Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 1: Winterfell
"We don't have time for all of this." - Bran Stark
release year: 2019
genre: TV fantasy/drama
viewing setting: live broadcast 4/14/19
synopsis: This can't be done without spoiling anything; see general notes below.
impressions: After plowing through the previous seven seasons in about six weeks, I found a way to see the eighth and final season's six episodes as they were broadcast. There wasn't any major fighting or death in this one, it was more about setting things up for the next episode. This show isn't something you can just start watching in a later season, because characters and events won't mean much. And as always, the plot and events are extremely complex, and accordingly, stupid people shouldn't watch this show.
acting: One thing that won't change in any of my season reviews of this show: there's a huge ensemble cast, and I'm no longer going to talk about any or all of the characters. There are dozens of significant and memorable cast members, and this is one of those shows where you often have to check things on wikipedia after an episode.
final word: Good, if complex, medieval intrigue and mayhem.
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