The Lost Lords follows up Iron from ice in a number of good ways, while also managing to feel a bit.. stale. Click through for spoilers of both Episode 1 and 2 of Telltale’s Game of Thrones series.
Episode 2 picks up shortly after the evnts of Iron from Ice, as you’d expect. In my playthrough, House Forrester is in shambles, with the Lord, first son, and now acting Lord Ethan all dead. Mira is stuck in King’s Landing, playing the espionage game of who-to-trust-today, and Ramsey Snow and the Whitehills are looking like giant pricks with the winning edge.
What’s this, though? Rodrik managed to survive the battle at the Red Wedding, after all. he shows up at the start of the episode on a cart that’s also carrying his very much dead father, Lord Forrester. Narrowly avoiding death and being carried away from his home, Rodrik manages to fall off the cart at the gates of Ironwrath and is rightfully identified as the heir to the House. From there, he begins to heal and is named Lord. Immediately, he has to deal with not only his father’s death, but the death of a brother and the kidnapping of another at the hands of Ramsey Snow. On top of that, Lord Whitehill is on his way back, and Rodrik needs to marry the daughter of another house to seal a beneficial allegiance.
While Rodrik settles into the uneasy seat of Lord, Mira continues her attempts at surviving the everlasting mind game that is King’s Landing. She makes an awkward alliance with Tyrion lannister, who sees that she’s clearly not in a position she chose for herself, and tricks her into making good desicions. Meanwhile, she’s asked by her friend to pull a giant favor out of her butt, asked by her mother to convince Lady Margarie to push Rodrik’s marriage in the right direction, and is left a note in her bedroom that leads to (surprise) an attempt on her life by a guardsman loyal to someone that wants Mira dead, presumably the Whitehills.
In the scuffle, a palace coal boy that sort of befriended Mira in the first episode saves her by putting his own life on the line. At this point, I got gutsy and had Mira outright murder the guard to save her own life and the coal boy’s. I’m sure no one will miss the guard.
At the Wall, Gareth has to earn the right to be a Ranger of the Night’s Watch.During his trials, he befriends a thief named Cotter, and does just the opposite with a large man by the name of Finn. Throughout his time in training, Cotter steals Finn’s special knife, which sends Finn into an outrage. A fight ensues, and Finn is taken away, while Jon Snow personally requests that Gareth join him atop the Wall. There, Jon gives him some brotherly advice.
Across the sea, in the arid desert lands, Asher manages to drink some booze and get into a fight with his friend at his side (and his back, saving his butt.) After a number of QTEs, of which I only failed one, I swear, they make their escape into the streets where they find Asher’s uncle. The second son of House Forrester is needed for his combat prowess if they ever hope to fight back against the Whitehills and possibly the Boltons. Along their way home, they’ll have to muster up a small army.
And that’s where the episode leaves off. And here, I want to say a few things about the series thus far:
For one, I enjoy it. As a GoT fan, and as a gamer, it has been a fun experience so far. While I don’t have a ton of playtime with any Telltale series, I feel as though this series would benefit from a bit more exploration between the lengthy dialogue scenes. That, and the QTEs can be a bit punishing; failing a single swipe could mean you’re repeating the entire fight until you get it down.
Aside from those minor points, my only other qualm with the series thus far is that the Forresters don’t seem very original. In fact, they feel like House Stark Lite, with a bit of Daenerys Targaryen thrown in for variety. Hopefully they’ll come into their own as the series progresses.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]
- Still feels like an episode of the show
- Still pretty
- More fighting this time around
- Jon Snow
- Characters feel like copies of the Starks
- Some more exploration would be nice
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