“Game of Thrones, Episode 2: The Lost Lords” Review
After sort of sticking us with a cliffhanger (oh come on, you know I had to do that) in Iron From Ice, Telltale brings the next episode of their Game of Thrones series, The Lost Lords, which picks up immediately where the previous episode left off.
What Is It?
The Lost Lords is an apt title for Episode 2. House Forrester is in disarray after the events of Episode 1, with family members unsure of just how worse their situations are going to get. It’s not overly grim quite yet as a few rays of hope shine through, no matter how dim they are.
Asher Forrester, the ill-received eldest son, is the first character that can be controlled. He’s running around Yunkai with his female companion Beshka as sellswords. Set on selling a captured slaver, they’re interrupted by The Lost Legion, who demand to take their captive. It culminates in a hell of an opening fight scene that requires Asher to find a way out of Yunkai for greater purposes. What we can do with Asher is make him fit the rebellious image that’s been painted of him or redeem himself. A tragic hero? Perhaps, but it could set up some additional struggles for the Forresters.
Back in Ironrath, the remaining family deals with the leadership issues generated within Episode 1 and increases the political ramifications of lead actions.
Gared Tuttle’s journey introduces us to Jon Snow and the new class of recruits at The Wall. He’s under the watchful eye of hardnose overseer Frostfinger, but in rather curious coincidence to those familiar with the HBO series, Snow seems to be in a position to offer guidance to Gared.
Mira’s King’s Landing story continues as well, with slightly less Margaery Tyrell. It allows Mira to dive a little deeper into the underbelly of King’s Landing, yet higher into the political stratosphere. That would be moreso on her own than under the influence of her mother.
Ultimately, the story builds its case to show House Forrester’s increasing importance of resources without becoming too much of a simple pusher or filler. Still, for a great opening and a beautifully sung ending, The Lost Lords doesn’t quite offer the same quintessential Game of Thrones moments that Iron From Ice did.
Why Should I Care?
Well, you kind of need to continue if you started with Iron From Ice, right? Either way, it’s a step towards developing the overarching story and setting up what could be some gorish battles.
As discussed in our review of Episode 1, the series isn’t the most accessible to non-fans, but Episode 2 does a fine job of not muddling up the story too much. As a fan of the show, I’ve found that it packs in quite a bit of story in its 10-episode seasons and having consulted the people I know that read the books (I’ll admit to having not read them), the books tend to pack in even more. The game, so far, is keeping itself at a comfortable pace.
The codex also makes a return in updated from in case you need a refresher as to what it is that’s happening, and it would actually make a good addition to the actual TV show.
At the end of the episode, I couldn’t help but feel that things were only going to get worse no matter what I choose to have my characters do. That’s not entirely uncommon if you’re familiar with the show but it does go back to whether you truly have control over the story. I found myself to have more control over The Walking Dead storylines than this Game of Thrones story so far. Perhaps that’s due to just how much more this story is connected to source material rather than The Walking Dead pretty much just being its own thing.
What Makes It Worth My Time and Money?
Still, the series so far is shaping up to be a nice addition to a more mainstream Game of Thrones canon. The portions that include Jon Snow can only really go up, as the inclusion of the character at this point was primarily a setup. And Asher heavily teases a march towards everybody’s favorite Mother of Dragons. Perhaps without a VFX concern, we’ll see more dragons!
So while Episode 2 doesn’t quite have the super standout GoT moments Episode 1 has, The Lost Lords is a solid continuation of the Forrester’s story. And if anything, it will help get you primed for the upcoming television season in April. For me, Lords elicited a bit more excitement for the show’s fifth season than Episode 3. Still, I’ll be waiting to see how the Forrester’s story continues.
Reviews of Previous Episodes of Telltale’s Game of Thrones
|Title:||Game of Thrones, Episode 2: The Lost Lords|
|Platform:||PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Mobile|
|Release Date:||February 3, 2015|
|Editor's Note:||The reviewer acquired Episode 2 from having purchased a season pass for Xbox One.|