What did you think of the finales for “Game of Thrones” and “The Killing”

What did you think of the finales for “Game of Thrones” and “The Killing”  

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We’ve come to the end of the first season of “Game of Thrones,” but not, as we now know, the end of the series. That’s a pretty exceptional scene this episode ends on too — and it’s yet another brilliant structural touch that we finally get an onscreen magical element to this series 90 seconds before the season closes, and it’s been foreshadowed since the very first episode rather than coming off as a deus ex machina. For that matter, it’s a scene that could never, ever be pulled off on network television.??For an episode that once again had to cover a lot of narrative territory, though, there also seemed to be a bunch of blatant filler this week — scenes that could fall away without anyone noticing. Chief among those was the sequence with Grand Maester Pycelle and the woman going about her ablutions in his quarters. Is he supposed to be blind, or just philosophical? And did that scene have any bearing at all on the plot???Likewise, the dream sequence with Bran walking — the third nearly identical such sequence — goes nowhere in particular, and the subsequent scene with Osha and Bran in the catacombs doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know.The first season of “Game of Thrones” comes to a close this Sunday, having won over many viewers who wouldn’t normally immerse themselves in fantasy. It’s also left some fans — those who hadn’t already read George R.R. Martin’s books — shellshocked by the brutal deaths of a few major characters (somemore beloved than others).??HBO has granted the show a second season, sending show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss back to Belfast, where they are furiously working on adapting a script from the second book of the saga, “A Clash of Kings.”??They spoke by phone about which characters will reappear in Season 2 and the near-impossibility of creating a cable series out of books that depict an increasingly complex, epic world.??[Spoiler alert: If you don't want to read any discussion of the next season, avert your eyes now.]??There are some big shifts between the first book and the second — different characters, new locations, huge battle scenes and new elements like … dragons. How closely are you sticking to the book???Weiss: The book is always going to be our template, our go-to bible. It’s mainly about the balancing act between keeping the characters the viewers have spent so much time investing in front-and-center and introducing all these new characters George has come up with and giving them their fair share. That’s what we’re currently engaged in doing.??So you’re still rewriting???Benioff: We’re definitely still rewriting. You start out with your dream scenario, and then the hard reality hits you and you make adjustments. We’re still in that adjustment phase. There’s a lot of writing and a lot of casting still. Most series if you get second season you’re done with most of the casting. With the second book and the second season, a whole slew of characters make their appearances.??Weiss: I’m sitting here looking at our casting grid, which is a grid of names and faces of all the characters. Last year I remember being so excited as I’d watch week after week — it gradually fills in and finally … you have this beautiful wall of faces that represents your cast. Now I’m looking at the grid again, and half the people are gone because they’ve been massacred wholesale. And now there’s a grid to be filled in again with a new group of people.??Benioff:Luckily it’s a big enough cast that the people we’re attached to … the whole top row is all people we know.??Weiss: It’s different people in the top row, but the whole top row is people we know, and almost the whole second row.??Benioff:We should keep a ghost wall up.??Weiss: The dearly departed. But eventually the dearly departed will be bigger than the cast.

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