In “Game of Thrones: The Wolf and the Lion” (Episode 5), the show remains as superlative as ever in its script, cinematography, and character development, but now there are sharp twists and turns in a momentously compelling plot. Expanding at an alarming rate, HBO’s incredible command of the material prevents the story from sprawling in incoherent directions, instead leaving the viewer sizzled and clamoring for more. It also features outstanding performances of Sean Bean as Ned Stark and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister.

The Good:

  • The House of Stark: Ever since the beginning, the Starks have been the most honorable characters on Thrones, but their integrity has begun to stand out more against the sinister schemers they encounter. You might say their morals are in ‘Stark contrast’ to the rest of this epic world.
  • Edge-of-your-seat suspense: There are so many exhilarating plotlines going on that it’s almost hard to keep track, or to wait for their resolution. Conflicts that had been brewing have effectively spilled over and overflowed to perilous levels. The Starks and Lannisters are now in full-blown war, with King Robert pissing himself in between.
  • Mind-blowing landscapes: In this episode, we get a taste of Eyrie, the one-time home of Lady Stark. Not only are the visuals mouthwateringly good, but we are introduced to one of the most unorthodox prison cells you will ever encounter: a cell carved into a steep cliff, with three massive windows tauntingly open on the edge-side: in other words, to escape through them would be to plunge to your death.

The Bad:

  • Two of the most compelling characters were left out of this episode: Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. When a show is this good, it’s slim pickings.

Rating: 9/10