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Is George R. R. Martin Right In Wanting Longer Seasons For 'Game Of Thrones?'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 11, 2014 11:05 AM
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It feels like only yesterday that since "Game Of Thrones" began its fourth season, and [SPOILER REDACTED], and then [OTHER SPOILER REDACTED] and oh my god, when [REALLY MASSIVE SPOILER REDACTED]. But we're already upon the season finale, certainly a testament to the power of the story, but it's hard not to feel like we were only just getting going when it all comes to an end.

10 HBO Shows That Paved The Way For 'Game Of Thrones'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 10, 2014 1:56 PM
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10 Shows That Paved The Way For Game of Thrones
We've survived the fight between the Mountain and the Viper, and (for now) the battle for control of the Wall, and this Sunday brings the grand finale to the fourth season of "Game Of Thrones." In the four years since the show began, a curious thing happened—it became a phenomenon.

Neil Marshall Talks Single Take Shot In 'Watchers On The Wall' Plus Listen To Song From 'Game Of Thrones' Soundtrack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 10, 2014 9:04 AM
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The last time Neil Marshall got behind the camera for "Game Of Thrones," it was a couple of years ago for season two's "Blackwater," which we called the best episode of the series to date at the time. And while this weekend's "The Watchers And The Wall" (recap here) doesn't quite hit that height, like the penultimate episodes so far, it was memorable and epic, with Marshall once again delivering some terrific thrills. And part of that included a single take shot of the yard at Castle Black as the action unfolds. And remarkably, no CGI was used for that scene.

Recap: 'Game Of Thrones' Season 4, Episode 9, 'The Watchers On The Wall' Is Back In Black

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 9, 2014 9:05 AM
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It's a well known fact that the ninth of any season of "Game of Thrones" is always the most shocking, craziest, bat-shittiest, most traumatizing episode of the season. Many a beloved main character (usually a Stark, in odd-numbered seasons) finds themselves offed in a horrible and bloody way. Season 1: Ned Stark gets liberated from his head. Season 2: Stannis attacks King's Landing and Tyrion Lannister proves himself in the Battle of Blackwater. Season 3: well, we're all still recovering from the Red Wedding, aren't we? So if patterns hold, and this is an even season number, it stands to believe we won't lose a Stark this go round, right? And while "The Watchers on the Wall" is a jam-packed bloody affair, it brings less of the shock factor than previous ninth episodes have.

Recap: 'Game of Thrones' Season 4, Episode 8, 'The Mountain And The Viper' Face Off

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 2, 2014 8:12 AM
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Game of Thrones' Season 4 - The Mountain and the Viper'
We're back after a week off, and it's time to dive back into the wacky world of Westeros. There's another easter egg in the opening credits this week — Moat Cailin makes an appearance, the geography of the show growing with each episode. "The Mountain and the Viper," directed by Alex Graves (you might remember him from Joffrey's Purple Wedding), has promised us the trial by combat, the showdown and revenge we've been waiting for this whole season, and we're going to get it… right after all of these hideously boring monologues. The episode is a series of rather long, wordy, staid scenes bookended with bursts of bloody violence. A few of the monologues could stand to have been heavily edited, and time was checked during the show, a truly rare occurrence.

Recap: 'Game Of Thrones' Season 4 Episode 7 'Mockingbird' Flies Us To The Moon

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • May 19, 2014 9:02 AM
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What up, Gameheads. Have you made plans for your Sunday nights after #GOT is over? Just a few more weeks left (though it's not on next Sunday, "The Normal Heart" will be on instead). It’s not like there’s not plenty of other teevees to watch that night—Sunday is overwhelmed with good stuff while there's garbage on every other night of the week. We have free time on Tuesdays, you know!

Watch: 'Law & Order' And 'Game Of Thrones' Opening Credits Mashup Brings The Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 15, 2014 4:26 PM
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Law & Order And Game Of Thrones
While people lament the loss of many shows — "Community," "Party Down," "The Wire," whatever — one that I still miss the most is "Law & Order." No, I'm not talking about the spinoffs, but the original, real deal show that made New York City everyone's favorite weekly crime stop. Where the one liners were as old and crusty as the bodies were fresh. Anyway, here's a way to remember those simpler ties. Kind of.

Recap: 'Game of Thrones' Season 4, Episode 6 'The Laws of Gods And Men'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • May 12, 2014 8:05 AM
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"Game Of Thrones" Season 4 Episode 6 "The Laws of Gods and Men"
As we enter the latter half of Season 4, “Game of Thrones” eases us into the action with episode 6 “The Laws of Gods and Men” that both sets the stage for the big things to come, and brings the pain for a select few. Director Alik Sakharov balances both bloody action and one-set, dialogue-heavy scenes with a stylish aplomb, maintaining the high-wire tension throughout, and showcasing a bravura performance from a series favorite. And I’m burying the lede here, but we also got a whole NEW LOCATION in the credit sequence! That’s right, after much, much foreshadowing, we finally put Braavos on the map. And that’s where we begin.

Recap: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 4, Episode 5 'First Of His Name' Has Its Vengeance

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • May 5, 2014 9:05 AM
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Hi haters. I'm still here, still writing about "Game of Thrones," and will be for the rest of the season, so if you dislike my tone or the fact that I might complain about the specific portrayals of rape on screen, you might as well find another recapper to bother. Here's the thing: I accept the fact that rape exists in Westeros, just as it exists in the world we live in (but, for the record, Westeros Time never existed. There are DRAGONS and SNOW ZOMBIES. It's not real.) I accept rape as a part of a complicated, dark human nature that the show creators and GRRM choose to depict. My specific issue is with how the creators of this television show, who live in this world, in 2014, chose to represent it onscreen. I do not think it was necessary for storytelling or character purposes to have repeated graphic and violent depictions of rape, most particularly those in the scene in Craster's Keep.

Recap: 'Game Of Thrones' Season 4 Episode 4, 'Oathkeeper' Needs A Trigger Warning

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • April 28, 2014 9:04 AM
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Just when you thought “Game Of Thrones” couldn’t get rapier … it goes and gets more rapey. It’s really unfortunate how shortsighted Team Throne Games was about the avalanche of outrage that would meet the amazingly poorly executed rape of Cersei (Lena Headey) last week (sorry, nope, Alex Graves, you can’t just switch from nonconsensual to consensual sex in the middle of the act, and if that’s what you were going for, it’s not what you pulled off). This week’s episode featured a gruesome scene in Craster’s Keep with a ridiculously gratuitous portrayal of the rape and abuse of women.

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