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David Benioff and DB Weiss, 2013
The bodies are still washing up after the devastating naval battle that concluded series two, setting up George RR Martin’s magnificent fantasy epic to continue in murderous form.
The vilest boy king in fiction – Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) – is back with his unsettling smirk while mother of dragons Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is busily liberating slave armies as she marches on the Iron Throne.
This visually astounding piece of ultra-bloody political theatre makes room for moments of nuance even as the conflict ramps up to a deservedly notorious wedding scene.