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Game of Thrones, Ep. 4.02: “The Lion and the Rose” grandly conceived, brilliantly executed

13 April 2014 10:33 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Game of Thrones, Season 4, Episode 2: “The Lion and the Rose”

Written by George R.R. Martin

Directed by Alex Graves

Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on HBO

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It would be an understatement to say the “The Lion and the Rose” merely lives up to its hype; it nearly destroys the meaning of hype. Alex Graves directs an extraordinary instalment, grandly conceived, brilliantly executed and incredibly entertaining. It has passion, raw emotion, true terror, and a palpable sense of evil. Despite knowing George R. R. Martin insists on ending each wedding with a gruesome death, as a non-book reader, I was shocked with the end result. It’s also worth mentioning that Martin himself wrote this particular episode, only the third after “Blackwater” and “The Bear and the Maiden Fair.” This time around, he’s given us a royal wedding and in doing so, »

- Ricky

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Game of Thrones Recap: It's a Nice Day for a Purple Wedding

13 April 2014 7:05 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

What do they call the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral in Westeros? Five Funerals! That may be an exaggeration, but you know the concept of matrimony is in trouble in the seven kingdoms when an adult dwarf marrying a teenage girl who hates him is the least-depressing of all the nuptials we've seen on Game of Thrones. Sunday night's much-anticipated royal wedding episode continued the trend, with one high-profile member of the wedding party biting the dust in memorable fashion. But like a good wedding, "The Lion and the Rose" made sure we were entertained even before the closing-act fireworks. »

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