Game of Thrones Season 7 Trailer Breakdown 7

Game of Thrones returns for its penultimate season in less than two months and no other 2017 pop culture event has me more excited. Season 6 was one of the epic fantasy series’ best batch of episodes yet, trimming the main cast down to its key players (via a huge body count) and maneuvering the survivors into position for a final showdown. This is going to exciting. And grisly. And nerve-wracking.

Because the new trailer is so full of greatness worth exploring, it’s time for a good ‘ol fashioned trailer breakdown. Let’s go through this whole thing shot-by-shot and see what we can find.

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hannibal miniseries

It’s easy to be sad that Hannibal is no more, but it’s hard to be angry. The late, great horror series had a passionate fan base, but also a tiny fan base – very few people actually watched this mesmerizing and completely bonkers series and the three seasons NBC gave it were generous. And yet, there has been buzz about a potential fourth season ever since the show’s cancelation…buzz that has been continuously stoked by creator and showrunner Bryan Fuller, who has made it perfectly clear that he’d love to return.

In fact, it’s hard to grieve the end of this show (which had a pitch-perfect finale) when Fuller keeps on spitballing Hannibal season 4 ideas in public.

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Ozark trailer

I love watching great television shows. But at this point, the rate at which Netflix is dropping new content on its subscribers is almost aggressive. They’re starting to seem like the Joker in The Dark Knight, setting fire to massive piles of cash in a darkened warehouse for no reason other than that they enjoy the chaos of it all. They just want to watch the world burn. And yes, I’m fully aware that I’ve reached peak #firstworldproblems status: I’m actually angry about how many good new shows exist that I want to watch.

And now the streaming service has released a teaser trailer for a dark new drama starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney called Ozark, and damn it, this one also looks terrific. Watch the first Ozark trailer below.
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Silicon Valley

Here’s a classic “good news, bad news” situation: HBO’s hilarious tech comedy Silicon Valley has been renewed for a fifth season, but T.J. Miller, who plays the foul-mouthed Erlich Bachman, is officially leaving the series. The era of Bachmanity is over.

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Friends from College Trailer

While Jordan Peele has a career on the rise thanks to his directorial debut on the stellar thriller Get Out, his partner in comedy continues to build up his acting profile.

Keegan-Michael Key has appeared in countless TV shows and lent his voice to plenty of animated fare, but he’s been taking more prominent roles in front of the camera on the big screen lately. Last year, he starred in the outstanding Don’t Think Twice, and next year he’ll have a key role in The Predator. But before that, he’ll be part of an incredible ensemble in the new Netflix comedy series Friends from College, and the first trailer for the series has just arrived. Read More »

Game of Thrones Season 7 Trailer

You may recall that the first season of Game of Thrones featured a lead character being awkwardly knocked unconscious as he led his troops into battle because the show’s budget simply couldn’t pay for an action scene larger than a small skirmish.

The Game of Thrones season 7 trailer laughs at that scene.

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The Witcher Netflix Series

Netflix has announced that they’re adapting The Witcher into a new series and gamers around the world rejoiced.

But The Witcher was a series of fantasy books written by Andrzej Sapkowskit long before it was a game! With five novels and two short story collections (none of which, humorously, are called The Witcher) set in this world of monsters and monster hunters, there is a ton of material to mine for a TV series.

Here’s a rundown on what you can expect (and what we hope to see).

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Game of Thrones mobile

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: AT&T’s suggestion to recut Game of Thrones episodes.)

This morning, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson spoke at J.P. Morgan’s Global Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference and offered his thoughts about the future of mobile entertainment in the wake of AT&T’s pending acquisition of Time Warner. Most notably, he had some ideas about re-editing content to better optimize it for a mobile-using audience. “Think about things like Game of Thrones,” he said. “In a mobile environment, a 60-minute episode might not be the best experience. Maybe you want a 20-minute episode.”

For the AT&T CEO, allow me to provide an acronym of my own: GTFO.
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game of thrones season 7 daenerys

At its core, HBO’s wildly popular fantasy series Game of Thrones is a chess game. The early seasons involved a handful of characters slowly and methodically plotting their political maneuvers and adapting to situations around them in the hopes of securing the coveted Iron Throne for themselves, while others waited in the wings, quietly accruing power and preparing to strike.

But now that the board has been culled down to its most essential pieces, things are going to start happening a hell of a lot more quickly on the show. No more waiting. No more quiet contemplating. It’s time for action, and according to new interviews with the showrunners and cast, that’s exactly what we’re going to get in Game of Thrones season 7.
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in defense of the lost ending

(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or TV show, or sets their sights on something seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: a defense of the final season of the ABC TV series LOST.)

LOST was once at the pinnacle of the early Golden Age of TV. Ambitious, awe-inspiring, and frustrating, it brought forth a new age in serialized primetime television and was perhaps the last great TV show to command the attention of audiences across the country before streaming and prestige cable shows dispersed them.

You remember those glory days, right? The connective flashbacks, the masterful character work, the scavenger hunt for hints, the jaw-dropping cliffhangers. It was like nothing on TV. And it ended seven years ago today, airing its series finale on May 23, 2010.

So it pains me that LOST, one of the most exciting and daring sci-fi TV series — and one of my favorite shows of all time — is met with derision because of its final season. To be sure, it’s an oddly opaque finale for a show that until then, had operated in grays — espousing realist and borderline nihilistic philosophies that called into question the nature and morals of man. But one of the charms of LOST was that it never tried to answer these questions. Yes, it bludgeoned you over the head with that “man of science, man of faith” debate between Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) and John Locke (Terry O’Quinn), but neither were able to ever really win the upper hand.

The finale changed that. The answer, it seemed to say, was faith. And in a show that depended so heavily on sci-fi tropes and staples, this switcheroo understandably angered people.

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