This is a selection of written recaps and reviews for the second episode of season 4, in which George R. R. Martin delivered sharp dialogue and a shocking conclusion that was easy to swallow for Sullied and Unsullied alike.
Sean T. Collins – Rolling Stone
If there’s a throughline for this episode…[it's] examining what people will endure to get what they want, or simply to survive.
James Hibberd – Entertainment Weekly
So at last we got what we wanted. But as always with Game of Thrones, we didn’t get what we wanted the exact way we wanted it.
Alyssa Rosenberg – Washington Post
Cruelty is the real theme of the episode, rather than the rather more obvious lesson that you never, ever want to go to a wedding in Westeros.
Todd VanDerWerff – A.V. Club
A; Joffrey’s wedding, known to book fans as the Purple Wedding (even though George R.R. Martin never calls it that in A Storm Of Swords), is the closest thing the Song Of Ice And Fire series has to a karmic balancing of the scales by this point in its run.
Charlie Jane Anders – io9
Don’t get too excited — the huge event at the end of last night’s outing changes nothing. Because the episode goes out of its way to show that we’ve only dealt with a symptom, not the disease.