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(In our coverage of Game of Thrones season 7, we’ll be examining each episode with one simple question in mind – which character is winning the game of thrones this week?)

After last week’s fireworks, Game of Thrones settled down just bit for “Eastwatch,” an hour dedicated to maneuvering all of the vital players into the right positions for another round of fireworks next week. But unlike other “table setting” episodes of past seasons, the unrelenting pace of season 7 applies to even the chapters where everyone is taking a breath.

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(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, we’ve got an assembly of Game of Thrones videos for you to check out. There’s a theory about the significance that the Valyrian steel dagger will carry in future episodes and a video essay exploring how the loot train battle from last weekend’s new episode takes a cue from epic battles throughout cinema. Plus, Saturday Night Live comedienne Leslie Jones watched the latest episode of the series with Seth Meyers with hilarious results, and a special guest stopped by too.

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“The Spoils of War,” the fourth episode of Season 7 of Game of Thrones, may have been one of the HBO fantasy’s best episodes by far. That could be in part due to the seventh season’s sudden narrative urgency, the stunning, climactic battle, or the show’s nuanced hints at an endgame weapon.

Or, it could be the numerous easter eggs and cameos that populated “The Spoils of War,” which make each viewing of a Game of Thrones episode richer than the last. Here are some things you may have missed about Season 7, Episode 4 of Game of Thrones, as well as some plain old fun facts about costumes and IKEA.

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Game of Thrones battle featurette

Last night’s Game of Thrones episode, “The Spoils of War,” took fans by surprise and unleashed another of the show’s trademark battle sequences, but with an important addition: this time, there was a freaking dragon involved. HBO has released an in-depth video featurette that dives into the impressive way the show’s production team managed to accomplish the impossible, and how they broke a television record in the process. Spoilers for last night’s episode ahead, but if you’re all caught up, you should definitely check this out.
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Game of Thrones dagger

As armies raid castles, dragons burn soldiers, and Cersei Lannister schemes away in King’s Landing, it won’t be long before everyone realizes that two most valuable resources in Game of Thrones‘ Westeros are Valyrian steel and dragonglass. Those are the only known substances that can kill White Walkers, so when the Night King and his army of the dead arrive, nothing else will matter.

Jon Snow is busy mining as much dragonglass as he can from the caves of Dragonstone, and this week’s episode re-introduced a weapon that’s worth talking a bit more about: Littlefinger’s dagger. Where have we seen that before, and why is it so important? Join me below, where we’ll also run down all of the Valyrian steel pieces we know about on the show.
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Game of Thrones The Spoils of War Review

(In our coverage of Game of Thrones season 7, we’ll be examining each episode with one simple question in mind – which character is winning the game of thrones this week?)

As the internet made abundantly clear it the run-up to its premiere, “The Spoils of War” is the shortest episode of Game of Thrones. Not by much, but enough to lead many people to believe it would be a filler episode, 50 or so minutes of table-setting following last week’s stunning final moments. These episodes are required in a series this sprawling – the pieces need to be in the right place and the gears need to be turning at the right speed for those trademark big “wow” moments to pay off.

But we didn’t get a filler episode. Instead, we got what may be the best episode of the series thus far, an hour of television that supplied spectacle and character, an hour that paid off numerous plot threads while tearing a dozen more from the series’ increasingly bloodstained tapestry. “The Spoils of War” is Game of Thrones at its best, a reminder of why we fell in love with the show in the first place. Great characters, complex relationships, and massive conflicts that tear our allegiances in every possible direction.

Oh, and dragons.

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Game of Thrones Episode Leaked

The internet is dark and full of spoilers for the television event of 2017.

A few days ago, HBO fell victim to a cybersecurity attack and hackers made off with 1.5 terabytes of data, including scripts for and episodes of the network’s current shows. Episodes of Ballers and Room 104 made their way online quickly, but it took a few days for the latest episode of Game of Thrones season 7 to appear in the shadier corners of the internet. But now it’s out there and, in what must be a bit of a headache for HBO, this leak didn’t even come from the original hack.

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I tend to be skeptical of Game of Thrones theories, not because they’re not fun, but because the world of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire seemingly goes out of its way to crush them. Fan theories, like prophecies, tend to fall victim to cold, hard reality in Westeros. Martin’s writing has always felt a kinship with actual history in this way – things often go the way you don’t expect because history is generally unpleasant, unpredictable, and totally out of line with what everyone expected.

So when I write a headline saying “this is a really good Game of Thrones theory and you should read it,” know that I’m taking this quite seriously, thank you very much. Season 7 spoilers, for both past episodes and possibly upcoming episodes, follow.

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HBO hack Game of Thrones

Update: HBO is now reportedly working with the FBI and cybersecurity firm Mandiant to investigate the data stolen in the hack, which may contain employee emails in addition to television episodes and scripts. The cybersecurity attack may be even larger than initially thought, as the 1.5 terabytes of data obtained in the HBO hack is roughly seven times the size of the 2014 Sony hack.

Our original story follows below.


The things we do for love — of a show. But if you love not being spoiled for Game of Thrones, beware: hackers have breached HBO and reportedly plan to release episodes and scripts from upcoming Game of Thrones episodes.

HBO has suffered a major cyberattack, with upcoming episodes of a few of its TV series and at least one apparent script have been leaked online by hackers who breached the entertainment company’s systems. And they’re threatening to release more: namely, the fourth episode of Game of Thrones.

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Game of Thrones Pacing

For its first six seasons, HBO’s Game of Thrones was a slow-paced show that took its time moving pieces into place. Those first four episodes or so were all build-up, all simmer. And then things would finally take off, propelling you into a final stretch where everything paid off with a bloody bang. We all got used to it.

This has changed in season 7, where the endgame is in sight and the surviving kings and queens are engaged in the war we’ve been promised since the very beginning. Now, things happen fast on Game of Thrones. People get places quickly. Major revelations happen every other scene. The uphill climb isn’t just reduced – it’s gone entirely. And we have mixed feelings on this.

/Film writers Jacob Hall and Ben Pearson sat down to talk about the pace of the new season and whether or not Game of Thrones is still Game of Thrones without its signature pacing…and whether or not the show’s world-building is suffering for it.

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