My thoughts on #thespoilsofwar and #ripolenna

Wow, sorry readers.  I just realized I was so jammed up last week that I didn’t get to post on the passing of one of my favorite characters, The Queen of Thorns.  May she rest in peace.  “The Queen’s Justice” was a great episode, but this week’s was even better.  We finally got to see some real dragon ass-kicking.

I’ll admit I was disappointed by the Jaime death fake out, which seemed a bit cheap considering the usual high quality of this show.  As FW pointed out, D2 would have made it crystal clear if the hottest knight in Westeros was really dead (“hottest knight” being my phrase, not his).  FW also has a theory, which I think is plausible, that Jaime has to stick around so that we believe he killed Cersei, when in fact the killer is Arya, disguised as Jaime.  Did you get all that?

I enjoyed the Jon Snow/Theon reunion if only because all the worlds are coming full circle now and colliding.  I presume they’ll band together to defeat Euron and save Yara, but since that is an easily-predicted theory, I’m probably wrong.

I feel like the show is really building us up for a spectacular Cersei fall/death.  I may have more thoughts on this episode once I rewatch it this week.

 

 

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My thoughts on #thespoilsofwar and #ripolenna

For whom the bell tolls….

Not a good sign when the show starts out with bells tolling, followed by a haunting piano score, then violins and finally an organ.  As I rewatch the finale a second time it’s easy to see what will happen at King’s Landing.  I really had no idea what to expect the first time I watched it.  I do know I love Cersei’s outfit and I should have known when I saw it that she would end up kicking ass once again.

How ironic that we had to see Loras admit his “guilt” and get branded when he was blown up anyway?  I suppose if he had known he’d have gone for one last roll in the hay instead of confession.

The cool part about the explosion was that it wiped out a whole lot of problem children for Cersei (and me) in one fell swoop.  I really liked Margaery’s character but I suppose she had to be sacrificed for the greater good of amping up her grandmother’s penchant for revenge.  It was nice to see that dumbass religious fanatic go up in flames, as well as useless Mace Tyrell.

I’m not sure where the show is going with Jaime just yet.  I suspect he’ll end up queenslaying at some point, based on the look of horror on his face at the end.

Shouldn’t the guy at the front desk at the Citadel know who’s in charge at Castle Black?  Especially considering that the maesters are supposed to be all-knowing and everything?

I have to be honest, the parentage of Jon Snow completely disinterests me.  Who cares?  He’s already the king of the north and the most badass swordsman since that other guy.  I was disappointed that D2 wasted precious finale time on the Tower of Joy and Sam.

Now that Melisandre is riding south, who will she team up with?  There are endless possibilities such as Brienne, Arya, the Hound, or Gendry, though I think some or all of those people are mad at her.

So many feels over the Olenna/Sand Snakes/Varys dynamic!  Now it’s shaping up to be Daenerys and everyone vs. Cersei then the Night King vs. whoever’s left.  How they wrap that up in 13 hours is beyond me, absent another mass explosion.

Sorry guys, but Arya is still boring.

The best part of the episode for me was the ending with Daenerys, et al. finally getting a move on towards Westeros.  It only took 5 years!

 

For whom the bell tolls….

So glad Arya is someone…

…so we can move the f*** on!  That chase scene reminded me of the Terminator.  Yet we still end up where we started, which is with Arya heading back to Westeros.  She better sword the hell out of someone when she gets there, and it better be Cersei.  I’m so bored with both of them.

I feel like I don’ have a ton to say about this episode since it was such a table setter.  I absolutely loved the Jaime/Brienne interactions this week.  The power of these actors in the tent scene was overwhelming.  I love the fact that Jaime is really coming into his own as a character, when it seemed he would be just another meathead in the first episode of the series.  Clearly, he and Cersei can’t end up together so I hope that means she’s toast.

Query 1 – what’s the rumor Cersei and Qyburn were discussing?  I read elsewhere that it may be a rumor of secret stores of wildfire underneath King’s Landing that Cersei may try to use to burn down the city.  Why not, she has nothing to lose?

Query 2 – Where’s Varys going for ships and friends in Westeros?  Initially I thought Pyke but I doubt Varys would be dumb enough to pursue an alliance with Euron Greyjoy.

Query 3 – Will Yara and Theon end up at the rear of the slavers’ ships and ultimately help Daenerys defeat them?

I thought the Riverrun scenes were very well done and the behind the scenes production video (available on demand) was really cool to watch in that regard.  The production team built the drawbridge so it would look authentic.  I was hoping that the Blackfish would go with Brienne and Pod but I guess his watch is ended.

It looks like the big battle between Jon and Ramsay will happen next week.  There has to be at least one big death before the end of this season so I’m going with Cersei and Sansa. I’m wavering on Sansa just because I think D2 could do some interesting things with a Sansa/Tyrion/Cersei reunion in future.  But I’ll stick with those two for now.  Ramsay definitely dies this season if only because his schtick is so over.

Only two episodes left!

So glad Arya is someone…

The Broken Man ain’t so broken anymore

Pardon me if I’m knocked off my game today, readers.  I’m still disoriented by the first cold open on GOT before the opening credits.  I had no idea the Hound was coming back.  I have mixed feelings.  I love the Hound, but if D2 keeps “killing” characters and then bringing them back, the deaths lose meaning.  It’s a cheat and I expect better from this show.

I need a refresher on all the people Sandor is mad at – I presume Arya is one of them for leaving him for dead?  The twitterverse seems to believe that the show is setting up the trial by combat to be between the Hound and the Mountain, but I think that’s too obvious. I’m guessing the Sand Snakes will strike before the Cersei trial comes to fruition.

My birthday wish finally come true – a new spot on the map.  I don’t think we saw Riverrun before but I could be wrong.  At this point, there’s not a lot of time left to cover new ground so I was pleased to see one.

In my view, Margaery is winning the throne by playing the long game.  I loved the contrast between her old outfits and her new pious ones.  I’m glad she was able to let grandma know she was on top of things with her rose sketch.  The Sparrow needs his head on a spike pronto, especially considering his neanderthal views on sex.

Tormund is becoming one of my favorite characters.  The actor who plays him has a great screen presence and I loved his line, “We are not clever like you Southerners.  When we say we’ll do something, we do it.”  That line was an interesting contrast to most other groups on this show who never say what they mean, or do what they say.

I was also surprised that the biggest phony of them all, Cersei, admitted her mistakes to Olenna.  I hope this admission means she’s not long for this world but I fear not.

I’m also loving the Blackfish.  The actor who plays him is mesmerizing in this role.  He is nonplussed by everything.  He knows his nephew is toast so he called the Freys’ bluff.  I’m afraid his demise is nigh since we’ve seen so little of him up to this point but I’m not sure how that happens.  Will we see a sword fight between Jaime and Brienne?  If so, I’m sad to say I think Brienne loses.  I’m at a loss to figure the Riverrun situation out.

I have to say that Lyanna Mormont is now my favorite character, and that’s saying a lot.  She reminds me of me at that age when I was lording over my sandbox.  The show is bringing itself full circle this season by featuring the women in control after they’ve been subjugated, raped, tortured, belittled, and imprisoned in all the other seasons.  Perhaps this is what George had in mind when he started writing?  If so, then I’m all for it.

Yara certainly gave new meaning to the term “motivational speaker”.  I guess the carrot and stick approach is effective at times.  It’s clear to me that only one of the siblings can survive and I suspect it will be her.  Theon will have to sacrifice himself for her in some way.  Maybe she and Daenerys will be a thing?

 

The Broken Man ain’t so broken anymore

Looks like the ladies are (finally) getting their revenge…

Sorry it’s taken a week to post on what I think is the best premiere episode for Game of Thrones to date.  I wanted to watch it again to gather my thoughts.  I am really psyched about this season as this episode set the table for a lot to come:

-Jon Snow is not dead.  Well he is technically dead but he won’t be for long.  That is all.  Oh, and the wildlings will end up defending the Snow group against Thorne, the Boltons, et al.

-Girls rule!  Finally, the Sand Snakes are getting something to do.  It was a shame to waste the talents of Alexander Siddig in such a minor role so it was time for him to go.  Looks like the women are taking over in Dorne and hopefully elsewhere, to which I say it’s about time.

-I welled up when Brienne and Pod swept in to save Sansa.  I was hoping the show would avoid the lather, rinse, repeat of Ramsay beating up on both Sansa and Reek.  It makes sense that Brienne was nearby and she was probably tracking the Boltons tracking them.  She finally got to swear her oath and I hope she sticks to it.  The title of the third episode is “Oathbreaker” which makes me nervous.  I’m thinking Brienne will be put in a situation where she has to choose between Jaime and Sansa and will choose him.  We’ll see.

-Cersei is getting everything she deserves.  I loathe her character, always have, always will.  Can’t wait until she’s killed off, which I fear D & D will leave until the bitter end.

-Why oh why does Daenerys have to be sidelined in these boring non-Westeros areas?  I guess the show needs her elsewhere while the chess pieces are assembled, but she’s been meandering far too long.  I don’t care what happens to Meereen.  Hopefully stone-man-to-be and the other guy rescue her soon and get her back on task.

-Still don’t care about Arya.

-I’m wondering if we’re seeing Tyrion leading Meereen to set him up as the eventual ruler of Westeros?  Since we all know that Jon Snow will be resurrected, I’m wondering if there will be a triumvirate of him, Daenerys, and Tyrion, almost like the “holy trinity” in catholicism.  Hold on, I’m going deep here, but perhaps the resurrected Jon Snow would be the “holy spirit”, Tyrion would be the “god” and Daenerys the “jesus”.

-OK back from the rabbit hole, we have to talk about the ending!  I truly thought Melisandre was preparing to do the corpse.  I really did.  I still think that may happen as gross as this show is.  What actually happened was much cooler.  I think she may end up sacrificing herself to resurrect Jon Snow and that’s why she looks so sad.  Or it could’ve been because of what she saw in the mirror.

Happy Game of Thrones day!

Looks like the ladies are (finally) getting their revenge…