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Game of Thrones: The Lost Lords Review: The North Remembers

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With the first episode of Game of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series, Telltale Games showed that they were able to handle the political intrigue that both the books and the television series have been able to handle well. However, the episode leaned heavily on the performances of the actors from the television series who appeared and (sadly) didn’t develop the new characters as well as they could have.  The second episode, “The Lost Lords”, thankfully recenter’s the series on the Telltale created characters and in doing so, hits its stride in a massive way.

The events of “The Lost Lords” follow almost immediately after the events of the first episode, “Iron From Ice.” With the fairly shocking moment that happened at the end of the first episode, its fair to ask whether or not any moment is as shocking. While no single moment (SPOILER) is as shocking or as big as the death of a major character, the episode feels more well balanced throughout.

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This is, in no small part, thanks to the re-focusing on the Forrester family. Where “Iron from Ice tried to blend both the characters you already know with the newly introduced Forresters, “The Lost Lords only briefly shows those characters from the books and TV shows. Instead, it focuses on the interactions between the Forrester family and shows how every action they perform may have an impact on the other.

Added into the mix this episode is Asher Forrester, the member of the Forrester family who was exiled to Essos. While “Iron from Ice implied that he was a brutally violent person, in this episode, you get to see exactly how brutal he can be. The scenes with him are intense, showing that violent streak that the books are known for. He’s a welcome change of pace. While every other character lets karma slap them across the face, Asher stabs karma in the face with an axe.

However, the one issue that some might have with “The Lost Lords” is how brutally short it is. The whole episode can be completed in less than an hour and a half. While this is on par with many other Telltale episodes, you still are left wanting more. It also feels much shorter because of how quick the pacing is. It ends up making the episode feel full and action packed, but also tragically short.

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“The Lost Lords ends up feeling like Telltale has hit their stride. The new characters are well developed and the returning ones are given room to breathe. Telltale seems more confident in their story and, as a result, have given a far more unique episode than “Iron from Ice.” While “Iron from Ice had shock value, “The Lost Lords has character and makes it all that much more interesting as a result.

SCORE: 8.5 out of 10

A code for the complete season of Game of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series was provided to Pixel Related for review.

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