We'll take a moment to offer the usual spoiler alert, even though Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 8 is getting so much morning-after hype that you probably know the score even if you didn't witness the carnage for yourself.

Basically, the show pulled a fast one on us by moving the traditional climactic clusterf-ck battle up one week, instead of filling our screens with game-changing bloodshed in the season's penultimate episode, as we've come to expect.

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In the week since Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 6 scandalized viewers with an unexpected rape scene, critics of the show have called for a boycott, while Thrones enthusiasts have continued to insist that the show is no more shocking than it's ever been.

Of course, all of this is unlikely to change the way showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff approach their source material, and while last night's installment was completed several months before the latest GoT controversy, it serves as a reminder that Westeros will forever remain a bloody and brutal place.

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