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The sixth season of Game of Thrones concluded on Sunday night in an explosive episode that may have been the best one yet. Not only was the finale extremely satisfying (not to mention beautifully shot), but this entire season restored my faith in the show as a whole. Here are my top ten moments from the last ten weeks of the best kick-ass, dragon-fire, edge-of-your-seat television available.

*Beware! There be spoilers ahead!* 

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The finale of the fifth season of Game of Thrones has left viewers with more questions than answers. The shocking scenes and unforeseen deaths that made up “Mother’s Mercy” caused the internet go berserk, and my little heart to break.

Spoilers ahead, including major character death. 

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After last week’s rant, we now return to our regularly scheduled programming.

Thus far in season 5, our huge ensemble cast has gotten themselves into the following situations: Cersei has allied herself with religious fanatics hoping to regain the power she once had; Jaime is on a suicide mission in Dorne; Tyrion has been kidnapped by Ser Jorah and subsequently captured by slavers; Arya is beginning her mysterious training at the House of White and Black; Sansa has been married off to Ramsay Bolton at Winterfell while Brienne waits and watches from afar; Jon has become Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch; Daenerys has decided she must wed for political reasons; and last, but not least, Stannis Baratheon marches from Castle Black to Winterfell on his mission to take back the North and put Roose Bolton’s head on a spike.

*Spoilers ahead*

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Even those who don’t watch HBO’s Game of Thrones with any regularity have undoubtedly heard about the backlash created by Sunday’s episode, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.” The groundbreaking show, which has always been unafraid and unapologetic about showing unwarranted violence and sexual assault, may have finally crossed one too many lines. Is “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” the straw that broke the camel’s back?

Trigger warning: this post discusses a gratuitous rape scene. If this is a trigger for you, please read no further than the summary. 

Spoilers ahead.

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Though it isn’t the first time Game of Thrones has deviated from its source material, some things took a drastic turn away from the books in episode 4, “Sons of the Harpy.” As it stands, not even those who have read Martin’s work can predict what will happen next.

If you dislike spoilers, venture no further.

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