Game of Thrones - Episode 4: Sons of Winter
Telltale's Game of Thrones series has been a thrill ride from the beginning. I've painstakingly made my way through every episode from the beginning, waiting breathlessly until the next installment of the story, and while I haven't agreed with some of the decisions I've been forced to make throughout, it's easily been one of the best experiences I've had with Telltale's stable of adventure games beyond The Wolf Among Us.
Checking In With the Fam
Episode 4 picks up right where Episode 3 left off, where Asher Forrester had just reached Daenerys Targaryen to request the aid of some of her sellswords, but Daenerys isn't hearing it. We're given some privileged information as far as Beshka and why she's not so interested in coming to Meereen or going near it in the first place, and as you're all but forced to aid Dany and her troops in liberating the slaves from their masters in the city, you become entangled within her sordid past, which I wasn't very interested in, as I've not been a very big fan of Beshka's from the beginning.
Meanwhile, you've got to come to terms with your actions with Britt in Episode 3. Some very important events will occur here, but Jon Snow will have some choice words for you if you did indeed decide to "dispose" of Britt thanks to his actions with your family. Jon's actions are a bit cryptic here, especially given the fact that, as we all know, he's been a bit spastic with his obligations to the Night's Watch as well, but justice must be served for the sake of the storyline.
Don't forget about Mira Forrester at King's Landing, however, as she has to find a way to sneak into Tommen's coronation feast to see what's going on with those plotting against her house.
Getting Down To Business
The game truly shines when it finally circles back around to the North, where Elaena Glenmore has brought news to our hero Rodrick, specifically the fact that Lord Whitehill is all but forcing Elaena to marry Gryff Whitehill, the heathen from the last episode who pushed Rodrik's face into the dirt and made him feel lower than dirt. There's the opportunity during this encounter to make Gryff suffer for all the pain he's caused Rodrik and his family, but the vindication does come at a price, as the later parts of the episode do reveal as you finish up the installment.
Still, it's an engaging adventure that's been asking you to make some of the toughest possible decisions you could in the grand scheme of things, and because of that (and the outcomes with the Whitehills) this has been the best episode of the series thus far. While Daenerys seemed needlessly standoffish and there was a little too much time spend on infiltrating Meereen, the rest of the drama-rich segments more than made up for it.
Get Caught Up Now!
This was by far one of the most engaging installments of the series that I've had the pleasure of playing through, and I'm on pins and needles to see what ends up happening in the last two episodes. If you've not yet been convinced to give this one a try, you might want to get caught up just so you can experience this one.