Game of Thrones screeners have been showing up at critics’ doorsteps the past couple days and now the first review for season two is in! Entertainment Weekly’s Ken Tucker gives the show an ‘A-’ and has nothing but positive things to say in his review:
I’ve tried a little experiment: I had read the first volume of George R.R. Martin’s saga A Song of Ice and Fire (the source material for this series) before I watched the first season of GoT so I would be familiar with the vast array of characters and plots that would develop. But I intentionally did not read the epic’s second volume, A Clash of Kings, before watching the start of GoT season 2, because I wanted to see if I’d have trouble following the new intricacies.
And I’m here to report that my lack of homework in no way prevented me from becoming enthralled with this series all over again. That’s a testament to what adapters David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have accomplished in whittling down and reshaping Martin’s novels for weekly TV. It’s difficult enough to hook a viewer like me, who resists sprawling, noncontemporary narratives; it’s another level of pop culture wizardry to make such storytelling seem so vivid, so vital, and just plain fun. A-
Winter is Coming: Good stuff! Many of the tweets from TV critics and journalists have been very positive as well. Sounds like David & Dan have done it again!