TV Review: Game of Thrones (Season 7, Episode 5)

★★★★★ – The tension continues to build in this week’s Game of Thrones, with story arcs weaving closer together in the wake of an undead army.

Forget those for the moment though. After last week’s intense dragon battle that we had all waited far too long for (I did my time, seven seasons of it!), it’s fair that this week was a little less war-heavy and returned to the plotting ways of Westerosi nobles across their respective kingdoms. Ravens seemed to be the stars of the show, bringing messages back and forth at supernatural speed – as well as a particular three-eyed variety remaining as creepy as ever.

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Review: Game of Thrones (Season 6, Episode 2)

★★★★★ – Death, decisions and drama put the second episode of the series in a whirlwind of landmark events – all leading up to one of the most exciting endings yet.

This review contains spoilers.

Bringing the series back to its renowned nail-biting intensity after last week’s frustratingly slow burn; episode two of Game of Thrones‘ sixth season throws so many new storylines into the mix, that it’s hard to know where to start. With death, gore, and enough surprises to keep you reeling until next week’s hit: ‘Home’ offers Game of Thrones’ best qualities – and most importantly, answers the critical questions that have been plaguing us all for months.

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Review: River (Series 1)

★★★★☆ – A gritty and unique presentation of one man’s struggle with grief, love and death. Interesting and touching – albeit a little cheesy in parts.

BBC’s River is a tumultuous ride through pain, mental illness and grief. With Stellan Skarsgard at his finest, playing the emotionally crippled detective John River, the series takes us through what it is like to lose someone close to you – and how close you may have actually been at all. With compelling performances from the entirety of the cast, and a pervasive gloomy tone that sets the scene for a host of brutal crimes, River provides a hauntingly effective police drama. Whilst there are a few downfalls and faults that can effect the immersion of the series, there is no denying that Abi Morgan has written a truly intriguing piece – one that offers as many questions about ourselves as it does of the characters.

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Review: American Horror Story: Hotel (Season 5, Episode 1)

★★★★☆ – American Horror Story‘s major drawing point for each series is its fresh and original approach to classic horror tropes; and Hotel promises to follow in the show’s success so far.

The on-going success of the American Horror Story franchise continues; with the new season introducing new actors, new characters and a beautiful, yet deadly, new setting. With no Jessica Lange this season, there was some skepticism over how the series would pan out – but from the looks of the opening episode ‘Checking In’, there is plenty to keep fans distracted from the lack of AHS’s leading star. With sex, violence and enough blood to turn even the most hardened stomach, Ryan Murphy has once again distilled the qualities that make AHS so easy to return to – whilst keeping it fresh and original with the plot.

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