The Secret To Making Sense Of Last Night's Game Of Thrones Finale

Even George R.R. Martin might have needed to rewind a couple times to figure out some of the characters' motivations in the Game of Thrones season finale. There were out-of-left-field plot twists and self-destructive choices, some of which weren't in the books. But here's one secret to making sense of the whole… » 6/16/14 8:00am 6/16/14 8:00am

All The Best Larger-Than-Life Moments In Last Night's Game Of Thrones

This was Game Of Thrones' big battle episode, and it featured huge set pieces. HUGE. But you know what was really huge? The characters, and their incredible defining moments. There was sex, love, heroism, cowardice... and lots of killing. We've rounded up all of the defining moments in last night's insane showcase. » 6/09/14 8:00am 6/09/14 8:00am

On Game Of Thrones, We Learn The Hard Way Revenge Is Best Served Cold

Last night's Game of Thrones was like a marathon of rug-pulling. Time after time, we saw the truth revealed — only to have it turned on its side somehow. There were so many slippery moments where the truth became the biggest lie, it was only fitting when we saw a confession turn deadly. Spoilers ahead... » 6/02/14 8:00am 6/02/14 8:00am

This Was The Most Emotionally Intense Game Of Thrones Episode Yet

Last night's Game of Thrones was ridiculously eventful, with a number of major turning points. But "Mockingbird" was also full of intense moments, where people revealed their defining tragedies and made life-or-death decisions. And discovered what they're willing to kill, or die, for. Spoilers ahead... » 5/19/14 8:00am 5/19/14 8:00am

Tyrion Is Among The Least Skilled Players Of The Game Of Thrones

Back in Game of Thrones season two, we heard a lot about how Tyrion was taking to court intrigue in King's Landing. How he was enjoying playing politics, and discovering he was quite good at it. The sad thing? He was horrible at it. Almost as bad as Ned Stark. Last night's episode pretty much proves it. Spoilers… » 5/12/14 8:00am 5/12/14 8:00am

Everyone On Game Of Thrones Is An Amateur Compared To Littlefinger

Last night's Game of Thrones had a lot of scenes where people tried to consolidate their power. Some people make alliances, others bully their followers, and still others try to send their enemies on suicide missions. When your hold on power isn't secure, you have to be crafty and ruthless as fuck. Spoilers ahead... » 4/28/14 8:00am 4/28/14 8:00am

Did Game Of Thrones Finally Go Too Far?

You might have thought the question of Game of Thrones going too far would have been moot a long time ago. This is the show that gave us "sexposition" and Joffrey brutalizing sex workers, after all. But a lot of people seem to feel as though one moment in last night's episode was, finally, too much. Spoilers ahead... » 4/21/14 8:00am 4/21/14 8:00am

We Reached The "Everybody's Broken Past Fixing" Part of Game of Thrones

Remember when all the characters on Game of Thrones were shiny and new? Now Tyrion Lannister can't get laid in a whorehouse. His brother Jaime has lost his groove. The Stark girls have death in their hearts. Jon Snow's a traitor forever. Last night's premiere showed these characters aren't just broken, but broken… » 4/07/14 8:38am 4/07/14 8:38am

Did Game of Thrones finally explain where power really comes from?

On one level, last night's Game of Thrones was about parents and their damaged sons. (Along with the age-old maxim, "You broke it, you bought it.") But really, it was about offering one plausible answer to the question the show has been asking from the beginning: Where does power come from? Who really has it, and why? » 6/10/13 1:04pm 6/10/13 1:04pm

Why do we sit through the brutality of Game of Thrones every week?

Ever since we lost Ned Stark, Game of Thrones has been turning into a more and more chaotic show, in which horrific events befall various characters in a seemingly random fashion every week. This one loses a hand, that one gets crossbowed to death. So why do we keep watching it? Are we just sadists? Masochists?… » 6/03/13 12:17pm 6/03/13 12:17pm

Peter Dinklage deserves another Emmy for last night's Game of Thrones

Holy crap, the writing and acting on Game of Thrones keep getting better. Last night's episode was both epic and understated, with small moments that carried huge weight. This was another episode all about rape (arguably, a key theme of the show) and yet it was smart and entertaining. Thanks, in no small part, to… » 5/20/13 12:31pm 5/20/13 12:31pm

Was this the most romantic Game of Thrones episode ever?

Winter may be coming, but spring was in the air in last night's Game of Thrones. Everybody gets lucky! Well, sort of. Book author George R.R. Martin wrote this installment, and seized the chance to write a ton of scenes that weren't in his novel. And it was pretty fascinating stuff. Spoilers ahead... » 5/13/13 12:57pm 5/13/13 12:57pm

Is Game of Thrones all about the war between Varys and Littlefinger?

Varys and Littlefinger may seem to be minor players — but the maneuverings of the noble families of Westeros often seem to come back to their ongoing chess game. Also, in last night's Game of Thrones, Varys and Littlefinger articulate two very different philosophies, which help illuminate the divided loyalties you're… » 5/06/13 12:36pm 5/06/13 12:36pm

On Game of Thrones, some men just want to watch the world burn

The Mad King of Westeros really, really liked wildfire. A lot. Crazy King Aerys has been dead a long time, but he still overshadows the realm — not just because those who deposed him are ruling, but also because his terrible reign raises the ultimate question: When is it okay to break your oath and turn against your… » 4/29/13 12:00pm 4/29/13 12:00pm

On Game of Thrones, revenge is a dish best served among friends

Last night's episode of Game of Thrones had a pretty clear theme of mutilation and revenge running through it. But slightly further below the surface was the idea that seeking revenge requires not just patience, but strange friendships. Scheming to destroy the people who've hurt you actually changes who you are.… » 4/22/13 2:00pm 4/22/13 2:00pm

Game of Thrones Week 2: You can't let bullies change who you are

A major theme of Game of Thrones, at this point, is deception. People are taking on false identities, or otherwise pretending to be someone they're not, or hiding their true intentions. But last night's Thrones showed the other side of the coin: bullies can make you into a different person, and change your very… » 4/08/13 1:25pm 4/08/13 1:25pm

Game of Thrones Week One: Alliances You Already Know You'll Regret…

Game of Thrones came back last night, with an episode that shows how people's fortunes have risen and fallen in the wake of war. But more to the point, it showed alliances being made and broken. Some people who cast their lot with terrible friends last year now have cause to regret it — but other people are keen to… » 4/01/13 12:24pm 4/01/13 12:24pm