The Watchers On The Wall Review

This review has been a long time in the making but here it is at last. Since I watched the last season of Game of Thrones (Season 4) I have been wanting to put my own opinion across about episode 9. The title of the episode and also this blog gives a hint as to what the episode dealt with but as I know that not everyone can keep thoroughly up-to-date with TV programmes I will deign to give any spoilers so that anyone can read this.

I think it would be good to start this off saying that I have read all of the books prior to the creation of the TV series so there have been some aspects of the filming of which I have been annoyed but then other areas I have found myself contented. That being said I was really happy with the episode in question as it dealt with an area of the story that I felt needed a lot of time and focus.

When the episode first aired there was some criticism of it only focusing on one thing instead of showing us the multi-narrative that has been used for the rest of the series but I applaud this move. In my opinion this was a crucial element to the story and not something that should be done in small scenes whilst other things are happening at the same time. It needed to be shown in it’s entirety so as not to accidentally confuse the audience. It also allowed people to focus on the enormity of the event that was taking place and didn’t make it seem insignificant.

I feel this technique could be used in future episodes to capture the true feelings of the characters in these situations and also to show the scenes in the most amount of detail as possible. However, I do know that it is unlikely to happen too often as then the story arc would be unable to progress at its current speed.

Rating: 5/5 stars

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