After a 13-year hiatus, Deadwood returned to HBO in the form of a film. The third season ended with some closure in 2006, but the lack of a series finale loomed over an otherwise-fantastic show's legacy. One of the best written shows to grace television brought back the vast majority of actors from the original series for a last hurrah. Finally, Deadwood: The Movie is a bittersweet conclusion to David Milch's Western.
The last season of Game of Thrones has been uneven. Two well-written episodes led off Season Eight. Both set the table for the dramatic, yet murky Battle of Winterfell. The season's swing episode was a disaster. The showrunners crammed nonsensical storylines together to set up the Battle of King's Landing. The legacy of Game of Thrones would be defined by how creators David Benioff and David Weiss rebounded in Episode Five, "The Bells." Unfortunately, the episode was a letdown that failed to tie eight seasons of stories together.
After spending two weeks resolving character arcs and winding tension like a coiled spring, Game of Thrones exploded with its most thrilling episode to date, "The Long Night." The previous episode was the last moment of relative peace on the series. The third episode of the final season was the first of three that will be immersed in blood, death, and drama.
After spending most of the first episodes of season eight reconnecting characters who spent most of the last seven seasons apart, the second episode of the final Game of Thrones season used redemption and forgiveness to bring many characters full circle. One of the best written episodes in the series also brought to mind an important episode from season two.
This recap contains spoilers and reactions to the Game of Thrones episode "Winter Is Here," Season 8, Episode 1 .
In January, HBO answered its biggest question mark of the year with the return of a series in need of a rebound. Thankfully, the new True Detective is good again. Led by Mahershala Ali, the show is recapturing its magic with a similar story arc that made season one successful. True Detective is not the only show in the premium channel’s powerhouse year. HBO’s 2019 lineup will offer an incredible list of must-see TV.
It is no secret that HBO is synonymous with compelling characters. Two of the premium channel’s mid-year shows just aired their finales in consecutive weeks. Both series, Insecure and Ballers, induced major character shifts this year. Only Insecure succeeded in stretching its plot well, but both changes are examples of HBO’s unique storytelling.
The 2018-19 television season is finally getting into full swing. Many network, cable, and streaming TV shows debut or return in late August and September. Some will not survive October. Others will feed our weekly viewing habits. To create a guide for some of the TV you might like to check out, I narrowed down the wealth of programs and listed the shows that I will be watching this fall.