For the entire length of Game of Thrones, it has been the Night King and the White Walkers who have been presented as the overarching true villains of the piece. For eight seasons we’ve had it drummed into us that the battle against the dead was really all that mattered. The very first scene of
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Some people watch Game of Thrones purely for the swords, sex and dragons, others for the political manoeuvring, character interplay and dense themes. Most fall somewhere in between, but for those who are of the latter persuasion, this was as good as Game of Thrones gets. A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms was a delight from
After a somewhat flat previous instalment, Game of Thrones this week featured no seismic surprise blows or gigantic battles scenes which the show has made its trademark. Nonetheless it was as epic as anything the show has done before.
The idea of a finale is antithetical to the very construct of a TV show. Unlike some other forms of storytelling, TV shows are designed to be able to rumble on week after week, year after year, for as long as the network needs them to go on for. Historically, they were made to be
Fire and Blood – the Targaryen family words are as much a warning as they are of a description of their close ties to dragons. For the first time in a long time, the citizens of Westeros were reminded of the true horror that implies. After eight seasons of set-up, ‘The Bells’ finally delivered upon
What comes next? While those watching Game of Thrones may be waited with bated breath for each new hour or so, for the characters time marches on regardless. Despite conquering their greatest supernatural enemy, they still need to clear the bodies from the fields, tend to their wounds and revel in their victory. After fighting for
Finally, it is here. The excitement around this season premiere has been more akin to a sporting final rather than a TV show. Viewing parties have sprung up like weeds, while some workplaces are even running screenings at work to try and negate workers taking GoT sickies. While plenty of other big budget dramas and fantasy epics
*** WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD *** As the final episode approached, Game of Thrones felt like it was slowly descending into an abyss of illogical inconsistencies and apparent disregard for the audience’s intelligence. After delivering a string of good episodes, culminating in the breath-takingly brilliant The Spoils of War, the previous two episodes threatened to destroy
*** WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD *** As Game of Thrones continues its drift into bullish, blockbuster bravado, Beyond the Wall is the greatest example yet of its polarisation of viewer responses. As an hour-plus slice of action entertainment, it’s a wonderful fist-pumping rollercoaster of emotions, but as a work of storytelling it’s a complete and utter mess.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD As Game of Thrones continues its race against the clock to wrap up its narrative, it’s becoming increasingly clear what kind of show it has morphed into. Last week was a brilliant showcase of what it can do better than any other TV show has before. But Eastwatch is an inelegant instalment