Winds of Winter Thoughts(spoilers)

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First let me say that this finale set a new bar for the show.  It was packed with great scenes and hit all the right plot points to move this story, and what a story.  Great job by the cast and crew.  Now,  some thoughts from the episode..

  1. The Lady Mormont is a f*cking badass. She brooks no shit and embarrassed the other northern Lords.  And she is like 10. If she was 20 she would be eating Cerise’s liver while demanding Dany make sure everyone’s wine glass is full. 
    lady-mormont
    MVP

  2. Arya! She made it back to Westeros to start on her list and couldn’t have picked a better beginning.  Buh Bye Walder Frey,  you decrepit traitorous f*ckwit. 
    Arya finally
    Yassss!

  3. Ah Tommen… The gloriously inept sh*thead finally makes a command decision.*Note- pretty much acceptable all things considered. 
    tommen
    useless dipsh*t

  4. I’m torn.. We have lost the lovely and charming and *good* Margaery Tyrell. sniff. 
    Margaery
    I’ll miss you Nat..

    But we also now get to see The Lady Olenna – Off. The. Chain. 

    Olenna Black2
    Cerise’s not the only one in battle mode

  5. Oh yeah.. R+L=J is true.  Fire and Ice as foretold. 
    JonTargaryan
    Hi. I’m King of the North..plus some more. Where’s my dragon?

  6. Cersei went battle mode and dressed the part.  Sharp.  She also killed a sept full of people.. Ruthless..aaaaannd maybe a little crazy. 
    Bad Cersei
    Battle Mode Cersei

  7. Those murderous little street urchins! WTF..Although they did help finally rid the world of this douche:
    LancelDouche
    What a punchable face. 

  8. Seems to be a 4 party war now..  Team Dany – Iron Born + The Dothraki +Dorne + The Tyrells + Tyrion + DRAGONS vs Team Cersei – Uh,  house Lannister? + Jaime? + Whatever is left of the Freys. Hmm.. and up North Team Snow – The North + Wildings + The at present useless 3 eyed crow vs The Night King and the endless White Walker hordes + Winter.  Seems like one of those teams is pretty stacked.

  9.  No Lady Stoneheart.  Boo… I’m still holding out hope..stupidly.

  10. Bye Melisandre..I wonder where she ends up.. 
    Bye Felicia mel
    Bye Felicia

  11. Winter *finally* came.. There is a Sting joke in there somewhere I think..

 

So.. in conclusion Season 7 should be really spectacular. And we’re probably gonna see a bit of this guy:

Night King
This guy

And:

Drogon
And this guy

 

I can’t wait..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Sorrowful Life Indeed.. The Tale of Merle (*Spoiler Alert*)

In tonight’s penultimate episode of The Walking Dead we find Rick making one of the more idiotic decisions his character has made thus far… then reverse it… but too late… Ahhh!  Frustration.  That’s the short version.

The long version has Rick decide to hand over Michonne to the Governor, which is beyond ridiculous, simply for the trust factor.  I won’t get into that piece because everyone will just have a bad time.  Rick tells Daryl and Herschel his decision,  and while neither like it nor really agree with it,  they go along with it.  Rick then recruits Merle to be part of it,  I assume because he knows Merle has some expertise in this area.  Of course,  since Rick is a good guy,  he does the requisite soul searching and comes to the better decision later on in the episode.  This is the perfect opportunity for Merle to do what Merle would of course do.  He knocks Michonne out and we catch up to them making their way to the exchange with the Governor – which is a trap as we all knew.  Oh and along the way Michonne is about as cool and collected as anyone I’ve ever seen,  under any circumstances. Seriously.  My cat sleeping has more of a sense of urgency.

Moving on.. Rick tells Daryl he has changed his mind,  but of course he cannot find them in the prison.  On queue,  Daryl jets after them.  During their journey, deadpan Michonne does a bit of a Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting and gets through to Merle,  who has been just an unlikable douche from minute 1.  Merle finds his grinch heart and lets her go. He proceeds to find some liquor to enjoy and grabs a small horde of zombies to bring with him to the supposed exchange with the Gov and company.  At this point you sort of like Merle because he actually had a decent plan.  Send the horde at the Woobdury folk and pick them off from out of the way.  Things go pretty well until a walker tries to gnaw on Merle.  In the ensuing fight, the Gov finds Merle and proceeds to BITE HIS FINGERS OFF, then shoot him.  The slow spiral down of the Governor has been really excellent this season and David Morrissey has been phenomenal.  The Gov is clearly off his rocker at this point.

All this is basically a set up for the episode’s “Boom” moment.  The Gov,  being the Gov,  shoots Merle in the chest, which ends his human life and creates the Merle zombie.  And as expected Daryl comes through and finds zombie Merle eating one of the Woodbury folks he shot.  Needless to say,  Daryl does not take this very well and this is a moment that really does pull you in as Daryl is one of the most likable characters in the series. Kudos to Norman Reedus for pulling it off really well.

That was the major arc in this installment.  A couple other things happened as well.  That maniac Glen proposed to Maggie, which almost felt like filler.  Glen went a bit off the rails this season, so maybe this will right his ship.  The other item was Rick telling the group that it’s not a dictatorship anymore.  But we all saw that coming miles off.

Overall I’d give this episode a 7 out of 10.  They stuck to the main storyline for the most part and Merle and Daryl really hit the right note at the end.  With the Governor now in full psycho state, and the group now bonded and reaffirmed,  it has the makings for a sensational finale.  And speaking of next weekend,  thank some deity for DVR!  With The Walking Dead finale and the season Premiere of Game of Thrones going head to head I would be pissed!  Add in the return of the Doctor and next weekend is gonna be pretty sweet!

 

Walking Dead aka Andrea.. *warning spoiler alert

I just finished watching The Walking Dead and while I love the show in general,  there are two characters that consistently annoy me,  Laurie and Carl.  Carl ruins every second he is on screen simply because he is a terrible actor.  Laurie bothers me because she always makes stupid decisions.  Like brain dead idiocy.  Tonights antepenultimate season episode had her finally make the call to leave Woodbury, which she probably should have done when she saw the Governor’s collection of heads and his friggin daughter on a chain, but it seems that *now* is the time the Gov went too far.  What?  She drives me crazy.  Her plight and actions were pretty predictable,  but the excellent creepiness of the Governor was enough to save the episode for me.

This episode gets about a 6.   I think the next two are going to be frigging fantastic!