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The Tonal Change-up of “Game of Thrones” Season Six

Game of Thrones’s sixth season is the show’s bravest tonal departure since director Alan Taylor’s episodes in season two. As NPR’s critic Eric Deggans points out, “satisfaction” could very well be the season’s most coherent theme. Pod’s admirable belief in Brienne summarizes the tonal change-up this season offers: hope, not hopelessness.

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What makes “Game of Thrones” Work Best: Season 4

“The Lion and the Rose,” the episode where Joffrey dies, was already cracking a spot onto my list for best GOT episodes before the Draco Malfoy-esque teenage king finally joined Ned and Rob Stark in death. His death almost forces self-reflection because of how satisfying it is watching arguably the most maligned and aberrant character, rather than an honorable or meritorious character, receive the brutal end of luck.

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The Consistency of “GOT” S2

In the penultimate episode of Season 1, showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, following their source material, killed off their main character, Ned Stark. The final episode was able to sustain itself without a…

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