Film and TV

Game of Thrones: "Garden of Bones"

There are table-setting episodes, and there are table-setting episodes.

HBO has -- by necessity -- had to cram a lot of activity into each of this season's installments. Four kings are vying for the Iron Throne, after all, and there are attendant subplots and intrigues aplenty. That said, last night's ep took a bit of a breather, moving the pieces into place for the various contenders and preparing for the second half of the season.

Even so, "Garden of Bones" ended on what Rick from Casablanca might have referred to as a "wow finish." Though some today are probably referring to it more accurately as an "eww finish."

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Peter Vonder Haar writes movie reviews for the Houston Press and the occasional book. The first three novels in the "Clarke & Clarke Mysteries" - Lucky Town, Point Blank, and Empty Sky - are out now.
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