• Liam Argent

    Seriously I don’t want to sound mean or anything, but I really think you should stop reviewing this show! I mean I personally think this series has been fantastic so far other than the Dorne stuff in episode 1. You are such a downer on this show and honestly feel that I wouldn’t give most mediocre shows a 2 out of 10. Under the Dome for instance was normally 4 to 6 with the occasional 2. Game of Thrones is such an immaculately made show, that while doesn’t have quite the same height of a Breaking Bad, it more than makes up for it with wonderful characters and impressive productions.

    • Mark McCullough

      so instead I am using a slightly different scoring system where a 5/10 represents what I consider average for a Game of Thrones episode

      I’m scoring the show against itself because of how unique it is. I don’t really understand your response to this as no other show would be scored in the same way?

      • Liam Argent

        Sorry I read everything except what was at the bottom. I think this is a good idea, although might I suggest putting this at the top so people know straight away before reading review whilst wondering why it has a 4/10. Based on your system I’d give it a 7 out of 10.

    • ShalkaDoctor

      Agreed. I almost wonder if they were this way to provoke a reaction. No other show on this site gets this level of scrutiny.

      • Liam Argent

        I do agree with this. In this tough climate where adblockers are ruining any revenue these sites could be getting from hits, they have to try extra to hard. Being controversial certainly works, but pisses people off!

        • ShalkaDoctor

          And what better way than to target the most critically acclaimed show on TV right now…

          • TardisBoy

            I’m sorry but this is all laughable and idiotic. Mark’s views, and any other article or review on this site, do not reflect the views of the moderators/site owners. It’s just a flipping review by a voluntary contributor – not some attack designed by the creators of this site to discredit the show.

          • Liam Argent

            Well obviously, its not exactly hurting anyone is it. It seems to be his own prerogative to review the show this way. Hits are never a bad thing. Don’t be so close minded. Nothing is black and white. Just citing my opinion. No need to get all defensive! I’m sure Mark has balls of steel and can take the small amount of criticism I’m throwing his way. I’m not trying to upset the guy. Like anyone on the internet. You take the criticism you find constructive and throw away the rest.

        • The Oncoming Hurricane

          Mark is not a moderator of this site, there is no editorial decree coming down. As a friend, I’ve seen him work through his criticisms and problems (and yes, high points) before he decides what to score and what to say.

          This is a frankly a ridiculous conspiracy.

          • Liam Argent

            It’s not a conspiracy or a negative thing per say. It’s just a fact you faced with on the internet these days. Its always been around, its just more prominent now due to adblockers and sites needing more hits. Not to say its true of Mark and the way he reviews things, but when things are the way it is, it does seem interesting that he took this approach. Perhaps Game of Thrones would be better suited to being reviewed without a score altogether.

  • TheCyberDoctor

    Brilliant review Mark! I really don’t get why people keep critisizing you for “not following the general consensus”, its just ridiculous. Scoring the show against itself is actually a great idea, as otherwise the rating is limited. It is an average episode of GoT, but when compared with other shows its probably a 7 or an 8. So, based on your system, I’d give it a 6/10.

  • ShalkaDoctor

    No comment on the King’s Landing scenes? Still that’s the least of the problems here.

    It’s clear at this point you are going to be ridiculously harsh every single week and therefore it’s probably time for me to stop reading them. No offense Mark, but these just are not enjoyable for me as a fan to read. I would just rather read from someone who is still seems to be enthused with the show. It seems you are probably a bit jaded, or just expect far too much to happen this early. Even using your score system I wouldn’t go lower than a 7/10 for this one.

    • TardisBoy

      So you’re only going to read the reviews that just gush praise about the show? You’re not going to read any that have a different opinion to you? Even though the whole point of a review is to critically evaluate the thing you are viewing; which Mark has done? Lol k.

      • ShalkaDoctor

        Hold your “lols,” dear. Did I say actually say I wanted just praise? I don’t mind criticism at all, but give praise where it is due. These feel overly harsh every week based on my and most other fan’s viewing experiences if you look around the web. So far Mark rarely expresses much enthusiasm for the show, even on moments the fanbase at large are cheering at this year. It seems his most common complaint so far is that “nothing happens” yet the show has never been like that in all seasons. Moments like the Red Wedding and Jon battling White Walkers worked so
        well because the show slowly builds up to it so it hits you like a truck when it arrives.

        • TardisBoy

          So you want Mark to change his views so they match up with yours and other fans opinions of the show? Mmmm, kay. That’s really not how it works, dear.

          • ShalkaDoctor

            Again I didn’t say that. Stop putting words in my mouth. The hostility really doesn’t suit you TardisBoy.

          • TardisBoy

            I’m not putting words in your mouth, it’s literally what you’ve just put. You want Mark to share the same enthusiasm about certain plot developments that have you and other fans excited. And when he doesn’t do that, because he doesn’t like it, you call him harsh and express your distaste for his reviews – when he’s just expressing his opinion…which, you know, are allowed to be different from the general fanbase.

          • ShalkaDoctor

            If you put your name up there slagging off the show every week, expect a reaction. I’m perfectly allowed to express distaste for his reviews. As I am
            perfectly entitled to stop reading them if I feel they are harsh for
            harsh’s sake. Your problem is you turn my arguments into patronising
            soundbites and end with things like “lol k”.

          • The Oncoming Hurricane

            He slagged the show off last week? I thought he gave it a 7/10? Mercy me.

          • ShalkaDoctor

            It’s still the lower end on the spectrum of praise, and it’s just the overall take away that the reviews are more about what he thinks didn’t work, rather than what did. Where’s the balance?

          • TardisBoy

            Maybe because in his opinion there wasn’t much that did work… ???

          • ShalkaDoctor

            Ok it’s clear this is going nowhere now. I’m getting a bit bored just
            arguing with Mark’s friends (who turn up each week to defend him),
            rather than him arguing for himself.

  • The Fabulous Administrator

    Rickon didn’t come from nowhere. When we last saw him in Season 3, Osha is taking him to Last Hearth; the home of the Umbers a family loyal to the Starks. In this episode, the Umbers betray the Starks and hand Rickon over due to Jon, a Stark, letting Wildlings through the wall. Rickon rejoining the plot fits with the books (a certain character sets off to find Rickon in the most recent book).