The Game of Thrones Finale Wasn't Perfect, But It Made the Season a Hell of a Lot Better

After six episodes that have been incredible, infuriating, revealing, confusing, and epic, last night’s Game of Thrones finale had a great many things to answer for. They were the answers needed to help recalibrate the show’s uneven seventh season so it ended up greater than the sum of its inconsistent parts—even if…

On Game of Thrones, Daenerys Unleashed Hell and It Was Glorious

Where to even begin? “The Spoils of War” was the reason we watch Game of Thrones, one of those episodes that starts entertaining and ends with an epic spectacle it’s hard to believe you’re actually seeing. And all it took was Daenerys tossing clever men’s clever plans in the garbage, and then setting a record number…

Last Night's Game of Thrones and the Impossible Expectations of Ice Meeting Fire

About a million things happened on “The Queen’s Justice” last night, but there’s only thing that really matters—the long, long, long-awaited moment where the King in the North met the Mother of Dragons, and the series’ two main characters finally came face-to-face. The scene could not have been more anticipated… and…

On Game of Thrones, Everyone's Coming Together but Everything's Falling Apart

It’s begun. I believe we’re going to look at last night’s episode, “Stormborn,” as the place where the final act of Game of Thrones truly started—where the ball was first set in motion, where the characters took their first true steps toward the conflict that will engulf all of Westeros. And for some of those players,…

Last Night’s Game of Thrones Was Horrifying, Infuriating, and Immensely Satisfying

Hey, ha ha, remember how the last few episodes of Game of Thrones have seemed to be a bit… low-key? Uh, well, now we know the reason why: It was spending all its time (and manpower, and probably a sizable portion of season six’s budget) on creating what is possibly the most incredible battle that has ever been seen on…

When Game of Thrones Isn't Shocking, It's Actually Kind of Shocking

Game of Thrones is a show where audiences always need to expect the unexpected. But sometimes, when you’re expecting something crazy to happen, that means the show will surprise you by not doing anything crazy at all. And that’s what last night’s episode was: Not crazy in the slightest. Of course, “not crazy” on Game…

Jon Snow Is Different Now, and So Is Game of Thrones

Jon Snow is angry. Cersei is angry. Daenerys is furious, although she’s being regal as hell about it. In fact, it seems like most of the characters on “Oathbreaker” are angry, because they’re fed up with the rules they’re forced to live within. Add to that another immensely satisfying peek into Game of Thrones’ past,…

Surpassing the Books May Be the Greatest Thing That Ever Happened to Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is clearly done taking its time. The amount of plot that happened in last night’s episode, “Home,” is staggering; it moved as fast as an old man being tossed from a bridge, and it hit as hard as Cersei’s zombie-knightmare Ser Robert Strong. It was almost too much, and that was before another final…

I'm Starting to Think the Greatest Hero in Game of Thrones Is Brienne of Tarth

Last night’s Game of Thrones begins with the sightless gaze of Jon Snow, right where we left him last year. But the most striking moments of the episode—including its final shocker—involve the gazes of women, usually without any words at all. There weren’t any dragons or zombies, and only a couple glimpses of a…

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