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“Game of Thrones” Season 7: Where Were We?

Here we are, in mid-July, with our sanity melting, our norms crumbling, and the Larsen Ice Shelf breaking up and heading straight toward us. But cheer up: winter, in “Game of Thrones” form, is here! I don’t know what you have been doing in the off-season, but I’ve been anxiously favoriting …

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“Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 1 Recap: Dragonstone, Sweet Dragonstone

Is it just me, or is “Game of Thrones” getting to be a lot of fun? Last night’s Season 7 première jumped right in, beginning not with some noble slog through icy effects and mysticism but with our old friend revenge, served in goblets. Walder Frey, the Stark-murdering bastard we saw Arya kill at …

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“Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 2 Recap: Flaming Ships and Demented Laughter

Last week at the end of the “Game of Thrones” première, Dany said, “Shall we begin?” This week, the answer was “We shall!” Episode 2 opens on thunder and lightning at Dragonstone. How apropos for our yellow-haired queen of mayhem. “On a night like this, you came into the world,” Tyrion says. He, …

“Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 3 Recap: Revenge Served Hot and Cold

Last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” “The Queen’s Justice,” begins with a long-awaited meeting—our old friends Ice and Fire, a.k.a. Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen—and ends with revenge, served cold and clever: iced zinger, if you will. We begin, once more, on the shores of Dragonstone: waves …

“Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 4 Recap: When They Go Low, We Shoot Fire from the Sky

If you thought that last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones” would be a quiet evening of dragonglass mining, Iron Bank account-settling, and Citadel-library intrigue, you, like Jaime Lannister, were in for a jolt. “The Spoils of War,” at a brisk fifty minutes, was a thrilling episode, and an …

“Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 5 Recap: The Book of Love

This week’s “Game of Thrones” opens on the smoldering aftermath of hellfire, mirroring our national mood. In the foreground, we see a placid river; on the horizon, dragon smoke. Suddenly, a head pops out of the water. It’s Bronn! He’s managed not only to save Jaime in the nick of time from dragon …

“Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 6 Recap: You Don’t Understand

On last night’s “Game of Thrones,” a North of the Wall-focussed episode that we expected to be snowy, wighty, and grunty, we got all that, and just a smidge more: Khaleesi tears, a swinging-lantern surprise, a knapsack full of gross intrigue. And yet, for some of us, this penultimate episode of the …

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“Game of Thrones” Season 7 Finale Recap: A Dragon, a Wolf, and an About-Face

Ah, the dragon and the wolf! In last night’s Season 7 “Game of Thrones” finale, some things left us a bit unsatisfied—what we’d hoped would be a Cleganebowl was more like a Clegane side salad—and some things surpassed our wildest imaginings. Switcheroos were pulled, sisterhood was powerful, a …

Embroidering “Game of Thrones”

As lurid, blood-soaked fantasies go, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is surprisingly stylish. Its pre-modern, tribal protagonists inhabit a world with a fully realized aesthetic, created, in part, by their clothing. Last season, when Cersei seized power, she traded her red-and-gold gowns with impossible …

Wagner, Incest, and “Game of Thrones”

When Arthur Schopenhauer read the libretto of “Die Walküre,” the second installment of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle, he found himself discomfited by the goings on in Act I, in which the twin siblings Siegmund and Sieglinde, separated children of the god Wotan, fall madly in love. “You are bride and sister …

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Welcome To The City Of Trump

Some may cast blame on blue-city urbanites for overlooking the needs of Americans in rural flyover states during this election, but the fact of the matter is that America is urban. Over 60% of the U.S. population currently resides in cities–a figure likely to only grow. And if most Americans live …

The Privatized City Where Everything Is Tolled

In Chapter 1 of our Trump City series, we look at Trump’s privatization plan, and a city that charges you for everything.<p><i>This article is part of our seven-part series on the future of cities under President-elect Trump, for which we asked experts in urban planning, city surveillance, and social</i> …

The Sanctuary City That Fights The Federal Government

In Chapter 2 of Trump City, America’s big, liberal cities team up against Trump’s big, conservative government.<p><i>This article is part of our seven-part series on the future of cities under President-elect Trump, for which we asked experts in urban planning, city surveillance, and social reform to</i> …

The Surveillance City That’s Always Watching You

In Chapter 3 of our Trump City series, “smart city” tech becomes a boon for a federal government intent on taking a look at citizens.<p><i>This article is part of our seven-part series on the future of cities under President-elect Trump, for which we asked experts in urban planning, city surveillance,</i> …

The Super Affluent City That’s Surrounded By Poverty

In Chapter 4 of Trump City, Trump’s tax plan offers more autonomy to big cities, but at a big cost to the poor.<p><i>This article is part of our seven-part series on the future of cities under President-elect Trump, for which we asked experts in urban planning, city surveillance, and social reform to</i> …

The Stupid City That Can’t Innovate

In Chapter 5 of our Trump City series, an end to immigration spells death for innovation.<p><i>This article is part of our seven-part series on the future of cities under President-elect Trump, for which we asked experts in urban planning, city surveillance, and social reform to describe the city they</i> …

The City That Drowns In Climate Change Denial

In Chapter 6 of our Trump City series, experts concur that ignoring global warming is bad city planning, and bad business.<p><i>This article is part of our seven-part series on the future of cities under President-elect Trump, for which we asked experts in urban planning, city surveillance, and social</i> …

The Small City That Gets Left Behind

In Chapter 7 of our Trump City series, countless small cities and towns flounder further beneath Trump’s policies.<p><i>This article is part of our seven-part series on the future of cities under President-elect Trump, for which we asked experts in urban planning, city surveillance, and social reform to</i> …

7 Obsessions That Influenced H. P. Lovecraft’s Work

Nearly 80 years after H. P. Lovecraft’s death, his influence over popular culture shows no signs of waning. In his own day, Lovecraft's influences …

Let the Flayings Begin! “Game of Thrones” Returns

Spring is here, the lilacs and cherry blossoms are in full bloom, and, as usual—oysters, clams, and cockles!—winter is coming, and “Game of Thrones” has returned. Let the flayings begin! This weekend, once I remembered what had happened in season five, beyond Jon Snow being stabbed into snowflake …

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“Game of Thrones”: Glorious Returns

This weekend, as the rest of us were fretting about Bernie and Hillary and Trump, marvelling at Cruz-Fiorina, and contemplating the fate of Jon Snow, President Obama joked that he would like to Red Wedding the White House Correspondents’ Dinner—or at least its Republican obstructionists. While …

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“Game of Thrones”: Bran Stark and the Tower of Joy

Going into “Oathbreaker,” last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” many of us were wondering where Bran Stark would warg his way to this week; how Dany would fare in the Home for Widowed Khaleesis; whether we’d see those dear old offscreen so-and-sos Sam Tarly, Gilly, baby, and Littlefinger; the …

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“Game of Thrones”: Backbones All Around

A couple of lamentable things happened on last night’s “Game of Thrones”—the neck-stabbing trend continued, for example, in one of the necks we liked—but it was otherwise an almost worryingly thrilling hour in Westeros. Nobody whacked Arya with a stick or trained her in any way; nobody got torn …

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“Game of Thrones”: The Door

Last night’s powerfully sad episode of “Game of Thrones,” “The Door,” might have put you in a melancholy mood today. Ice, tree roots, the cawing of a raven, the door: thoughts of them linger, like a sad dream that haunts us all. (Most of us, anyway. Some who walk among us don’t know or care. …

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“Game of Thrones”: Moving Right Along

One of my fears about “Game of Thrones” is that it, along with Westeros, will be slowly overtaken by armies of the dead. Less screen time for Lannisters, eunuchs, and armored heroines, more screen time for neon-eyed C.G.I. snarlers, staggering toward us in a grim blue-gray snow. I’m a hypocrite, I …

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“Game of Thrones”: Start Choppin’

Last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” “The Broken Man,” began in a startling way: a cold open, “S.N.L.” style, rather than the usual symphony of maps and fire. We saw some cheerful hammer-and-nails whistle-while-you-work construction, with wood, in a community that has enough wood left over …

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“Game of Thrones”: The Things We Do for Love

Last night, feeling barely equipped to understand the United States, or perhaps humans in general, I made a reluctant journey to Westeros. I love “Game of Thrones”—we all love “Game of Thrones”—but last night I did not want to watch “Game of Thrones.” After the stunning sadness of Orlando, after …

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“Game of Thrones”: Bastards!

For the past several episodes of “Game of Thrones,” we’d had a nice vacation from our universal nemesis Ramsay Bolton. (And an even nicer vacation from Dorne. Does Dorne still exist?) When we saw Ramsay again last night, on the field outside Winterfell, in “Battle of the Bastards,” he looked, dare …

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An Epic “Game of Thrones” Season Finale: Women and Wildfire

Last night’s thrilling, satisfying “Game of Thrones” season finale was preceded by a long string of ads for upcoming HBO shows, with the gentle, imploring slogan “Start Something New.” It stopped just short of saying, Look, we all love “Game of Thrones,” but there are only so many moments left …

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The Westeros Wing

The politics of “Game of Thrones.”<p>This season on “Game of Thrones,” Tyrion Lannister—a salty dwarf with a Wildean wit—cuts a deal with some powerful slave owners on behalf of his boss, the flame-resistant abolitionist desert queen Daenerys. If they agree to stop funding regime change, they will get …

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