Best new shows and movies to stream: The beginning of the end of Game of Thrones

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Streaming entertainment is bigger than ever, and with so many streaming services adding new shows and movies every week, it can be nearly impossible to sort through the good and the bad. If you need something to watch and don’t want to wade through the digital muck that washes up on the internet’s shores, follow our picks below for the best new shows and movies to stream on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Amazon, and other services.

On the list this week: A new adaptation of Native Son, a chance to control Bear Grylls, and the final season of Game of Thrones begins.

Game of Thrones season 8 premiere

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Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) Helen Sloan/HBO

It’s been a long time coming, but fans of Game of Thrones — and George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels on which the show is based — will finally get to see how the story ends, as the show begins its final season Sunday, April 14. Season 7 brought the conflict between the major factions to a head, with Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) invading Westeros, battling the Lannisters and forming a tenuous alliance with Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), King in the North. The living eventually came to an armistice, however, as the army of the dead amassed to march on the seven kingdoms. Now, with the Wall having fallen and the dead marching south, can the remaining power players in Westeros work together to fend them off, or will greed and betrayal doom humanity? Although the later seasons of GoT have lacked the wit and depth the show once had, it’s still the most spectacular show on television, and given that this is the final batch of episodes, anything could happen.

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Ultraman season 1

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The Japanese superhero Ultraman gets a fresh look in this new animated series. Years ago, the legendary hero Ultraman saved the Earth from alien invaders and giant monsters, ushering in an era of tranquility. Shinjiro Hayata grows up a fan of the mythic hero, so when a mysterious villain, with a costume like Ultraman’s, shows up and tries to kill Shinjiro, he gets a quite a surprise: His father is the retired Ultraman, and now Shinjiro must take up his mantle. The new Ultraman is an action-heavy series with dazzling fight scenes, although the animation does have the choppy quality that has been a knock on other Netflix animated shows.

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You vs Wild season 1

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The Black Mirror film Bandersnatch was a bizarre experiment, a choose-your-own adventure story in which viewers could decide, at various points in the story, what the characters would do next. Now, Netflix is trying the concept out in a different genre with You vs. Wild, which allows viewers to guide survival expert Bear Grylls through his outdoor adventures. Will you have Grylls descend a mountain on skis or a hang glider? The choice is yours, although, given the show’s nonfiction bent, there are limits — you can’t make Grylls fight a bear, for instance.

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One Punch Man season 2 premiere

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One Punch Man is a glorious send-up of anime and superhero tropes, set in a world full of ludicrous monsters and the goofy heroes who fight them. The protagonist is Saitama, a man who has trained himself to such a degree that he can defeat any foe with a single punch. Saitama’s fearsome power has a downside: No opponent can offer him a challenge, so despite frequently saving the world, he is filled with ennui. One Punch Man has plenty of humor, but it’s also one of the best action anime running right now, with slick, over-the-top fight scenes.

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Native Son

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Richard Wright’s novel Native Son is a landmark novel of the 20th century, so director Rashid Johnson has a great task in front of him in adapting it not just to the screen, but to the 21st century. Set in modern — rather than 1930s — Chicago, Johnson’s Native Son is the story of Bigger Thomas (Ashton Sanders), a young Black man looking to find his future, who gets a shot at a well-paying job when a wealthy man named Henry Dalton (Bill Camp) offers him a position as his chauffeur. As Thomas grows closer to Dalton’s daughter, Mary (Margaret Qualley), and her activist boyfriend, Jan (Nick Robinson), things fall apart.

Johnson gives the film a distinctly modern edge — Thomas, with dyed hair, a leather jacket, and a collection of 20th century African American literature, is a portrait of millennial angst. The director also makes some changes to the plot, removing some of the more controversial elements. Whether Johnson’s modifications elevate the work, or cheapen it, only time will tell.

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