A sign of a good episode is the fact that when it ends you can scarcely believe that an hour has already passed. Well, almost an hour anyway. That’s how I felt last night at the end of “What Is Dead May Never Die”. There have been a few lags in the last two episodes, but as with last season, this season is picking up steam as the episodes and stories advance. I can’t imagine the planning and creative process behind trying to bring this world to life and have to fit it all into cohesive hour-long segments. It’s a gigantic undertaking and so far, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have done a spectacular job.
The first season started off strong and ended even stronger. I haven’t felt that kind of strength as much this season, but even with the small dips in the premier and second episode, they’ve been pretty solid so far. With the inclusion of new lands, new characters and expanding roles for supporting cast from the first season, time is limited. Unfortunately this means less screen time for some of our favorite characters (i.e. Robb, Daenerys). Neither of which were present in the most recent episode, which was a shame. However the episode didn’t suffer because of it thanks to Jon, Arya and Tyrion.