The Great Sept of Baylor, 5.07: The Gift

507-BrothelWe’re back from our hiatus!

I was on vacation all of last week, and then spent most of this week getting caught up on work. But it’s here, we’re back, and hooray!

This week’s episode, “The Gift,” is one of the better episodes in what has so far been a very good season of Game of Thrones. But despite the consistent quality, this episode (and the non-recapped one before it) has me starting to get a little bit restless with the show.

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The Great Sept of Baylor, 5.05: Kill the Boy

505-1247870662817407377A handful of main storylines go under the microscope for this week’s episode as we reach the halfway point in this season of Game of Thrones.

“Kill the Boy” isn’t the most dynamic or exciting of episodes the show has ever done. But it is one of the most interesting, and frequently one of the most tense. I was simultaneously miserable with dread and enjoying the hell out of it.

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The Great Sept of Baylor, 5.04: Sons of the Harpy

504-10-450x251At about 48 minutes from opening credits to closing ones, “Sons of the Harpy” is one of the shorter episodes Game of Thrones has ever had.

It is also, despite its runtime, perhaps the slowest episode of the season. And probably my least favorite.

Not that it’s bad – even the worst episodes of Game of Thrones are generally leaps and bounds better than most things on TV – but it just isn’t the strongest, and coming on the tails of several very good episodes, it stands out as particularly weak.

Spoilers for “Sons of the Harpy” follow after the jump. Continue reading