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Episode: 609
Airdate: June 19, 2016
Directed by: Miguel Sapochnik
Showrunners: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Written by: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (creators); George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by); David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

Tonight may have just seen the best single episode of television ever. High praise? Hyperbole? Perhaps – but in my current state of jangled nerves and adrenaline hangover, I am leaning toward saying that no, it isn’t hype at all. Click through to get my full review of tonight’s penultimate episode of Season 6 of Game of Thrones.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of Game of Thrones S06E09, “Battle of the Bastards” – spoilers ahead; read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 509
Airdate: June 7, 2015
Directed by: David Nutter
Showrunners: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Written by: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (creators); George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by); David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

So, I had some ideas coming into tonight’s episode about just what messrs. Weiss and Benioff had in store for us. My suggestion for what the big penultimate episode shocker would be turned out to be off the mark, but something that I suggested might happen actually came to pass, acting as a shocker I didn’t really think would take place. The title of tonight’s episode turns out to have several layers of meaning, referring not only to the Targaryen civil war about which a book with the same title was written (and which is being read by Shireen), but also clearly alludes to Dany and her brood. Dig a little deeper, and the civil war aspect has a further resonance, what with all the parties and erstwhile allies at each others’ throats, and you can see that the showrunners have been steering us into this episode for quite some time. And while I thought it was a solid hour of television, that doesn’t mean I have to like everything that they gave me to watch tonight. Click through for my detailed discussion of the episode.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of Game of Thrones S05E09, “The Dance of Dragons.” Spoilers and occasional colorful language abound – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 509
Airdate: June 7, 2015
Directed by: David Nutter
Showrunners: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Written by: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (creators); George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by); David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

Penultimate episodes of Game of T|hrones have traditionally been focused on shocking plot turns (Seasons 1 and 3), or on larger-than-life battles (Seasons 2 and 4), so what does the second-to-last episode of Season 5 hold in store? Following last week’s amazing battle (and overall fantastic episode – read my review here), showrunners Benioff and Weiss seem to have chosen to throw their creative climax at us one episode earlier than usual, and now they have two more episodes to set the table heading into the long inter-season hiatus rather than the usual one. While it’ll be hard to outdo “Hardhome,” there are still plenty of storylines left dangling – and there’s always the danger that we could see more missteps like those we’ve seen in the episodes leading up to last week’s opus (Episode 506 “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” was particularly egregious). That said, based on the pattern of previous seasons, I suspect we may be in for some sort of a shock ending to this week’s episode – I have my thoughts on this, which I’ll discuss below. For the preview video, and my speculation on what this week will bring us, click through after the break.

<Game of Thrones Season 5, Episode 9 “The Dance of Dragons” will include discussion of events from recent episodes, as well as speculation about what we might see in upcoming episodes.>>
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Episode: 508
Airdate: May 31, 2015
Directed by: Miguel Sapochnik
Showrunners: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Written by: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (creators); George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by); David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

Although I haven’t been entirely happy with all of the departures they’ve been making from the original books this season, it is somewhat inevitable that Benioff and Weiss need to do so, seeing as how they’ve fully caught up (and in some places passed) George R.R. Martin’s perennially tardy book releases. And while Season 5 started out strongly, it has been bogging down and lagging over the last few weeks, focusing on storylines that don’t quite maintain interest, or are actively turning off viewers (I’m looking at you, horrible Winterfell storyline). Even though tonight did see a couple of scenes at Winterfell, they actually served to create some momentum, and the rest of the episode was absolutely spot on, especially the final fifteen minutes or so, a sequence that rivals anything the series has done so far for sheer adrenaline rushing excitement. Click through for my complete review.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of Game of Thrones S05E08, “Hardhome.” Spoilers and occasional colorful language abound – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 502
Airdate: April 19, 2015
Directed by: Michael Slovis
Showrunners: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Written by: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (creators); George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by); David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

Last week’s premiere served to reintroduce us to several storylines left hanging at the end of last season. Tonight, we caught up with one more – a personal and fan favorite – as well as catching a glimpse of what is sure to be one of the central new powers throughout Season 5. Others got a bit more time, and more than one character has already been dumped into the proverbial fire already, just two weeks in. Click through for my complete review and synopsis.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of Game of Thrones S05E02, “The House of Black and White.” In discussing events, I will be quoting some lines with colorful language – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 501
Airdate: April 12, 2015
Directed by: Michael Slovis
Showrunners: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Written by: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (creators); George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by); David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

“Eagerly anticipated” sounds not only trite, but is almost an understatement when it comes to Game of Thrones. In fact, each new season is so “eagerly anticipated” that several hundred thousand people (more likely over a million by now) couldn’t wait until the show premiered tonight, watching the first four episodes after they were leaked online late last night (read my take on this leak here). But none of that for us! After the long wait, winter is finally coming – again. Click through for my review and full synopsis on tonight’s Season 5 Premiere.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of Game of Thrones S05E01, “The Wars to Come.” In discussing events, I will be quoting some lines with colorful language – read more at your own risk.>>
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Trigger warning for sexual violence.

With the events of last week still causing fallout in the world of Game of Thrones fandom, what will this week’s episode do, if anything, to mollify the justly disturbed? (I won’t go into specifics prior to the break, as per my policy, in order to avoid spoilers.) Of course, with the nature of television broadcast and filming schedules, it is unlikely that any mitigation of the damage is going to come so soon. The question really becomes: will Benioff and Weiss double down on what happened, worsening an already bad situation due to narrative momentum? Click through after the break to see what I think about the key and controversial event of last week’s episode.

<<Spoiler Alert: This editorial regarding events in Game of Thrones S04E03 – “Breaker of Chains” – will discuss major plot points and events from that episode, and will discuss potentially triggering actions and scenes; read further at your own discretion.>>
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Episode: 33
Airdate: April 20, 2014
Directed by: Alex Graves
Written by: George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by), David Benioff (creator), D.B. Weiss (creator), David Benioff (written for television by), D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

My apologies. I’m in Hawaii on a family vacation, and had received special permission (and understanding) from my family, not only to watch Game of Thrones tonight, but to spend the necessary time to review it afterward. (This is no small thing – as those of you who have been following my reviews and recaps know, they run in the 4-5000 word range). However, my hotel does not carry HBO. This just blew my mind. Everywhere I’ve ever gone on vacation, ever since HBO was a thing, I’ve never seen a hotel that doesn’t carry it. I’ll know in future not to make such assumptions! They do, however, mix a mean Mai Tai downstairs.

I’ve tried to access HBO online through my Canadian cable subscription, but it won’t play here due to regional restrictions, and Hola Unblocker isn’t getting the job done. I will try some other options (and no, torrents are not an option here), so if I can, I will watch the episode and get my review up as soon as possible. If not, I will be forced to wait until I get back home in order to view the episode and write my review. I will be writing my sneak peek midweek – I know the books, and will read online synopses so I can make informed suggestions; the rest will have to wait until I get a chance to watch the episode myself.

For now, you can click through to watch a reaction video to the final scene of last week’s episode, as well as an excellent thirty minute interview and talk with the most relevant actor from the episode (nope, no spoilers before the break) – click through only if you already know what happened!
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