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sparkyjcs -> The Game Continues (13/3/2013 12:58:36 PM)

The dynastic struggle for Westeros continues in the second season of HBO's Game of Thrones. While the first season took a slow burn approach, the second season is all about frantically upping the ante. As five sides emerge in a full scale civil war, the in-fighting and political subterfuge proves to be just as compelling as the battle scenes. That coupled with the increasing supernatural element and the ever growing threat, from the White Walkers in the North and an increasingly ruthless Daenerys Targaryen in the South, leaves us with a melting pot of violent and vicious potential, which regularly spills over to delicious and devastating effect.

The great skill of the show's producers, Weiss and Beinhoff, proves to be their ability to keeps things simmering, while making important culls and changes to the source material. They have found a way to make all their characters shine in their own way, which is no mean feat for such a talented ensemble. A great example is how they pair Arya Stark with Tywin Lannister. While the books give a very evil portrayal of Charles Dance's character, the TV show affords us an insight to a man that is motivated by reasons that we can sympathise with. As such, even a major antagonist of the tale becomes all the more human and all the more watchable. Maisie Williams shines opposite her more experience counterpart as Arya, playing the conflict of an enraged child who wishes to avenge her father's death, whilst appreciating that she is in the presence of a man who can teach her much.

However, the star of the show is undoubtedly Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister. With lightning quick wit, he delivers his dialogue like a sharp sword to the back of Eddard Stark's neck. Clincal. His exchanges with just about anyone in the show all count as memorable.

The pinnacle of the season comes in episode 9, where the Battle of Blackwater takes place. It is a triumph. To see a TV show so ambitious that it is willing to take on a movie-sized tal

Hippolyte -> Lazy? (28/4/2013 11:09:24 AM)

Eh how come something with so much talent in its entire creativity which spans more than ten hours worth of 5 star viewing only merits a three line review??? I visit Empire regularly to see if their opinions are similar to my own and while this (three line) review certainly is, it is a bit of an insult to how Epic and full of delicious reviewable details Game of Thrones is!

extremetee -> Bean but not forgotten (13/7/2013 4:26:55 PM)

I feared this series would forever have a Sean Bean sized hole in it but its a credit to the rest of the cast that he is not missed at all and if anything this tops the original series in almost every way.

jesters_apprentice -> Dis-service to a modern TV great (14/7/2013 4:37:01 PM)

Come on Empire, this has to be the laziest review ever. A TV show as big and complex as Game Of Thrones surely deserves more than this sub-tabloid sized review? Did your reviewer even watch it, or was this just culled from words on the back of the DVD box? GoT is frequently better than a lot of stuff that makes it to the big screen, in terms of plot, dialogue, acting, direction and visual splendour. As just one example, The Battle of Blackwater in the penultimate episode of Season 2 could put many big-budget blockbusters to shame. Redeem yourselves Empire, give us an article on why this series could give cinema some very useful pointers in how to make decent entertainment. 5 stars for the series, 1 for your review (just for reminding people the second series is available to buy, not for saying anything useful).

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