Game of Thrones S08E06 Recap: The Iron Throne

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Daenerys crowd Game of Thrones The Iron ThroneWinter has come to King’s Landing, as snow falls on crumbled buildings and charred bodies. After eight seasons of political maneuvering, Game of Thrones ends the series with a finale that tidies up the remains of Westeros. Post-war life is a series of concessions and conciliatory efforts, though “The Iron Throne” skips some of the messier bits to create a sense of closure. As Tyrion Lannister tells Jon Snow, “No one is very happy, which means it’s a good compromise I suppose.” In “The Iron Throne,” Game of Thrones resounds with compromise, creating a slightly better political system and saving beloved characters, but leaving us feeling as worn and dejected as Jon Snow. Continue reading

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 Photos: The Bells

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Cersei Lannister stares Game of Thrones the Bells

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Game of Thrones S08E05 Recap: The Bells

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Daenerys Game of Thrones S08E05In “The Bells,” Game of Thrones once more demonstrates its prowess at depicting scenes of combat and violence, as well as creating moments of powerful emotion. Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is mourning her losses at Dragonstone as she awaits the arrival of her army. Her feelings of isolation are magnified by conspiracy and betrayal. Daenerys’ advisors seek to moderate her destructive impulses as they prepare for a war that could kill tens of thousands of innocent people in King’s Landing. After killing Rhaegal and Missandei, it seems that Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) has finally awakened the dragon.  Continue reading

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4 Photos: The Last of the Starks

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Greyworm Missandei Game of Thrones The Last of the Starks

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Game of Thrones S08E04 Recap: The Last of the Starks

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funeral Game of Thrones S08E04In “The Last of the Starks,” Game of Thrones allows a quiet moment to mourn the dead, and the rowdy grasping of life’s joys that follows. Once the threat to mankind fades into the background, splinters are revealed. A thought becomes a whisper, a whisper turns into an idea, and an idea has the potential to develop into a plan. “The Last of the Starks” might have worked better as two shorter episodes as the center stage moves from Winterfell to King’s Landing. The sadness and anger the Dragon Queen experiences from her losses during “The Long Night” is compounded by a new attack, leaving some questioning her suitability to rule Westeros. Continue reading

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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Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 the Long Night

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

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