Game of Thrones: Episode Two - The Lost Lords
The Lost Lords neglects to advance the Forresters' story in meaningful ways as it introduces new characters.
Another uninspiring episode of nothing but filler and hopes for the future, although that's as much a criticism of episodic content as it is the game itself.
Telltale expertly toys with players' emotions. If you walk away from this episode with anything other than a sense of dread for House Forrester, you're playing it wrong
It's an enjoyable evening of gaming with a few hard decisions, but it demonstrates the hands tightening around the neck of House Forrester.
With the stage setting done, the second episode of Game of Thrones feels like something plucked straight from the source material--gut wrenching, tense, and bloody.
Episode 2 is effective in picking up where Episode 1 leaves off, but is content to mostly move the pieces around the board in an effort to setup the rest of the story. Though not nearly as shocking as the first episode, it nevertheless manages to raise the stakes at both Ironrath and King's Landing, setting the stage for a very interesting Episode 3. If the teaser is anything to go by, the next installment will prominently feature a wedding, and we all know how those go in Game of Thrones...
But as a game, we have yet to see whether the series will be forced to coil around a strict plotline where your decisions matters little. Lost Lords carries the torch from Iron from Ice—no more, no less.
Overall, The Lost Lords is a fine episode for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series, but it does not stand out. It is not exactly filler, but it does feel like it exists almost entirely as exposition, putting the pieces into place for all of the really exciting stuff to happen in a future episode. It does begin to demonstrate the far-reaching consequences of each character's choices, but it lacks the truly memorable scenes found in the first episode. If Iron From Ice felt like a punch to the gut, The Lost Lords is the throbbing pain afterward.
Ultimately, Game of Thrones will be measured as a complete series, and not every episode can be as good as the last. However, this episode is about as close to being filler as it gets for Telltale – sure, a couple of the plot threads are enjoyable, and one of the new characters is quite interesting – but these moments are few compared to the abundance of boring references and pointless tasks to be done. We could've got this one out of the way in well under an hour without all of the padding, and had a better time doing it.
While Cersei and Ramsay's omission is felt and backdrops still haven't improved on episode one, the story remains strong and Castle Black sticks out as a big highlight for Game of Thrones fans.