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The Week in Superlatives: Best Return to Form, Most Cathartic Moment, and the Couple We're So Not Shipping

Game of Thrones really nailed it this week

Amanda Bell

Ready to talk about something BESIDES Avengers: Endgame? Good, because it was another fun week on the TV scene, and TV Guide is here to break down some of the standout moments of the week.

Best return to form: It was the calm before the storm on Game of Thrones' latest episode. Without an ounce of gore, and with very little sex -- Arya (Maisie Williams) and Gendry's (Joe Dempsie) hookup was way less explicit than what we're used to with this show -- the episode was a blast. We got to see the Lannister gents make peace with each other again. Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) finally became a Ser. Everyone was anxious and contemplative and struggling through it together. It was an episode that allowed Game of Thrones' dark, witty dialogue and deep bench of developed characters to come through one last time before all hell breaks loose with the White Walkers' arrival. Some fans have argued that the show sacrificed some of its quality in favor of spectacle in recent seasons, but this episode was a callback to the series' quieter strengths.

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GIF of the week: It was the smile that launched a thousand memes. Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) had a sit-down with Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) in the hopes of resolving the tension between them, and once Dany cracked a joke about Jon Snow's (Kit Harington) height, they were both all smiles -- briefly. The Mother of Dragons' grin rang false to a lot of viewers, so the internet did what the internet does and turned that image into a thing. Second place for facial expressions goes to the look on Brienne of Tarth's (Gwendoline Christie) face when she heard Tormund's (Kristofer Hivju) giantess story.

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Most important discussion:The Bold Type's latest episode takes on not one but two grey areas in our current climate: true consent and cancel culture. In it, Alex (Matt Ward) comes to realize that a woman with whom he had a sexual encounter felt pressured into it by his professional power, even though he perceived it to be consensual. Alex decides to own his mistake publicly and faces the wrath of the internet as a result. Many questions are raised by the nuanced episode, but few have easy answers.

The way-too-real parody: The latest episode of The Twilight Zone, "Wunderkind," is a thinly veiled statement on the now-exposed fragility of America's political ecosystem. The episode centers on a kid named Oliver Foley (Jacob Tremblay), who becomes YouTube famous after announcing he wants to run for president. It's innocent enough until a down-on-his-luck campaign manager named Raff (John Cho) decides he can make the kid's campaign real in order to revive his own ailing career. Once successful, though, power goes to the kid's head, and it threatens to upend the entire structure of the American government. In case the parallels here aren't clear enough, the kid also golfs and wears a long red tie.

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The Twilight Zone Season 1, Episode 5: "Wunderkind"

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Best gift to fandemonium: Ahead of the film's theatrical debut, Jimmy Fallon assembled key cast members of the Avengers: Endgame cast to lip sync along with his Marvel-ous reimagining of "We Didn't Start the Fire," and it was super.

Most cathartic moment: Luke Perry's final episode of Riverdaleaired this week, and it featured a Fred Andrews scene that was completely befitting of the character. The scene was a quiet father-son moment between Fred and Archie (KJ Apa) that featured the optimism and encouragement that has been such a hallmark of Fred's presence in the series. We still don't know how the showrunners will account for Perry's unexpected death going forward, but if this was to be his last scene, at least it was true to character.

The couple we're so not shipping: We've been waiting to see what Casey (Jesse Spencer) would do in the wake of his divorce from Gabby (Monica Raymund) on Chicago Fire, and while we were hoping for him to get out and live a little, we weren't expecting it to be with her former partner from the ambulance, Brett (Kara Killmer). Their steamy looks at one another might be impressively loaded, but isn't it also kinda gross? She was besties with his ex and used to sleep with his former brother-in-law! Chicago's way too big for these people to keep fishing from such a shallow part of the lake.

Best binge: If you're not planning to make a weekend out of seeing Endgame seven times in a row each day, there are a couple of new additions to the streaming scene worth checking out this weekend, including Netflix's new psychological horror show Chambers and Amazon Prime's fifth season of Bosch. Or you can spend your time revisiting all the Marvel movies you need to rewatch before Endgame and take some notes from us on when to plan your potty breaks during this mega-long MCU installment.

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