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Who won 'Game of Thrones'? From first to last, Peter Dinklage

Warning: This story contains spoilers for the finale of "Game of Thrones."

The biggest trick "Game of Thrones" played on its audience was not the two-season buildup to a battle with the Night King that lasted only one episode or the survival of way more Dothraki than seemed possible after that big "lights out" scene.

It wasn't the earned/not-earned moment when the Dragon Queen decided to torch King's Landing or even the surprisingly immediate agreement of everyone that Bran Stark should be king of Westeros.

The biggest trick "Game of Thrones" played on its

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