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The Walking Dead, Ep. 5.01 “No Sanctuary” makes us want to see Carol star in her own action blockbuster

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The highest-rated scripted show on television returned tonight, as The Walking Dead Season 5 kicked off with "No Sanctuary," written by showrunner Scott Gimple and directed by special effects guru Greg Nicotero. Season 4's finale left us on a cliffhanger, and “Sanctuary” picks up the action right in Terminus, giving us tons of answers about the place and its inhabitants.

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Game of Thrones, Ep. 4.07: “Mockingbird” features the main cast turning in their best performances

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"Mockingbird" isn't as well structured as all previous episodes of Season 4, but the episode named after House Baelish’s emblem, marches along with considerably more assurance and smoothness than most anything else found on television. There are several excellent moments here - enough to hold us over for two weeks (Game of Thrones is taking Memorial Day weekend off).

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Game of Thrones, Ep. 4.05: “First of His Name’ brings the show’s greatest mastermind to light

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"First of His Name" directly refers to Tommen, as the episode opens at his coronation. It doesn't take long before we get a new King sitting on the Iron Throne, and judging by the conversation Cersei has with Margery, it doesn't take long to realize one of the episode's major themes: In “First of His Name,” the show places a focus on how several characters come to understand and accepting the roles they are required to play. “First Of His Name” brings the fourth season of Game Of Thrones to its midpoint, and leaves viewers questioning just how much power The Lannisters actually hold.

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Game of Thrones, Ep. 4.03: “Breaker of Chains” heavy on rape, light on action

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Unlike the disappointing post-Red Wedding episode last year, "Breaker of Chains" is a fluid episode, full of conspiracy, double crossing, and plenty to talk about. In dealing with the direct aftermath of King Joffrey's untimely death, "Breaker of Chains" focusses heavily on loyalty, with just about everyone questioning who they can trust after an event like The Purple Wedding. The episode does a superb job of acknowledging the big picture, while focusing specifically on moving secondary characters forward emotionally.

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Hannibal Ep 2.07 “Yakimono” touched with moments of crazed inspiration

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We knew it wouldn’t be long before Frederick Chilton was a goner for several reasons, but one can't help but think it came a little too soon. Not only has Raúl Esparza provided the series with some much needed dark humour and a superb performance, but his character has a prominent and important role in both Thomas Harris's novels and in their cinematic adaptations. That said, this is an adaption and a very different medium, and so Fuller is wise in deviating away from the original source material. Nobody needs a page by page, word by word, reenactment of the books; so while Fuller is using Harris's novels as inspiration, this is his baby, and based on the week to week quality of the show, we shouldn't complain. It's unsurprising that the many literature-based TV series currently on the air have approached their source material with varying degrees of success

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Hannibal Ep 2.04 “Takiawase” continues to prove this is the most criminally underrated series on television

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Hannibal Season 2, Episode 4 “Takiawase” Directed by David Semel Written by Scott Nimerfro & Bryan Fuller Airs Thursdays at 10pm ET on NBC Hannibal continues to prove why it is one of the very best TV shows on the air and yet, the most criminally underrated series on television. ...

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Hannibal Ep 2.03 “Hassun” a spooky courtroom drama

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Legendary filmmaker Peter Medak (The Changeling, Romeo Is Bleeding) directs his second episode of Hannibal; unfortunately “Hassun” is the weakest episode of the series so far. This week, Will Graham goes to court, and despite knowing his innocence, he has no choice but to play victim to mental illness in an attempt to avoid the electric chair. Amid the courtroom circus, Graham's trial becomes complicated when Will’s lawyer opens a letter containing a severed ear. As it turns out, the ear belongs to a bailiff who is found mounted on a stag’s head in his home, just moments after it is rigged to explode. The newfound murder sheds doubts on Will’s guilt, as the bailiff was killed in the exact same way Will supposedly killed his victims. Or so it seems. The killer has perfectly replicated the presentation, only reversing the mutilation process, and making use of a firearm. We learn this when Hannibal visits Will in prison and asks him what he sees. Hannibal and Will return to their role of last season, only this time, with prison bars standing between them.

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Himizu’ – Even at his worst, Sono shows off his mad genius

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Acclaimed director Shion Sono may still be fresh off the debut of his Guilty Of Romance, which premiered at Cannes earlier this year, but only four months later, he is back again. This time around, Sono brings an adaption of Minoru Furuya’s psychological thriller manga Himizu, a twisted tale of a middle-school boy’s state of mind and how he deals with stressful situations. The good news is, Sono's latest most resembles his four hour long countercultural romantic masterpiece, Love Exposure. The bad news is a good portion of the film's running time is played at an almost unbearable high volume, with most of the cast shouting their dialogue. Needless to say, either bring some ear plugs or sit far away from the loudspeakers.

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Hannibal Ep 2.02 “Sakizuki” is brilliant, chilling and flawless

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Hannibal Season 2, Episode 2 “Sakizuki” Directed by Tim Hunter Written by Bryan Fuller Airs Thursdays at 10pm ET on NBC Hannibal season 2 serves a second course with “Sakizuke,” the grandest guignol Bryan Fuller and director Tim Hunter have produced yet. Will Graham assists the FBI in tracing down ...

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Hannibal Ep 2.01 “Kaiseki” fires on all cylinders

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The end of the first season of Hannibal left Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) locked up in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Season 2 serves a promising start as Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) and Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) wine and dine on the episode title’s eponymous kaiseki, a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner. Following his arrest for the murders that took place in season one, Will finds himself in a tricky situation where he has to try and prove his innocence while trapped in a cell and while suffering from temporary memory loss. Hannibal Lecter steps into Will Graham’s shoes as the new FBI criminal profiler, and Will struggles to remember how it is Hannibal framed him for the crimes Hannibal clearly committed.

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