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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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NED STARK: “Jon was a man of peace. He was Hand for seventeen years, seventeen good years. Why kill him?” VARYS: “He started asking questions.” Halfway into the first season of Game of Thrones and establishment is beginning to give way to narrative momentum. ‘The Wolf and the Lion’ may not, on the face of …

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Game of Thrones changed television. Not many TV shows can say that but Game of Thrones, unequivocally, can. There had never been a show quite like it in terms of scope, grandeur, ambition and ultimately international commercial and critical success. It broke the mould. George R. R. Martin first began writing his long-form, magnum opus …

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