Game of Thrones: Episode Five - A Nest of Vipers

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Dan Stapleton

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6.5 / 10.0
Jul 21, 2015

Game of Thrones Episode 5 takes a turn south with some out-of-character portrayals and lack of forward momentum.

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6 / 10.0
Jul 21, 2015

A disappointing chapter in an otherwise outstanding series

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7 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2015

'A Nest of Vipers' prioritizes the story over your choices

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9 / 10
Jul 20, 2015

Game of Thrones' fifth episode is a return to what we expect from something attached to the HBO series: bloodshed, intrigue, and bitter heartbreak.

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7 / 10.0
Jul 21, 2015

It's strange. Detailing all of A Nest of Vipers' parts makes it sound about average, if not even a little disappointing compared to the previous episode. But this one ends up working well as a cohesive unit, even if some pieces fall flat. This episode has its highs and its lows, but it still leaves an unforgettable impression.

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8 / 10
Jul 22, 2015

It's hard to say whether this episode of Telltale's Game of Thrones series is a genuine standout piece of work amongst their other stuff, or is simply elevated due to some of the other episodes in this series being far less exciting. Nevertheless, it's still a thrilling experience, and looks to be working towards a superb finale for the series.

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Jul 20, 2015

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series Episode 5 - A Nest of Vipers isn't the best episode of the flawed, but engaging series, but it is still up there with the best of them. A couple of issues persist, such as show characters causing narrative confusion, and one or two stories not really progressing all that much, but overall fans should find themselves happy with the direction the series is going.

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7.5 / 10.0
Jul 21, 2015

A vast improvement on episode four, and gets the series back to where it should be, containing emotional moments and lots of action.

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90 / 100
Jul 20, 2015

Despite the bugs and painful moments, I love the story that Telltale and I are weaving together. I'm always a sucker for characters, and I'll forgive even the weakest and dumbest plots if a storyteller delivers believable, likable (or understandably dislikable) people who I want to get to know better.

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6 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2015

Episode Six is going to have to pull out all the stops to regain the ground lost here. I'm hoping it does.

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8 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2015

The next-to-last episode of Telltale's take on George R.R. Martin's fantasy universe will leave you sweating over life and death decisions

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Unscored
Jul 27, 2015

Looking at the first half of Game of Thrones and comparing it to what it's become in the past two episodes, it's hard to deny that, despite a slow start, the series has truly come into its own.

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Jul 21, 2015

The penultimate episode of the first Game of Thrones season takes gamers on an emotional rollercoaster with devastating choices, exciting combat, and a pleasing plotline.

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Unscored
Jul 22, 2015

At this juncture, fans who've bought into this game series owe it to themselves to see it through, but I can't help but feel that Telltale is imitating the tantalizing and oft-parodied abuse of GRRM all too well. With the constant second guessing, heart-breaking choices, and general feeling of dread and terribleness, it's hard to see a positive outcome around the corner for the series... but that's to be expected. This is Game of Thrones, and when you play the game you either win or you die. With one episode left, I'd say that proposition is about a 50-50 bet.

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5 / 10
Jul 21, 2015

The penultimate episode of Game of Thrones is a bit of a mess. While there's a lot of meat in this instalment, it still ends up tasting a bit bland. Between oddly behaving characters, technical issues, and poor plotting, this feels like Telltale's least inspired release in some time.

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8 / 10.0
Jul 23, 2015

A Nest of Vipers keeps the story-telling train chugging along nicely whilst getting it closer to the endgame. Another good episode in the bag and leaves plenty to look forward to in the series finale.

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5 / 10
Jul 21, 2015

The penultimate episode of Telltale's Game of Thrones may be A Nest of Vipers, but, though it's consistently well-performed and presented throughout, this is looking like another series where the implied player agency lacks any real bite.

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3.5 / 5.0
Jul 27, 2015

I'm still hopeful for a fulfilling closure to the emotional roller coaster that the game has subjected players to so far. I just hope that it involves giving a dish to the Whitehills that's best served cold. Perhaps with a frozen cherry on top. Hey, Iron from Ice, man.

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Jul 21, 2015

With an increase in action, Game of Thrones: Episode 5 - A Nest of Vipers exists as an improvement over the series' recent episodes, and sets up a potentially grand finale with a shocking ending.

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8 / 10.0
Jul 21, 2015

With the arrival of the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones comes a rush of mixed feelings. I don't want it to be over, but House Forrester needs resolution.

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