The depressing truth to the episode’s title may be that no one can get what they want without violence.
When Game of Thrones leans on its history, it takes on a resonance rarely found in fantasy.
The latest episode of Game of Thrones takes a more subdued step back to reset the table for the next big event.
Many of the events in Game of Thrones are developing so quickly that plot, by necessity, substitutes for development.
The episode sees the writers ruthlessly beginning to sew up loose (or underdeveloped) plots.
We may not be able to control the narrative of what happens to us, but we can at least manage how we react to these things.
Showrunner Steven Moffat presents the intersection between Doctor Who and Christmas in the most direct possible way.