Tywin Lannister gives his son Jaime a new sword and wants him to return to rule at Casterly Rock in his stead. Jaime wants to rejoin the King's guard. Cersei hasn't forgiven her brother for leaving her. Prince Oberyn Martell arrives in King's Landing for the royal wedding. He and his lover, Ellaria Sand, take their pleasure at Littlefinger's establishment. His hatred of the Lannisters becomes apparent as he blames them for the death of his sister. Daenerys' army is marching toward the slave city of Meereen. She comes to realize that her dragons can never be tamed. Sansa still grieves over the loss of her family at the Red wedding. At Castle Black, Jon Snow faces an enquiry before the commanders of the Watch. Arya and Sandor Clegane come across someone from Arya's past.Written by
Arya is riding side-saddle in front of the Hound facing his left side, but when the scene angle changes (as she brings up wanting her own horse), she is now facing his right side, even though they haven't stopped riding. See more »
Came to 'Game of Thrones' fairly late in the game and due to being so busy the binge-watching was gradual. Have found myself truly loving the show, very quickly becoming one of my favourites. It totally lives up to the hype and not only does it do the brilliant source material justice (a rarity in television) it is on its own merits one of the finest, most addictive and consistently compelling shows in recent years and quality-wise it puts a lot of films in recent years to shame.
"Two Swords" may not be 'Game of Thrones' at its best, then again it is a season opener with character introductions and further plot advancement so things are not quite settled, but is a great start for Season 4. It does a fabulous job with introducing new characters and re-introducing past ones, while advancing what was shown before. One just wishes that more thought was put into the casting change for Daario, the lack of physical resemblance is too jarring and didn't feel like the same character.
In terms of standout scenes, the highlight for me is the final one between Arya and Sandor. All the acting is superb, the always-never-less-than-great actors such as Peter Dinklage, Charles Dance and Jack Gleeson still shine, Sophie Turner has really grown as an actress and the new characters make a strong impression, Pedro Pascal particularly note-worthy. Direction is fine.
Visually, "Two Swords" looks amazing. The scenery is throughout spectacular, the sets are hugely atmospheric and beautiful on the eyes with a real meticulous eye for detail and the costumes suit the characters to a tee. The make-up is beautifully done. The visual effects are some of the best of any television programme and are not overused or abused, the scale, the detail and how they actually have character and soul are better than those in a lot of the big-budget blockbusters. As well the cinematography and editing, which are cinematic quality as well.
One cannot talk about "Two Swords" without mentioning the thematically, orchestrally and atmospherically multi-layered music scoring and the unforgettable main theme. Again, worthy of a high-budget fantasy/action/drama film.
It is hard not to be bowled over by the quality of the writing, outstanding isn't a strong enough adjective to describe how good the writing is once again. It always has a natural flow, is layered and thought-provoking and demonstrates a wide range of emotions such as suspenseful tension, poignant pathos and witty humour. The story is paced beautifully, structured with such nuance and attention to coherence, a high emotional level and is done with intelligence, passion and sensitivity.
On the whole, great season opener if not quite a show high-point. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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