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The Emmys are the perfect time to celebrate a show that was 85% great

The cast and crew of ‘Game of Thrones’ at the 70th Emmy Awards.
The cast and crew of ‘Game of Thrones’ at the 70th Emmy Awards.

If you’re one of the many people still seething in rage over the eighth and final season of HBO’s hit fantasy series, I urge you to keep your TV off Sunday night. That’s when the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will be held, and Game of Thrones has a record-breaking 32 nominations, more than any show in Emmy history. Chances are, it’s going to win a lot of them even though its last season could most kindly be described as “polarizing.”

These awards are going to once again kick the hornet’s nest of furious fans who were only just starting…


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“Game of Thrones” has ended — but recap podcasts will endure

In Microprocessing, columnist Angela Lashbrook aims to improve your relationship with technology every week. Microprocessing goes deep on the little things that define your online life today, to give you a better tomorrow.

Daenerys and her dragons didn’t just come for King’s Landing. They came for my content.

Though the last season of Game of Thrones was widely regarded as a creative failure, people watched — more than 19 million for the series finale last month. And more importantly, they tweeted, blogged, and podcasted. …


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Despite the show’s happy ending, the future of Westeros is still dark and full of terrors

Whether you loved or hated the Game of Thrones finale, there’s no argument that it was a surprisingly happy ending for a place where, to paraphrase Ramsay Bolton, you shouldn’t expect happy endings. From the army of the dead to the dragon queen, all the major threats to the realm have been vanquished. The monarch is now a quasi-elected position, and no one evil is in charge of anything.

But there are still three major issues the series failed to address, which means things aren’t looking nearly as good for the Seven Kingdoms as the finale would have us believe…


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‘Game of Thrones’ has turned the most compassionate queen in Westeros into another tyrant

For years, Daenerys Stormborn, first of her name, mother of dragons, breaker of chains, and rightful queen of the seven kingdoms, has been the ruler we’ve been hoping would win the Iron Throne. Her goal has been to “break the wheel,” the cycle of oppression where the rich and powerful continually vie for rule, always at the expense of the common people. But now Daenerys is as ready to kill those common people in order to gain her throne as Cersei Lannister has been. …


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Problems in the show’s last season bode ill for its grand finale

The end of Game of Thrones — the TV show at leastis finally upon us. After eight seasons and 67 episodes, it’s rather daunting to realize we’re finally going to see the long-awaited battle for the fate of Westeros, where the only guarantee is that some of our favorite characters will be dying. But frankly, I have a bigger worry about this final season: What if it’s terrible?

This is not just a counterintuitive take — my concerns are very, very real. I am not happy about the possibility of Thrones’s flubbing its landing after years of excellence…


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Here’s why — and why that’s okay

This has felt like a very long year for many reasons, but the fact that it was the first year we didn’t get a new season of Game of Thrones didn’t help. The fantasy phenomenon wrapped up its penultimate seventh season the summer before last, and the show’s tens of millions of fans still have to wait until April of next year to know the fates of Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, and the other remaining survivors. …


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They might actually help you like it more

In Microprocessing, columnist Angela Lashbrook aims to improve your relationship with technology every week. Microprocessing goes deep on the little things that define your online life today, to give you a better tomorrow.

This story contains spoilers for the most recent season of The Magicians.

The star of one of my favorite shows ever, The Magicians, unexpectedly dies in the season four finale. Among the handful of fans on my Twitter feed, people were either sharing very obvious spoilers or bemoaning them.

And you know what? Honestly, it doesn’t matter to me. Quentin is dead, and that’s sad, but knowing…

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