Recap

Recap Round-up: “Walk of Punishment”

Here are some notable recaps and reviews of episode 23 of Game of Thrones:

Book Readers
Sean T. Collins – Rolling Stone
Myles McNutt – Cultural Learnings
James Hibberd – Entertainment Weekly
Alyssa Rosenberg – ThinkProgress
Scott Meslow – The Week
Todd VanDerWerff – A.V. Club
Sarah Hughes – The Guardian
James Poniewozik – Time
Charlie Jane Anders – io9
Elio Garcia – Westeros.org

New Viewers
Alan Sepinwall – HitFix
Andy Greenwald – Grantland
David Sims – A.V. Club
John Kubicek – Buddy TV
Brian Juergens – AfterElton

51 Comments

  • I can’t help but notice that none of these reviews so far have had anything critical to say about the song played during the credits, with some going so far as to praise it. And that includes Elio’s review. You know people are acting irrationally butt-hurt when even Westeros.org doesn’t think its a big deal.

  • Another one, mostly positive except for some issues with the Podrick plotline and this – “If there’s one type of storyline that ‘Thrones’ has had trouble with, it’s that staple of the fantasy genre: the quest. Throughout books and show alike, a high proportion of the duller narrative segments occur when some character sets off in search of someone or something.” http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/04/-i-game-of-thrones-i-s-problem-with-quests/274909/

  • Once agian, James Poniewozik explains the story and gives it a slant no one might have picked up on before. (well, maybe readers, but not non-readers). And Alan Sepinwall, a non-reader, GETS it. These two along with Sean Collins are my favorite recappers.

  • ptz:
    anyone have any clue why larry williams isnt doing thrones anymore?

    He’s still doing it, they just don’t link it here anymore.

  • Afor,

    Afor,

    are you sure? I cant find any season 3 reviews by him anywhere, just s1 and s2. He was hillarious to me, i miss his reviews. If you are positive he is still reviewing s3 help a brother out with a link.

  • “Joe dempsie as arya, maisie williams as gendry” Sean t. Collins, arent you a bit confused?

    That so funny!

  • Poniewozik makes an always welcome analogy to The Wire.

    In a way, it’s the kind of argument for the efficiency of ruthless market-based efficiency that Stringer Bell made in The Wire. Taking over the Barksdale gang, he tried (futilely) to show that there was more to be gained by running the drug war as a business than as a war of passion. In the same way, Jorah (a former slave trader) is arguing that the bloodless greed of the Astapori slavers, while cruel, has the by-product of creating soldiers who will not turn into beasts—even if they’re doing so not in the name of humanity but of making a more saleable product.

    Now, if only Omar could join the BwB. Ya feel me?

  • I’m pretty addicted to the non-reader recaps. I mean, I read them all either way, but I love to see into the mind of someone just getting this stuff for the first time. Unfortunately, that non-reader list seems to have really shrunk. I guess that’s a hazard of the show performing so well and inspiring its audience.

    Are there anymore non-reader recaps people enjoy? I’d take about anything, and hopefully Winter can link them in the future.

  • As others may have mentioned, the only REAL problem with the closing credits song was that the pirated version was messed up, and the song came in early (about 20 seconds before Jaime lost his hand) and ruined the whole scene. LOL.

  • Lex:
    As others may have mentioned, the only REAL problem with the closing credits song was that the pirated version was messed up, and the song came in early (about 20 seconds before Jaime lost his hand) and ruined the whole scene. LOL.

    And that is a problem… how, exactly? Is HBO supposed to ensure that pirated copies are pristine? :D

    Beggars can’t be choosers.

  • Gotta say, I’m highly impressed by Beniof’s direction this ep … much better than the first two if I’m honest!

    The one-take shot at the start, the small council scene, the Theon chase, the ending… all superb! Hope he directs more!

  • I was very impressed by this episode, and it seems that many reviewers were impressed as well. Hopefully we will see more of Benioff’s touch later in the series.

    Overall, this was a thoughtful and well-written batch of reviews.
    Even Elio Garcia seemed to be won-over by this episode, and only spent a page or so ranting about changes from the book. ; )
    Larry Williams also seems to have found interest in the series again and had great insight into this episode.

  • Archmaester:
    Gotta say, I’m highly impressed by Beniof’s direction this ep … much better than the first two if I’m honest!

    The one-take shot at the start, the small council scene, the Theon chase, the ending… all superb! Hope he directs more!

    Agreed! I thought the direction was excellent – the Theon scenes and the funeral stood out in particular for me as well.

  • Lex:
    As others may have mentioned, the only REAL problem with the closing credits song was that the pirated version was messed up, and the song came in early (about 20 seconds before Jaime lost his hand) and ruined the whole scene. LOL.

    No, that’s not the only “real” problem with it. I didn’t know that had happened until I came to the site. I hated it when I watched the show last night.

  • Jayne,

    Thanks! Wired’s “Game of Thrones” tag is stuffed with goodies–I spend way too much time on there.

    Jen,

    You’re quite welcome–if you have time, check out their other recaps this season. They’ve all been really excellent.

  • I thought that whole ending scene was done to perfection. The way the song harked back to earlier on when the northerners were singing it, and the punk style kind of welcomed you back to reality. This episode just felt really enjoyable, in a brutal way.

  • These guys should definitely be added to the round-up, even if they release their show a few days after the episode. It’s three non-readers and one reader (usually; the ‘cast’ has rotated), and it’s usually very entertaining and somewhat enlightening (in terms of non-reader reaction). My favorite recap/review, along with Anime Real Talk.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVuzGHVZFHs

  • Some nice video/audio recappers:

    Anime Real Talk:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bObHUAoBlZI
    Geek Mom Tea Party:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wgeCA1cLrA
    Sci Fi Christian:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_HR35ZPLIw
    A Cast of Kings:
    http://www.slashfilm.com/game-of-thrones-podcast-s3e03-walk-of-punishment/
    Jinishma:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=491uJOua3g8

    The Sci Fi Christian has changed a lot, the newbie gone and replaced with two book readers. They all smoke pipes and drink ale in a room filled with 300 and Braveheart posters. And they agree too much. I’ve come up with my own personal narrative in my head where the newbie Matt left over religious objections to the sex and violence, and the remaining host Ben tries to ground his love for the show in bro-ishness, alcohol and smokes.

    Also in the I-need-to-get-a-life section, the slashfilm duo ended their last episode by answering a reader question about if they have ever dated.

  • can we also make a curtain call?

    Curtain Call: Kingslayer’s Hand =)

    the hand that stabbed aerys but now that i think of it, he used his left hand to push bran. i can’t recall what he used in the books

  • Nick Larter,

    Ah, thank you, ser. Loved his reviews last season, but couldn’t find him since he moved.
    Skipjack,
    He’s a non-reader, and among the most entertaining reviewers I’ve read.

  • Khal-A-Bunga:
    These guys should definitely be added to the round-up, even if they release their show a few days after the episode. It’s three non-readers and one reader (usually; the ‘cast’ has rotated), and it’s usually very entertaining and somewhat enlightening (in terms of non-reader reaction). My favorite recap/review, along with Anime Real Talk.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVuzGHVZFHs

    I totally agree! Those and AfterElton are the ones I watch/read each week.

  • Onion Knght:
    I can’t help but notice that none of these reviews so far have had anything critical to say about the song played during the credits, with some going so far as to praise it. And that includes Elio’s review. You know people are acting irrationally butt-hurt when even Westeros.org doesn’t think its a big deal.

    Couldn’t agree more with this

  • Larry is actually really good this week, just watch the last bit! I missed the old Larry, he’s back :)

  • Khal-A-Bunga:
    These guys should definitely be added to the round-up, even if they release their show a few days after the episode. It’s three non-readers and one reader (usually; the ‘cast’ has rotated), and it’s usually very entertaining and somewhat enlightening (in terms of non-reader reaction). My favorite recap/review, along with Anime Real Talk.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVuzGHVZFHs

    Just checked out the link. After watching, totally agree… these guys should be added to the regular rotation. Great recap!

  • seriously, why the hell is larry williams not linked here anymore? the site just stopped linking his reviews with no notice or reason? or did i miss the explanation? either way that’s pretty weak. guess GoT coverage is like a real game of thrones, you just can’t trust your alliances, huh.

  • If there were still any rantings or doubts that the producers don’t “get” this series, this episode should hopefully shut them up. Superb direction, wonderful writing, clever editing (That ending! The song!). Not to mention, this episode probably had the most book-reader in-jokes and shout-outs, with the infamous Meereense Knot fittingly rechristined as a sex position, the Iron Bank of Braavos, and a lot more I can’t remember. Amazing episode.

  • The Ghost of Renly B:
    seriously, why the hell is larry williams not linked here anymore? the site just stopped linking his reviews with no notice or reason? or did i miss the explanation? either way that’s pretty weak. guess GoT coverage is like a real game of thrones, you just can’t trust your alliances, huh.

    Don’t overthink the reason. Notice that this season (so far) they don’t link to *any* youtube reviews – just written reviews from ‘established’ critics.

  • Thanks for including the AfterElton gay-themed review. Though his reviews aren’t as insightful as some of the others, they are loaded with clever pop culture wisecracks. “Talisa Milano” LOL

  • The reviews at Nik at Nite are great too, though they usually take a couple of days to appear. They include back-and-forth commentary by Nikki, a non-book reader, and Chris, a book reader. Chris is careful not to spoil, but answers Nikki’s questions about background and compares how the show did things differently to the book here and there (so it’s not for the 100% Unsullied). The link to the last episode review is:

    http://nikkistafford.blogspot.com/2013/04/game-of-thrones-303-walk-of-punishment.html

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