Game of Thrones S6E2 – Home (spoilers!)

GoTBar640Alright.. GoT is back!  This season has been killer so far.  They are mostly past the books,    (the Iron Islands stream is still within the book events), so apparently they have decided to get the stories moving a little faster than in previous seasons. D&D have done a really good job thus far into the season and I’m totally on board for now.

Dorne

First, there has been a hella bit of whining on the Interwebs about the Dorne storyline and what they did in the season 6 premiere.  I don’t get it.  What was the expectation there?  Doran Martell to engage in some long distance game of intrigue with Cersei? Hogwash.  Something needed to happen and something did.  Elia  and her Sand Snakes are going to be a problem and I hope she makes a right mess of things.

Kings Landing

I really love the character arcs in this show. Take for instance Jamie Lannister.  How can you not love the guy now?  A humbled Jamie is an awesome Jamie (sexual tastes and murderous history aside).  He gives Brienne a sword of Valyrian steel and a mission,  attempts to save his daughter, and in this episode has one of my favorite scenes with the Sparrow. Jamie is with Tommen at the wake of his daughter and Tommen’s sister and he patiently tells Tommen to go see his mother. The High Sparrow makes an appearance.  I love the barely restrained arrogance and feigned humbleness that Jonathan Pryce pours into the character. Its perfect.  Anyway,  Jamie and The High Sparrow have some words and it was fantastic. Jamie threatens to kill him and the HS suggests he could bring down the throne.  Sadly – Jamie makes the mistake of not bringing any help when the HS’s little birds surround the chamber holding clubs etc and generally looking menacing. To be continued I’m sure..

Speaking of the “King”. Tommen is just brutal. He is pathetic and weak and annoyingly so. What a tragic waste of a crown.  The worst part of all is that when he finally asks Cersei for  help, you actually felt good because you know something is going to get done.

Braavos

Arya is blind and quickly gets forgiveness after a couple beatings. That was fast. I think Jagen H’ghar might be sweet on her. I’m hoping they do her justice because I think she is gonna be awesome later one.  I mean even more awesome.  I miss the Hound.

Iron Isles

Finally they killed that crotchety old bastard Balon Greyjoy and now Yara (the best Greyjoy) can attempt to become the first woman leader of the Iron Isles.  She just needs to navigate the Kingsmoot.

The North

Roose Bolton…Or should I say a poor Joffrey knockoff.  Clearly the guy they want you to hate.  The only problem is that he is a pretty cookie cutter psychopath. He doesn’t have the same spoiled brat throwing a tantrum vibe that really made you hate every fiber of Joffrey’s being.  He is vicious, cold, ruthless and obviously damaged. But actually kind of boring, even with the patricide and fratricide in this episode.

Bran makes an appearance and we see where he has gotten off to up North with the 3 eyed crow.  We also get a glimpse of Ned Stark as a child in Winterfell and his sister Lyanna. Which I think is leading up to a big reveal later.  Look up R+L=J if you’re interested.  Anyway,  hopefully Bran starts doing…something soon.  Anything.  Also – Willis!!

Was there anything else of note this episode… Umm,  the Wildings come back to save the Onion Knight and company in Castle Black from that total creep Allier Thorne.  A giant smashed a crossbowman into pulp on the wall in some comic relief.

Yada..

Yada..

Yada..

Oh yeah.. Boom.

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Hi, I’m awesome, and I’m back bitches.

 

Walking Dead Finale… sigh..(spoilers also)

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WTF

Well..I’m torn.  I watched the season 6 finale and I thought it was really good and fine way to finish off what I thought was the best season in a while.  Until the last 10 seconds.  I’ll explain later.

The episode did an excellent job of  building the tension.  The interactions with the Saviors at each route they tried was a nice mechanism to turn the crank as they vainly tried to get Maggie to the doctor at Hilltop.  And the dialog really set up season 7 based on what I believe happened at the end.  A couple lines involving Rick really highlighted the almost arrogance that he has seemed to develop.  The first was when that dummy Spencer asked if they should try and negotiate if the Saviors show up and Rick gave that smarmy smirk and said to tell them to wait for him. The second really telling moment was when Maggie told Rick that she believed in him.  This was a critical line. (I’ll get back to this)

There was also a really nice moment with Abraham and Eugene when he sacrificed himself to let the others get to Hilltop on foot.  It really felt like a good bye and it was bittersweet.

Now to the really issue I had with the episode.  First, I thought JDM was fantastic.  He really pulled it off. And he certainly has the charisma (and I’m told the looks) to pull of the Negan character.  A great introduction…  And then the last 10 seconds happened.  What the F was that?  Awful is what it was. I truly think the writers took it a step too far. I think they would have been much better served and had a much more positive response if they actually showed who was killed and ended on say…Maggie’s horror stricken face?

Glenn
Dead Man Walking

It had to be Glenn who met Lucille at the end.  I think that’s the case because they gave us a couple clues.  Namely the faith shown by Maggie in Rick and the group earlier in the episode and the promises Rick made to her. It kind of highlighted just how tight they are as a group to show how impactful Glenn’s hopefully smashed face is to them.  With Glenn being the chosen one, it will break Maggie from the group and that leads to other events down the road.

I’m still looking forward to the next season but that last ten seconds really dampened my enthusiasm.  Even after hearing the rationalizations that Kirkman and Gimple both gave on The Talking Dead (an amazing show btw), I still feel like it was the wrong choice.  A lot of real fans of the comic and the show were disappointed.

 

The worst part of the whole thing? This waste is still alive!!

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The Worst Actor Alive

 

Walking Dead Finale Predictions

So Sunday will finally deliver us the 90 minute finale everyone wants to see.  There are a a bazillion predictions as to what will happen..  So here is another:

  1. Negan arrives. And it will be awesome.
  2. Someone we love will die.  (I’m guessing it will be Glen, or Daryl) – Either will make lots of people unhappy..
  3. Maggie loses/lost the baby.
  4. Lots of other people will die.
  5. Rick might lose something.
  6. Things are gonna be bad for our beloved group
  7. And of course,  that damned cockroach,  no-talent, awful Carl will survive.

 

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House of Cards Season 4 thoughts..(mild spoilers)

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We’ve finally finished season 4 of House of Cards and I think it’s likely been the best since Season 1.  Spacey and Wright are just fantastic.  The chemistry they have is perfect.  The first half of the season was the conflict between Frank and Claire and ended with the wolves circling, but the Underwoods going on the offensive.

They both give Patrick Bateman a run for his money in the sociopath department.  They can, and do ruthlessly damage the other until they realize that the success they enjoy is primarily because of their combined strength.  And they do indeed make a formidable opponent.

The odd thing about this show is that you see how  awful the Underwoods are,  but you still end up hoping, just a glimmer in the darker parts of your soul, that they come out on top. Or at the very least you want to see *how* they do it.

So at the end of the season it ends up with the Underwoods  vs an intrepid reporter from the Herald ( Tom Hammerschmidt) who has a powerful set of allies, Will Conway the charismatic Captain America-ish Republican nominee,  the SecState Kathy Durant who I believe is going to screw the Underwoods over or at least make an attempt and I think maybe the actions of Doug Stamper the Underwoods CoS,  who is playing a very dangerous game.

Season 5 is lining up to be pretty epic.  I just hope the writers don’t go too far off the rails.

Another thing to note is that Netflix is on a pretty good role with their original programming.  House of Cards,  Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Orange is the New Black have all been very good to excellent.  HBO better watch out..

House of Card is back!

 

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F.U.

 

We just started the latest season of House of Cards on Netflix.  I enjoyed last season but I did find it to be maybe the weakest of them,  but so far this season,the show is back to top form.

So far we are through the first 3 episodes and it has so far revolved mostly around the battle between Frank and Claire as they bite and stab each other while maintaining the facade of a happily married power couple.  All I can say is that I am firmly Team Claire.

Also worth noting is that Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are just fantastic.  The level of “f**k you” Spacey can communicate in a smile is just…well,  awesome.  These two completely deliver and handily do most of the heavy lifting for the show.

I’ll return later as we burn through the season..

 

Red Wedding doesn’t disappoint! *Spoilers*

Wow.

Tonight’s episode of Game of Thrones on HBO was titled, appropriately,  The Rains of Castamere.  This was the episode in which the Red Wedding occurs and it was just sensational.  That gut wrenching feeling that hit you when you read that Rob died in the books was just as powerful on screen.  They added in some spice but holy shit. Just an epic episode.  And I also think Michelle Fairley,  who plays Catelyn Stark was just superb.  The rest of the episode was almost filler around the RW and that was just alright with me.  In it we saw Dany send Jorah and Daario to take Yunkai..and they do..and John makes his break from the wildings..  Bring on the finale!

 

RIP Cat

Cat

 

Poor Bastard..

Rob

 

 

What is going on here with G.O.T? **Spoilers below**

So I get that translating the immense detail and depth of the Game of Thrones series to television will result in some changes to story lines, and characters…  But man did the tonights episode of GOT throw a monkey wrench into the series for anyone who has read the books.  What are they doing with Melisandre visiting Thor of Myr and taking Gendry?  What? And Sansa set to marry Loras instead of Wilas? What are they thinking?  I really hope they can catch this before it goes way off the rails..

That said, I am absolutely psyched for two for two of the three weddings I think we’ll see..  Joffrey’s and the Red Wedding.  I’m thinking one or both will be the season finale…