Game of Thrones: Episode Four - Sons of Winter

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Dan Stapleton

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8.2 / 10.0
May 26, 2015

Game of Thrones: Episode 4 - Sons of Winter delivers a dose of of the action we've all been waiting for.

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8 / 10.0
May 28, 2015

Seeing the Forresters on the offensive delivers stressful excitement, and gives this lengthy story new life

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5 / 10
May 25, 2015

Game of Thrones' fourth episode prioritizes verbal sparring over the physical kind, slowing down the action and packing in new twists to tension's detriment.

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8 / 10.0
Jun 4, 2015

It's interesting that this episode came out so close to the last episode of the show, which is one of the best in the series. Game of Thrones as a sort of meta-property is doing very well.

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7 / 10.0
May 26, 2015

There aren't any heart-stopping moments or dramatic twists like there were in the early episodes, but Sons of Winter sets a good pace and keeps it up throughout the episode. It's great to see the continued focus on shrewdness over brute strength for most of the characters, especially considering House Forrester's situation in Westeros. What the family lacks in soldiers, it must make up for in cleverness. Being party to the events makes me feel clever, whether I truly have much of an effect or not.

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May 25, 2015

There's usually one episode in a Game of Thrones season where the numerous setups that the earlier episodes have built finally culminate into a payoff. For Telltale's adaptation, this is that episode.

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7 / 10
May 29, 2015

It's obvious now that Game of Thrones simply won't be as successful as Telltale's other series. It's been a worthy experiment, and there have been some enjoyable scenes in there, but it just misses the mark, featuring too many characters and not enough real substance. However, Sons of Winter is certainly a more enjoyable episode than the previous two, with some decent character development. It often gets to the point much quicker with a lot less filler in between, while also taking characters to new places and surprising you along the way as we head towards the series' conclusion.

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6.5 / 10.0
May 27, 2015

Backdrops still aren't easy on the eye, Gared's tale has dipped and it doesn't have the tension present in previous episodes, but Mira and Rodrik's gradual transformations are a delight, and Asher's narrative finally steps up.

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May 25, 2015

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series Episode 4 - Sons of Winter puts the series back on the right track, offering the same amazing writing, voice acting, and world, but with more progress and consequence to the proceedings.

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7.5 / 10.0
May 25, 2015

With just two episodes to go, Game of Thrones fans may soon get something for which they've been waiting years: A legitimate conclusion

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8 / 10.0
May 25, 2015

Sons of Winter continues the high quality set forth by the previous episode, as Game of Thrones now looks set to be on a consistent track. The plot's driving forth at an effective pace, the characters are each growing in their own unique ways, and things end in a way that promises a lot of huge things for episode five. If you've been following along with the series up to this point, you'll definitely be gripped by this one.

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Unscored
Jun 4, 2015

More than halfway through, Game of Thrones finally feels like its own story, not one trapped within the confines of another, and that's what makes "Sons of Winter" the best episode in the series yet.

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May 27, 2015

The fourth 'Game of Thrones' episode delivers plenty of exciting plot advancement, but gets hindered by repetitive quicktime scenes and questionable choices.

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Unscored
May 28, 2015

While we have two episodes left in the season/series, fans of the franchise know that there are going to be a few more downs and downs coming, but "Episode 4" grants a brief respite of optimism in a jaded, borderline nihilistic world. It stands as the high point of the series thus far and goes a long way to cement the experience as a "must play" for fans of Game of Thrones.

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7 / 10
May 28, 2015

A mid-season episode which keeps the narrative wheels turning, steps up the action in places, and (at last) gives the Ironrath Forresters some brief moments of triumph.

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Jun 4, 2015

Depending on your choices, "Sons of Winter" finally offers a payback for every loss the Forresters suffered. Every plotline lets the player experience a satisfying victory against your worst enemies - with the exception of Gared Tuttle, who is mostly setting up the North Grove story for next month. But with two episodes remaining and a last-second twist you might still lose it all - but it wouldn't be the Game of Thrones if you couldn't.

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7 / 10
May 27, 2015

Game of Thrones: Episode 4 - Sons of Winter doesn't hit quite the same highs as its immediate predecessor – but it's likely to prove the most impactful instalment to date. The decisions made this time around reek of future importance, and the impending doom for House Forrester seems closer than ever before – even if the overall story's pace has, once again, slowed just a tad.

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8 / 10.0
May 31, 2015

Sons of Winter maintains the good form of the previous episode by unloading plenty of tension, drama and action along the way. Roll on episode five.

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3.5 / 5.0
Jul 6, 2015

Overall, Sons of Winter focuses on moving the plot along but doesn't quite have the impact "Episode 1: Iron From Ice" and "Episode 3: The Sword in the Darkness." It appears to set up the table quite nicely for Episode 5, however, so it'll be interesting to see where the story moves on from here.

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May 27, 2015

While it's still a fun adventure, it's nowhere near as entertaining as the previous games in the series. At the same time, a weaker Telltale game is still a good one, but this time around, "Sons of Winter" will be most enjoyed by those who are in love with the series and not anyone looking for something different.

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