‘Game of Thrones’ Midseason Review: Season 8 Can’t Fail, Even as It Falters

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 8, through Episode 3, “The Long Night.”]In the end, “Game of Thrones” can’t fail.


Weiss and David Benioff’s HBO epic isn’t like other prestige dramas facing high expectations for its final season.

It’s not “The Sopranos,” or “Mad Men,” or even the addictive “Breaking Bad.” Unlike those shows, these creators didn’t have to debate the closing sequence; they don’t have to worry about a contentious cut to black (one hopes), how to interpret a Coca-Cola ad, or if a main character would die.

Death is part of the game, and this ending has been promised since the start: Someone will rule the Iron Throne, once and for all.That’s its edge, and yet “Game of Thrones” has made it into a weakness.

Security in an endgame should breed creative ideas on how to get there.

More chances can be

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