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.

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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

Who wants to go Home?

Sorry it’s taken so long to write up last week’s episode of GOT.  I have to say the episode was a little boring for me, since we knew Jon Snow would be resurrected.  I did enjoy the Bolton scenes immensely, and I concur with Ramsay’s “I prefer being an only child” (sorry CF):

-Bran and the 3-eyed raven – you are boring, go away!  Yeah, yeah, we know, this is all leading up to the reveal of Jon Snow’s parentage but hurry up already.  I wonder if the Hodor reveal will be significant in future?  All I kept thinking after finding out his name was “What you talkin bout Willis?”

-Again, we all knew that the wildlings would sweep in and save the day at Castle Black.  The redheaded dude is too cool-looking to waste off-screen and so is the giant.  Speaking of which, I could really use a giant or a Mountain in my life, especially at work!

-Tommen is a wimp.  I’m hoping the newfound synergy with his mom will empower him a bit for things to come.  His wimpy act is tired and I expect Cersei will make a king of him yet (before he’s killed of course).

-I could watch Peter Dinklage play Tyrion all day.  As a matter of fact, I could watch Peter Dinklage do just about anything.  His scene with Missandei and the others was great.  I also liked how the second dragon leaned over and let him unlock the chain.  Are they going to let the dragons out of that dungeon though?  If you’re going with the be nice to dragons so they annihilate your enemies approach, it’s probably better to let them roam free.

-I’m sad that Roose Bolton is gone.  At first it looked to me like Roose killed Ramsay but unfortunately I was wrong.  I’ve always liked Michael McElhatton in this role and I especially liked having him around to control Ramsay.  I’m glad we didn’t have to see the dogs actually eat the baby though that may have been cool.  I’m ready for the Ramsay era to be over so here’s hoping that Brienne gets him sooner rather than later.  I’m curious who “the gift” is that Ramsay will be given this week.  Wondering if it might be Rickon?

-I’m hoping that Yara will get to play a larger role, perhaps aided by Theon when he returns?  She is badass and goes along with the girl power theme from last week.

-Random thoughts – where is Littlefinger in all this?  He’s bound to pop up somewhere.  Where’s Gendry?  Is his story finished or will he return to seek the throne since he is technically the true heir?  Discuss among yourselves.  Happy GOT day!

Who wants to go Home?