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The ‘Game’ is once again afoot. Last night, “Game of Thrones” (read our episode recap here) returned with [mild episode spoilers] a massacre by poison, Jim Broadbent, an undead giant, a proposal of marriage, a bedpan montage, a man-bun/top-knot and Ed Sheeran — about whom you can avoid all the outrage if, like me, you couldn’t pick him out of a lineup anyway. “Dragonstone,” the first installment of the show’s seven-episode seventh season has immediately plunged us back into the thick of the intrigue with even the Narrow Sea no longer separating Daenerys and her allies, armies and dragons from the warring Houses of Westeros, and the White Walkers.
It is, of course, the beginning of the penultimate season, and there’s an accumulating sense that with fewer episodes this time out, and the end of the era now in sight, each single 60-minute portion has to be an event, something unprecedented and special. And with its standards of big-budget lavishness already pretty high, that’s a big ask. But then, “Game of Thrones” has been, more or less consistently, knocking our stuffing out since 2011, with even less celebrated seasons and weaker episodes remaining the definition of appointment-to-view TV. So we thought it high time we quit faffing around with related features like “10 HBO Shows That Paved The Way For ‘Game of Thrones’” or “The Best Performances From The ‘Game Of Thrones’ Cast” and got straight to the point: the best episodes.
Proposition - Hours - Highs - Moments - Standout
It’s a trickier proposition than you might think: Over 60 hours of programming have yielded incredible highs — truly unforgettable moments, standout performances and set pieces as spectacular as anything ever seen on TV, but these are not always packaged into the same hour-long slot. Killer can sit alongside filler, and ‘Thrones” ability to constantly top itself has meant that...
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