More Shoals, this time on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Spoiler alert - if you haven’t read the books:

The show danced around its genre, convincing us that we weren’t watching fantasy. Game of Thrones covered an immense amount of thematic ground, but none of it depended on, or dealt with the implications of, traditional fantasy elements. The Sopranos or _The Wire_addressed and reformulated this stuff in the first few episodes. It took until the last scene for Game of Thrones to emerge-like Kelisi from the ashes-with its dragons.