Game of Thrones

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Episode 7 Recap: “The Gift”

“I imagine this is strange for you,” the High Sparrow tells Olenna, always good for drawing a monologue or two out of her enemies. “Everyone you meet has a hidden motive, and you pride yourself on seeking it out. But I’m telling you a simple truth.” And yet “The Gift” reveals the High Sparrow to be exactly like the Game of Thrones power players the Queen of Thorns is used to dealing with. For one, he delivers that line during the most Game of Thrones-y scene possible: two people, alone in a room, having an eminently quotable verbal tennis match. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, Mad Men comes to its instantly — and inevitably — controversial end, and David Letterman hosts his final Late Show. … Read More

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How Can ‘Game of Thrones’ Earn Back Its Viewers’ Trust?

After spending over 40 hours of air time in Westeros, viewers who have stuck with Game of Thrones this long shouldn’t be, and aren’t, surprised by the presence of sexual violence. A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin has spoken out about the role of rape in realistic fantasy, the contradictory-sounding genre his books pioneered. Some critics — including me! — have praised the show’s frank depiction of the dangers its female characters face. And yet the final scene of Sunday’s episode, in which noted sadist Ramsay Bolton rapes his new wife, Sansa Stark, has provoked a strong backlash from even devoted fans. … Read More

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Watch a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Coldplay ‘GOT’ Musical That Will Never Be

Though “Red Nose Day is a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty… Read More

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Has the Golden Age of TV Been Replaced by the Age of Rape and Torture?

Recently the violence on a number of television shows has ticked up so far it’s threatened to alienate even the most hardcore viewers. Orphan Black has taken an ultra-violent turn in Season 3, including beatings, escalated rape and kidnapping threats, and eye-socket poking — a development that hasn’t escaped the notice of viewers. Last week’s penultimate episode of Outlander was approximately 50 straight minutes of hand-crushing torture, rape threats, and botched hangings, controversial because of the lust that the chief torturer, Jack Randall, feels for his male subject, Jamie. Just one night later, the Internet erupted after watching a rape scene on Game of Thrones that many thought was gratuitous and exploitative, particularly since it wasn’t in the books. The victim? Sansa Stark. … Read More

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Flatulent Symphonies, 3D Printed Skin, and Björk’s Crazy DJ Set: Links You Need to See

Today has been filled with musical surprises: firstly, everyone was parsing the Billboard Music Awards for things to GIF and things to grumble about. The event naturally represents music on the more accessible end of the spectrum, and while Britney and Iggy were being Pretty and Taylor’s Blood was being Bad, somewhere far away, a more experimental musical genius was deconstructing his, er, evanescent backend expulsions to show that there’s a classical symphony to just about everything. Meanwhile, Björk straddles the line of those who make off-puttingly corporeal symphonies (she did, after all, once collaborate with Matmos, whose song “California Rhinoplasty” wears its title quite literally) and the more Billboard-friendly mainstream. Last Friday, she did a DJ set at Tri-Angle’s fifth anniversary party in New York, where she played everything from Kate Bush to Death Grips to The Haxan Cloak. She uploaded her whole set earlier, and you can check it out at The Quietus.  … Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Episode 6 Recap: “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”

The audience doesn’t really see the event that ends “Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken,” just two close-ups: the first on a terrified Sansa, the second on a man who identified himself as Theon Greyjoy just hours before. The second closeup lasts far longer, the emotion on its subject’s face rawer. That’s because, to make an already disgusting situation even more so, what happens to Sansa isn’t even about Sansa; it’s about teaching “Theon” he’s still Reek. It’s also about Game of Thrones destroying the narrative the show has constructed around her—deliberately, of course, but perhaps not wisely. … Read More

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Why Religion Is the Best Part of the ‘Game of Thrones’ Fantasy World

At the onset of Season 4, the newest power player in King’s Landing was Oberyn Martell, a formidable warrior and passionate lover who set up shop in a brothel. One season later, Oberyn is dead, and his replacement as the thorn in the Lannisters’ side seems almost calculated to be his exact opposite. The High Sparrow, played by Jonathan Pryce, is a religious ascetic and avowed (at least initially) pacifist — and the head of a zealot mob that destroys the very establishment Oberyn once frequented. With his ascendancy, Game of Thrones has ushered in a new thematic focus in Season 5, one that emphasizes the show’s careful balance between fantasy and realism:… Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Episode 5 Recap: “Kill the Boy”

You can’t judge a book by its cover, but it’s hard not to judge a Game of Thrones episode by its color palette. “Kill the Boy” takes place almost entirely in the North, meaning it’s dominated by blacks, whites, greys, and blues. After scene upon scene in a dirty kennel, dark hall, or dank library somewhere in the bowels of Castle Black, it’s hard not to miss the bright reds and golds of King’s Landing or Dorne. Even Meereen, normally a dependable source of blues and yellows—come to think of it, isn’t it odd for an entire city to color-coordinate its outfits?—is comparatively drab this week to match Dany’s mindset. … Read More

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