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Penultimate Game of Thrones: 'A World Completely Shattered'

Daenerys morphs into the Mad Queen and destroys King's Landing
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2019 6:49 AM CDT
This image shows Emilia Clarke in a scene from "Game of Thrones" that aired May 5, 2019.   (Helen Sloan/HBO via AP)

(Newser) – Cataclysm, carnage, and a much-anticipated "Cleganebowl"—these all marked "The Bells," the violent fifth and penultimate episode of the last season of Game of Thrones, which Todd VanDerWerff at Vox writes was, "on a visceral level ... a horrific ride through a world that has completely shattered." While last week's episode focused on feelings and relationships, Sunday night's veered into total and complete destruction as we saw King's Landing annihilated after Daenerys snaps and takes Drogon on a fiery vengeance ride through the city. It was a move that spurs VanDerWerff to say: "Honestly. What. The f---?" As the dust literally settles, more thoughts from around the internet:

  • The episode looked good, at least. VanDerWerff tries to crawl out from under the ruins to dig out four winners and 10 losers, and one victor he acknowledges is Miguel Sapochnik, the director of Sunday night's episode. VanDerWerff notes the "gorgeous visuals" and other technical feats that "you rarely see executed so well on television." In a nutshell: "'The Bells' is perhaps the most heavy metal album cover-esque episode of Game of Thrones yet."

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