My (delayed) thoughts on Stormborn

I’ll be honest, I don’t have a lot to say about this week’s episode.  My regular readers know that I find Arya terribly boring, and the same applies to Samwell.  Since they took up a lot of space on this episode, I’ll keep this brief.

It’s obvious that Sam is going to cure Jorah, and Jorah will probably save Daenerys out of nowhere at some point.  I’ll admit I’m over Jorah and his lack of a storyline.  He served a purpose for the first few seasons but his character feels extraneous to me.  Especially since there are so many other delicious characters to spend time with (see Lady Olenna, Lady Mormont, et al.).

How long have we waited for Daenerys to be in the same room with Ellaria, Yara, AND Olenna, with a side of Tyrion and Varys?  You can see how D2 is bringing all of the various factions into one place for the wars to come.  The irony is that no one besides boring Jon Snow is focused on the real threat.  I’m still trying to figure out who the leaker is.

I guess I have to talk about the ambush scene at the end.  The special effects were awesome, to be sure.  However, Euron and his crazy eyes are just too much.  FW believes he’ll get killed by the end of this season, and I hope he’s right.  I like Yara’s character but I’m not sure what will happen to her.  I expect that Ellaria is the “gift” Euron promised to Cersei.

Oh, Theon.  I have no words.

My (delayed) thoughts on Stormborn

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

“Holy shit it worked…”

…is the best way for me to categorize last week’s episode, “Oathbreaker”.  That’s the first thing I wrote in my notes after I saw Melisandre’s reaction to Jon’s resurrection.  Of course, we weren’t surprised as this had been the subject of much discussion since last summer.  I’m glad D2 decided to dispense with the minutiae of how Jon came back from the dead, etc. and just got on with it.

I thought the most interesting part of this arc was Melisandre’s disappointment when she learned from Jon that there was nothing on the other side.  Apparently, she expected a bright light and singing angels but he said there was nothing (which I happen to believe is accurate, but that’s a different post).

I love the big redheaded guy (sorry forget his name).  I figured he would have a larger role this season and it looks like he will.  I expect that he and Jon will lead the fight to regain Winterfell from Ramsay and his band of merry flayers.

The flashback scene was interesting and the sword fight was very well done.  Whoever cast young Ned was spot on.  To be honest, I just don’t care about Lyanna, et al.  We all know that she is giving birth to Jon in the Tower of Joy and she will make Ned promise to say that the baby is his own.  And no, I didn’t read any spoilers but it’s glaringly obvious.  Thus, Jon is the rightful heir to the throne although I’m sure Gendry would have something to say about that.

Daenerys is marginalized yet again.  Yawn.

I found the scene with Varys and the spy compelling because he’s a man who’s always so in control yet he has no balls.  Perhaps that’s why he’s so dominating, because he simply has nothing more to lose?

I loved Tyrion’s line about history consisting of great conversations in elegant rooms.  it really is true if you think about it.  This show has great battle/fight scenes but let’s face it, the real battles are decided behind closed doors between a select few in power.

I’m glad to see Lady Olenna back in action.  Her son is such a wimp and I’m not sure why he’s even still around.  Send him back to Highgarden stat.

I’ll leave you with a final point to ponder.  Why did Jon renege his oath and where will he go now?  I figured his oath would be stronger than ever now that he sees how much trouble the Night’s Watch is in.  Perhaps when Sansa returns to Castle Black he’ll reconsider and attack Winterfell once he learns what Ramsay did to her?

I consider this a bridge episode and I hope that this week’s episode has more action.

“Holy shit it worked…”