Review: Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 5 “Eastwatch”

Although the ending felt too much like an anti-climax, it was an effective tease with stunning cinematography and excellent writing to set up of the dynamic and comradery of the men going off to war. Furthermore, this episode felt like a landmark for Jon, as the character fully embraced his role and his confidence began to truly overshadow his past hesitations. Tyrion also was given superb resolution and arguable redemption, with an emotional performance from Peter Dinklage, that further tied past quarrels with present situations. Intersecting pieces were also relevant geographically, as the show continued to focus itself towards The Great War, with characters from differing locations and allegiances considering the dead beyond the wall, showcasing one of ‘Game of Thrones’s’ greatest themes in that events spiral across the land. While this episode didn’t quite have the energy or spell-binding bravado of those before it, its continual blurring of fantasy and history makes for compelling viewing. 8.9/10

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