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Attention Red Wedding Crashers: Get a Grip, Sit Back, and Enjoy a Best-in-Genre Moment

Don't hate George R.R. Martin for taking from you what you love, “Game of Thrones” viewers, thank him. Don't hate "Game of Thrones" for bending the conventions of fantasy to make you feel something real in real-time, be grateful for it.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • June 7, 2013 9:11 AM
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GAME OF THRONES RECAP 10: VALAR MORGHULIS

One of the key questions facing "Game Of Thrones" the series, as well as its source material, is: “What’s this about?” And by this I mean: “What is this story? How is it being told? Where is this leading?” Certainly there’s drama, and characters change, grow, collapse, or die, but it’s difficult to see a clear structure at times.
  • By Rowan Kaiser
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  • June 4, 2012 8:57 AM
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GAME OF THRONES RECAP 9: BLACKWATER

We know what we’re getting when we watch a Game Of Thrones episode, right? We’re getting some beautifully shot scenes, certainly; this has been one of the best-looking shows on television since its premiere. We know that the actors will be good, if not great. We know that we’ll see a wide variety of different, possibly intersecting plots, divided by geography. And we know that while there might be some action, it’ll be parceled out for more drama, more cliffhangers, but probably not catharsis. It’s a decent structure. It’s served the show well, as well as working for other HBO shows like The Wire, Treme, and Boardwalk Empire.
  • By Rowan Kaiser
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  • May 28, 2012 8:14 AM
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GAME OF THRONES RECAP 8: THE PRINCE OF WINTERFELL

One of the recurring discussions about this second season of "Game Of Thrones" concerns how much the television show is changed from the novels. While the merits of the specific changes are debatable, a running theme of both my reviews and those of other critics is that the show is more confident in its adaptation, becoming its own entity.
  • By Rowan Kaiser
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  • May 21, 2012 9:49 AM
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GAME OF THRONES RECAP 7: A MAN WITHOUT HONOR

What makes for a great "Game Of Thrones" episode? What stories can it tell that could put it on the rarefied level of, say, HBO’s holy trinity of "The Sopranos," "Deadwood," and "The Wire"? I’m not sure how I would have answered this question before seeing “A Man Without Honor.”
  • By Rowan Kaiser
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  • May 14, 2012 8:53 AM
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GAME OF THRONES RECAP 6: THE OLD GODS AND THE NEW

"Game Of Thrones" is getting exciting again.
  • By Rowan Kaiser
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  • May 6, 2012 9:55 PM
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GAME OF THRONES RECAP 5: THE GHOST OF HARRENHAL

One of the most appealing things about "Game Of Thrones" as a fantasy narrative is the lack of magic at the core of its story.
  • By Rowan Kaiser
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  • April 29, 2012 9:55 PM
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GAME OF THRONES RECAP 4: GARDEN OF BONES

"Garden Of Bones" was perhaps my least favorite episode of "Game Of Thrones," period. The show has been such a success that seeing it struggle so much is a surprise. It’s still competent and watchable, but "Garden Of Bones" was frayed at the edges.
  • By Rowan Kaiser
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  • April 22, 2012 9:55 PM
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GAME OF THRONES RECAP 3: WHAT IS DEAD MAY NEVER DIE

Back when "Game Of Thrones" debuted a year ago, one of the stranger criticisms was that it was made about men, for men.
  • By Rowan Kaiser
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  • April 15, 2012 9:55 PM
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GAME OF THRONES RECAP 2: THE NIGHT LANDS

"Game Of Thrones" uses geography to tie its stories together in a literal sense, but what keeps those stories interesting—or better, relevant—is its commitment to its themes.
  • By Rowan Kaiser
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  • April 8, 2012 9:55 PM
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