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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Breakdown: Is This Finally Its Year at the Emmys?

'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Breakdown: Is This Finally Its Year at the Emmys?

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We all know “winter is coming” — someday, maybe, we think — but perhaps the creators of “Game of Thrones” should be more concerned about summer. This summer, particularly, as the 2015 Emmys are fast approaching without a lead contender for Outstanding Drama Series. “Breaking Bad” and “True Detective” are ineligible (the former ended while the latter is arriving too late), so some series has to take over the title. And when it comes to power struggles, it seems silly to bet on anyone but “Game of Thrones.”

But why read about it when you can listen? In this week’s “Very Good TV Podcast,” TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller and TV Critic Ben Travers invite our resident “GoT” geek (and Assistant Editor) Casey Cipriani to the fray to help break down the first episode and discuss the relevancy of the show overall. What does “Game of Thrones” have to tell us in its fifth season? What characters are still essential? What characters must live to keep the show interesting? Indiewire digs in before discussing “Game of Thrones'” Emmy odds and recommending other shows to watch this week, just in case the world of Westeros is a bit too gloomy.

You can listen to the episode above, dear readers, and don’t forget to subscribe via Soundcloud or iTunes. Follow Indiewire on Twitter and Facebook for all your pertinent TV news — including an abundance of “Game of Thrones” coverage — and check out Liz and Ben’s Twitter feeds — and Casey’s! — for more, more, more.

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Related Articles and Notes:

Read Casey’s “Game of Thrones” Episode 1 review

Take a gander at Liz’s Season 5 review of “Game of Thrones.”

Here’s the list of characters that can’t die on “Game of Thrones.”

Ben, meanwhile, reviewed both Season 4 and Episode 1 of “Veep.” 

And just in case you’re looking for some “Daredevil” chatter, here’s Liz’s review.

During the episode, it sounds like Casey states the first “Game of Thrones” book came out in the ’80s. In fact, it came out in 1996. Though Casey takes full responsibility, it was clearly a technical glitch, as Casey’s “Game of Thrones” wisdom is never inaccurate.

Another technical glitch popped up when the crew tried to list contenders for Best Actress in a Drama Series. Check out all the potential nominees, right here

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