Game of Thrones Review: Eastwatch (Season 7 Episode 5)

Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 5 “Eastwatch” is doing a delicate balancing act of competing pacing urges.

In the past, Game of Thrones has been doing one of two things: laying down track for what’s to come and then taking that buildup and blowing everything up (sometimes literally).

Now, Game of Thrones can’t decide which of the two realms it wants to exist in. The show is fully aware that it only has eight episodes left after “Eastwatch” and can’t really afford to dilly-dally the way that it used to. Every scene has to be precise and purposeful.

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Game of Thrones Review: The Spoils of War (Season 7 Episode 4)

Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 “The Spoils of War” marks the halfway point of the season — and oh, how the time has flown by. But these things do happen when a season is only seven episodes long.

The shortened season can really be felt, too. Gone (for the most part) are the scenes where characters share dialogue where the sole purpose isn’t pushing the narrative along.

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Game of Thrones Review: The Queen’s Justice (Season 7 Episode 3)

Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 3 “The Queen’s Justice” is at the point in the series where plot points are just occurring with almost reckless abandon.

  • Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) meets Daenerys (Emilia Clarke): Check
  • Sam (John Bradley) cures Jorah (Iain Glen) of Greyscale: Check
  • Sansa (Sophie Turner) reunites with Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright): Check.

You get the idea.

This is something that could potentially present a problem for the series if the individual scenes themselves weren’t so enthralling and compelling to watch.

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Game of Thrones Review: Stormborn (Season 7 Episode 2)

As Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 2 “Stormborn” moves into the homestretch, it becomes abundantly clear that the show can’t afford to waste any more time and as a result is barreling ahead at full speed. At the same time, however, we’re still very much arranging pieces on the board.

Whereas in earlier seasons it would have taken a couple more episodes for Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Jon (Kit Harrington) to meet, “Stormborn” is setting it up to happen in the very next episode. The sea battle at the end with Yara (Gemma Whalen) and Euron (Pilou Asbaek) might have occurred at the midpoint of a regular season, but here it happens at the end of the second episode.

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American Gods Review: Come to Jesus (Season 1 Episode 8)

American Gods Season 1 Episode 8 “Come to Jesus” ends the first season, which has been particularly hit-or-miss throughout, on a rather satisfying note.

However, going forward, one thing American Gods has to be better about is having us care more about Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle). As it stands, he’s largely a doofus that we feel little to no attachment to or investment in, despite the writers’ efforts to the contrary. It’s unclear what it would take at this point to reverse that, but it’s sorely needed.

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