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17 April 2014

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Alyssa Rosenberg (ThinkProgress) and Sean T. Collins (Rolling Stone, Wired.com, Attentiondeficitdisorderly)

Spoiler alert! On Critic Proof, Alyssa and Sean dive deep into the infamous “Red Wedding” episode of Game of Thrones. How did the climactic scene compare to the book? Has the show done a disservice to the character of Catelyn? They discuss how GoT portrays spectacle and extreme violence on a limited budget, compare Walder Frey and Craster, and analyze the series’ portrayal of the evils of war. Turning to Sunday night’s other prestige drama, they wonder whether Mad Men is stuck in a rut and guess where the show will go next.

Recorded: Jun 3   Posted: Jun 4, 2013
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Critic Proof | Jun 4, 2013 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Sean T. Collins

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