It’s been two weeks since Game of Thrones aired its series finale, not nearly enough time for even the most hardcore fans to go back and revisit the whole series to see how well it squares with the ending we got. Since a recent foot injury left me less mobile than usual, I, for one, found myself in the grips of an unquenchable need to process this pop culture event, while being physically unable to just “walk it off” like a normal person would. I had all this extra binge-watching time, a deeply renewed interest in the world of Westeros, and yet no new episodes (or, let’s face it, novels) on the immediate horizon.
So of course, I did the only rational thing and promptly started revisiting old episodes, binge-rewatching Game of Thrones until I literally made myself queasy with entertainment consumption. Someone needs to invent a term for that sort of sickness. The binge-watch bends?
As unhealthy as it was, I came out the other side of my marathon viewing with a greater appreciation for the full trajectory of the show’s characters. One of the narratives that has built up as part of the backlash against Game of Thrones is that it started betraying its characters toward the end, sacrificing logic and good character-based storytelling in favor of planned endings. When you’ve been watching the show from week to week over a span of eight years, it’s easy to forget some of the smaller moments as your memory clings to its impression of the characters over time. The question is, who were they, really, and did the show do an effective enough job of communicating that?
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David Chen and Joanna Robinson reflect on this epic, touching, improbable, and divisive series that is Game of Thrones, plus this podcast that they have made to accompany it. Thank you for listening.
Listen and subscribe to David’s new podcast – Culturally Relevant – where he talks with authors, filmmakers, and other culturally relevant figures. You can also listen to his other podcasts Slashfilmcast and Write Along .
Listen to Joanna’s other podcasts Storm of Spoilers (currently discussing Lost), Still Watching (currently discussing Big Little Lies) , and Vanity Fair’s Little Gold Men.
Music in this episode comes from Jenny Owen Youngs. To download more of her original Game of Thrones songs, go to Buffering the Vampire Slayer.
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Our watch may be over when it comes to HBO’s Game of Thrones, but I have a feeling it’ll be a long time before we’re done talking about this show. In today’s quick round-up: a new poll might reframe the conversation around last Sunday’s series finale, actress Gwendoline Christie is “pathetically thrilled” that she correctly predicted the ending of the show two years ago, and author George R.R. Martin has set a deadline for himself to finish the next book in his A Song of Ice and Fire saga, The Winds of Winter. Read More »
This Sunday saw the end of HBO’s Game of Thrones. No matter what your feelings are about the finale, one thing is certain: our time with the show’s many characters, one way or another, is over.
But while we’ve had to say goodbye to the world of Westeros (this version, at least; George R.R. Martin has said that no current characters will be in any of the Game of Thrones spin-offs), there are reams of other epic fantasy tales out there for GOT fans to try out.
So many, in fact, that you can find novels with protagonists similar to your favorite female GOT characters. Here’s a list of books to try out if you’re craving more time with the Game of Thrones women.
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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, visual effects artists explain good and bad CG work in movies, including a Jurassic Park gaffe you probably missed. Plus, Avengers: Endgame helmers Anthony & Joe Russo take a look back at their career in directing and producing film and television, and Leslie Jones and Seth Meyers sit down to watch the Game of Thrones finale together. Read More »
Death came for a few key players in the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, but it turns out one character was initially supposed to live through the events of season eight and still be alive when the last episode’s credits rolled. Now Dave Hill, one of the show’s writers, has revealed the identity of that character, and the performer who embodied that character has responded.
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With the ending of Game of Thrones only a few days behind us, discussion is already turning to what HBO plans to do next in that rich fantasy world. One thing fans can definitively cross off their wish list, though, is a spinoff following the adventures of Arya Stark.
In a new interview, HBO programming president Casey Bloys specifically dismissed that idea. Read what he had to say about the show’s divisive ending, the Game of Thrones prequel show that’s already in development, and more below. Read More »
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The fires are out and the ashes have fallen, and Game of Thrones is over. But the story continues, in the form of HBO prequels, and of course, the book series that started it all: George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. The author of the novels upon which Game of Thrones is based offered his emotional reaction to the ending of the show in a new blog post, which closed out an important chapter in Martin’s life — but may be teasing a new chapter from the books. And of course, Martin answers that big question: is his ending for A Song of Ice and Fire going to be different from the divisive Game of Thrones ending?
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The final season of Game of Thrones has been divisive at best. The rushed pacing and certain character choices left many fans feeling bitter after the penultimate episode, “The Bells”. I was one of those fans, and I detailed my grievances with the series as I prepared for the final episode. I prepared myself to be angry, to be bitter, but above all, to be disappointed. Imagine my complete shock when the episode moved me to tears.
The final episode of Game of Thrones, “The Iron Throne”, delivered on many of the series’ most important character arcs. The series has always been at its best when it focuses on the characters and their personal journeys, and “The Iron Throne” gave us some satisfying conclusions for the characters who deserved it most. It wasn’t a perfect episode, as uneven as much of this season, but the big emotional beats worked – offering some catharsis after the upheaval from the previous episode. This may be the only real ending fans ever get, with the finale two books constantly being pushed back by series author George R.R. Martin.
Here’s a look at what worked and what didn’t, and why some fans feel worse about the ending than others – though no one needs to be making petitions.
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