Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 5 “Eastwatch” is doing a delicate balancing act of competing pacing urges.
In the past, Game of Thrones has been doing one of two things: laying down track for what’s to come and then taking that buildup and blowing everything up (sometimes literally).
Now, Game of Thrones can’t decide which of the two realms it wants to exist in. The show is fully aware that it only has eight episodes left after “Eastwatch” and can’t really afford to dilly-dally the way that it used to. Every scene has to be precise and purposeful.
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