Published On: Wed, May 15th, 2019

‘Game of Thrones’ was never a game: Why that shocking twist makes total sense


War is a hell that reveals darkness in our hearts. Hate plus power makes a heady cocktail that turns people into monsters. Atrocities are committed by hotheads convinced of their own righteousness, and someone somewhere is always shocked that their child could have participated in a massacre. 

None of this is news to anyone with a passing interest in human history, but it is apparently something we all need to keep re-learning, over and over. The latest lesson has arrived in the form of Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 5, “The Bells.” Or, if we’re going to name it Friends-style, The One Where It Becomes Clear This Was Never A Game.  Read more…

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