Monday, May 19, 2014

Game of Thrones Reviews: "Mockingbird"

I want a spin off called "The Adventures of Brienne & Podrick"
SUMMARY
After an eventful trial and a heartbreaking betrayal, Tyrion gains an unlikely ally. Meanwhile in Meereen, Daario asks Daenerys to allow him to do what he does best. In the North, Jon's warnings about the vulnerability of the Wall are ignored. In the Riverlands, Brienne and Podrick gain a new lead while Arya learns more about the Hound. Finally, a shocking turn of events happens at the Eyrie. 

WHAT DID I THINK?
 While "Mockingbird" was another example of the "slideshow" episode that seems to be very common this season, I definitely felt it was one of the better ones. Almost every segment was at least interesting and didn't overstay their welcome. The ones I didn't care for (specifically Melisandre's talk with Stannis' wife) were thankfully over and done with before they grew annoying. 

The episode also felt like the perfect buffer between Tyrion's trial and the trial by combat that will happen next week. It gives us time to breathe and build the anticipation for what's to come next. Also, it doesn't hurt that "Mockingbird" has one of the best endings this season, just begging you to come back next time to see what's going to happen. 

FINAL VERDICT
Although its yet another "slideshow" episode, "Mockingbird" is at least entertaining to watch and strings together the different segments nicely. It does its job at building the tension for next week's trial by combat between Gregor Clegane and Tyrion's new ally.