Now that Season 1 is over, I want to do a general “season recap” that approaches the show from various angles. Using my 10 episode reviews to keep me organized, I went through the details as well as my impressions of each hour. In doing this Episode List Recap, I decided that Fire and Blood and The Golden Crown were the most flawless episodes. The three episodes between those two were also phenomenal, but I thought Episodes 7/8/9 each had something missing.
I think the acting was amazing in every episode. I could have listed it under “The Good” for each segment. Also, “The Good” section is by no means exhaustive; if I wrote down every praise I sing for this show, this post would be far too long!
*This post contains spoilers for each episode of Season 1 of Game of Thrones*
I’m not sure where to begin with this review. The season is over, and I cannot believe it. It feels like just yesterday that it was Christmastime, and the Game of Thrones teasers were flashing across the HBO airwaves, and I was burying myself in ASOIAF lore in an attempt to sustain my fangirlish hunger until the show debuted.
A few months later HBO announced the premiere date: April 17. But that was still months away, so I had to trudge through internet message boards and Tower of the Hand essays to get my fix. And then the first episode premiered, and nine more episodes came and went. The last ten weeks have flown by, and now we have to suffer through an entire year without any Thrones. As the opening credits played for the Season Finale, I experienced a Pandora’s Box of emotions: anticipation, pride, excitement, fear, grief, despair, and longing. The theme song, which in the very least deserves the over-used adjective “epic,” made me feel like I was finishing the first leg of a terribly fantastic adventure.
I’ve been breaking down my reviews by location/character, but in order to preserve the power of the finale, I have kept this one chronological.
*As usual, this post contains spoilers for the Episode 10 and the ASOIAF books.