Game of Thrones: Episode Four - Sons of Winter
Summary: Game of Thrones: Episode Four - Sons of Winter does help move this Telltale developed series' story along, however, it lacks the strong moments of prior episodes and simply sets up the stage for later entries
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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.
Narratively, Sons of Winter is a definite improvement over the earlier episodes, and has a much easier, confident pace.
A major improvement on past episodes, but the narrative arc is hard to distinguish and there's too much thematic crossover with the series. Game of Thrones looks and acts the part but lacks 'water-cooler' moments that shock and provoke discussion.
Despite having some odd reactions from both Dany and the Night's Watch, this episode has plenty of action and story progression that keeps the player interested in the fate of the Forresters.
Episode four, Sons of Winter is arguably the most intense episode yet from Telltales Game of Thrones, from start to finish, you will be questioning every choice made and you will live to regret some in the heat of the moment. Business is certainly picking up in the game of politics.
Game of Thrones is really beginning to kick in to high gear as things start to possibly look up for the Forresters in Sons of Winter, but most importantly the characters start to get much-needed shots in the arm.
Game of Thrones: Episode Four - Sons of Winter again meets the high quality set by previous episodes. The superbly written characters continue to keep people truly invested in their stories and the choices are really beginning to show just how much player choice can influence the tale. This and Tales from the Borderlands are fantastic examples of just why Telltale's games are so well loved.
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.
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.
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.