Alan Sepinwall breaks down the series finale — and why the show ultimately felt like it betrayed its source material Alan Sepinwall, provided by Published 7:36 am CDT, Monday, May 20, 2019 Photo: Macall B. Polay/HBO Photo: Macall B. Polay/HBO Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Macall B. Polay/HBO ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Finale Close-Up: The End 1 / 1 Back to Gallery A lot happens in each episode of Game of Thrones. So every week, we’re drilling down on one memorable scene in particular. Full spoilers for the series finale, “The Iron Throne,” coming up. “What unites people? Armies? Gold? Flags?” Tyrion Lannister asks the … [Read more...] about ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Finale Close-Up: The End
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EPISODE 8.6: The End! THE LOWDOWN (SPOILERS!): Wow. I can't believe we're here. Eight years, Eight Seasons and it's all lead to this! Last episode saw a stunningly dark turn from Daenerys, which was more stunning due to the fact that we were all as bamboozled as the rest of the characters to The Mother of Dragons and her influence. With love robbed from her heart and the only ones who could speak reason to her dead (with one of them literally using her last words to tell her to burn it all down), Daenerys went full Mad Queen and burnt King's Landing to a crisp, roasting men, women and children in her path of destruction (made all the better with Metallica tunes). For many it was a shocking twist and for just as many an unfolding of the inevitable. Either way, it was a divisive "turn" that left many that were hoping for a "cherry on top" happy ending that would have Jon and Daenerys ruling together in perfect harmony in shambles. Still, that doesn't negate any genuine criticism, … [Read more...] about TV Review: Game of Thrones, Season 8, Episode 6, Series Finale!
[This story contains major spoilers for season eight, episode three of HBO's Game of Thrones, "The Long Night."] Throughout Game of Thrones, the red priestess Melisandre (Carice van Houten) often uttered the same chilling refrain: "The night is dark and full of terrors." In the end, she meant it: "The Long Night," the epic Battle at Winterfell episode from director Miguel Sapochnik ("Hardhome" and "Battle of the Bastards"), clocks in as the longest installment in Thrones history at 82 minutes — and the magnitude of the story more than meets the runtime. Heading into "The Long Night," everyone expected a huge loss for Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and their allies as they fought the Night King and the White Walkers. How many people expected a huge loss for the Army of the Dead, however? Well, if we may take a moment to gloat, here's an excerpt from a story published on The Hollywood Reporter a few days before the battle played out: "What are we … [Read more...] about ‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season: 23 Burning Questions After the Battle of Winterfell
In author George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series on which HBO's Game of Thrones is based, the stories of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) are planned to conclude in a seventh and final entry called "A Dream of Spring." Who knows if the book will ever arrive (fans have awaited book six since Thrones' first season ended in 2011), but if it never does, at least there's this: the end of creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss' television adaptation is finally, officially, just a few weeks away. Benioff, Weiss and various members of the Game of Thrones family descended upon New York City on Wednesday night for one last star-studded celebration of the history-making series, airing its final season premiere on April 14, culminating in the May 19 series finale. Unlike the name of Martin's hopeful final novel, there was no need to dream of spring, as sunshine and warm weather arrived in full force for the occasion; a happy contrast to the … [Read more...] about ‘Game of Thrones’: Inside the Lavish Final Season Premiere
Maryann Struman and Frank Witsil Detroit Free Press Published 3:43 PM EST Feb 1, 2019 Get ready for wild weather. After historic cold gripped the Midwest this week, Mother Nature is putting the state of Michigan on rapid defrost. After hitting a record low of minus 13 degrees in Detroit on Thursday, temps are expected to soar over the next few days to record highs in the mid-50s by Monday. Wide swings in temperature — in this case about 60 degrees in a couple of days — sometimes do occur. “It doesn’t happen all the time, but it does occasionally happen,” said Sara Pampreen, a National Weather Service meteorologist in White Lake Township. “There are a ton of factors that go into it.” That kind of temperature swing has quite an impact. Here's a look at what to expect, from potholes to plants: Potholes The freeze-thaw cycle also is a catalyst for potholes — the scourge of Michigan drivers. A combination of the cooling, … [Read more...] about Wild temperature swings to bring big changes this weekend