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As much as I often nitpick about the differences between the novels and the TV show, I do recognise that ultimately this is an adaptation and not a visualisation of those novels. Some things about the battle of the Blackwater were different, but they are small things, niggling things, things of little real consequence. All in all, I feel it is fair to say HBO did a top job with this episode, and that’s almost certainly in no small part to the fact that novel writer George R R Martin penned this episode’s script himself, and we had Neil Marshal directing.

From Bronn and Sandor’s pissing-contest right through to Tywin walking in and claiming victory, this episode was masterful and delivered in all areas – writing, acting, action, effects, editing and directing. There are few movies, let alone TV shows, that would so readily and unflinchingly show »

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