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Conor McGregor Fights The Mountain That Rides, Somehow Avoids Death

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson is a professional weightlifter and former silver medalist in the World’s Strongest Man competition. He also plays Gregor Clegane, aka The Mountain, possibly aka Ser Robert Strong (minor spoilerage, but not really) on HBO’s Game Of Thrones. He once declared himself the “future of strength.” I’m…

All The Deaths On Last Night's Game Of Thrones Finale, In Slow Motion

While HBO’s Game of Thrones may be leaving viewers wishing for death, several characters on last night’s season finale actually received such glorious release from the corporeal realm. Probably. So here’s everybody who died, we think, last night; since we love ruining things, we present all the Game of Thrones deaths…

The Fan Theory That Makes Game Of Thrones Make Sense

Game of Thrones is a confounding show to watch. It’s confounding because it is based on an interminable series of novels in which people are regularly burned alive or skinned or drowned in service to one god or the next, often for reasons like “calling in a warm front to melt some snow,” but also because after five…

One Thing the Game of Thrones TV Show Does So Much Better Than the Books

As an adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, the Game of Thrones TV series will always be compared to its source material. Given how beloved the books are, the show can usually only match them, more often falling short. But there’s one way that the show is kicking the books’…

On Game Of Thrones, Recruiting Followers Is Hard...Unless You're A Wight

Last night’s Game of Thrones was a welcome return to form. It was also a weirdly structured episode: Half a series of vignettes about faith and learning to read people, and half a rip-roaring apocalyptic action movie. But it was all tied together by the contrast between single-minded zombies and undependable humans.

Game Of Thrones Is Gross, Exploitative, And Totally Out Of Ideas

At this point, it’s disingenuous for anyone to complain about Game of Thrones being too violent or disturbing—the series’ five seasons have had a fair share of rape scenes and tremendous acts of violence—but the final frames of last night’s episode, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” were emblematic of everything that has…