Telltale's 'Game of Thrones' Seeks Out 'The Lost Lords'

February 9, 2015

Two months after Telltale released the first episode of their adaptation of George R.R. Martin's epic, Game of Thrones, they've returned with their second entry, The Lost Lords. Continuing the original story that focused on the fate of House Forrester, Telltale bring back their signature gameplay that turns over all of the game's important decisions to the player. Whereas the first episode, Iron from Ice, served as an introduction to the characters in this branch of the GoT story, The Lost Lords really drives home just how treacherous the Seven Kingdoms really are.

Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games

The Lost Lords continues to prove that Telltale Games are one of the few developers that can treat a licensed property with the respect that it deserves. Digging deeper into the world of Game of Thrones could result in a catastrophe by upsetting fans with plotlines that aren't worthy of the franchise, but Telltale instead elevates their game with this episode. Whereas many of their other releases have featured the same gameplay and mechanics, this series feels heavier, as if the decisions you make have longer-term effects, and usually result in grave consequences.

What: (Spoilers Ahead)
After the brutal end of Iron from Ice, episode two picks up with an unexpected surprise; the unceremonious return of Rodrik Forrester, who was thought to be killed outside of the Red Wedding. As the eldest son of House Forrester in Ironrath, he assumes the role as head of the House, amidst a world of problems. Elsewhere, the banished squire, Gared Tuttle, makes it to the wall, and begins to see just how rough Castle Black can be on new recruits. Jon Snow makes his first appearance in the game, and takes Tuttle under his wing to help show him the ropes. In King's Landing, Mira Forrester continues to try and navigate the dangerous waters of politics with the Lannisters in an attempt to help her family. And finally, The Lost Lords introduces players to the last Forrester, Asher, who has been serving as a sellsword, and was part of the recent liberation of Yunkai. Each of these storylines can go a handful of different ways, depending on what decisions you make for the cast of characters.

Episode two of Telltale's take on Game of Thrones can be found on all of the same platforms as its predecessor, allowing players to continue their unique storylines. So, if you have a PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, or Xbox One console, you can fire up GoT on your big screen. PC, Mac, iOS, and Android fans can also give this episode a go on their preferred platform.

The Lost Lords is a great follow up to Iron from Ice, building on the groundwork for the storyline, as well as bringing new levels of depth to each of the characters. Telltale's ability to create a compelling and complex narrative through player choice is really demonstrated in this episode as you jump from one character to another. With lives on the line at every turn, every second of gameplay and exposition are important. Continuing to play is key to discovering which of your choices work out in your favor, and which get someone killed. Basically, it's just like the Game of Thrones you know and love, whether it's the books or the TV show, however, this time around, it's on you if House Forrester falls.