Many people were severely disappointed in Sansa Stark’s story arc in Season 5 where many people expected Sansa to start playing the Game of Thrones and manipulate those around her. Instead, her story takes two twists from the book where she gets married off to Ramsay Bolton and worse yet relentlessly raped. So rather than seeing a player, we saw someone being played for the most part. However, in Season 6 Episode 9, her story arc returns to where many people expected her to be, which is the more manipulative, active player in the game.
Tyrion finally will get to his quote about “The Great Game” in Episode 10 of season 6. But what exactly is the Great Game? Why should Daenerys be terrified? And why is Tyrion encouraging her to be terrified?
Easily, the most anticipated episodes of the season, Battle of the Bastards certainly lived up to and perhaps exceeded all hype. Certainly, this episode is not for the weak of heart, especially once we get to the North. Director Miguel Sapochnik is becoming my go-to director for creating intense, heart palpitating moments, considering he already has last season’s Episode 7 and the critically acclaimed Hardhome to his resume. With this episode, he might’ve created a masterpiece that exceeds anything both on television and the movie screen for a while.
HBONow had a highly embarrassing outage right on the night of the most highly anticipated Game of Thrones episode of the season. It’s the dread that every developer faces who has to deal with capacity issues but it also demonstrates the possible lack of knowledge the non-technical people have in understanding their audience at the HBO headquarters.
Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 8 ended in a slightly controversial and perhaps anti-climatical manner with Arya Stark declaring her identity to Jaqen Hagar and departing the Faceless Men for Westeros. In retrospect, fans of the show have criticized her plot as being boring, pointless and perhaps even a waste of time with the end fight scene being off target from what was expected. So this blog attempts to examine the larger picture and attempt to see what went right and wrong.
I read a potential spoiler the other day that talked about Littlefinger talking to Jon Snow and revealing something important in Episode 10 of the current season. No one really has any clue what that detail is but I have a guess that made me think a bit about the larger picture about where more things are converging. Of course, this is all just speculation on my part but it also incorporates tidbits on some original ideas tossed out by earlier idea drafts from George RR Martin.
GoT E8 starts off with Lady Crane, playing Cersei still, mourning her dead son Joffrey. There’s more emotion in the way she portrays Cersei and she receives a sound applause for her efforts. Her portrayal is similar to how Arya suggested it as the grieving mother. Thereafter she returns to her chamber to find Arya hiding and bleeding. Similar to how Arya had aided her, Lady Crane succors Arya and provides some background as to how she became good at sewing people up. Seeing Arya’s talents, Lady Crane mentions for her to accompany their troop to Pentos but Arya has her eyes set on home. Still, Arya is aware of her own danger and possibly Lady Crane’s as The Wait still is after Arya.
Game of Thrones starts unusual this week because we go directly into the show rather than the typical opening score. that leads the reintroduction of a much beloved character. Part of that you can see with the credits showing this actor’s name being billed up there.
Jem the Movie wasn’t an anticipated movie. In fact, there were a lot of hesitation about how it would be cast, knowing how Hollywood tends to bungle reboots and live action versions of much beloved cartoon series. Yet despite all the warnings against the movie, the producers still went ahead and produced a film that did atrociously at the box office to no ones surprise. Yet why did this movie perform so poorly compared to an equally atrocious handling of GI Joe and Transformers?
I wanted to change the format of this type of review a little. Typically, in the past I would just write up a summary rather than a truly thought provoking process. I felt that while it would help people wanting to catch up with what’s going on, that format wasn’t conducive for a more fluid writing style for myself. In turn, that would take a long time as I would try to capture every little detail rather than attempt to disseminate what was going on in a more meaningful manner. So I’m going to try a new format out that breaks out the things I felt were important to allow me to better focus.