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PODCAST: Are ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Making Death Meaningless?

PODCAST: Are 'The Walking Dead' and 'Game of Thrones' Making Death Meaningless?

[Editor’s Note: Spoilers for “The Walking Dead,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Leftovers” and the first nine seasons of “The X-Files” are all within the attached podcast, but you’ll be fine if you’re a) caught up on available episodes and/or b) read the internet regularly.] 

We do our best not to spoil anything here at Indiewire, but there are times when certain topics become so prominent in the culture they must be commented on with specificity. Such is the case for the recent, unsettling trend of onscreen death — or near death. The difference between the two is everything when it comes to making great drama, and many of today’s hits are toying with fans for the wrong reasons.

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“Game of Thrones” deserves credit and blame for starting this trend. The recent Emmy winner for Oustanding Drama Series shocked the world in early seasons, killing off a number of characters previously thought unkillable on television. Now we live in a landscape where just about every show is trying to be shocking by doing the same, but too many are merely teasing a character’s final fate instead of committing to it. Fans are starting to question everything — even the most certain deaths — and with good reason for certain episodes and series. 

Here to break down the difference between a good death and a bad one are Indiewire’s TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller and TV Critic Ben Travers. The latest episode of Very Good TV Podcast takes on the topical question with a few spoilers, a few insights and (hopefully) a lot of engaging discussion. Don’t forget to subscribe to Very Good TV Podcast via Soundcloud or iTunes. Follow Indiewire on Twitter and Facebook for all your pertinent TV news — as well as the latest reviews and analysis on all the best television shows out this fall, not just “The Leftovers” — plus check out Liz and Ben’s Twitter feeds for more, more, more. Plus, don’t forget to listen to Indiewire’s other podcastsScreen Talk with Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson, as well as Indiewire Influencers, hosted by Editor in Chief Dana Harris and featuring various guests relevant to anyone tracking independent film or entertainment in general.

Related News and Articles:
– Learn about the latest “Walking Dead” news with our episode reviews.

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– The “Game of Thrones” Season 6 poster is here, and it is contro-versial.

– Don’t think we forgot about the hottest new Netflix sensation sweeping the nation. Liz did a deep dive into “Jessica Jones” right here.

– Liz also came down hard on “The League” in its final season, and deservedly so. Read why it’s messing up its swan song.

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