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Jon Snow Aegon of House Targaryen; sixth of his name; the Bastard of Winterfell; the 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch; the White Wolf; the King in the North; the Resurrected; the Rightful King of the Seven Kingdoms, the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men; Protector of the Realm; the Prince That was Promised; the Song of Ice and Fire.

I’ve been waiting – literally – for 20 years for this reveal.

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Let’s be real – there’s only one person who truly belongs on the Iron Throne #HouseGeller

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Game of Thrones, Season 6 reviews

Now that season 6 of Game of Thrones is done, here’s a compilation of my reviews for @indiewire​.

HBO did not make screeners available this season. Rather than do traditional episodic recaps, the great @lizlet​ instead convened a group of writers to provide short, rapid responses to each episode. I was honored to join a roundtable of really great critics including Hanh Nguyen, Sarah Mesle and Eric Deggans. And as the resident book-reader of the group, I also got to write a longer essay looking at how the show did after surpassing the source texts.  

Here are all the pieces, in one handy place:

‘Game of Thrones’: Meet Indiewire’s Panel of Critics For Season 6

Review ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Episode 1, ‘The Red Woman,’ Reviewed: Ladies Night

Review: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Episode 2 ‘Home’ Celebrates Resurrections

Review: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Episode 3, ‘Oathbreaker’ Could Have Done More

Review: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6, Episode 4, ‘Book of the Stranger’ Gets Lit

Review: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Episode 5, ‘The Door,’ Opens Up Many Secrets

Review: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Episode 6, ‘Blood of My Blood’ Is Full of Face-Offs

Review: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Episode 7 ‘The Broken Man’ Spotlights Some Subplots — And What It Takes to Survive

Review: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Episode 8 ’No One’ Keeps The Violence Off Screen As Battles Build

Review: The ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Episode 9, ‘The Battle of Bastards’ BastardBowl Brings About A Whole New World Order

Essay: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Channeled George R.R. Martin Without Him, For Better and Worse

Review: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Finale ‘The Winds of Winter’ Unleashes Epic, Hardcore Vengeance

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Hell. Fuck. Yes.

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All the millions they spent on this episode, all the action and CGI and blood and guts.

But this was the moment that killed me. The way she can’t keep from smiling when she sees him. The fury that’s been driving her all season vanished in an instant. 

I’ve had moments like this. There were thankfully no arrows involved. But they were almost as devastating