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Game of Thrones Recap: 'Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken'

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Game of Thrones Recap: 'Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken'

Originally posted 05/17/2015 10:50PM

The episode's title is "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken." Those are the words of House Martell. But I'm thinking the showrunners mean for us to think about those words while we process that final scene with Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner).

A few thoughts on the episode to get the conversation started ...

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Game of Thrones Recap: 'Kill the Boy'

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Game of Thrones Recap: 'Kill the Boy'

Originally posted 05/11/2015 10:20AM

Ser Jorah's gets greyscale! Sansa reunites with Theon! Stannis marches toward Winterfell! Tyrion sees a dragon!

Meereen

Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) is unconscious in bed. Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) looks very upset even though this is pretty much the same amount of conversation she usually gets from Grey Worm.

Meanwhile Dany (Emilia Clarke) is in her throne room, looking really pissed about Ser Barristan (Ian McElhinney) getting murdered last week. Clearly she's a Game of Thrones book reader. Daario (Michiel Huisman) suggests pulling back their troops to the pyramid district and then attacking outward. I get distracted a little here because I just love that Meereen has a pyramid district; it sounds like some fancy ZIP code with high property taxes and great schools.

Dany decides instead to round up the heads of the major families and has them brought to her dragons' den lair – including her own adviser and suspected reggae enthusiast Hizdahr zo Loraq (Joel Fry). This is exciting because Dany has lately been in "How do I make people love me?" mode, so we're excited to see her shift back into badass Mother of Dragons mode.

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Watch Game of Thrones Reimagined as Real Housewives of King's Landing

Originally posted 05/04/2015 07:15PM

[YOUTUBE "mdfAw9xP7ss"] Ser Pounce has nothing on these two.

In this new season of Game of Thrones, the sniping between outgoing queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and new queen Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) has really brought out their inner Real Housewives.

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Game of Thrones Recap: 'Sons of the Harpy'

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Game of Thrones Recap: 'Sons of the Harpy'

Originally posted 05/03/2015 10:10PM

Chat, chat, stab-stab, chat, chat, stab-stab. This week's episode of Game of Thrones was largely a series of intimate, well-written character-driven discussions between two wounded souls in conflict – then fun stabby action scenes. And one of those fights resulted in the loss of a character who has been with the series since season 1 (AND is still alive in the books, because that's just how Thrones rolls now).

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Game of Thrones Recap: 'High Sparrow'

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Game of Thrones Recap: 'High Sparrow'

Originally posted 04/26/2015 10:45PM

The Great Convergence – and Divergence – has begun! This week's Game of Thrones jammed two sets of characters together for the first time, while taking a shocking turn from George R.R. Martin's novels. Plus, Arya (Maisie Williams) ditched her clothes, Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) ditched his virginity, Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) ditched Sansa (Sophie Turner), Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) ditched his freedom and Jon (Kit Harington) ditched a man's head. All this plus prostitute cosplay(!) in our worship of the third episode of season 5, "High Sparrow."

Braavos

Behold the inside of The House of Black and White! Thrones shows off this fancy new set with several shots so we can appreciate all the production detail. The House has the ambience of a gloomy spa's quiet room, where you would sit in a bathrobe sipping cucumber water waiting for your therapist.

Arya grumpily sweeps the stone floor with what looks like a Nimbus 2000. She's unimpressed with the set and annoyed with her janitorial duties. Jaqen H'ghar (Tom Wlaschiha) gives a desperate man a cup of water, then chastises Arya for her impatience: "A girl wants to serve herself."

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Game of Thrones Recap: 'The House of Black and White'

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Game of Thrones Recap: 'The House of Black and White'

Originally posted 04/19/2015 10:40PM

How did hissing ever stop being a thing? You still hear the expression "boo and hiss," but never really hear a crowd totally hiss in unison, just occasionally boo.

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Game of Thrones Premiere Recap: 'Gold Will Be Their Crowns, Gold Their Shrouds' | Kit Harington

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Game of Thrones Premiere Recap: 'Gold Will Be Their Crowns, Gold Their Shrouds'

Originally posted 04/12/2015 11:30PM

Sunday's eagerly awaited Game of Thrones premiere gave fans plenty to talk about: The fantasy hit's first-ever flashback scene starred Mean Girl Cersei, a game-changing conversation between Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Varys (Conleth Hill) demanded a singularly unique recap, Daario's (Michiel Huisman) butt made a return appearance and one recurring character was subject to a brutal burning at the stake (a.k.a. what HBO's lawyers are planning to do to whoever leaked its Thrones screeners online).

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Game of Thrones: 6 Spoiler-Free Secrets from Season 5

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Game of Thrones: 6 Spoiler-Free Secrets from Season 5

Originally posted 04/12/2015 01:50PM

The first installment of George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series of epic fantasy novels was released a whopping 19 years ago.

When HBO launched Game of Thrones in 2011, the devoted fandom that developed in the intervening years had a lot to say about the adaptation of the source material – and they still do (as is the right and beauty of a thriving fandom).

As season 5 of Thrones begins, it's safe to say fans of Martin's series are basically going to lose their minds over the latest developments – for better or for worse. While purists may not enjoy that events from the books are conflated or dropped entirely from season 5, less literal devotees may find themselves enjoying a tighter, cleaner narrative.

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Lena Headey Loves Her Tattoos: 'I Always Want More!'

Game of Thrones Star Lena Headey Loves Her Tattoos: 'I Always Want More!'

Originally posted 03/24/2015 04:15PM

On Game of Thrones, Cersei Lannister is addicted to power: She'll do just about anything to ensure her children rule the Seven Kingdoms.

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Game of Thrones: Watch Daenerys Trash Talk Everybody in the Kingdom

Originally posted 03/09/2015 02:30PM

"Lannister. Baratheon. Stark. Tyrell. They're all just spokes in a wheel."

So speaks Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) in the latest promo for the return of Game on Thrones to HBO next month.

Along with Daenerys's vow to "break the wheel," the latest trailer promises lots of swordplay and a very scary, fire-breathing dragon. We also catch a glimpse of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) trying to rally the Wildlings.

Oh, and then there are those ominous warning signs that winter is most definitely coming.

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