Game of Thrones Season 3 – Episode 4 Review “And Now His Watch is Ended” – Visually Memorable, Narratively Messy
The internet is abuzz with insane praise for this episode. The AV club gave it an A, and IGN called it “The Best Season 3 Episode So Far.” While I was never bored with the episode, and the final scene is shocking and fantastic, I thought the overall storytelling and pacing was the worst in the season yet.
It has gotten to the point that there are so many new minor characters (Locke, Brotherhood Without Banners, Jojen Reed, Theon Greyjoy’s helper, the many men of the Night’s watch), and so many storylines to develop (about a dozen), that I felt that many scenes were underdeveloped. What is Locke’s motivation? Who is he allied with? Why is he humiliating Jamie this extremely? Other stories progressed too quickly. Khaleesi’s wonderful, massive-scale finale, which moved her story forward faster than the entirety of season 2, still felt rushed to me.