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Roush Review: Grim Thrones Is a Crowning Achievement

Mark Addy

Everyone keeps warning that "Winter is coming" in Game of Thrones, but I can't remember the last series that packed this much heat. After putting its distinctive stamp on genres as diverse as the mob drama (The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire), the Western (Deadwood), the urban crime saga (The Wire), the period-piece potboiler (Rome), the horror-show bodice-ripper (True Blood), HBO now turns its extravagant attention to adult epic fantasy. HBO has found its answer to Lord of the Rings in adapting George R.R. Martin's enthralling, sprawling, ruthlessly brutal and magnificently entertaining series of page-turners.

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5 Reasons to Watch Game of Thrones (and Skip the Books!)

Maisie Williams

Let me relieve you by saying you don't have to read George R.R. Martin's massive A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels to appreciate HBO's adaptation, Game of Thrones.

Don't get me wrong: I devoured Martin's fantasy novels set in a medieval-inspired world of intrigue and recommend it to those who've got the time and aren't intimidated by, well, lots and lots of pages. I've also watched the first six episodes of Game of Thrones, and the good news is it's obviously a less daunting time-commitment and the show offers certain benefits the books do not.

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Matt's Weekend Picks: April 15-17

Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler

Friday Night Lights (Friday, 8/7c, NBC)
It's never easy to say goodbye to a beloved series — but if you've ever spent time in Dillon, Texas, you'll want to check in for the final season of this marvelous series about big-hearted people in small-town America (previously shown on DirecTV but getting its broadcast premiere this week). Life goes on with poignant realism, which means... read more

Game of Thrones' George R. R. Martin: I'm Only "Vaguely Aware" of My Feud with Damon Lindelof

George R. R. Martin, Damon Lindelof

George R.R. Martin may have dissed the ending of Lost, but he hasn't had time to respond to Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof who angrily declared a feud with the fantasy author last week.

"I'm vaguely aware of this, but I haven't really followed this," Martin tells TVGuide.com. "I've been out in Los Angeles in the past week when all this hit the Internet. I came out to watch a screening of the first two episodes. I don't take a computer with me when I travel, so whenever I'm on the road I'm usually kind of cut off what is happening on the Internet."

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Game of Thrones Bosses Won't Pull a Lost-Style Ending

Emilia Clarke and Iain Glen

Weeks before Game of Thrones will premiere on HBO, fanboys of George R. R. Martin's enormously popular fantasy books are already worrying about how the show is going to end. The author recently told The New Yorker he doesn't want to "do a Lost" and mess up the ending.

Series executive producers D.B. Weiss attempted to further calm their nerves, telling TVGuide.com, "We've talked through what the final episode, the final season will be." Executive producer David Benioff adds: "We can't wait to write that episode. Of the many different fears we have about the show, long-term momentum is not one of them. We're very confident."

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Ask Matt: Good Wife vs. Body of Proof, ABC Soaps, Upstairs Downstairs More!

Archie Panjabi

Send questions to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: I would like to know your opinion about the Kalinda/Peter reveal on The Good Wife. My initial reaction was concern for Kalinda's and Alicia's friendship. However, in the past week, I have become intrigued by the potential fallout. Not only will this revelation shake the Florrick family, but after two years into the series, it could impact characters like Kalinda, Will, Cary and Eli in a way that the original scandal never did. Also, while overall viewership remains strong, Wife's 18-49 demo has been rather low this season. New competition from Body of Proof will probably not help the situation. Should fans of The Good Wife be concerned about potential cancellation or at least be prepared for a scheduling change for season three? — Rose

Matt Roush: This twist is what we like to call a bona fide bombshell. Couldn't come at a more advantageous time for the show, which thrives on personal and workplace conflict... read more

What Did You Think of HBO's 15-Minute Game of Thrones Preview?

Sean Bean

Talk about leaving us wanting more! Sunday's sneak peek of HBO's Game of Thrones — a too-brief 15-minute tease -- showed promise for both fans of George R.R. Martin's book series and newcomers alike.

Based on the preview, here's what we think you can expect from the forthcoming series:

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Ask Matt: FX (Lights Out, Archer), Game of Thrones, Southland and More!

Holt McCallany and Catherine McCormack

Send questions to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: I was saddened to learn of the cancellation of Lights Out. It has been a great show with great performances. If I had any complaint about this outstanding series, it would be that there could have been more boxing, especially early on in the series. Do you think that was a contributing factor, or is it just another case of a good show not finding its audience in a competitive time slot? This has also made me concerned about my favorite prime-time sitcom, Archer. The writing and voice acting are insanely brilliant. (For me, I rate it a hair above Community.) Do you think it will come back for a third season? Will we need to let slip the ...
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Game of Thrones First Look: Winter Has Arrived

Game of Thrones

The Starks of Winterfell have a saying: Winter is coming.

Well, it looks like it might have arrived, judging from one of four first-look photos released for HBO's highly anticipated series Game of Thrones. Based on the epic fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin, the series follows the intrigues and struggles over the Iron Throne.

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HBO's Game of Thrones Poster Peek: Something to Crow About

Are you ready for Game of Thrones?

HBO released a poster for the fantasy epic Thursday with the tagline "You Win or You Die."

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