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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: 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: 503
Airdate: April 26, 2015
Directed by: Mark Mylod
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)

Three episodes into the new season, and tonight we see a definite ramping up of tension across several storylines. While last week gave us successes for some fan-favorite characters – Dany reuniting with Drogon, Jon gaining rank and authority – tonight we begin to see what the result and cost of new power can be, in at least one of these two cases. Another strong episode – the strongest of the season so far – and a more focused, integrated approach, means a rapt hour passed by far quicker than most. Click through for my full review and synopsis.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of Game of Thrones S05E03, “High Sparrow.” In discussing events, I will be quoting some lines with colorful language – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 40
Airdate: June 15, 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)

Here it is already – the season finale of Game of Thrones. Eleven short weeks (with the one week break between episodes 36 and 37), and another season will be coming to an end. The last two weeks have proven to be excellent episodes, with plenty of storylines coming to some sort of resolution, but plenty more left unresolved. This is, of course, the nature of the source material, a series of books that is still not close to being finished. How much further along will we find ourselves at this time next week, with a year to wait for the next episode? Click through to take a look at the Promo video, and get my take on what I expect us to see this coming Sunday.

<<Spoiler Alert: This preview of Game of Thrones S04E10 – “The Children” – will discuss major plot points and events suggested by previous episodes and the Promo video; read further at your own risk!>>
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Episode: 38
Airdate: June 1, 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)

Two weeks after the last episode of Game of Thrones, we finally enter into the final stretch run. Sadly, we have only two more episodes to go after tonight’s, but if they are anything like “The Mountain and the Viper,” we’ll be in for a real treat. There was major movement on three key storylines tonight, as well as not a few resolutions to ongoing questions. The biggest, of course, involves the trial by combat we’ve been waiting to see since Episode 406, three weeks ago. And it most certainly did not disappoint.

<<Spoiler Alert: This article is a review and complete recap of Game of Thrones S04E08 – “The Mountain and the Viper” – it will discuss major plot points and events in detail, and may contain strong language based on dialogue from the episode; read further at your own risk!>>
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Episode: 37
Airdate: May 18, 2014
Directed by: Alik Sakharov
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)

When I said in my sneak peek of “Mockingbird” earlier this week (read it here) that I suspected Benioff and Weiss would leave us on a cliffhanger, I had no idea how literally they, in fact, would (okay, I had my suspicions due to having read the books, but I didn’t want to give too much away). We got some good solid movement in several storylines tonight, and the next episode, “The Viper and the Mountain,” is setting up to be a nice lead in to the final three episodes of the season – has it really gone so quickly? For now, click through after the break to get my take on tonight’s events, and where they may be leading us in the near future.

Note: Beginning with tonight’s review, I will no longer be doing the complete synopses I have been doing in the past. Please refer to my editorial regarding this decision here for my reasoning, if you’re interested.

<<Spoiler Alert: This article is a review and complete recap of Game of Thrones S04E07 – “Mockingbird” – it will discuss major plot points and events in detail, and may contain strong language based on dialogue from the episode; read further at your own risk!>>
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Episode: 35
Airdate: May 4, 2014
Directed by: Michelle MacLaren
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)

From every report I’ve seen, last week’s episode was largely a bridge between actually interesting events, and there were a couple of major changes from the source material yet again, although nothing quite on the same level as what happened two weeks ago (at least nothing from this week has caused the same kind of internet fracas). If the series is treading water, this is nothing new – the middle four or five episodes of Season 3 felt very much the same. For now, characters need to be positioned, armies need to be trained, and alliances need to be forged. What sorts of maneuvers can we expect to see in this week’s episode? Click through after the break for my breakdown of the Promo video and my thoughts on what this week shall bring.

<<Spoiler Alert: This preview of Game of Thrones S04E05 – “First of His Name” – will discuss major plot points and events suggested by previous events and the events shown in the Promo video; read further at your own risk!>>
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Episode: 401/31
Airdate: April 6, 2014
Directed by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
Written by: George R.R. Martin, David Benioff, D.B. Weiss

This past Sunday saw the first new episode of Game of Thrones in nine months, and while the anticipation for the beginning of the season is quite high, it is important to note going in that the opening episodes of the previous three seasons have been used to establish themes and direction, rather than to make great narrative leaps forward. This was much the same, although the final sequence of the episode showed great promise for one of my favorite characters. Click through after the break to read my episode recap, and to get my take on “Two Swords.”

<<Spoiler Alert: This article is a review and complete recap of Game of Thrones S04E01 – “Two Swords” – it will discuss major plot points and events in detail, and there is one use of possibly objectionable language in a quote from the show; read further at your own risk!>>
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It’s been a long nine months since the end of Season 3 of Game of Thrones, and we’re finally about to embark on Season 4 beginning this coming Sunday, April 6. Weiss and Benioff, the showrunners, have stated publicly that the series will run a total of seven seasons, meaning that episode 405, just five weeks from now, will mark exactly the halfway point of the series’ run (if they continue doing ten shows per year, that is). In this article, I’m going to examine the three official trailers released by HBO over the last couple of months, and do a rundown of what I expect to see for each of the major Houses this season. Weiss and Benioff have consistently shown a willingess to depart in minor ways from Martin’s narrative, but they do remain true to his major plot points. It will be interesting to see how far this season takes us, given the self-imposed limitation on the overall length of the series. Click through after the break to see my breakdown of the three trailer videos, as well as my suggestions for what will be happening over the next ten weeks. Any spoilers from the books will require that you actively scroll over the text in order to render it visible.

<<Spoiler Alert: This preview of Game of Thrones Season Four will discuss major plot points and events suggested by previous events and the events shown in the three official trailers; read further at your own risk!>>
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