I must confess that the meandering nature of the third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones had me wondering if the show had lost its luster. But if Sunday night’s fourth season premiere was any indication, “Thrones” is most definitely back and at the top of its game. In fact, the ratings for this episode were the highest HBO has seen since the series finale of The Sopranos, and within one day came the announcement that they will indeed be renewing your favorite cast of Lannisters and Starks (or what is left of them) for a fifth and sixth season. Do you hear that, George R.R. Martin? You’d better get writing now, because the show is dangerously close to catching up with your books.
Personally, my favorite sequence of the Season 4 premiere was the final one, which was written, acted, and directed so well that I had to check and see if perhaps Quentin Tarantino was some sort of shadow-director of the episode. The dialogue and action had echoes of the bar scene from Inglourious Basterds (as well as other classic Tarantino standoffs), and it came with a whole lot of delicious looking chicken, too. Now, in the “I wish I had thought of that/it’s just too obvious” department, enjoy Jimmy Kimmel’s version of the instantly classic scene in the video above…
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