Well, that was no Battle of the Blackwater. Much like in the penultimate episode of Season 2, Game of Thrones put its kaleidoscope of perspectives on hold to focus in on a single, massive event: the Battle of Castle Black. But while this episode may boast the same director and some similar visual spectacle, it sadly lacked the heft that made “Blackwater” one of the finest episodes in the series.
Demanding a full hour for one storyline from a show like Game of Thrones—especially when there are so many other compelling plotlines to follow—can seem like an act of hubris, but in “Blackwater,” Peter Dinklage’s riveting performance as Tyrion pulled it off with aplomb. Sadly, we have no equivalent...
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