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Game of Thrones - (S02E07)

Fantasy . Adventure . Action & Adventure . Drama . Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Jamie meets a distant relative. Daenerys receives an invitation to the House of the Undying. Theon leads a search party. Jon loses his way in the wilderness. Cersei counsels Sansa.

Episode Title: A Man Without Honor
Airs: 2012-05-13 at 21:00
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    The production has a satisfyingly brooding, ominous look and it's possible to see the basic appeal for role-players and other fans of a realm that provides a limitless playing field for their own imaginations. Thrones also has wolf pups, which is always cool. But then we're back to the familiar favorites of the infantile.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Hal Boedeker

    The epic fantasy series is lavish, violent and often quite nasty. Most crucially, this adaptation of George R.R. Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" book series is unnecessarily difficult to follow.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Ginia Bellafante

    If you are not averse to the Dungeons & Dragons aesthetic, the series might be worth the effort. If you are nearly anyone else, you will hunger for HBO to get back to the business of languages for which we already have a dictionary.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    But oh the machinations. And diversions. And overly long, leisurely scenes that keep sinking Game of Thrones into a quicksand of its own making.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Those who love the books will probably geek out on the series. The rest of us may have a harder time sitting through Game of Thrones.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    For the nongeeks among us, watching HBO's sprawling new fantasy drama Game of Thrones is the epic TV version of trying to sort out the Middle East. That doesn't make it a bad show, and certain elements like the production can be savored by all.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    While the first episode is a solid and visually rich scene-setter for the tale to come, there's a lot of dry, sometimes clunky exposition to get through before the story really gets going in the fifth episode, which is far and away the best hour of Game of Thrones I've seen.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Phillip Maciak

    The narrative structure of the series is not at all as ambitious as its price tag may suggest. Benioff and Weiss have chosen the easiest way to tell this story, and the show suffers from it. Following from that stunning close-up that opens the show, Game of Thrones does its best work in the close-up mode. The reason to keep watching this show lies in a handful of intricately drawn, engagingly performed characters.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Game of Thrones is a show worth watching based on a book worth reading.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    All of which is to say that even for the most open minds, Game of Thrones can be a big stein of groggy slog. On the plus side, the first six episodes are impressively free of sorcery and special effects, and instead rely on the stuff of any deeply dark HBO epic: corruption, deceit, illicit sex (incest in this case), unflinchingly gory violence, and a willingness to kill off a prominent character or two in the service of plot.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    You can't just watch this series. You have to commit to it, the way you had to commit to "The Wire" or "Deadwood" to appreciate them as something other than impenetrable fetish objects. Bear in mind I'm not saying that Game of Thrones is a creative achievement on the same level as those other masterful HBO series, which looked, moved and felt like nothing that had come before.

    Salon Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    It's all very well told and well acted, but those who insist on comparing it to The Lord of the Rings are setting up expectations Game cannot possibly match.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    A grand soap opera of epic proportions, Game of Thrones can be a bit talky in some episodes, but the series draws a viewer in with well-defined characters and a multitude of simultaneous stories whose plot turns are generally unpredictable.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    The art direction, acting and incredible sets are as breathtaking as the massive scope of the series. A bit slow at first, but it's a grabber once you get into it.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Paige Wiser

    The kingdoms are gorgeous to look at, down to the last loving detail - you could be entertained just by watching for the inventive suits of armor. The violence is spectacular; the sex is twisted. The producers even had a language invented for the Dothraki, which should please the Dungeons and Dragons crowd.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    The characters are so richly-drawn, and so wonderfully-played, that the exposition ultimately isn't that great a stumbling block. I wanted to know more about these characters, and within an episode or so was eager for any bit of backstory that helped better clarify all the relationships.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Game of Thrones excels on multiple levels--with its splendid ensemble cast (able to sell even the clunkier fantasy dialogue), intricate palace machinations, sly humor and growing sense of inevitable conflict. The production's look is a wonder, showcasing a variety of environments (lensing was in Northern Ireland and Malta) and ornate sets and costumes that approximate the feel of a theatrical blockbuster.

    Variety Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    The gloriously bloody and depraved spirit of the novels is intact and even enhanced.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Chris Conaton

    Densely plotted and epic in scope, full of graphic violence and lots of sex, it's tremendously entertaining.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Rick Porter

    It's stunningly rendered and very well-acted, and though the first few episodes have a tendency toward telling rather than showing, the pace rarely feels slack.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Watching Game of Thrones is like falling into a gorgeous, stained tapestry. This epic, unflinching fantasy noir takes our preconceptions of chivalry, nobility and magic and gets medieval on them.

    Time Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Stick with it. Free your eyes to take in the spectacle, and your brain will magically start following the intricate storytelling. And there's a magical realism to Game of Thrones.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    I mostly loved Game of Thrones, but occasionally grew a little weary of it as well. (And just to answer the obvious question, this is not a small-screen "Lord of the Rings.")

    Newsday Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    This dwarf [Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage)] has game--and so does this fabulous dark fable. Dig in.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Ultimately, though, even with the fantasy, Game of Thrones feels like a historical medieval saga. It's a royal, and royally good, round of musical chairs.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Though some of the visual cues will be very familiar to fans of "Lord of the Rings" or even "The Tudors," Game of Thrones quickly finds that rare alchemy of action, motivation and explanation, proving, once again, that the epic mythology remains the Holy Grail of almost any medium.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    There's a real allure to costume-dramas that pair dense mythology with all of the crowd-pleasing elements of war, honor, pride, lust, power and, yes, even humor. Thrones has all of those in spades and supports them with exceptional storytelling, strong writing, superb acting and some stunning visual effects.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    What's amazing is how quickly it all falls into place--the show goes like a shot. [25 Apr 2011, p.43]

    People Weekly Full Review
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