It's been an extraordinarily busy week in TV. All of the major networks hosted their upfronts showcases, revealing fall schedules, dazzling trailers, and lots and lots of news. On top of that, there was at least one divisive episode that still has everyone talking, and several other series left us with some major cliffhangers as a result of their season finales. Here's a look at some of the week's most memorable moments on the small screen, for better and for worse.
Worst character shift: Once upon a time, Game of Thrones could be considered one of the most elegant and nuanced programs in television history, particularly when it came to the extreme care it took to develop its complex characters. That legacy had been somewhat diminished amid the cheaper thrills of recent seasons, but "The Bells" really got the fanbase spitting fire. Instead of taking the time to organically build to Daenerys Targaryen's (Emilia Clarke) Mad Queen evolution, the series just showed her make one angry expression and then proceeded to torch everything she ever wanted or ever was. The series finale hasn't even aired yet, but already hundreds of thousands of disappointed viewers are demanding a do-over. It's hard to see how the show can possibly recover in its final week, and who knows how deflating this mass disappointment will be for the spin-off(s). The fact that showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff were confirmed as the new Star Wars creatives only added salt to the wound, seemingly confirming that they'd rushed the abbreviated final season to get on to their next big project, Game of Thrones fans be darned.
The twist that worked: Veep's series finale, on the other hand, flipped the script in all the right ways by allowing Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) to act on her hunger for power in a way that was both shocking and still tracked. By propping Gary (Tony Hale) as the fall guy for her embezzlement scheme, Meyer assured she would be both victorious and lonely in that White House, and the satisfaction of this conclusion made for a striking contrast to what had just gone down on Thrones.
The devastating cliffhanger: New Amsterdam's season finale ended with a bang — or, rather, a crash. The episode centered on the terrifying at-home delivery of Dr. Max (Ryan Eggold) and Georgia Goodwin's (Lisa O'Hare) baby Luna. After the child was safely delivered with the assistance of Dr. Bloom (Janet Montgomery) and Dr. Sharpe (Freema Agyeman), all seemed well as they piled into an ambulance to finally make way for the hospital. Things could've ended there, and it would've been an uplifting finish to the show's freshman season, but instead the EMS collided with another ambulance and created a spectacularly upsetting scene. Dr. Max and the baby survived with a few bruises and glass shards to show for it, but someone major is definitely dead, and we won't find out who until Season 2. Who is it beneath that white sheet? Surely, it couldn't be Dr. Sharpe?!
Most relatable parenting: black-ish and American Housewife might not mirror each other often, but this week, they were a lot alike. Both of their new episodes featured the parents trying to get their kids out of the house so that they could have romantic evenings together, only to self-sabotage those plans by being overly and unnecessarily concerned for their kids during those outings. Most parents can probably relate to that feeling of wanting a break from the kiddos, only to become riddled with guilt and a barrage of worst-case scenario fears as soon as they're out the door. Apparently, the writers of each of these series were on the exact same page this week whether they knew it or not.
The coziest comedy: If you haven't given Bless This Mess a chance yet, you might want to give it a whirl because it's proven to be exactly the kind of sassy but soft comedy that can fill the void for fans of The Good Place and Schitt's Creek right now. The series stars Lake Bell and Dax Shepard as a pair of newlyweds who decide to pursue a quiet life in a small town in Nebraska, but it doesn't rely on that fish-out-of-water gimmick so much as it does on its quality cast. This week's episode in particular was a stitch as they tried to find a way to afford a new water heater after bathing in the great outdoors proved to be a bit too countrified for the couple.
GIF of the week: BTS has been on a promotional roll lately, and their latest stop was at The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, where they made quite an exciting entrance. They also leaned hard into their fandemonium comparisons with The Beatles and delivered an impromptu rendition of "Hey Jude" on the fly, so it's easy to see why everyone's losing it over these guys lately.
The question mark: Um, what's about to happen to Jughead (Cole Sprouse) on Riverdale? That flash-forward from the season 3 finale has us pretty worried. We've seen people survive bear attacks on this show, though, so it's probably nothing to fret about ... yet ... but not the crown beanie!
The couple we can't stop thinking about: There's a reason everyone's talking about Sam (Sean Berdy) and Grizz (Jack Mulhern) right now. Now that everyone's had the weekend to savor in The Society, we can all get to talking about the most important part of the show — Sizz. Or would it be Gram? Either way, this couple stole our hearts with their unabashedly vulnerable and poignant love story set in the midst of basic chaos. Their journey is fueled with small, adorable, realistic gestures (like Grizz attempting to learn sign language to communicate with Sam and the two of them gardening together!) that make this couple seem tangible. Also, seeing a TV jock address his feelings for another guy without needing to overcompensate in his masculinity by bullying or becoming overly macho was refreshing as hell. But we can already sense that the writers are going to use this couple to pull on our heartstrings for seasons to come, so let's just protect them at all costs, OK?