There were enough escape and recapture escapades to fill a couple of feature films this week. And the photography of the snowy Icelandic locations was so stark and beautiful (You see what I did there?) that I really felt like I was watching a movie. But the talky character scenes reminded us that we were watching TV, where dialogue takes precedence over action.
Not that I mind, when it comes to GAME OF THRONES. The characterization is so deep and multilayered that it makes the action all the more impressive and meaningful because viewers have a stake in the outcome. We care about the Stark kids escaping, and resent the bumbling Theon, and root against Jamie Lannister, and root for Jon Snow and hate King Joffrey and love Tyrion, and feel sorry for Sansa because we know them.