Yes, we know. Game of Thrones seems to get more than its share of accolades, but this season—especially its second half— deserves special recognition for its spectacle, writing, acting and storytelling risks. Season six’s penultimate episode was one of the most daring ever attempted on the small screen, with viewers placed in the middle of the incredible “Battle of the Bastards.” Beyond that, GoT continues to put characters in situations that require extraordinary action to ensure survival. We also loved the shift this season to focus on female roles, a move that allowed even minor characters to shine. After all, who didn’t love 10-yearold Queen Lyanna Mormont dressing down Kit Harington’s Jon Snow for trying to “mansplain” himself to her?