Both of the Hollywood trades have published their reviews for season two of Game of Thrones and both of them love what they’ve seen from the first four episodes.
Brian Lowry of Variety writes:
“Thrones” creates such a rich visual feast — replete with plenty of gratuitous nudity and blood-letting — as to almost obscure its fundamental storytelling pleasures, which are as much a mob drama as anything else, having traded bullets for broadswords. By that measure, this really might the closest spiritual heir to “The Sopranos” HBO has delivered since the show’s notorious whiteout.
While Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter says:
Ah, but from the fantasy realm comes a legitimate contender in HBO’s Game of Thrones, which received a best drama nomination in its freshman season of 2011. The epic series, based on the collection of books from George R.R. Martin, created an amazingly ambitious worldview and supplied it with a vast array of complicated and nuanced characters. The result was a series that immediately put itself in the discussion as one of the best shows on television, a rare and lightning-fast emergence.
On April 1, Game of Thrones returns for its second season and impressively cements the reputation it earned when it burst onto the scene. The first four episodes are rich in storytelling and action and ambition — a thrilling return to brilliance.
Winter Is Coming: More glowing reviews? What else is new. But seriously, if you aren’t totally hyped for season two by now, you may want to check your pulse.