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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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Game of Thrones Finale

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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John Wick NES Game

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, check out a video game version of John Wick as if the movie was adapted for the original Nintendo. Plus, see a bunch of Easter eggs you might have missed in the Game of Thrones series finale, and go behind the scenes of Stephen Colbert‘s dimension-hopping arrival in the world of HBO’s Veep. Read More »

Game of Thrones finale reactions

After eight seasons, almost 75 episodes, and generating enough passion to fuel every fire in the realm, HBO’s Game of Thrones has come to an end. You know how we’ve responded, but what do the stars of the show think about the way the series concluded? Read on for several of their Game of Thrones finale reactions, including comments from Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, and more. Read More »

Game of Thrones is a show that is profoundly of its time. It’s a sword made of the finest Valyrian steel that has cut through pop culture but is nonetheless two-edged in its relation to and reflection of the cultural zeitgeist. The story begun in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels drew from cycles of history and fictional tropes to present what’s been called Realpolitik in a fantasy world.” It was the Wars of the Roses meets The Lord of the Rings; but whereas author J.R.R. Tolkien was a World War I veteran writing concurrently with World War II, Martin is a writer who was a conscientious objector in Vietnam and whose books spawned a television series that would air in the aftermath of the Iraq War.

Game of Thrones premiered on HBO a year into the 2010s … and now its watch is ended in the last year of the decade, before the 2020s begin. Amid the real-world problems of 2019, there’s a tendency sometimes to dismiss entertainment talk as trivial, but entertainment also has a way of preserving history — or the agreed-upon lie of it — beyond the day’s headlines. It’s as much a time capsule as it is a means of escape.

When people look back at Game of Thrones, they will see an elaborate map of mythology where the grinding gears of cities rose up with plot twists to complicate (and often end) the lives of memorable characters. It’s quite possible that they will also see an ugly mosaic of all that was/is wrong with the world. If, as Vulture recently posited, this prestige drama represents “the last show we’ll watch together,” then before the watercooler drains, it will have left us with an artifact that speaks volumes about the era in which we’re living.
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Game of Thrones finale review

Game of Thrones is over. HBO’s epic adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire has reached its bittersweet conclusion with “The Iron Throne,” a finale that will certainly keep tongues waggling for years to come.

So let’s dive in. For the last time, /Film’s resident Westeros experts Jacob Hall and Ben Pearson have gathered to break it all down. Read More »

Game of Thrones Theme Cover

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, watch as Game Of Thrones co-creator Dan Weiss and composer Ramin Djawadi sit down with some of rock’s finest to create an electric new cover of the show’s theme song. Plus, see how the power of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons compare to those in The Hobbit, learn about the creation of Game of Thrones languages, and see Pete Davidson‘s tribute to the series on Saturday Night Live. Read More »

Game of Thrones Final Season Problems

Now that the dust has settled around what’s left of King’s Landing, there is room to examine why some fans have felt betrayed by season eight of Game of Thrones. The fan reaction to the episode has been divisive, with some overzealous and misguided fans petitioning for a “redo” of this season. While I’m certainly not among those folks, I found myself very angry at my favorite dragon show more than once this season. While it’s not uncommon for a series to drop the ball in the last inning, Game of Thrones final season has felt spectacularly disappointing.

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Starship Troopers Bug Science

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, take a scientific look at the bugs from Starship Troopers and see how close they are to representing the real science behind insects. Plus, listen to the expert behind Game of Thrones languages critique those who speak them on the show, and find out which Pokemon the cast of Detective Pikachu would be after they answer a little quiz. Read More »

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All bell breaks loose! David Chen and Joanna Robinson watch the fifth episode of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, “The Bells.” Catch the Slashfilm Daily recap of the divisive episode here. Read the post on Medium about why pop culture fans feel threatened by disagreement here.

Watch David’s original meme “Snickers ad” here.

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