Game of Thrones S4E10: The Children

 Posted by on 2014/06/19 at 13:25  Game of Thrones
Jun 192014
 

Where the hell do I start this week?  Might as well get this out of the way first:

WARNING: This post contains spoilers that include information regarding up to and including Season 4, Episode 10 of ‘Game of Thrones’.  You’ve been adequately warned.

As ‘Thrones’ season finales are apt to do, this season ended with more beginnings than it did endings.  In a departure from tradition, I’m going to lead off with some stray thoughts and then dive into my main takeaways from the episode, most of which shockingly center around my favorite character. Continue reading »

Jun 102014
 

While Season 4 of ‘Game of Thrones’ has been dominated by plot arcs about personal hardships (Arya & The Hound, Brienne, Sansa, Theon / Reek, Bran) and political intrigue (Tyrion, Smooth Bisexual Prince Oberyn, Stannis / Braavos, Baberaham Lincoln, Mayor Carcetti Littlefinger), this week’s installment served us a straight-up, balls-out action flick.

"You want me on that wall! You need me on that wall!"

“You want me on that wall! You need me on that wall!”

As I mentioned last week, this week’s episode enlisted the same director as Season 2’s ‘Blackwater’ episode, the only other episode I can think of that was contained to a single night and location.  It also broke the record, previously held by ‘Blackwater’, for the show’s most expensive episode.

So, why then, did My Mets Fan Brother and I talk yesterday about how it left us somewhat underwhelmed? Continue reading »

Jun 052014
 

I took a little extra time this week to get my traditional second viewing of this week’s ‘Game of Thrones’ in (and to help My Mets Fan Brother move a bunch of shit up to Hoboken).  There was A LOT going on in Westeros this week.  But, as always, before we get into things…

WARNING: This post contains spoilers that include information regarding up to and including Season 4, Episode 8 of ‘Game of Thrones’.  You’ve been adequately warned.

Let’s start at the end. Continue reading »

Game of Thrones S4E7: Mockingbird

 Posted by on 2014/05/19 at 16:00  Game of Thrones
May 192014
 

With only three episodes to go and a Memorial Day hiatus next week, I’m beginning to ponder life between ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Walking Dead’.  I’m reopening the suggestion box for Monday blog topics.

My bad on the lack of a Thursday sports post last week.  I spent the latter half of the week as sick as I’ve been in years.  I’m also taking suggestions for that, and if ya’ll don’t come up with something, you’re probably getting NBA Playoffs.

Also, since I know my demographics, let’s get the obvious ‘mockingbird’ reference out of the way now:

I don’t get why they titled this as a Mayor Carcetti Lord Baelish episode, but, before we get into any of that stuff, there are rules (this isn’t ‘Nam), so…

WARNING: This post contains spoilers that include information regarding up to and including Season 4, Episode 7 of ‘Game of Thrones’.  You’ve been adequately warned.

At the risk of being #ThatGuy, I have a major issue with last night’s installment: it told us almost nothing we didn’t already know.  I suppose that the objective was to use a very dialogue-heavy episode develop a handful of characters.  I enjoy good dialogue.  My two favorite characters were both featured.  And, while I enjoyed the show, I now find myself thinking, “So what?” Continue reading »

May 132014
 

Don’t think of this post as a day late; think of it as throwing a bone to the DVR / HBO Go crowd.  I struggled with exactly what I wanted to draw from this week’s ‘Game of Thrones’, so I wanted to take some time and watch it again before throwing in my two cents to be read by a half dozen people.  Ah, where’s my sense of propriety?  My bad:

"If anybody should be able to tell a series of half-truths, it should be me"

“If anybody should be able to tell a series of half-truths, it should be me”

WARNING: This post contains spoilers that include information regarding up to and including Season 4, Episode 6 of ‘Game of Thrones’.  You’ve been adequately warned.

As if this post’s title wasn’t enough warning.

Brother’s Keeper

Tywin Lannister is a true G.  When Jaime went to him to plead for his brother’s life, and offered up the biggest chip he could, Tywin could not say “Done” fast enough.  And, because of some pretty good acting work, you can tell that Jaime immediately knew he’d been played. Continue reading »

Game of Thrones S4E5: First of His Name

 Posted by on 2014/05/05 at 17:18  Game of Thrones
May 052014
 

For those of you who watch the Thrones, it’s Monday; let’s talk about last night’s happenings.  The bulk of this post is more general discussion with a few mild spoilers (most of which are things that happened prior to last night).  We’ll do some more specific (and more spoiler-y) thoughts on the episode at the end, but, for propriety’s sake…

Stylish facial hair isn't the only thing both Petyr Baelish and James Franco are into

Stylish facial hair isn’t the only thing both Petyr Baelish and James Franco are into

WARNING: This post contains spoilers that include information regarding up to and including Season 4, Episode 5 of ‘Game of Thrones’.  You’ve been adequately warned.

First, the scattered Stark children were all going to Castle Black so that their half-brother could figure out how to keep them safe.  Unfortunately, Brienne is a few episodes behind in her deduction of Sansa’s future whereabouts, as Littlefinger and The Hound have both decided that getting their respective captive Stark girls to their aunt in the Vale is a better idea.  (Given Mayor Carcetti’s Lord Baelish’s description of the Vale’s defenses, it is).  Bran, presented the opportunity to meet up with Jon Snow (who knows nothing), is convinced that his future lies beyond The Wall.

My takeaway?

Game of (Mobile) Phones

How much different would Westeros be if they had mobile phones? Continue reading »

Game of Thrones S4E4: Oathkeepber

 Posted by on 2014/04/30 at 20:46  Game of Thrones
Apr 302014
 

Much like last week, I find myself struggling to derive much to write about an episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ that does a lot of teeing-up and not much driving.  Last week turned into a 1,300 word post, so we’ll see where this goes.  Formalities first:

WARNING: This post contains spoilers that include information regarding up to and including Season 4, Episode 4 of ‘Game of Thrones’.  You’ve been adequately warned.

Have the stories gotten that much more fragmented than previous seasons of the show?  This week, we heard nothing from the presumably still brooding / human torching people Stannis, Ramsay (mercifully), Smooth Bisexual Prince Oberyn, nor everyone’s favorite buddy cop show, ‘Arya & The Hound’.  Perhaps I’m biased, Arya being my favorite character, but it seems that the landscape has expanded beyond that which can be covered in a single hour.  I’d argue, as I do most weeks, that some scenes were throwaways that presented us little to no new information – Mayor Carcetti Littlefinger’s chat with Sansa was largely pointless. Continue reading »

Game of Thrones S4E3: Breaker of Chains

 Posted by on 2014/04/21 at 16:15  Game of Thrones
Apr 212014
 

It’s Monday, so, dorks rejoice!  It’s time to talk some ‘Game of Thrones’.

WARNING: This post contains spoilers that include information regarding up to and including Season 4, Episode 3 of ‘Game of Thrones’.  You’ve been adequately warned.

For reasons I don’t understand, we begin this week where we left off last Sunday, with Cersei yelling for the royal goons to detain Tyrion.  I mean, Tyrion clearly planned on his sociopath nephew king singling him out for humiliation in a manner that put him in close contact with the aforementioned sociopath nephew king’s pimp cup.  Also, his unwilling child bride fleeing the scene of a gruesome murder is clearly damning evidence against television’s favorite little person.

The mutual animosity between siblings Cersei and Tyrion is well-documented.  I’m curious if Cersei would’ve been as quick to blame her brother had he not been in such close proximity to the crime.  Still, I can’t blame the other onlookers for not questioning the Queen Regent’s dodgy police work; speaking contrary to Lannisters in King’s Landing has not, historically, been a very good life choice. Continue reading »

Game of Thrones S4E2: The Lion & The Rose

 Posted by on 2014/04/14 at 15:58  Game of Thrones
Apr 142014
 

Since ya’ll have been thoroughly unhelpful finding me a Monday topic that isn’t “anal” (don’t ask), I’m just going to talk about the previous night’s episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ until I get a better idea.

“Really, Dave?  Why ‘Game of Thrones’?”

Yet another thing in Brookstone nobody will buy

Yet another thing at Brookstone nobody will buy

Because ‘Game of Thrones’ is awesome.  If you had told 13-year old Dave that there would be a wildly popular show about the dragons / knights / black magic that he was deemed a dork for reading about, and that the show would feature tons of bare breasts, 13-year old Dave would have built a time machine so he wouldn’t have to wait over a decade to see it.  So basically, if I want to be successful before my 30’s, I have to build a time machine, go back in time, tell 13-year old Dave about ‘Game of Thrones’, and then tell him that he needs to build a time machine to go see it, as I’m sitting in a perfectly good time machine.  Wow, I’m even a dick to my past-self.

A type of dick I will not be, however, is the guy who throws out spoilers without warning.  In that spirit:

WARNING: The rest of this post contains spoilers that include information regarding up to and including Season 4, Episode 2 of ‘Game of Thrones’.  You’ve been adequately warned.

This is a good week to start talking GoT, because there were only (yes, only) four real things going on.  Let’s go from least to most interesting. Continue reading »