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

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

Game of Thrones: What to expect in Season 8

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ena Headey as Cersei Lannister 2 Game of Thrones HBO Helen SloanSeason 8 of Game of Thrones is the beginning of the end, with only six episodes left in this sweeping series. Having given viewers some of the most impressive special effects, beautiful backdrops, and beloved characters ever seen on screen, Game of Thrones has created intense anticipation and speculation regarding the series end. Many of the complex storylines which took place throughout Westeros and Essos have come together, yet the resolution of overarching narratives has yet to be revealed. Continue reading

Game of Thrones: Where to watch Season 8 and how to catch up

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Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister Game of Thrones HBO Helen-SloanWinter has come as Game of Thrones heads into its final season. The HBO series, based on George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire book series, has held fans in its grip since premiering in 2011. It’s become a cultural milestone, exemplifying the new golden age of television through complicated characters, creative storytelling, beautiful backdrops, and online availability. Game of Thrones fans have long awaited Season 8. Continue reading