As the end credits roll on the season finale, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss can be forgiven much after delivering an almost movie length episode.
Epic is one of those words that can be overused when describing a show like Game of Thrones. But in the case of ‘Beyond The Wall’, it really is the only word that comes near to what episode six delivered.
We’ve been pretty spoilt the last couple of weeks on Game of Thrones. Showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss have kept up a cracking pace throughout the first four episodes.
Every season there’s a Game of Thrones episode where you really needed to take time to absorb it all.
Winning a throne was never going to be easy for Daenerys Targaryen. She might have dragons, the Unsullied and the Dothraki.
Three words closed out last week’s season premiere of Game of Thrones. Three words to set up the season ahead.
It’s been a long time coming, but Winter is finally here and so is season seven of Game of Thrones. And if the season premiere is anything to go by, showrunners David Benioff and D.B Weiss are pulling out all stops to lay the groundwork for the final season, next year.
So, the end credits have rolled on the season six of Game of Thrones. The finale was a magnificent 69 minutes and was the longest instalment of the entire series.
Epic. Monumental. Amazing. Jaw dropping. I think I’ve run out of words to describe Battle of the Bastards.
So, that internet rumour doing the rounds before the airing of ‘No One’ turned out to be a fizzer and hearts were broken all over the internet.
As we build to the climax of season six of Game of Thrones, The Broken Man was a surprisingly subdued episode. But that’s not to say there weren’t a few unexpected twists.
“Blood of My Blood” may have lacked the same emotional impact as “The Door”, but it succeeded in delivering the perfect curve ball. Benjen Stark is alive!!
Ten minutes. All it took was ten minutes to break the hearts of Game of Thrones fans all over the world. Ten minutes of intense, heart stopping action that also managed to answer one of the most enduring questions of the entire book and TV series.
And winner of vilest character on TV.. Ramsay Bolton for deeds most foul on Games of Thrones.
If the fan theories are correct and Jon Snow plays a key role in the ‘end game’ in a Game of Thrones, then episode three may contain enough hints to confirm those theories.
But there is much more to “Home” than resolving the ‘Jon question’ and how we get there is one of the many OMG moments of episode two.
The new series of Game of Thrones is here. That oh-so familiar theme song is playing and the anticipation is running very high. But there’s also a healthy dose of anxiety.
The producers of Game of Thrones had to pull something out of the bag to wrap up season five. After all, we had the rise of the White Walkers in episode 8 and the double whammy of Stannis killing his daughter and Dany saved by her dragons in episode 9. What could they throw at us in the season finale?
Expectation can be a tough master, especially on a show like Game of Thrones. The fans have come to expect ‘big’ things as we near the end of the season.
Just when you think you’ve got the Game of Thrones formula nailed, they go and shake things up in a rather dramatic way.
After the controversial wedding night rape of Sansa of last week, things are a little more ‘subdued’ this time around. Which is a mercy, really.
You think Game of Thrones is ‘dark’, what with its violence, the Walkers, a Red Wedding and executions? Well, you haven’t seen anything yet. In episode six, we venture down dark corridors that make for disturbed viewing.
Heads up everyone. There will be violence and nudity in Episode 5. Just in case you were wondering. But really the pre-show warnings should include ‘this episode contains scenes of emotional torture and dragons'.
Say whatever you want about King Robert Baratheon, the Seven Kingdoms was held it together under his rule. Since his demise way back in season one, things have slowly been falling apart.
Game of Thrones loves a ‘good’ wedding. We’ve had the infamous ‘Red Wedding’ and the much anticipated ‘purple wedding’, spelling the end of Robb Stark and Joffrey Baratheon.
The last we saw of Arya Stark, she was sailing towards a new life in Braavos in the final episode of Season Four. Having survived her journey through Westeros with The Hound, Arya was looking to a new beginning.
As a season opener, it lacked the punch of the last three episodes of season four. But we shouldn’t expect all the bells and whistles just yet.
Last week Game of Throne producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss promised that the season finale was their ‘finest hour ever’. Its awesomeness intimidated them, they said.
Wow. Just wow. Let me say that again, wow. So, that was pretty intense, gripping…(insert adjective here). I think I need a moment to breathe. Or maybe I need to hit rewind.
Thank the Old Gods and New; Game of Thrones is back, even if it is just for a few more weeks. And in “The Mountain and The Viper”, story lines are starting to be tied up, while others are beginning to open up.
After the emotional peak that was Tyrion’s courtroom speech last week, the question was always whether Mockingbird would reach the same dizzying heights. It had a lot to live up to and in it’s own way, it measures up.
Years ago, when they first began casting for Game of Thrones, book readers worried WHO, if anyone, would be able to do justice to the character of Tyrion Lannister.
Half way through the season and still so many questions to be answered, yet so many questions HAVE been answered.
“No, no, no. This is not how it happened in the books. This is not how it was supposed to happen. What has HBO done?”
After the much-anticipated Purple Wedding saw the demise of the Caligula-esque King Joffrey, you’d be forgiven for thinking GoT would let us lay back, light up a cigarette and enjoy the moment.
That noise you heard last night was the internet exploding. A collective cheer went up, as another player in the Game of Thrones was removed.
As a book reader, I’ll admit to mixed feelings about the show. I love it, but miss the complexity of the plotlines as laid out in George RR Martin’s novels. At times, the show has felt rushed and two-dimensional. Knowing what had been left out was aggravating.
Nikole Gunn has been a watcher of TV since the 70s. A writer of words since the 80s. A reader of the news since the 90s; mostly on Triple M, Nova and Gold.
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