HBO’s Game of Thrones imbues a fantastical political chess game with energy and intrigue. The show has excelled even when it can’t quite depict the blood and guts of an actual battlefield. Telltale’s new Game of Thrones game takes a more personal focus and somewhat smaller scope—though it’s still expansive in comparison to previous Telltale titles.
In the first episode of the six-part series, “Iron from Ice,” players take on the role of two members of House Forrester—Mira and Ethan—as well as Gared Tuttle, a squire to the house’s lord. This evokes the feel of the TV series while exploring a more concentrated emotional core. The episode’s function as a table-setting introduction, however, demands a little more of a “wait and see” approach than a “can you believe what just happened” one—though there are several moments that evoke the latter.