The reviews for season two of Game of Thrones continue to come in and most are positively glowing. I’m not going to try and link to all of them, but here are some notable ones.
Mo Ryan of The Huffington Post writes in her season two review:
It’s gratifying to be able to say that the first four hours of Season 2 of “Game of Thrones” are far more elegant and engaging [than early Season 1 episodes]. It helps that most of the characters are already established, but there’s more to it than that; the confidence and dexterity that were on display in the second half of Season 1 are even more in evidence in Season 2. The show occasionally felt weighted down by expectations in its first season, but it demonstrates a lighter touch this year
Alan Sepinwall has this to say in his review for HitFix:
The show feels more confident in many other ways. It’s smoother in transitioning from character to character, city to city, even as it has to do it more quickly than ever before. (The one major returning character who seems to suffer a bit is Daenerys, as her appearances in the early going tend to be brief, and still a continent away from the rest of the action.) It’s even more willing to use humor to keep the fantasy elements from seeming ponderous, while being bolder in its depiction of the magical side of things. (Among other things, I finally understand what the big deal is with the direwolves.)
Lori Rackl of The Chicago Sun-Times admits to becoming a fan this season, after not watching season one:
When the screener for hotly anticipated season two landed in my mailbox, I figured I’d try an experiment: Could a “Thrones” virgin jump in at the start of the second season and a) have any idea what’s going on and b) become hooked?
The answer to “a” is kind of; for “b,” definitely.
After watching the season two premiere, I camped out on my couch that weekend and plowed through season one. Not because I had to, although it certainly cleared up a lot of questions. I did it because I wanted to, because this season’s premiere was so engrossing I had to know the narrative that led up to it.
Verne Gay of Newsday calls Thrones TV’s best drama:
“Thrones” is the rarest of the rare — a TV show with lofty intellectual ambitions that manages to be entertaining and even strangely relevant at the same time. How so? Think of “Game of Thrones” as a long meditation on opposites — light and darkness, north and south, night and day, fire and ice, realism and magic, true gods (and kings) and false idols, country and city, good and evil — and how these rule human affairs, notably the quest for power. That’s your connective thread, or (better yet) your flashlight, as you pick your way through the dark mysterious byways of this thrilling series.
David Hinckley of the NY Daily News seems to like the show, despite its complexity:
“Game of Thrones” still isn’t for everyone, and viewers just arriving Sunday for the premiere of season two should budget extra time to figure out the back story. But for fans of fantasy-world drama, “Game of Thrones” has a coherence on multiple levels that was missing in a similarly ambitious project like “Terra Nova.” You just wish sometimes that the players would wear numbers so you could buy a program to help keep them straight. Then, too, the players keep changing, because the show keeps killing them off. Human life is cheap on “Game of Thrones.”
While Neil Genzlinger of the NY Times finds the show confusing AND somewhat beneath him:
Some people love this kind of stuff, of course, and presumably those addicted to the George R. R. Martin books on which the series is based will immerse themselves in Season 2, just as they did in Season 1. Will anyone else? You have to have a fair amount of free time on your hands to stick with “Game of Thrones,” and a fairly low reward threshold. If decapitations and regular helpings of bare breasts and buttocks are all you require of your television, step right up.
Winter Is Coming: Great reviews! Well, except for that NY Times one. How out-of-touch does that guy sound? The show doesn’t have an audience outside of book fans and D&D nerds? Tell that to the HBO execs, who are currently swimming in piles of money earned off of this show.