'The Watchers on the Wall' Round-Up: Heroes, Heartbreak and Hope

'The Watchers on the Wall' Round-Up: Heroes, Heartbreak and Hope

"This is the most intense piece of filming I've done for 'Game of Thrones,' " actor Kit Harington declares about the Battle of Castle Black. The episode's velocity resonated with critics: Entertainment Weekly calls 'The Watchers on the Wall' "an intense rousing hour of heroism and heartbreak that set a new bar for what this show – and TV – can do."

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'Mockingbird' Round-Up: The Scars of Child's Play

'Mockingbird' Round-Up: The Scars of Child's Play

 By Katie M. Lucas

This Sunday's 'Game of Thrones' examines childhood trauma, in the way the show's children "have been robbed of their youth," The Washington Post notes, and how "grown-ups everywhere seem to be caught in their pain, and taking it out on everyone around them." Both these elements converge in the Eyrie for Sansa.

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'The Laws of Gods and Men' Round-Up: Trial and Error

'The Laws of Gods and Men' Round-Up: Trial and Error

Many characters bore witness this week – but the most meaningful testimony came during Tyrion Lannister's trial for regicide. "The Shae testimony is the turning point of the entire season for Tyrion," Peter Dinklage says in a cast commentary on HBO's Viewer's Guide. His former lover's statement "is what really puts him over the edge," D.B. Weiss explains in this week's Inside the Episode: "It pushes him into the kind of immoderate, passionate behavior that he occasionally veers into."

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'Oathkeeper' Round-Up: Questions of Danger and Destiny

'Oathkeeper' Round-Up: Questions of Danger and Destiny

By Katie M. Lucas

This week's episode shares its name with Brienne's new sword. Time suggests that by "giving his sword to someone who can use it better and telling Brienne that she at least should keep her own oath," Jaime "can outsource his honor." The A.V. Club writes that for both characters, this promise "is what propels them forward, the constant that gives their lives meaning, even when what drove that oath in the first place is robbed of what it once was." 

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