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Game of Thrones Season Finale Review: Direwolves, Nudity and More!

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If there was any doubt at the end of "Baelor" let there be none now: Ned is dead. His head, under the blood-covered sword, left no doubt.

Somehow, within a very short period of time, the entire Stark family knew of Ned's murder. Sansa fainted as she watched, Arya became a boy - and all over Westeros, the other children grieved.

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Oh, Joffrey. If and when you have your comeuppance, it will be remembered as one of the most glorious moments on television. The dude has lost his mind. He walked Sansa out to see the heads of her father and her nanny as if he were showing her flowers in a garden.

And when he refused to strike her because of his mother's words, he had a man strike her for him. He's such a lovely husband-to-be. And yet I wouldn't fear him for a fleeting second. He is the worst kind of coward, the kind Ned warned Bran about in the first episode. If you give the punishment, have the integrity to carry it out yourself.

It would seem that Sansa will be made to suffer more every day for her role in this Game of Thrones.

Elsewhere, Robb was proclaimed King of the North, and, as such, was awarded fealty by his men just as he was suggesting they back Stannis, the true heir to the throne. It was in an intense moment, and must have been easy to get caught up in the reverie.

However, is it truly the best move for Robb or the Starks? There is the promise of intense battle ahead as many toss their daggers into the fight as heirs to a throne.

Who knew it was possible to catch Tyrion off guard? Being asked to act as the Hand of the King and rule in Tywin's place did just that. His father made it certain he was not to take his whore to King's Landing. I can only hope that his arrival there will put that snot into his place.

I need, badly, too see him whine, snivel and shrink at the sight of his impish uncle sent to manage the throne in his place. Something tells me even Cersei will be happy to see her brother, as she has lost all control over the new, bratty King.

As Jon rode off with Ghost to stand by Robb, his Night's Watch brothers rode after him to save him from breaking his vow. From the first weeks at the Wall, it seemed he may never make friends, and now they all look after each other as if born from the same mother. I really look forward to their growing relationships in season two.

Dany lost everything. Her baby was born (if the description was a true indication) a dragon, and the sorceress responsible not only for the Drogo's runaway infection, but also the loss of his son (as part of the magic in return for his life) that left him in a catatonic state said the skin fell from the baby and she somehow put it out of its misery.

Did Dany truly give birth to a dragon? She did take it upon herself to remove Drogo from the earth rather than allow him to suffer his fate.

This series of events seemed to give Dany as the Khaleesi a complete new courage and strength. It was so well done to see her walk into the pyre, just as the sorceress was screaming in agony to have her come out of the ashes with her three small dragons, unharmed.

She was the last dragon, and now the mother of three new to this earth. Totally freaky and extremely exciting to imagine what this will bring next season.

"Fire and Blood" had so many moments to discuss. I'll leave you with these thoughts:

  • I loved that the Commander of the Night's Watch wants Jon Snow and Ghost to ride with the men north of the wall. He knows what a value Ghost has become and it can't help but make me smile.
  • Tyrion is definitely in love. And it seems Shae shares his feelings. Awwww. Hope it doesn't calm him down.
  • Even all battle torn and bloodied Jaime still made a crass pass at Catelyn. Got him a rock bashed in the head is all that did!
  • Catelyn didn't even cry about Ned. It seemed there should have been more of a scene for her to realize he was gone.
  • I'm sorry, but I cannot keep up with all the names of all the old farts running around. Who had his way with Roz, then proceeded to do squats in his nightie and, finally, hunch himself over and look decrepit on his way back out into public? Guess we need to keep an eye on that guy!
  • Two direwolves and lots of nudity to round out the season. Whew!

All in all, a perfect ending for a near perfect inaugural season of Game of Thrones. What did you think?

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    Best....show....EVER! I never even heard of G.R.R.M before HBO brought out the teasers. Man, am I glad I got educated with a quickness. I absolutely love Game of Thrones. The characters, twists, turns, backstabbing, maneuvering, sex, battles, comedy, mystery, mystique, guts & glory. It's everything I ever wanted in a show, and everything I expect from HBO's QUALITY programming. These guys know how to pick and create winners. As much as I would like to go out and start reading George's books, there is no way in hell I'm going to ruin this ride with spoilers. Until the curtains close on this outstanding show, I'll be content in my ignorance having never read a single page.

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    I knew I was going to love this series even before it aired, I got sucked in and loved all the characters and all of their complexities. can't wait for next season!

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    As excited as I am to see what is going to happen in the next part, I think that they should do a prequel for season 2. It would be cool to see the characters that we've only heard about like the "mad king" , John Arryn, Ned's sister and John Snow's mother. And we'd get to see Ned again. And while we're at it can we see that hot babe Khal Drago too?

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    Whoa! I got a free preview of HBO over the weekend and discovered Game of Thrones... Thought I would try it and ended up watching every single episode in one day! I WILL be subscribing to HBO when season 2 arrives... I love it!!

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    The chap doing squats, etc. is the Grand Maester Pycelle, of the Small Council.

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    People keep making comments to nudity, quick thing on this. All around the world its not a big deal except here in the states where radicals make stupid comments about nude people - as if when alone or with a significant other u don't see it. If they remove the nudity, the swearing/ cursing it wont be 10.0 it will be less than 9. Why u ask ? because its what makes the whole experience memarable and exciting. Please just watch it and enjoy it. THIS IS RATED R not PG-13. If you can't handle skip please. This is the best series on tv hands down but people always find flaws , some people look for them other find them, who are you ?

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    rob and catelyn murdered by the frey's, jamime is released, littlefinger kills lysa, joffery dies, tyrion accused, tyrion kills his father, sam kills an other

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    Awesome....

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    this is the most amazing story i have ever seeen if they remove nudity like stuff it will sure get 10.0 instead fo 9.7 in imdb

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    Good series! I read these back whn I was in highschool. Good adaptation for TV! I knew while readin that this would be an awesome movie, especially after Lord of the Rings got such a great reception. It's not as over the top with magic and creatures, but it's a great story. Some things to note - a LOT was rushed/left out, of course. Look at the books between season if you enjoyed the show. Lots of history and old grudes are explained. Also, a little nugget - Catelyn hit Jaime with the rock in the 2nd book, so HBO decided to show a glimpse of things to come. After the first 6 or 7 episodes I thought they wouldn't finihs the book this season, but the last 3 rushed a lot. Again I highly recommend the read of the entire series! I have to read "A Feast of Crows" myself!

    Game of Thrones Season 1 Episode 10 Quotes

    As soon as you've had your blood I'll put a son in you. Mother says that shouldn't be long.

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    Tell me, which do you favor, your fingers or your tongue?

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