We are back in Westeros! It feels like forever since we’ve wandered the Far East, fought foes with sword or sprinted the forests alongside our dire wolves. Well, we’re back now – and Westeros seems primed ready to impress. But never forget: ‘the night is dark and full of terrors’…

The Players

Director: Alan Taylor

Writers: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss

Cast: Emily Clarke, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Jack Gleeson, Sophie Turner, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington

Episode Title: The North Remembers

[SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!]

THE GOOD

–          Dragons: What a relief! Daenerys’ dragons looked wonderful. I was terrified that the effects would be too distracting from the story, but the effects were spot on. Well done HBO and well done Daenerys.

–          Leadership Class: Wise words are given to John Snow by his Lord Commander Mormont, words that will indeed prove useful I’m sure in the passing days in Westeros. “You want to lead one day? Well, learn how to follow.”

–          Kingslayer vs. King of the North: Call me crazy, but top two of my three favorite characters are Robb Stark and Jaime Lannister. So naturally, the scene between them was worth the price of admission. Superb.

–          Bastards!: True to form, and very well executed, it sucks to be a Baratheon.

 

THE BAD

–          Lack of Mystery: One of the coolest parts of the GOT series is the prologues to each new book. In book two, it was the wine at the table scene with Davos and Stannis and the Red Woman. Though it was done very well in this year’s premier, I wish that it would have kept a bit more mystery as the books did. The Red Woman is a dastardly mysterious breed.

–          Tyrion Lannister: Very fringe comment, but did it seem to anyone else that Peter Dinklage was trying to hard? If only slightly aware of his stardom? I may be grasping at straws here!

RATING: 8/10

Final word of wisdom: I said it before, and I’ll say it again. I want a dire wolf.