Both series aired their season finales Sunday, but only one got it right
(This article contains spoliers about "Game of Thrones" and "The Killing." Do not read this if you don't want to know what happened in the season one finales that aired Sunday.)
HBO's "Game of Thrones" and AMC's "The Killing," both wrapped up their first seasons Sunday night — but only one did so with anything remotely resembling competency.
That would be "Game of Thrones," which finished Season 1 with an episode that, if not as shocking as the penultimate one that saw Ned Stark (Sean Bean) lose his head, rewarded its millions of ardent fans by tidily wrapping things up and clearly defining what's at stake going into Season 2.
Here's a brief recap of where "Game of Thrones" stands going into its second season:
Impressively, the addictive appeal of the entire first season of "Game of Thrones" can be summed up with one titillating and 100-percent true statement: It ended with well-wrought CGI dragon babies crawling across the torso of a beautiful, naked woman.
"F— yeah, dragons," wrote one fan on Twitter, speaking for thousands of his social-media peers.
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By contrast, "The Killing" left many viewers livid and screaming for virtual beheadings.
The online reaction to Sunday's season finale of "The Killing" has been so vitriolic, you'd assume that show-runner Veena Sud had gotten into a van, driven around the country and kidnapped thousands of people's pets.
"[Veena Sud] needs to be fired," wrote one particularly perturbed Hitfix commenter, just 12 minutes after the conclusion of the episode. And that was one of the nicest things anyone said about the finale.
Critics have spent much of Monday savaging it liberally on blogs, in newspapers and on Twitter; the three most entertaining screeds so far are by Maureen Ryan of AOL TV, Alan Sepinwall of Hitfix and Bill Simmons of Grantland.
The collective main beefs, which I wholeheartedly share:
Which side do you fall on? Did you love "Game of Thrones" and hate "The Killing" like everybody else seemed to? Or are you a contrarian?
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