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Game of Thrones Retains Its Crown

The third season of HBO’s dazzling fantasy epic is even better than the previous one.
Source: HBO

Update, March 31: Schedules permitting, my colleague Spencer Kornhaber, Ross Douthat of the New York Times, and I will be recapping episodes of Game of Thrones as the season progresses.

King's Landing, Winterfell, the Wall, Pentos... Vaes Dothrak, the Eyrie, the Twins... Dragonstone, Pyke, Harrenhal, Qarth...

A typically ambitious television series might see fit to introduce a significant new character every few episodes. By contrast, , HBO's of George R. R. Martin's fantasy novel series , periodically introduces entire . The show's first season featured, by my count, 21 principal characters along with dozens of subsidiary ones. And while a

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