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Let’s Overanalyze These ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Finale Photos!

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Starting Sunday at 10 PM Eastern, HBO will cruelly deprive us of fresh #content to anticipate, criticize, and logic into elaborate metaphors for climate change for ten whole months. The gap between Game of Thrones seasons is long and full of terrors, so before Sunday’s finale, we’re taking every chance to comb through every maddening frame of this series while we still can. Luckily, HBO just released pictures of this week’s finale that hint at the fallout from Episode 9’s stadium-burner. Here’s what we got out of these eight stills.
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Revisiting Gaspar Noé’s ‘Irréversible’ Amid TV’s Rape Wars

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Last month, a Game of Thrones episode titled “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” ended with a scene that caused some controversy: Ramsay Bolton raped Sansa Stark on their wedding night, forcing Theon Greyjoy to watch. It was a painful moment, not because it was particularly graphic — after Ramsay ripped Sansa’s dress and pushed her onto the bed, the camera cut away to Theon’s contorted face — but because of what we already know about each character. Ramsay is a sadist, someone who delights in rape and torture and murder, a man who’s been getting away with atrocities for too long. And Theon’s betrayal of the Starks, in many senses, is what put Sansa in such a vulnerable position.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Characters, Ranked by Severity of Daddy Issues

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Pretty much everyone in Game of Thrones is 50 (or more) shades of fucked up, but one thing in particular that many of them seem to share is a whole lot of daddy issues. Given the general paucity of good men on the show, this isn’t exactly surprising, of course, but even the characters who do have decent dads end up being beset with an abundance of father-related psychological problems. Here is a highly scientific ranking (featuring the patented Daddy-Issue-O-Meter™) of who’s fared worst.
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How Can ‘Game of Thrones’ Earn Back Its Viewers’ Trust?

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

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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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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: ‘GoT’s’ #TBT

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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 week, HBO’s Sunday lineup returns while Netflix enters the superhero game. 
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In Its Fifth Season, ‘Game of Thrones’ May Finally Surpass the Books

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There are two equal and opposite forces at work in the fifth season of Game of Thrones, which HBO will unleash on our DVRs — and now, our Apple TVs! — this Sunday. On the one hand, displacement, a state that’s arguably the status quo on a series so fond of stabbing its characters, and the viewers who identify with them, in the heart (and pushing them out windows, and exploding their heads, and killing their parents in front of them…). And on the other, stagnation, in which characters previously defined by their forward momentum find themselves stuck, in one notable case, between two angry dragons and a hard place.
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Let’s Overanalyze The New ‘Game of Thrones’ Excerpt!

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Last week, patron saint of procrastinators George R.R. Martin got all of geekdom to stop breathing down his neck by releasing a new chapter from The Winds of Winter, the sixth installment of the A Song of Ice and Fire saga. It’s not quite a release date, but since we won’t have new Game of Thrones for another five days or a full book until God knows when, it’s time for the next best thing: a gratuitous overanalysis of the new chapter and what it means for its heroine, the artist formerly known as Sansa Stark! Spoilers for the first five books of A Song of Ice and Fire, and thus the entirety of Game of Thrones, follow.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Book Proposal Shows How Much the Series Changed — for the Better

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British bookstore chain Waterstones posted and hastily deleted George R.R. Martin’s book proposal for A Game of Thrones yesterday, as sent to publisher HarperCollins in 1993. Of course the proposal is now available in perpetuity on the Internet, and the hard copy is reportedly on display at HarperCollins’ new London offices. The document has already attracted notice for how dramatically it departs from the final product as published so far; the book series supposedly still has two volumes to go, and Game of Thrones is still going strong on HBO. It’s also remarkable for how much of an improvement the changes are over Martin’s original vision for the series.

[Book and show spoilers unsurprisingly follow.]
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If “R + L = J” Blew Your Mind, Just Watch These Insane ‘Game of Thrones’ Conspiracy Theory Videos

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In the past couple of weeks, n00bs who haven’t been reading A Song of Ice and Fire (and talking about it on Internet forums) since 1997 took notice of a certain fan theory called “R+L=J.” Its thesis — that Jon Snow is actually Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen’s kid, not Ned Stark’s — is so well-supported that the theory’s about as controversial as saying Tyrion’s your favorite character. But as we pointed out a few months ago, “R + L = J” is just a tip of the speculative iceberg. An iceberg that’s also home to YouTube user Preston Jacobs, whose theories are among the most comprehensive I’ve seen to date. They’re also completely addictive, and also a little bit batshit.
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