Things have definitely heated up in TellTale’s Game of Thrones series.
With just one episode left, decisions will be made that will change things forever. A splendid combination of deception, murder and even a little debauchery, Episode Five: “A Nest of Vipers” may be the best episode in the series.
While certain characters get more of a cold shoulder than before, especially Gared Tuttle, who’s story isn’t developed nearly as much as you’d expect, the Forresters are busy all over the world, working hard to ensure the future of their kingdom and family. From consorting with the tricky individuals that could leave them in even more danger to fighting savages in pits, this episode is probably the most balanced yet.
At the same time what’s probably the strongest gameplay element this time around is the climax. In one of the strongest storytelling moment in the series since the end of episode one, you are forced to make a decision as to who will lead the Forresters into the final episode. The character you don’t pick will lose his life.
It’s not an easy decision, but it’s one you’ll remember for a while. And one you can ultimately flip-flop on by playing the episode again. It’s because of the branching storyline that you can forgive the relative short-length of the episode and reap loads of praise on it.
Simply put, this may be the best episode of any series TellTale has ever produced.
Things Get ‘Sexy’: OK, it’s not on the same scale as the show, which features scantily clad women all the time, but seeing a couple have a discussion in bed with only covers as their clothes was a nice way to make fans of the show feel like the creative team in this game knows what elements hardcore fans of the show want to see.
Death: It’s all over the place in this episode. There’s no escaping it.
Bonds Grow Tighter: With all of the death, you’d expect those still alive to grow even closer and they do. The end result is a feeling of urgency that makes the story even better.
Great Action: From fighting for your life in a pit to shooting rabbits with a bow and arrow, there’s more than enough combat here to balance out the story.
You Decide: There’s a huge choice to make at the end of this episode and it’ll change the series forever. It’s not an easy one to make and things will never be the same. While some gamers may regret being put in the situation in the first place, it’s a testament to the type of creativity Telltale has exhibited with the “Game of Thrones” franchise.
Too Short: Sure, it’s only an episode, but with a playtime of about an hour and a half, it’s over far too quickly. With little focus on Gared Tuttle as well, there was plenty of room for them to develop that part of the narrative here.
While little attention is paid to Tuttle and his quest for the North Grove, a huge driving force in the game’s plot, Episode Five of the GOT series, “A Nest of Vipers” is so well-balanced and polished and ends in such a wild way that you’ll almost forget your playing a video game.