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August 28 2017

Game of Thrones Season Finale 7.07: “The Dragon and the Wolf”

Move over Red Sox – Babe Ruth has officially been dethroned and a new “Worst Trade Ever” champion has emerged. When you boil it all down, Daenerys and Jon traded a dragon and...
August 21 2017

Game of Thrones 7.06: “Beyond the Wall”

Like Jaime Lannister, “Beyond the Wall” was equal parts good and bad. And that has been the unifying theme of Season 7: good and bad. For every Drogon incinerating the Lannister army...
August 14 2017

Game of Thrones 7.05: “Eastwatch”

For too long, Jon Snow has been the only character in Game of Thrones to properly grasp the gravity of the situation presented by the White Walkers – or at least the only character who understood...
August 7 2017

Game of Thrones 7.04: “The Spoils of War”

Game of Thrones is the last great unifying television series. Everyone watches it. Everyone talks about it Monday morning. And everyone tries to out-predict their friends and colleagues. Game of...
July 31 2017

Game of Thrones 7.03: “The Queen’s Justice”

Queens are to Westeros as cooks are to kitchens – things work best when there is only one. Unfortunately for Westeros, we currently have two. And as “The Queen’s Justice”...
July 24 2017

Game of Thrones 7.02: “Stormborn”

“Stormborn” is as close as Game of Thrones will ever come to a full-on clip show. A clip show, for those who didn’t take Intro to Film, is an episode of a television series...
July 17 2017

Game of Thrones 7.01: Season Premiere “Dragonstone”

The most highly-anticipated season premiere in television history began with a tomboyish teen committing mass murder, followed that up with some Ed Sheeran product placement, and concluded by fulfilling...
April 25 2016

Game of Thrones 6.01: Season Premiere “The Red Woman”

Game of Thrones has officially ventured into uncharted waters (insert Gendry-still-rowing-his-boat joke here), and for the most part, I’m happy to be onboard, despite the glaring lack of...
June 15 2015

Game of Thrones 5.10: Season Finale “Mother’s Mercy”

Power is a dangerous thing, likely to attract the worst and corrupt the best, and as those in power learned last night on Game of Thrones, that statment really hits the nail on the head. “Mother’s...
June 1 2015

Game of Thrones 5.08: “Hardhome”

When Jon Snow’s Valyrian steel sword met the White Walker’s ice-blade, a melody nine years in making finally rang out – a song of ice and fire. And so it was fitting that afterwards,...
May 25 2015

Game of Thrones 5.07: “The Gift”

“The Gift” left many characters of Game of Thrones in generous moods, and while some characters received perfect presents, others were left wishing they’d just gotten cash...
May 18 2015

Game of Thrones 5.06: “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”

Game of Thrones has always been up front about the type of show it is – happy endings are nowhere to be found. “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” the sixth episode of Season 5, continues...
May 11 2015

Game of Thrones 5.05: “Kill the Boy”

Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss love to give the episodes of Game of Thrones titles that work on multiple levels, and last night’s “Kill the Boy” does just that. It was...
April 13 2015

Game of Thrones 5.01: Season Premiere “Wars to Come”

Game of Thrones kicked off its fifth season by doing something it had never done before – showing a flashback. “Wars to Come” did a wonderful job of setting the table for our...
June 16 2014

Game of Thrones 4.10: Season Finale “The Children”

Game of Thrones concluded its fourth season last night with the aptly named episode “The Children”—a sprawling episode that jumped between the north and the south wrapping up...
June 9 2014

Game of Thrones 4.09: “The Watchers on the Wall”

The strength of Game of Thrones comes from its sprawling stories, settings, and characters, but as “The Watchers on the Wall” proved last night, it can also thrive when it puts a singular...
June 2 2014

Game of Thrones 4.08: “The Mountain and the Viper”

It’s time to start wrapping up storylines in this fourth season of Game of Thrones, and that process started with a crunch. To quote Ramsay Snow Bolton from last season, “If you think...
May 19 2014

Game of Thrones 4.07: “Mockingbird”

Game of Thrones is officially in the home stretch, and it started this week with “Mockingbird”, the seventh episode in its fourth season. This episode had a perfect mix of scenes directly...
May 12 2014

Game of Thrones 4.06: “The Laws of Gods and Men”

“The Laws of Gods and Men,” the sixth episode in Game of Thrones’ fourth season, had something missing from it, that up until now, had been a part of every episode—Starks...
April 28 2014

Game of Thrones 4.04: “Oathkeeper”

After last night’s episode of Game of Thrones, “Oathkeeper”, I’m convinced that my books were missing a few chapters. For the first time, I was spoiled by the show, rather...
April 21 2014

Game of Thrones 4.03: “Breaker of Chains”

All in all, it was a pretty typical Game of Thrones episode; there was thievery, stew-slurping, mass-murder, twincestual rape, and the episode ended with Dany on her way towards freeing some more...
April 14 2014

Game of Thrones 4.02: “The Lion and the Rose"

Everyone has seen the clichéd shot of a man pouring a path of gasoline on the ground that bends and curves away from what he’s actually trying to blow up. He then lights the match...
April 7 2014

Game of Thrones 4.01: Season Premiere “Two Swords”

It's not just the Game of Thrones characters keeping score anymore... Trust me, I get it. Game of Thrones can be a little confusing. It seems that every week a new character is added to...