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Spoilers ahead for season 7 of Game of Thrones. Also: a lot of complaining. But some compliments too!

A lot changed in season 7 of Game of Thrones. The season got shorter, while the episodes got longer. The pace accelerated rapidly. Characters who’ve been gone for years resurfaced; characters who haven’t seen each other in years reunited. Showrunners and writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss moved beyond the last of George R.R. Martin’s written material, and struck out on their own, with Martin himself repeatedly reminding viewers that they’d diverged from his plans, and are, for instance, killing off characters he plans to keep in his books. The show arguably became an extended exercise in fan fiction. And above all, the dragons, the…

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