‘Game of Thrones’ soars in breathtaking finale
Still, this latest installment, directed by Jeremy Podeswa, was equally notable for its small moments, especially the reunions of friend and foe alike. There was the exchange involving the Hound (Rory McCann) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie), long after their brutal duel; Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and the mercenary Bronn (Jerome Flynn); and Jon Snow and Theon (Alfie Allen), the two adopted sons of Ned Stark, whose memory, also rekindled in Arya and Sansa’s final scene, cast a very long shadow over this chapter.
With one more truncated season of six episodes left to resolve the story, it’s almost dizzying to contemplate where “Game of Thrones” goes from here. With Cersei (Lena Headey, delivering another mesmerizing performance) betraying her pledge to assist in the fight against the White Walkers, that would seem to augur two huge conflicts, as her brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) warned, regardless of how the first one turns out.
To be fair, not everyone was completely thrilled with the set-up to this week’s finale, which yielded plenty of nitpicking about lapses in logic and, among other things, how long it would take a dragon to fly from Point A to B.
Still, in racing past George R.R. Martin’s books, producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have laid the groundwork for a final season that should unleash another media frenzy and require more super-sized episodes, just to squeeze it all in.
Having said this before, it nevertheless bears repeating: “Game of Thrones” operates at a level unlike anything else on television, coupling the spectacle of a theatrical blockbuster with the sprawling serialized drama of “The Sopranos.”
If the eighth season is on par with the seven episodes of the seventh, when the history of great TV dramas is written, that pairing is going to be a very tough hand to beat.
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