Dan Selcke

'Game of Thrones' recap: The show goes big with a devastating finale and some shocking deaths

An eventful, controversial year of “Game of Thrones” comes to an end with “Mother’s Mercy,” an eventful, sure-to-be-controversial finale.Episode MVPsAfter the first few episodes of Season 5 aired, some fans complained that the show was moving too slowly. That can’t really be said of the last...

Monday, June 15, 2015, 5:08 PM

'Game of Thrones' recap: Daenerys rides a dragon and Arya breaks the rules

“The Dance of Dragons” delivered dramatic fireworks worthy of the show’s reputation for barn-burning penultimate episodes. It was a good night of TV.Episode MVPsPeople watch “Game of Thrones” for a lot of reasons—the complicated political plots, the well-developed characters, the shocking deaths—...

Monday, June 8, 2015, 5:25 PM

'Game of Thrones' recap: Jon Snow faces a battle, and Tyrion and Daenerys make friends

A thrilling battle sequence and careful character work distinguish “Hardhome,” the latest episode of “Game of Thrones.”Episode MVPs“Game of Thrones” has had mixed success with large-scale battles. The first time it tried one, in Season 2’s “Blackwater,” it succeeded by focusing more on the...

Monday, June 1, 2015, 8:34 AM

'Game of Thrones' recap: Tyrion and Daenerys meet at last

“Game of Thrones” pushed several plots into overdrive with the exciting “The Gift.”Episode MVPsOne of the criticisms leveled at this season of “Game of Thrones” is that it’s been too slow. And indeed, the show has moved at a more deliberate pace compared to last year. “The Gift,” however, propelled...

Monday, May 25, 2015, 8:43 AM

'Game of Thrones' recap: Sansa and Arya both face dark futures

Arya and Sansa Stark bookend “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” a potent but disturbing episode of “Game of Thrones.”Episode MVPsThe Stark sisters never got along, but the show has been drawing a lot of parallels between them this year, even though they’re continents apart. Arya opened “Unbowed, Unbent,...

Monday, May 18, 2015, 5:25 PM

'Game of Thrones' recap: Power comes with costs for Jon Snow and Daenerys

Various characters fought against the status quo in “Kill the Boy,” a thematically meaty episode of “Game of Thrones.”Episode MVPsToo often on “Game of Thrones,” those in power are the ones who least deserve it. Lately, some upstanding characters have come into power, but they’re learning that good...

Monday, May 11, 2015, 8:35 AM

'Game of Thrones' recap: Cersei makes a power play

“Sons of the Harpy,” the latest episode of “Game of Thrones,” is light on forward momentum and heavy on people getting stabbed to death in fight scenes. It’s a bloody, kinetic hour of TV.Episode MVPsThe meatiest chunks of “Sons of the Harpy” took place in King’s Landing, where Cersei Lannister...

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 10:06 PM

Sansa and Arya try to control their futures on this week's 'Game of Thrones'

After a pair of episodes mostly concerned with setup, the third episode of Season 5, “High Sparrow,” began to make good on the promise that characters long separated by distance would finally meet. The producers have packed the show full of gunpowder. All they need is a match.Episode MVPsSansa...

Monday, April 27, 2015, 7:40 AM

On 'Game of Thrones,' Daenerys has a reunion and Arya finds a new home

The second episode of the season, “The House of Black and White,” continued the premiere’s focus on tying up loose ends and setting up the conflicts to come. "Game of Thrones" is building toward something. Knowing this show, it’s probably something bloody.Episode MVPsAfter sitting the premiere out...

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 10:10 PM

'Game of Thrones' is back, and you're going to love Tyrion more than ever

At last, the fifth season of "Game of Thrones" is upon us. The opening episode, "The Wars to Come,"finds the characters picking up the pieces after Season 4’s finale. It looks like this season will be a bit slower and more contemplative than last year, but it’ll still pack in plenty of the textured...

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 10:10 PM