Game of Thrones Recap: The Rains Weep O’er His Hall

Last week, I wrote about how I craved a little narrative variety in Game of Thrones — a little break from all the multiple story lines and endless gear-turning that the show has to go through in order to keep everyone moving across the chessboard. In last night’s heavily anticipated, thrilling episode, I finally got it. Dispensing with the show’s usual map-spanning, multi-plot format, "Blackwater" — the second episode written by George R. R. Martin himself — featured an almost classical unity of time and place, covering just a single night in a single location. We always knew were going to get a big, ass-kicking battle in this episode, and director Neil Marshall did not disappoint: it was a grand, stunning, cinematic hour. But what I didn’t anticipate was how small the episode would feel — and I mean that in the best way possible. Read More...


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