Thrones does it again! And the pressure’s on as we enter the final three episodes of this all-engrossing, epic masterwork! King Robert’s dead and Ned, trying to do the right thing, oversees Cersei’s ability to manipulate, lie, cheat, steal and make war. Meanwhile, the Lannisters are marching (led by Jaime) thanks to help from the formidable Lord Tywin Lannister and the opening scene between Tywin and his eldest son is worth the price of admission alone. Don’t miss it. Seriously, don’t miss it.

Across the pond, the Dothraki prepare to take on … the entire realm? Dragon eggs warming, a newly empowered Daenerys (after missing an assassination attempt in the market) at the helms and an utterly pissed off Khal Drogo ready to rip humans apart, all warpaths seem to lead to, well, war.

The Good:

  • The single beginning scene between Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) and his son Jaime is worth every penny of my HBO subscription.
  • Cersei demands more and more and more of the screen each time she acts alongside anyone. She is pure evil and Lena Headey is marvelous.
  • I loved Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen) from his days in The Wire. And his Little Finger continues to charm and surprise. What a great final scene with a great final line.
  • Just the notion that Arya was out of this episode intrigues me for what is to come for her. Can’t wait. For the record, she is my favorite character.

The Bad:

  • I can’t think of a time when I would want to, but if I ever wanted to watch a five-minute, girl-on-girl sex scene in mixed company, I wouldn’t turn on Game of Thrones.

Overall:

All roads lead to an epic finale as we enter the homeward stretch of HBO’s finest new show, “Game of Thrones” and its marvelous episode 7, “You Win or You Die”. And judging by the pace at which the storytelling, acting, writing, direction and art design is increasing, it’s only a matter of time before all of Season 1 is over and I’m helplessly sitting here waiting for more. Until then, I’m never trusting my Little Finger again.

Rating: 7/10