So often over the course of Game of Thrones, particularly in the last few years, there has been a feeling of wheel spinning as the show needed to hamper progress, keeping major characters apart and alliances unformed. Yet as Season 6 kicks into gear and presumably the beginning of the show’s ultimate end finally takes shape, however, disparate stories and characters are finally coming together for a consistently thrilling season.

“Book of the Stranger” carries that momentum by hinting at the season’s — and possibly some of the show’s — endgame. And thanks to several sibling reunions and an episode-ending twist, all of which feature the show’s women refusing to sit idly by while the men of Westeros dawdle or stick to what they know, “Stranger” also delivers one of the show’s strongest outings in recent memory. Read more…

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The women of ‘Game of Thrones’ took charge in the latest episode