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The Unbreakable Sansa Stark finale reveals the winners and losers of the game of thrones

Peter Dinklage
Peter Dinklage
Photo: Helen Sloan (HBO)

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Sunday, May 19. All times are Eastern.


Top pick

Game Of Thrones (HBO, 9 p.m., series finale): What can we say about the end of the biggest, priciest, and most dragonly show on television? Plenty, once it’s aired. Tonight’s finale, coming on the heels of an episode that received some decidedly mixed reactions, has quite a lot on its to-do list, up to and including showing us what Tyrion and Jon will do now, how Daenerys will view her own actions when the smoke clears, where Arya goes on her oh-so-subtle pale horse, how Bran reacts when he sees what happened (and whether or not he did so from inside that horse), and when Sansa will find time to sneak in a gentle “I told you so.”

Your mileage may vary on recent seasons, but there’s no denying that HBO’s Westerosian wonder is, overall, a remarkable achievement, featuring masterful direction, world-class design, and some of television’s most indelible performances. (We’ll be singing “Dinklage Peter Dinklage Peter Dinklage Peter Dinklage” over the theme song tonight in tribute, and will follow with “Williams Maisie Williams,” “Headey Lena Headey,” “Turner Sophie Turner,” you get the idea.) Tonight, it all comes to an end, and we bid goodbye to the people of Westeros and Essos.

Well, those who weren’t burned alive last week, anyway. Check the dead pool one last time, prepare to send a final raven to the Mailbag Of Thrones, and watch for our newbies and experts reviews from Ser Myles McNutt and Ser Alex McLevy, whose watches will soon be ended, and whose reviews will be posted shortly thereafter.

Regular coverage

Killing Eve (BBC America and AMC, 8 p.m.)
Supergirl (The CW, 8 p.m.): fourth-season finale
Billions (Showtime, 9 p.m.)
Charmed (The CW, 9 p.m.): first-season finale
Barry (HBO, 10:20 p.m.): second-season finale
Fleabag (Amazon, ongoing): episode three

Wild card

Call The Midwife (PBS, 8 p.m., eighth-season finale): For no particular reason, it seems like a good week to check in with a television show that honors the complex relationships women can have with their bodies and, in particular, their reproductive systems—even if its network in the U.K. doesn’t always follow suit.