Friday, September 15, 2017

Now on HBO: Game of Thrones, Season 7 (2017)

Game of Thrones, Season 7 (2017) - Created by David Benioff, D.B. Weiss; Starring Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harrington, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

By Kenny Howell  

For the first three seasons of Game of Thrones, the show balanced the political power struggles with some of its patented craziness and a lot of fun.

Then Joffrey died. My favorite character by far was the highlight of the show for me, despite great work by several cast members. After he died, the show lost some of that fun it had, and it seemed to cover up the fact that some episodes was just endless talking with one cool, horribly violent scene that would get people talking on Twitter. It was still good, but it seemed to take itself, a TV show about dragons, a bit too seriously.

Season 7, which many people thought was a regression, was probably my favorite since the first three seasons. There were some definite leaps in logic and time, but it is a show, like I said, about dragons, so you already taking a bit of a plunge with that aspect anyways. This season was action heavy, and the talking, the endless, endless talking was kept at the lengths it should be. Move the story forward, then get back to the good stuff.

In this seven episode, penultimate season, the army of the dead are on the move, Jon is leading the north, Daenerys is continuing her move south to destroy Cersei with the help of her brother Tyrion, but Jon needs Daenerys' help to kill the Night King, and they both could use Cersei's help even though Cersei hates them all.

Needless to say, there is a lot going on, and the writers move through it with a deft hand, letting the action carry the story. It was as fun as it has been since the beginning and sets up an intriguing final season before we get 18 more cash grab spinoffs.

All seven seasons of Game of Thrones is now streaming on HBO Go and HBO Now.

Rating: ***1/2

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