Game of Thrones

Now You See It examines how “The Winds of Winter” changed Game of Thrones forever.

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  • Title: Game of Thrones – The Iron Throne
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Game of Thrones - The Iron Throne television review

Closing the show’s controversial final season is a lackluster series finale that acts as epilogue to the events of Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) burning Kings Landing to the ground. Dispensing with the two most likely candidates for the thrown by having Jon Snow (Kit Harington) kill Daenerys leaves a gaping hole for the final half of the episode to stumble through and awkwardly come up with a suitable candidate to sit on the (now melted) throne. The writers, who promised a “big surprise” on who would emerge as the new ruler, turn to the blandest choice possible as the survivors come together to crown Bran the Boring (Isaac Hempstead Wright), first of his name.

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Game of Thrones – The Bells

by Alan Rapp on May 14, 2019

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  • Title: Game of Thrones – The Bells
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Game of Thrones - The Bells television review

While I can concede, and even understand, the logic behind the writers’ plan with “The Bells” it’s hard not to come away conflicted after the penultimate episode of the series. After a 20-minute lead-in during which Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) executes a traitor, mourns her personal loses, and is once again spurned by Jon Snow (Kit Harington) who cannot return her advances, the war with Cersei (Lena Headey begins. Isolated and alone, she chooses fear over the love now absent in her life and embraces the Targaryen name and a thirst for vengeance offering no quarter to Cersei nor any of the subjects taking refuge in her city. Although we’ve seen this level of viciousness in her before (remember Khalar vezhven?), never to this scale have we seen it unleashed. I couldn’t get the words of Ron Burdgandy out of my mind, both in the rapidly-descending mental instability of Daenerys and in the attack on Kings Landing, each of which get out of hand in short order.

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  • Title: Game of Thrones – The Last of the Starks
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Game of Thrones - The Last of the Starks television review

There’s some odd pacing happening in “The Last of the Starks” as the episode spends much of its first half with characters honoring and grieving those lost at Winterfell, and making plans on the invasion south, to quickly jumping ahead to Daenerys (Emilia Clarke)’ arrival and the welcome which Cersei (Lena Headey) has planned. Although she’s been largely absent this season, Cersei reasserts herself as the series’ main villain here. The Night King (Vladimír Furdík) may have been a monster to defeat, but Cersei Lannister is the monster to defeat. Taking out both a dragon and Daenerys‘ (Emilia Clarke) only remaining friend leaves her as alone as she has been in quite some time. Given Jon Snow (Kit Harington) ignoring her wishes to keep his lineage a secret from his family, I doubt she’s feeling much love from the land she came home to liberate. While the show may still have one great swerve up its sleeve, it sure seems to be pushing to the inevitability of Jon Snow on the Iron Throne.

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Game of Thrones – The Long Night

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2019

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  • Title: Game of Thrones – The Long Night
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Game of Thrones - The Long Night TV review

“The Long Night” provides the extended battle between the Night King‘s (Vladimír Furdík) army and the North as the undead arrive at Winterfell. Aside from the opening few minutes, showcasing the growing tension prior to the battle’s beginning, and few shots of those hiding in the catacombs for safety – including a couple of nice moments between Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Sansa (Sophie Turner), nearly the entire episode is focused on the battle itself. Some well-known characters fall, but there’s surprisingly little death concerning the core characters. I thought there was even money that Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), Tormund (Kristofer Hivju), or Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) would fall given the contentment each found the previous week (often foreshadowing death on the show). Speaking of which, given his talk last week with Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), Jorah‘s (Iain Glen) death was one of the easiest to predict, and the character goes out in heroic fashion defending his queen to his dying breath.

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