10 June, 2013

Season 3 Episode 10: "Mhysa"

In the first 3 seasons of Game of Thrones, it has always been episode 9 that has been the "big" episode.

Season 1 - Ned is beheaded.
Season 2 - the Battle of the Blackwater, and Tyrion is almost de-nasaled.
Season 3 - the Red Wedding

The 10th episode of each season is for backing away from the cliff's edge...sort of pacifying the viewers who had such a violent reaction to Episode 9...there there, viewer, I swear I can play nice.  Maybe I won't kill off ALL of your favorites.

06 June, 2013

Video: Preview of Episode 10

So how is this season going to end? How is the finale going to top "The Red Wedding" or is that impossible? Can the bring back those that were so emotionally distraught after episode 9?

Well, this preview wont answer any of that, but it still gives you a tiny glimpse!

06 June, 2013

Video: Inside Episode 9

Take a look inside the most infamous episode of Game of Thrones, heck of almost any TV series that I have ever seen. I don't think I have ever seen this amount of emotional outpour before.

Now let's see what they were thinking!

03 June, 2013

Season 3 Episode 9: "The Rains of Castamere"

First off, WOW!

The title of this episode refers to a song written about Tywin Lannister and his obliteration of House Reyne, formerly one of the houses owing fealty to House Lannister.  Lord Reyne thought to take advantage of the ineffectiveness of Tytos Lannister, making a play to be the wealthiest house in Westeros, instead of the second wealthiest.  A young Tywin conquered House Reyne and had everyone with any Reyne blood put to the sword - men, women and children, and their city - Castamere - put to the torch.

20 May, 2013

Season 3 Episode 8: "Second Sons"

Again, a show title with lots of meanings.  The Second Sons are the mercenaries hired by Yunkai to combat Daeny's forces.  Tyrion is a second son (the younger brother of Jaime), and he is the other main focus of the episode.  Sandor Clegane, too, is a second son, although he is only featured a small amount.  Sam Tarly?  He's a firstborn son, but has been supplanted as the heir to the Tarly lands by his younger brother...

15 May, 2013

Video: Inside Episode 7

The latest "Inside the Episode" for Game of Thrones Season 3. Personally this was not as good as I had hoped, but stll this has been another great season so far.

13 May, 2013

Season 3 Episode 7: "The Bear and the Maiden Fair"

This episode was written by George R.R. Martin himself.  For those who don't know, GRRM used to write for the old tv show Beauty and the Beast, so he knows his way around a screenplay.  It's interesting that there are some slight variations from the books, and some things made more explicit.  It's logical to conclude that either GRRM is confirming things that were not explicitly stated in the books, or he's just going with the flow with regards to adjustments made for the show.

05 May, 2013

Season 3 Episode 6: "The Climb"

Once again, an excellent title for the episode, with the literal meaning represented by the Wildlings scaling the Wall, and the additional meaning of Littlefinger's excellent speech at the end of the episode.

29 April, 2013

Season 3 Episode 5: "Kissed by Fire"

Halfway through the season after tonight. and there is a lot going on. Lots of depth and complexity and backstory to this episode, which didn't have the firepower of last week, but nevertheless was very satisfying in a different way.  Let's get to it - this is going to be a fairly long scorecard.

22 April, 2013

Season 3 Episode 4: "And Now His Watch is Ended"

I thought this was easily the best episode of the season thus far.  It remains to be seen whether the momentum carries forward to next week, but we've now gotten a taste of the ride we're in for.  Who has changed the most over 2 1/3 seasons?  Arya?  Daeny? Jaime?  The action and intrigue of this story is outstanding, but like all great works (and yes, I think it's great, or I wouldn't spend a couple of hours every Sunday cogitating on it), it's character driven.

14 April, 2013

Season 3 Episode 3: "Walk of Punishment"

This episode introduced a couple of characters a good deal later than the books introduced them, and gave us a glimpse (I believe) into another key character.  He's been in each of the last two episodes, but hasn't been named yet.  I think his name rhymes with "meek", which is NOT a good description of him.

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