Ameenah Salamunic: Telltale’s Game of Thrones epic is clearly enriched by familiarity with the franchise, in particular the HBO series. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The first chapter, Iron from Ice, opens directly on the eve of The Red Wedding and the upcoming five parts aim to span season four’s timeline. The developers have tapped into some kind of magic. Their sagas feature nearly identical gameplay mechanics, but still manage to feel simultaneously unique and accurate. Savvy direction distills the essence of every fandom they explore. And this drama-laden high medieval fantasy fits hand-in-hand with their approach to storytelling.