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"The Winds of Winter" makes the most of its extended run time, and is potentailly the best season finale in the series' history.
Yowser. That was quite a finale. Game of Thrones wrapped up its sixth season with a super-sized episode that also happened to be quite super.
We've talked a lot this season about "table setting" and "moving the chess pieces around the board." But the season finale has wiped the board almost clean, and reconfigured the remaining players into a pretty clear alignment for the rest of the story.
Equal parts fan wish-fulfillment, culmination of a million crowdsourced theories, and good old-fashioned storytelling and magnificent direction, "The Winds of Winter" did not surprise so much as spellbind.
There was a tremendous sense of momentum to "The Winds of Winter," a feeling of ends being tied up and of story threads dovetailing in satisfying fashion, with plenty of murder and darkness mixed in, of course. I loved it.
Sunday's installment soared while leaving plotlines neatly arrayed for a momentous series conclusion.
The show's epic look and special effects are more pleasing than what you'll see at the multiplex.
[It ends] a resurgent sixth season by burning the entire damn thing down, putting all of its big pieces in place for the devastating final run.
In terms of satisfying Game of Thrones deaths, we didn't think anything could top Ramsay being fed to his own dogs last week, but Frey pie may have just done it.
For a season that has too often felt prosaic, even at times perfunctory, its finale was elegy through and through.
Oh, it was absolutely relentless in how much story it gave us, but these conclusions felt earned, just as it did back when it was following George R.R. Martin's stories to the letter.
Game of Thrones is at its best when it's not juggling so many plot points and story arcs, and most of my qualms with the finale are consequences of what transpired before.
Over six seasons, women have been tortured, abused, violated, and defiled. Now, women rule almost everything. Winter is here, and so are the women.