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Why ‘Game of Thrones’ ended the way it did, Part V

In the previous part of this article, we discussed the denial of passions (as exemplified through Jon Snow)  as the first means of combating the impulses that propel cycles of systemic violence. However, it’s clear from the complexities of government that simply choosing duty over love cannot be all that’s required to create positive systemic…

Why ‘Game of Thrones’ ended the way it did, Part IV

In the previous part of this article, we discussed the relationship between passion and violence as manifested through Daenerys Targaryen, and explored the ways in which she embodied humanity’s strongest impulses for violence.  In light of this, it should be clear why the battle against the White Walkers could not have been the show’s final…

The 2020 Oscars in Conversation

Thoughts on the nominees JONATHAN: The Academy should be ashamed of their nominations this year.  They did do a few things right. Antonio Banderas getting Best Actor for his career-best performance in “Pain and Glory” is a relief, as is Florence Pugh’s presence in Best Supporting Actress for “Little Women.” It’s always appreciated when Oscar…

‘True Detective’ stays true to form

After a largely disappointing second season, the third season of “True Detective” is a refreshing return to form. Writer Nic Pizzolatto has proven that the series was more than a one-hit wonder, and can sustain a high level of quality across multiple stories. While this new season isn’t quite as groundbreaking as the first, it’s…

Game of Thrones: Theory of the End, Part 2

For those of you who read part one of this piece, you’ll know that Sunday’s episode showed it was largely incorrect. However, while the “how’s” of it were wrong, the “why’s”, or the core themes motivating the ending’s structure, are pretty accurate. For this reason, we’ve decided to still run part two of the theory,…

Game of Thrones: Theory of the end

Spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 8 follow. As the hit HBO fantasy drama airs its final season, fans are coming closer than ever to having their burning question answered: How does it all end? This article will attempt to predict how based on everything that’s happened so far. Although this was written in between…

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is infinitely impressive

In the newest entry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the heroes — introduced over 10 years and 18 films — assemble to stop Thanos (Josh Brolin), a self-proclaimed cosmic savior, from obtaining six stones that he hopes to use to wipe out half of all life in the universe. It was surprising enough in 2012…

Movies in Conversation: ‘The Last Jedi’

Welcome to “Movies In Conversation,” a new Screen Beat feature at The Stanford Daily. Two writers will watch the same movie and offer differing opinions on it in open dialogue. This week, we will be focusing on “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” in which our critics Elaine Kim and Isaac Vaught explore the film’s unique (or…

Winter is here, but has ‘Game of Thrones’ gone cold?

Note: This article contains spoilers from the seventh season of “Game of Thrones.” Between July 16 and Aug. 27, one of the most popular drama series returned its audience to the land of Westeros with seven high-octane episodes, but it was sometimes a little too fast for us to catch our breath. While previous seasons…
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