I stand silent in admiration. After “Blackwater” and “The Rains of Castamere”, no one could seriously doubt the skill of this crew, but they really pulled if off again. The sheer balls it took to fit such a world-shaking event in the second episode of a ten-episode-season alone! And then the neatly construction from start to finish. In several ways, the episode was a mirror to “The Rains of Castamere”, with – for book fans – the terrible mounting of suspense for a climax you know was coming and – for newcomers – a shocking event just at the end of the episode where least you expect it. I don’t know about you, but after Tyrion was seized and the credits were rolling, I didn’t feel like an hour had passed – I was genuinely surprised by the end of the episode, and isn’t that saying something.
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