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The only sure thing about a Game of Thrones series is the way it builds towards an epic finale, which means this penultimate episode has the job of putting the finishing touches to a climatic build that has really escalated after experiencing episode four’s terrific offering. So let’s take a look at whether Telltale Games’ Game of Thrones’ latest episode, A Nest of Vipers, manages to deliver…

Except on the technical side, everything about episode four was of a high quality that had only been seen in short supply previously. Once again, the main controllable cast came through it without getting axed despite being in deadly situations such as the seizing of Meereen or talking their way into trouble at King’s Landing. Rodrik took a stand that may or may not payoff in the near future whilst Asher did what was necessary to potentially earn the trust of Daenerys Targaryen and an army. As usual Mira was causing a scene and Gared’s journey to the North Grove led him straight to a few combatant wildlings.

That roughly gets us up to speed for episode five, “A Nest of Vipers”, and ready to delve back into Meereen where Asher needs warriors to take back to Westeros for House Forrester in order to help his family. Even though it isn’t the only interactive fight scene of the episode, once again Asher participates in the best of the bunch to prove his worth to a new character. With more of his classic banter and him being able to wield a variety of weapons throughout, it proves to be an exciting encounter.

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Do you remember when I disliked Mira Forrester? Well there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is I still can’t stand her, but the good news is it’s now because of her character traits and conniving ways rather than the reason just being that she was boring and bland. Mira will stab anyone in the back to get her own way and it seems that Cersei has noticed this as she sees an opportunity to use Mira; as you can gather this probably won’t end well for one of them. At least it brings about a catch up with good old Tyrion Lannister.

You can count on Rodrik’s story arc to provide a couple of heartfelt scenes and once more I was not disappointed. Ramsay Snow was waiting for Rodrik to get back from his ‘peace talks’ which ensures mind games are to follow. It leads to some distressing violence (only made easier to watch by the not so realistic art style) and an aftermath that makes you feel sorry for Rodrik whilst at the same time impressing you with his all-round toughness.

Does the North Grove exist? Gared still doesn’t know for sure, however that won’t stop him from wanting to find it with his unlikely gang of wildings and a Night’s Watch brother. Here we take part in a truly frustrating bow and arrow task that needs more precision than is possible in the short time it asks you to do it in. In contrast to that is the introduction of White Walkers in a frantic battle for survival.

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There are two important aspects of “A Nest of Vipers” I’ve yet to mention. Firstly be aware this episode lasts barely an hour, compared to the usual which takes closer to two hours. This led to a fast pace throughout and meant there were no dull periods whatsoever. Secondly it’s worth pointing out that the quality of the script and voice acting is decent enough that the characters are believable.

Game of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series Episode Five: A Nest of Vipers may be a shorter outing than usual but on the whole it’s just as enjoyable as the previous episode. You’ve come this far, there’s no turning back now so let’s look forward to the grand finale.

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