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  • Riley
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    Honestly, I want the second season to be good just because I don’t want to see Game of Thrones winning.

    I still could see Stranger Things potentially winning… but I agree that it’s down to those three.

    I do not see a path for Stranger Things. It is down wins from PGA and SAG from last year (and is down an ACE nomination). It lost DGA and WGA again and not even to what it lost to last year. It will lose votes to Game of Thrones that it had last year and nobody thinks that the second season is as good as the first. Stranger Things is still in contention for a win down the line, like Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad, but not this year.

    "I don't even believe in god, but I'm going to thank her tonight."

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    Hopefully GoT does continue to completely lose for its actors not named Peter Dinklage.

    Turd Ferguson
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    Westworld is the hope to dethrone Game of Thrones. Still unseen, and it looks fantastic.

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    Westworld is the hope to dethrone Game of Thrones. Still unseen, and it looks fantastic.

    I wish. I think only The Handmaid’s Tale can do it. Westworld did great with nominations last year, but it was nowhere near winning Drama Series.

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    westworld s1’s major wins:
    globes n/a
    emmys n/a
    ace, dga, pga, wga,sag n/a

    Riley
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    The press has the premiere and there is no embargo on it as far I can tell.  There are still six weeks until the premiere, so we will probably get more before then.  The Americans gave us the premiere months in advance, then gave the second and third episodes to complete reviews.  Or maybe the premiere is all that we get and the show gets a high-nineties score on Metacritic entirely off of goodwill.  Well, that will probably happen anyway.  Never forget the 96 for the second season of Homeland.

    Anyway, it is a solid episode, albeit the early goings veered a bit too much into torture porn territory for me.  Titled “June”, it is pretty insular with almost half of the main cast absent and no appearances by any of the big-name guest stars that we know are coming.  Because the focus is so tight on June, they cover a lot of ground with her and it really sets up the season in a promising way like a premiere should, taking into account the last finale and resolving what it means going forward, for June at least.  Cinematography is top-notch as always and I do not remember the score being this good.  The source of the blood on June in that publicity still is not what I expected.  The show is still using flashbacks.  Narration is sparse and still a bit clunky, but your mileage may vary.

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    The press has the premiere and there is no embargo on it as far I can tell. There are still six weeks until the premiere, so we will probably get more before then. The Americans gave us the premiere months in advance, then gave the second and third episodes to complete reviews. Or maybe the premiere is all that we get and the show gets a high-nineties score on Metacritic entirely off of goodwill. Well, that will probably happen anyway. Never forget the 96 for the second season of Homeland.

    Not that you are wrong at all about the critical goodwill that shows get after a lauded season, but the beginning of Homeland Season 2 was spectacular.   It was a very frontloaded season that fell apart later on.  No funny business there IMO.

    Because the focus is so tight on June, they cover a lot of ground with her and it really sets up the season in a promising way like a premiere should, taking into account the last finale and resolving what it means going forward, for June at least. Cinematography is top-notch as always and I do not remember the score being this good. The source of the blood on June in that publicity still is not what I expected. The show is still using flashbacks. Narration is sparse and still a bit clunky, but your mileage may vary.

    Thanks for your reactions on the premiere.  Are you able to say who directed “June”?

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    Directed by new co-executive producer Mike Barker, written by showrunner Bruce Miller and cinematography is still by Colin Watkinson. IMDb says that Barker has the first two, the last two and the fifth and sixth episodes of this season. He previously did the fourth and fifth episodes of the first season.

    That is true about Homeland.  I like it just because it is so high and as great as the first five episodes of the season were, critics only got the first two and treated them as all-time great.  A better example though is the most recent season of Fargo, which got 89 off of the first two episodes, then went on to place 45th in the Uproxx year-end aggregate.  Another is The Americans, which scored 94 for the first three episodes of the most recent season, then went on to place 25th.

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    I have a gut feeling we’ll have a sophmore slump. I hope I’m wrong.

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    homeland s2 did end up #3 on metacritic’s critics lists aggregate for 2012.

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    Woah, this season is gonna have 13eps? Let’s hope it’s not gonna be a mess.

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    I have a gut feeling we’ll have a sophmore slump. I hope I’m wrong.

    I hope you’re right. I need Claire Foy to win badly.

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    Woah, this season is gonna have 13eps? Let’s hope it’s not gonna be a mess.

    An increase in episodes is rarely good

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    I’m honestly convinced season 2 is gonna be a drop in quality.

    1) The show is booking itself with big name guest stars. Rarely a good sign, showing that the popularity is getting to its head.

    2) They are out of source material. Sometimes that is good, look at The Leftovers. And usually it’s bad, look at Game of Thrones’s quality drop. I’m scared the show will be a mess since they aren’t following Margaret Atwood’s blueprint anymore.

    3) Increased episodes, seems like another sign of the shows popularity getting to its head. Increased episode counts are rarely a good sign.

    4) Reed Morano is not returning. There will be a new head director. The change in control seems like it could easily lead to a drop in quality.

    Honestly there are too many sign of a sophmore slump for me not to worry. I won’t believe it’s good until I see it. I won’t even trust the metacritic score because we’ve seen before that the critics can be blind when it comes to there favorites.

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    On one hand, I kinda want a sophomore slump, making it easier for Claire Foy to win, but on the other hand I don’t want Game of Thrones to take Drama Series.

    And like @hunter-ish pointed out, there are many obvious signs for drop in quality.

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