‘Game of Thrones’: Let’s examine all those spitting scenes, and Samwell’s risky handshake

Kent Sepkowitz, MD, is an infectious disease specialist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Here, Dr. Sepkowitz weighs in on this week’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” that risky handshake and all those spitting scenes.

The Queen’s Justice” continued the breakneck storytelling pace of season 7 of HBO’s TWX, -0.19% “Game of Thrones.” Chronic lumbering plot lines suddenly have awoken and sped forward, threatening the lives of countless old favorites.

With the mounting cliffhanger-ish story lines, though, bedrock attention continues to be paid to simple issues of hygiene. In last night’s episode, for example, we saw lots of unhygienic spitting and one extra-anxiety-provoking greyscale handshake.

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