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We are going to look back on the final season of Game of Thrones as one, six-part series finale because, essentially, that’s precisely what it is, riven with concluding arcs and beats for its huge ensemble of characters. SPOILERS follow, so beware…

The end of April saw two of the biggest pop-culture entertainment events of the decade in one weekend, and something strange has become apparent through the other side of them: we have become obsessed with death. SPOILERS follow for Game of Thrones, Avengers: Endgame, Breaking Bad & The Sopranos.

It would be remiss of me, as an enormous Game of Thrones fan, to let the final season go by without sharing some thoughts week on week. I’m conscious, however, that full and in-depth critical analysis won’t truly be possible until the finale has aired, at which point I’ll be going back and starting to …

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DAENERYS TARGARYEN: I am Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, of the blood of old Valyria. I am the dragon’s daughter, and I swear to you that those who would harm you will die screaming. The first season finale of Game of Thrones starts with the sight of blood, and ends in a vision of fire. …

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NED STARK: You think my life is some precious thing to me? That I would trade my honor for a few more years… of what? I grew up with soldiers. I learned how to die a long time ago. Numerous precedents are set by Game of Thrones with ‘Baelor’. It is the first episode to …

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VARYS: Ah, the children. It’s always the innocents. One of the interesting aspects of ‘You Win or You Die’, which I failed to mention in my analysis of that episode, was how the children were completely eliminated from view, at least the younger children who will prove so crucial to the central narrative of Game …

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CERSEI: When you play the game of thrones, you either win or you die. There is no middle ground. If ever you wanted to point to an early episode of Game of Thrones which would serve as a mission statement for the iconic series to come, outside of ‘Winter Is Coming’, you could do worse …

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