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Game of Thrones Season Finale Recap, "Fire and Blood"

What Did You Think of the First Season of Game of Thrones?

The Game of Thrones season one finale is titled "Fire and Blood," and boy, does the episode bring a lot of meaning to those two words. Though the final episode isn't nearly as emotional as last week's (I'm still reeling from Ned's death), we're left with a lot to reflect on as we wait all the way until Spring 2012 to find out what happens next.

For the most part, the Starks are each grieving in their own way; Arya is taken into hiding with the Night Watch army, Jon tries to leave the Night Watch, Robb rises to power, and Catelyn projects her frustrations onto Jaime Lannister. Perhaps no one has it worse than Sansa, who's forced to follow and obey King Joffrey's repulsive demands. On the other side of Westeros, Dany Targaryen literally rises from the ashes of her husband's funeral pyre and emerges as some kind of new dragon queen.

I was expecting the finale to pack more punch, but overall I have nothing to complain about. Game of Thrones managed to initially pique my interest with the pilot, then keep me on the edge of my seat waiting for each new episode as the season unfolded. The show has quickly landed on my list of favorites, and I'm already depressed that we'll have to wait a whole year to reconnect with the characters.

Now I want to hear your thoughts on the finale and the season as a whole. Did you get totally hooked too? Did you try it out but then give up? Will you abandon ship now that Sean Bean's been given the axe? Let's discuss season one in the comments.

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Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 5 years
I do like it but I feel like HBO has to constantly insult my intelligence by showing me tits, vulgarity and over the top violence.
maiirs maiirs 5 years
Next year can't come soon enough. Game of Thrones is probably the best thing on tv right now, too bad the season is so short. I can't wait to find out what happens now that Dany is the Dragon Queen and if Tyrion is gonna go to Kings Landing and slap Joffrey upside the head a couple more times. Hooked I tell yah!
maiirs maiirs 5 years
Next year can't come soon enough. Game of Thrones is probably the best thing on tv right now, too bad the season is so short. I can't wait to find out what happens now that Dany is the Dragon Queen and if Tyrion is gonna go to Kings Landing and slap Joffrey upside the head a couple more times. Hooked I tell yah!
pss pss 5 years
I am completely hooked, I already was in the first episode. And the development of the story lines just makes me even more interesting on it. Think the cast is beyond fantastic and that it's a great hit that George R. R. Martin is a main part of the direction of the show too. Now I am so exciting about what's coming next season, and can't wait for more Joe Dempsie (Gendry)!
pss pss 5 years
I am completely hooked, I already was in the first episode. And the development of the story lines just makes me even more interesting on it. Think the cast is beyond fantastic and that it's a great hit that George R. R. Martin is a main part of the direction of the show too.Now I am so exciting about what's coming next season, and can't wait for more Joe Dempsie (Gendry)!
Akasha Akasha 5 years
I have to agree with Elka Karl. I have found Dany's story so interesting that I almost want to fast forward through some of the rest of the plotlines. I really want to see more of her and Arya who I think is going to be a dangerous force to be reckoned with. I haven't read the books yet, but they are sitting waiting on my Kindle. I didn't want to read them until the show was over so if they were better (they usually are) I wouldn't start being irritated with the show.
Akasha Akasha 5 years
I have to agree with Elka Karl. I have found Dany's story so interesting that I almost want to fast forward through some of the rest of the plotlines. I really want to see more of her and Arya who I think is going to be a dangerous force to be reckoned with. I haven't read the books yet, but they are sitting waiting on my Kindle. I didn't want to read them until the show was over so if they were better (they usually are) I wouldn't start being irritated with the show.
Elka-Karl Elka-Karl 5 years
At this point, I am so into Dany's plotline that I could care less (sorry Ned) that Ned was beheaded last week. I've found Dany's development as a character over the course of this season so fascinating. Major props to Emilia Clarke for making her character's transformation so believable and infinitely watchable. I am definitely excited for next year's season, and in the meantime, will read the books to satisfy my curiosity.
Becky-Kirsch Becky-Kirsch 5 years
Hey sydneyalias, thanks for your feedback. It's never our intention to spoil anything for our readers. Since there are no spoilers in the headline or photo, hopefully those that are waiting for DVR can just skip over this post and return later.
sydneyalias sydneyalias 5 years
I liked this episode. I've read book 1, so I knew the plot. This series has followed the book about as closely as any adaptation I've ever seen. It's kind of nice, but it means there aren't many (if any) differences from page to screen and little suspense for readers. Not sure if I'll read any further. Buzz - I do wish spoilers were kept off the main page. Last week's death was in the headline and this week we have the full summary on the main page. Not everyone watches the show live, it would be nice to keep the main page spoiler free.
sydneyalias sydneyalias 5 years
I liked this episode. I've read book 1, so I knew the plot. This series has followed the book about as closely as any adaptation I've ever seen. It's kind of nice, but it means there aren't many (if any) differences from page to screen and little suspense for readers. Not sure if I'll read any further.Buzz - I do wish spoilers were kept off the main page. Last week's death was in the headline and this week we have the full summary on the main page. Not everyone watches the show live, it would be nice to keep the main page spoiler free.
hooligan hooligan 5 years
I started reading the first book, but I haven't gone as far as the final episode of season one, so I was surprised by the ending! I can't wait until season two - but I have the books in the meantime to console me! ;)
jadenirvana jadenirvana 5 years
I'm definitely hooked, and no one is more surprised about that than me! I didn't even like LOTR (sorry everyone, don't kill me) but as the season went on Game of Thrones just got better and better. During the last few episodes I found myself thinking about the show almost nonstop, something I haven't done since Lost. Yay for good storytelling and a genre that feels totally new and different.
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