes you wonder if this will actually happen or if the Wildlings will eventually turn on the "King." Mance Rayder, the king of the wildlings, still holds his morals high and will not do so in his fantastically written scene with Jon Snow. When Mance is face to face with Stannis, he will not do so. Mance is burned to death as the fire is set by Melisandre, after a very pompous speech about following the right god. She's a wonderful villain and someone I enjoy despising each week. It is slow, painful and incredibly tough to watch. Luckily, Jon Snow ends things quickly for him by shooting him.

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    First and foremost, Joffrey is still dead. I continue to be happy.

    This episode truly sets the tone for what's looking to be a dynamite first season. Each story we'll be seeing is all put out in the open here and while some stories are strong than others, all of it is incredibly captivating and engaging.

    What this episode does very well is juggle everything and giving viewers what they want, without sacrificing quality. Sure, some characters got a lot more screentime in this episode, mainly Daenerys and Jon Snow, but it makes you want to continue to watch. It's easy to say Game of Thrones is the best show currently on television, and there's little to nothing negative to say about this opening episode. It's a show that gets viewers invested in its characters and the viewer will become incredibly passionate about who they love and hate on this show.

    Game of Thrones continues to be utterly wonderful.

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    YESSS CV doing GoT reviews!! Good work MAt!

    Great first episode 8/10

    ~MiB

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    #3  Edited By JakeN7

    Smart move getting into the GoT reviewing game, guys.

    I certainly did not think this was one of GoT's better episodes, especially in comparison to episode 2. But the worst episodes of Game of Thrones are still solid 8s in terms of overall TV quality.

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    I really do feel sorry for these characters. Such a grim, hopeless world.

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    #5 inferiorego  Staff

    @jaken7 said:

    Smart move getting into the GoT reviewing game, guys.

    I certainly did not think this was one of GoT's better episodes, especially in comparison to episode 2. But the worst episodes of Game of Thrones are still solid 8s in terms of overall TV quality.

    Yeah, this was all set-up, but it still had me pumped for the season. There are only two shows where a bad episode (which this wasn't bad, but you catch my drift) can get a 5/5: GoT and Breaking Bad.

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    King Joffrey is the new Frumpy Poison Ivy.
    King Joffrey is the new Frumpy Poison Ivy.

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    @jaken7 said:

    Smart move getting into the GoT reviewing game, guys.

    I certainly did not think this was one of GoT's better episodes, especially in comparison to episode 2. But the worst episodes of Game of Thrones are still solid 8s in terms of overall TV quality.

    Yeah, this was all set-up, but it still had me pumped for the season. There are only two shows where a bad episode (which this wasn't bad, but you catch my drift) can get a 5/5: GoT and Breaking Bad.

    Yupp! Those'd be the two. Totally agree.

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    This is a nice surprise.

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    Best part of this episode was that it was directed by Michael Slovis, AKA the Director of Photography for all of Breaking Bad. His style is felt throughout the whole episode.

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    #12  Edited By SynCig

    Solid episode. Typical of a first episode in a season it was all setting up the new status quo for the characters but it was still engaging. I'd give it a four because I expect much of the season to come will be much better. Especially after watching the preview after the episode.

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    Where are the other 6 episodes... cmon HBO!

    World is dark and full of pirates

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    @inferiorego: But Joffrey was one of my favorite characters.

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    @inferiorego: That was a one time crap joke........ Ever one hates King Joffrey.

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    #16  Edited By AlKusanagi

    No Arya, -2 stars. More than 5 minutes of Danerys, -1 star.

    Oh, but Dark Sansa is awesome, so +1 star, and Stannis is still a G, so +1 more.

    4/5

    Edit: Wait, another +1 for how perfectly cast Evil Tween Cercei was.

    5/5!

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    Nice.

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    This has been quite the weekend for great television.

    Now, with Izombie, Flash and Arrow coming back, when can keep it goin!

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    And man, Cersei has been a b*tch all her life.

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    Solid opener to the season. Curious that we didn't begin with a cold open, the first sequence would've made a solid one.

    Cheap Plug to User Reivew

    @inferiorego why you gotta speak ill of the dead like that man. Why can't you let their evilness be washed away by the sands of time and let the slow sanctification of King Joffery to begin.

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    King Joffrey is the new Frumpy Poison Ivy.
    King Joffrey is the new Frumpy Poison Ivy.

    ahah

    ~MiB

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    #22  Edited By laabitres

    wait until you watch episode 4

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    @jaken7:

    They like them clicks.

    Great episode. So much good TV on now it's great.

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    #24  Edited By TheComedian_

    Sweet! Where can I get the comics?

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    Even Lance gave Stannis props on how much better a king he would be for Westeros.

    That was beautiful and brutal.

    (and is highlights how screwed team Lannister is going to be without their two big brains)

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    Sooooo GoTgets a review on a COMIC book website yet AoS has been getting into the inhumans and been great this season gets 0 reviews? Not to mention Agent carter got 1 review out of all its episodes but arrow,flash and gotham get weekly reviews

    Bring back gregg!

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    Sooooo GoTgets a review on a COMIC book website yet AoS has been getting into the inhumans and been great this season gets 0 reviews? Not to mention Agent carter got 1 review out of all its episodes but arrow,flash and gotham get weekly reviews

    Bring back gregg!

    CV has been very anti marvel as of late

    Well, there have been a TON of Game of Thrones comics from Dynamite. Also, there have been 8 reviews for AoS in the second season and there was more than 1 Agent Carter review. As for us being "anti-Marvel." We're also apparently "anti DC" and "anti indie books." Some of you folks just see what you want to see, so you can get angry and yell in the comment section without looking at the facts.

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    As a long follower of the books, I had hoped for a few things they trimmed off of the material they used. Maybe they filmed more of the flashback and Cersei will later think upon the portion that wasn't there?

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    This continues to be one of my favorite TV shows to date. That said my overall feelings about it have not changed after this season premiere. I love the acting, the dialogue, and the characters but I think the story always sucks. Since the beginning it's barely been an actual plot, more of a string of tragic events meant to produce intrigue and drama for the characters rather than building up for a satisfactory ending to an overall arc. Not that there's anything wrong with that as I'm still enjoying the ride immensely. I just can't foresee the constant deaths of even more important figures to lead to anything but more tragedy for this fictional world. Currently the three factions with the most power are: Danaerys, The Tyrells, and Little Finger. Everyone else is lucky to be alive.

    You're wrong Mat. I don't know what about but you must be wrong about something.

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    @comicsrulebutdbzdoes2 said:

    Sooooo GoTgets a review on a COMIC book website yet AoS has been getting into the inhumans and been great this season gets 0 reviews? Not to mention Agent carter got 1 review out of all its episodes but arrow,flash and gotham get weekly reviews

    Bring back gregg!

    CV has been very anti marvel as of late

    Well, there have been a TON of Game of Thrones comics from Dynamite. Also, there have been 8 reviews for AoS in the second season and there was more than 1 Agent Carter review. As for us being "anti-Marvel." We're also apparently "anti DC" and "anti indie books." Some of you folks just see what you want to see, so you can get angry and yell in the comment section without looking at the facts.

    I can smell the burn. But really, 'tis nice to have reviews on TV shows like these here. Good thing they made comics from A Song of Ice and Fire.

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    Just wondering, in case anyone knows but I don't.. Did Daenerys dragons not recognize her or..?

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    #34 inferiorego  Staff

    Just wondering, in case anyone knows but I don't.. Did Daenerys dragons not recognize her or..?

    Maybe a little bit of that? I also took it as they were pissed for being locked up.

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    @sprior93: Yea, but even the good ones. I used to like the mother of dragons but she's gotten so full of herself...

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    @inferiorego: Really hope she can control them.. What is a mother of dragons, without dragons?

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    #37  Edited By StMichalofWilson

    A review for Game of Thrones! What maddness is this? xP Anyways good review

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    The Dragons were just saying hello - she is fireproof Afterall, it isn't as though she was in danger...

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    See Daredevil fans this is a amazing TV show, DD is around walking dead level good/great.

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    first 4 eps feel slow

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    #41  Edited By The Impersonator

    @vivide said:

    first 4 eps feel slow

    The show is supposed to be slow because of it's complicated story-telling. It's good this way, so that viewers know the characters and their situations.There are lot of these characters, which is kinda hard to remember who is who and what's going on between them.

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    @vivide said:

    first 4 eps feel slow

    The show is supposed to be slow because of it's complicated story-telling. It's good this way, so that viewers know the characters and their situations.There are lot of these characters, which is kinda hard to remember who is who and what's going on between them.

    Also it is their first time deviating from the entire book series, but disappointing compared to earlier 4 eps of earlier 4 seasons

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