With “The Americans” having gone back to the USSR and new seasons of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Crown,” “Westworld” and “Stranger Things” arriving too late to be eligible, this year provides Emmy voters with the chance to reward some overlooked actors in the drama races.
If the last couple of election cycles have taught us anything, it’s that the road to the White House is paved with more town hall meetings than any one human with a functioning soul should ever be forced to watch.
“Game of Thrones” will always be remembered for the strength and complexity of its female characters, flawed and fascinating women like Cersei Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen, who were beautifully portrayed even when the writing by showrunners D.B Weiss and David Benioff failed them.
The Iron Throne, “Game of Thrones’” ultimate prize that countless characters killed and were killed for over eight seasons of stellar storytelling, melted into a puddle during the series finale Sunday, dripping slowly down a set of stairs that once led to the realm’s coveted seat of power.
“The Bells,” the highly controversial fifth episode of “Game of Thrones’” final season, may have gotten the series’ lowest Rotten Tomatoes score ever (along with its highest viewership numbers), but it did spark unusual interest in the creators’ after-show commentary, which had until this week been regularly dismissed as astonishingly super-dull.
Despite some vocal complaints over the last few “Game of Thrones” episodes, what truly sets the series apart is its considered character development, its knack for taking them to places viewers might have never expected.
If you watch this week’s episode of “Game of Thrones” closely, here’s what you will not see: Jaime Lannister’s right hand, grown back all pink and healthy as if it had never been chopped off in Season 3.
The defining moment of the first episode of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” came when the sinister Jaime Lannister shoved 10-year-old Bran Stark out of the window of a high tower after the youngster spied Lannister and his twin sister Cersei having sex.
For the lead single from “For the Throne: Music Inspired by the HBO Series ‘Game of Thrones,’” Grammy-nominated R&B singer and songwriter SZA had no problem channeling the kill-’em-all energy of the show’s fiery Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen (formerly known as Khaleesi).
For all the indicators of the passage of time that filled the second episode of the final season of “Game of Thrones” — a humbled Jaime Lannister, his brother Tyrion drinking with men by the fire instead of at the local brothel — it was seeing one of the youngest Stark children joining the series’ long line of sex scenes that colored the temples of anyone in the audience as much as on the show.
Like Jon Snow making the trek back to Winterfell, “Game of Thrones” returned home Friday night to Belfast, the Northern Ireland city that has been the series’ main production base for most of the past decade.
The eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” will hopefully answer at least one burning question: Can humans win a war against a magical ice zombie horde if they are too busy squabbling among themselves over politics and payback?
From the moment in the pilot when Ned Stark beheads a Night’s Watch deserter with his imposing Valyrian steel longsword, weapons of every manner — blades, axes, arrows, bows, cudgels, clubs and more — have played a crucial role in the brutal universe of “Game of Thrones.”
Winter is here, all men must die and “Game of Thrones” will end — in a way that will no doubt leave many of us furious and all of us grief-stricken (especially if the “all men must die” is taken literally.)