Many critics crabbed that this year’s abbreviated season of HBO’s blockbuster fantasy series was way too short at only seven episodes and that the plot was hurried along as a result. In other words, they complained that too much happened, too quickly! From where I sat, this was Game of Thrones’ best season in years for precisely that reason: Miss a minute, miss a lot. Every episode was a thrill ride. I found it a welcome relief from the draggy pace of the last two seasons, when only a couple of episodes (Battle of the Bastards, for example, pictured below) really delivered the GoT goods.