Game of Thrones S08E03 Review: The Long Night and its unexpected hero

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Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) gets some clarity

“The Long Night” brought some closure in this final season of Game of Thrones. Leading up to the battle of Winterfell, there were an abundance of predictions as to what would happen—some based on prophecies from the book series and others arising out of fan theories. With 19 months between HBO seasons and 18 years since George R.R. Martin’s last Song of Ice and Fire book, rampant speculation was inevitable. Being one of the most discussed and dissected television shows today, Game of Thrones is certain to disappoint some of those anticipating a different narrative. The extensive media surrounding this popular series presented myriad potential outcomes prior to “The Long Night,” yet Game of Thrones still manages to subvert our expectations. Continue reading

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 Photos: The Long Night

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Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) attacks the Night King (Vladimir Furdik)

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Game of Thrones S08E03 Recap: The Long Night

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Daenerys Targaryen Jon Sow view Game of Thrones S08e03In “The Long Night,” Game of Thrones finally gives us the long-awaited battle between the living and the dead. This conflict has been coming since the very first scene in the series, when a White Walker attacked a group of Night’s Watch rangers scouting beyond the Wall. After the battle of Hardhome it was evident that if the Night King and his ever-growing army made it beyond the wall, all of Westeros could be lost. Game of Thrones brings closure to this conflict through a punishing battle with an unexpected conclusion. Continue reading

Supernatural S14E20 Review: Moriah

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Jack Castiel Supernatural MoriahIn the Supernatural season finale, “Moriah,” writer Andrew Dabb and director Phil Sgriccia craft a thrilling episode of television that begins the end of the series. Season 14 leaves behind Michael’s attempted coup and Jack’s soulless struggle, revealing a truth we didn’t see coming. Remarkable performances by the cast took a great story and turned it up to 11. “Moriah” is classic Supernatural at its best. Continue reading

Game of Thrones Death Watch: Who will die in the battle of Winterfell?

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The Night King (Richard Brake)

The army of the dead is marching on Winterfell. Not all the characters we have come to know and love on Game of Thrones will survive. With only four episodes left in the series, the Night King isn’t likely to bring endless night on Sunday, but it’s clear that not everyone gets out alive. Who is likely to die in Season 8 episode 3 of Game of Thrones? Here are our top picks. Continue reading

Game of Thrones S08E02 Recap: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

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Bran Stark Game of Thrones S08E02In “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” Winterfell prepares for war while receiving some last-minute volunteers. Most spend the eve of war contemplating death in the face of an enemy that doesn’t tire, doesn’t stop, doesn’t feel. Despite the overwhelming odds, there are those still considering the future, asking what will come afterward. Bran reminds us all, “How do you know there is an afterward?” Game of Thrones creates a richly detailed character-driven episode with moments of warmth, conflict, and humor. Continue reading

Game of Thrones S08E01 Recap: Winterfell

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Daenerys at Winterfell Game of Thrones WinterfellThe opening scene of the Season 8 premiere, “Winterfell,” reminds us of a simpler time in Game of Thrones. The arrival of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) at Winterfell echoes that of Robert Baratheon and Cersei Lannister in Season 1. It hearkens back to a child’s excitement at seeing a royal procession and antiquated notions of heroes and villains. By the end of Season 1 we were thoroughly disabused of any fairy-tale conceptions of morality. At the start of Season 8, Winterfell has been through the worst of the War of the Five Kings, and remains under threat from the North and the South. Continue reading