“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
Season 7 of Game of Thrones comes to an end with the powerful finale “The Dragon and the Wolf.” Throughout this season we’ve witnessed exciting action sequences created through a combination of well thought-out direction, groundbreaking visual and special effects, and remarkable performances. In “The Dragon and the Wolf,” Game of Thrones focuses on character interaction and storytelling, giving us a strong episode filled with emotion, subterfuge, and grand drama. Continue reading
“Beyond the Wall” reminds us who the real enemy is in Game of Thrones—a convoluted storyline. Writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss did give us some fun character-driven dialogue, but implausible storytelling undermined “Beyond the Wall.” After a season of stellar episodes, last week’s “Eastwatch” set us up for a fall. “Beyond the Wall” introduced some new reveals, but the condensed narrative and contrived plot devices strained the story’s credibility. Continue reading
In “Eastwatch,” Game of Thrones reveals the aftermath of the latest battle between Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and Queen Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), while Jon Snow (Kit Harington) steps up preparations for the coming battle between the living and the dead. Season 7 of Game of Thrones continues to bring together all the characters we’ve come to know, each with their own agendas. Strategies small and large are being played throughout the Seven Kingdoms, and “Eastwatch” introduces some new maneuvers into the game. Continue reading
Through six seasons of Game of Thrones there’s been much treachery, terror, and misfortune. Despite the many hardships, there are still moments of camaraderie and kindness. Closeness among friends provides viewers with moments of humor and joy. Here are some relationships from Game of Thrones that create a bit of light in what can be a very dark world. Continue reading
Season 6 of Game of Thrones has been full of surprises and “Blood of My Blood” is no exception. Each episode gives us some interesting new reveal about the past and hints about the future. Some of these moments are genuinely exciting or emotional, while others answer questions about the status of certain characters. It’s been a pretty fun season so far. Continue reading
Game of Thrones gives us a vast world full of multiple storylines, scores of characters, and different locations.“Book of the Stranger” gives us a new sampling of that world, as we get every week for ten weeks a year. Some of the samples offered are delicious treats we can’t get enough of, while others we consider with mild indifference—and then there are those that make us feel a little sick. At the next serving, we might get excited about something fantastic we experienced before, but when it’s plated up for us again they’ve changed the recipe, often with mixed results. In “Book of the Stranger” we’re reminded that although something on Game of Thrones may not have agreed with us in the past, the next time it’s served to us we might find it delectable.
Game of Thrones is a world filled with deaths, secrets, and power conflicts. It’s these features that create so many interesting turns in Game of Thrones. We continue to watch because both the story and the characters keep us intrigued. Despite occasional moral misgivings, we watch Game of Thrones because of these aspects, not despite them. “Oathbreaker” gave us what weʻve come to expect—a few deaths, some secrets revealed, and attempts to accrue power. “Oathbreaker” was a solid episode with a steady pace that piqued our curiosity about what’s to come. Continue reading
In “Home,” Game of Thrones gives us an episode packed with intense moments. “Home” brought us full circle, giving us birth, death, and resurrection. Some moments we’d been hoping for, while others took us by surprise. As it led us all over the world of Ice and Fire, “Home” managed to take our breath away several times over. Continue reading
Game of Thrones sometimes gives us explosive conflict that takes our breath away. Other times it shows us the slow process of building influence and establishing a position, similar to a game of chess. “High Sparrow” has the feel a chess game, as many of our characters have charted new paths in the ever-changing landscape of Game of Thrones.