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Review: 'Game of Thrones' heats up as winter arrives

(CNN)The following contains spoilers about the seventh-season premiere of "Game of Thrones."The end is drawing nearer for "Game of Thrones," which explains why the seventh season premiere exhibited a sense of urgency and purpose that past openers have sometimes lacked. From the inordinately satisfying pre-credit sequence on, not a scene was wasted, serving notice that while winter is indeed here, for fans, this promises to be one hell of a summer.With 13 episodes remaining to wrap up the series spread over two seasons, there's not much time to waste. Although the HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin's story has never exactly dawdled, there was a bracing aspect to Sunday's episode that every scene conspicuously advanced the larger story -- ...