Posts Tagged ‘George R.R. Martin’

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Episode: 609
Airdate: June 19, 2016
Directed by: Miguel Sapochnik
Showrunners: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Written by: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (creators); George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by); David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

Tonight may have just seen the best single episode of television ever. High praise? Hyperbole? Perhaps – but in my current state of jangled nerves and adrenaline hangover, I am leaning toward saying that no, it isn’t hype at all. Click through to get my full review of tonight’s penultimate episode of Season 6 of Game of Thrones.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of Game of Thrones S06E09, “Battle of the Bastards” – spoilers ahead; read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 509
Airdate: June 7, 2015
Directed by: David Nutter
Showrunners: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Written by: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (creators); George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by); David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

So, I had some ideas coming into tonight’s episode about just what messrs. Weiss and Benioff had in store for us. My suggestion for what the big penultimate episode shocker would be turned out to be off the mark, but something that I suggested might happen actually came to pass, acting as a shocker I didn’t really think would take place. The title of tonight’s episode turns out to have several layers of meaning, referring not only to the Targaryen civil war about which a book with the same title was written (and which is being read by Shireen), but also clearly alludes to Dany and her brood. Dig a little deeper, and the civil war aspect has a further resonance, what with all the parties and erstwhile allies at each others’ throats, and you can see that the showrunners have been steering us into this episode for quite some time. And while I thought it was a solid hour of television, that doesn’t mean I have to like everything that they gave me to watch tonight. Click through for my detailed discussion of the episode.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of Game of Thrones S05E09, “The Dance of Dragons.” Spoilers and occasional colorful language abound – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 509
Airdate: June 7, 2015
Directed by: David Nutter
Showrunners: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Written by: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (creators); George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by); David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

Penultimate episodes of Game of T|hrones have traditionally been focused on shocking plot turns (Seasons 1 and 3), or on larger-than-life battles (Seasons 2 and 4), so what does the second-to-last episode of Season 5 hold in store? Following last week’s amazing battle (and overall fantastic episode – read my review here), showrunners Benioff and Weiss seem to have chosen to throw their creative climax at us one episode earlier than usual, and now they have two more episodes to set the table heading into the long inter-season hiatus rather than the usual one. While it’ll be hard to outdo “Hardhome,” there are still plenty of storylines left dangling – and there’s always the danger that we could see more missteps like those we’ve seen in the episodes leading up to last week’s opus (Episode 506 “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” was particularly egregious). That said, based on the pattern of previous seasons, I suspect we may be in for some sort of a shock ending to this week’s episode – I have my thoughts on this, which I’ll discuss below. For the preview video, and my speculation on what this week will bring us, click through after the break.

<Game of Thrones Season 5, Episode 9 “The Dance of Dragons” will include discussion of events from recent episodes, as well as speculation about what we might see in upcoming episodes.>>
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Episode: 508
Airdate: May 31, 2015
Directed by: Miguel Sapochnik
Showrunners: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Written by: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (creators); George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by); David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

Although I haven’t been entirely happy with all of the departures they’ve been making from the original books this season, it is somewhat inevitable that Benioff and Weiss need to do so, seeing as how they’ve fully caught up (and in some places passed) George R.R. Martin’s perennially tardy book releases. And while Season 5 started out strongly, it has been bogging down and lagging over the last few weeks, focusing on storylines that don’t quite maintain interest, or are actively turning off viewers (I’m looking at you, horrible Winterfell storyline). Even though tonight did see a couple of scenes at Winterfell, they actually served to create some momentum, and the rest of the episode was absolutely spot on, especially the final fifteen minutes or so, a sequence that rivals anything the series has done so far for sheer adrenaline rushing excitement. Click through for my complete review.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of Game of Thrones S05E08, “Hardhome.” Spoilers and occasional colorful language abound – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 502
Airdate: April 19, 2015
Directed by: Michael Slovis
Showrunners: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Written by: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (creators); George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by); David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

Last week’s premiere served to reintroduce us to several storylines left hanging at the end of last season. Tonight, we caught up with one more – a personal and fan favorite – as well as catching a glimpse of what is sure to be one of the central new powers throughout Season 5. Others got a bit more time, and more than one character has already been dumped into the proverbial fire already, just two weeks in. Click through for my complete review and synopsis.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of Game of Thrones S05E02, “The House of Black and White.” In discussing events, I will be quoting some lines with colorful language – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 501
Airdate: April 12, 2015
Directed by: Michael Slovis
Showrunners: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Written by: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (creators); George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by); David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

“Eagerly anticipated” sounds not only trite, but is almost an understatement when it comes to Game of Thrones. In fact, each new season is so “eagerly anticipated” that several hundred thousand people (more likely over a million by now) couldn’t wait until the show premiered tonight, watching the first four episodes after they were leaked online late last night (read my take on this leak here). But none of that for us! After the long wait, winter is finally coming – again. Click through for my review and full synopsis on tonight’s Season 5 Premiere.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of Game of Thrones S05E01, “The Wars to Come.” In discussing events, I will be quoting some lines with colorful language – read more at your own risk.>>
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The first four episodes of the highly anticipated Season 5 of Game of Thrones have been leaked online in the past twenty-four hours. Before reading any further, let me just say: You will NOT be getting any spoilers or links to those episodes here. I’m going to go into the details and share my thoughts on the leak following the break – click through if you want to read more.
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This is the fourth photo series from Game of Thrones I’ve put up, and the second comparing the actors as they appear in GoT with a (usually earlier) role they’ve had. Last week took us from Peter Dinklage [Tyrion Lannister] and Lena Headey [Cersei Lannister] with 36 appearances apiece, down to a four-way tie at 26 episodes between Alfie Allen [Theon Greyjoy/Reek], Charles Dance [Tywin Lannister], Jack Gleeson [Joffrey Baratheon], and Rory McCann [Sandor “The Hound” Clegane]. This week we’ll round out the top twenty-five actors on the show, based on number of appearances. We begin with:

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Valar Morghulis indeed. With only three more episodes to go in this, the fourth season of Game of Thrones, there is much speculation about where, exactly, the endgame will take us prior to the nine and a half month hiatus (I wonder how many babies will be born early next April?). Using the books as a guide, there are some speculations that can be made, some more likely than others. Remember, Benioff and Weiss have consistently shown a willingness to depart from the source material, while remaining in general true to the main themes and overarching story. In the following article, I’ll be taking a look at each of the main factions, and basing my speculations on my knowledge of Martin’s books. If you do not want to know anything about possible future developments, and/or you are waiting to read the books, do not click through to the main body of the article: Here there be spoilers! And to be clear – one of the things I reveal below is the outcome of Tyrion’s Trial by Combat coming up in the next episode of Game of Thrones; if you want this to be a surprise, DO NOT CLICK THROUGH!

<<Spoiler Warning: The following article discusses at length events from the third, fourth, and fifth books of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, in service of speculation on what we might see in the final three episodes of Season 4 of A Game of Thrones. Click through only if you want to read extensive spoilers!>>
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Sad Tyrion is Sad

Sad Tyrion is Sad

Episode: 34
Airdate: April 27, 2014
Directed by: Michelle MacLaren
Written by: George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by), David Benioff (creator), D.B. Weiss (creator), Bryan Cogman (written for television by)

I have saddened Tyrion. Just like last week, I am unable to do my review of this week’s Game of Thrones episode due to my family vacation in Hawaii where, due to my lack of research, I chose a hotel that does not have HBO available. I shall never forgive myself. I will, however, catch up with reviews of episodes 403 and 404 (or 33 and 34 by the Benioff and Weiss enumeration) once I have reviewed next week’s episode, “First of His Name.” In the meantime, please enjoy, in honor of my favorite character Tyrion, the Peter Dinklage version of the Game of Thrones theme song:

See you all again next week, and thank you for continuing to read the blog!

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