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"Fire and Blood" creatively provides closure after a shocking penultimate episode while strategically setting up arcs for season two.
At drawing the huge from the particular, on the other hand, and giving panoramic reality to an enormous sweep of the imagination (not to mention being ruthless with principal characters), Game of Thrones has been wonderfully successful.
Impressively, the addictive appeal of the entire first season of Game of Thrones can be summed up with one titillating and 100-percent true statement: It ended with well-wrought CGI dragon babies crawling across the torso of a beautiful, naked woman.
Holy naked girl with dragons, Batman, was that a finale or what?
It's been a hell of a first season, a genuinely exciting piece of television.
As always, my favorite moments came in those of quietness -- sometimes, "Game Of Thrones" is at its very best when it allows two players to work together to create a brilliant scene.
Considering the number of storylines that had to be (temporarily) wrapped up, the writers did a great job of making sure that almost everyone got to finish the first season in style.
Aside from some minor complaints, the finale was still extremely satisfying.
The finale ramped up the stakes for each of the characters we've grown to love (and love to hate) while still setting up for season two without appearing to be fixated on setting up the second season.
Tonight's episode was evidence that there's still plenty of story to play out and a lot of unfinished business to attend to.
Emilia Clarke sold the character [Daenerys], as an emotional being and a bad-ass dragon lady, better then ever in this finale.
On the season one finale for "Game of Thrones" loose ends were tied up and woven into new threads.
Game of Thrones showed how hard-earned character development plus smart and imaginative storytelling can set up a second season while closing out the first with a rousing end.