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Game of Thrones Recap Season 6, Episode 10, "The Winds of Winter"

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Game of Thrones Recap: Season 6, Episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”

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Game of Thrones Recap: Season 6, Episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”

The first three minutes of this week’s season finale of Game of Thrones set a somber mood—and with not a single word uttered, just the ominous tolling of a bell. That’s because words are somewhat beside the point. The trial of Cersei (Lena Headey) and Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones) has begun, and if one believes the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce), everything about this moment has been predestined. And so director Miguel Sapochnik wisely echoes that sense of fate, orchestrating every shot to the gradual crescendo of a classical choir, and providing hawkeyed viewers with an abundance of foreshadowing.

Game of Thrones Recap Season 4, Episode 9, "The Watchers on the Wall"

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Game of Thrones Recap: Season 4, Episode 9, “The Watchers on the Wall”

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Game of Thrones Recap: Season 4, Episode 9, “The Watchers on the Wall”

The Wall hasn’t seen much action on this season of Game of Thrones, apart from the novel-divergent subplot involving a return to Craster’s Keep, which featured the show’s most gaudy and pointless sexual violence to date and a noble but futile effort to make Bran Stark’s storyline seem relevant. Elsewhere, the series circles back around to the Wall just long enough for Jon Snow (Kit Harington) to reiterate his unheeded warnings about the size of the coming Wildling force and the inevitable battle coming to Castle Black.

Game of Thrones Recap Season 2, Episode 2, "The Night Lands"

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Game of Thrones Recap: Season 2, Episode 2, “The Night Lands”

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Game of Thrones Recap: Season 2, Episode 2, “The Night Lands”

After last week’s remarkable season premiere of Game of Thrones, “The Night Lands” is a bit of a letdown. Show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss scripted both episodes, so comparisons are especially tempting. Additionally, both “The North Remembers” and “The Night Lands” have a thematic focus that none of last season’s episodes had. For example, in “The Night Lands,” Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) visits the Iron Islands in order to propose an alliance between the Starks and Theon’s estranged father. The fact that Theon’s homecoming takes place so much sooner in the TV version of Game of Thrones than it does in the timeline of George R. R. Martin’s novels suggests that Benioff and Weiss are trying to unite their dense narrative’s various competing subplots for the sake of making a more unified adaptation.