Posts Tagged ‘GRRM’

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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: 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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This afternoon, HBO announced the new cast members for the upcoming fifth season of Game of Thrones, and released a short video wherein the primary players introduce themselves. The casting looks perfect across the board, with luminaries such as Jonathon Pryce (more than one hundred credits over the last forty years, including the starring role in Brazil (1985)), genre favorites like Alexander Siddig (Dr. Julian Bashear in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), and experienced young actors like Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider). Click through for introductory video, as well as brief introductions of each actor and the role they’ll be playing.

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Episode: 39
Airdate: June 8, 2014
Directed by: Neil Marshall
Written by: George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by), David Benioff (creator), D.B. Weiss (creator), David Benioff (written for television by), D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

How quickly this season is going by. This coming week brings us the penultimate episode of Season 4 of Game of Thrones, and soon we’ll be facing the long, hot, then kinda cool, then downright cold, then almost kind of warm again, wait until the next season begins. The good news is that we do have two more episodes to enjoy before the wait, and if this season runs out like each of the previous three, the true climax of the season should be this Sunday. In Season 1, we had a rather unexpected execution; in Season 2, the Battle of the Blackwater; and in Season 3, the infamous Red Wedding. So what will Season 4’s ninth episode bring us? How can Benioff and Weiss follow last week’s absolutely stellar outing? Click through to get my take on where we’re going.

<<Spoiler Alert: This preview of Game of Thrones S04E09 – “The Watchers on the Wall” – will discuss major plot points and events suggested by previous episodes and the Promo video; read further at your own risk!>>
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Episode: 36
Airdate: May 11, 2014
Directed by: Alik Sakharov
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)

Tonight’s episode begins the second half of Season Four, but its main focus is the results of actions that have driven various storylines from back in Season Three. More importantly, tonight’s episode marks exactly the halfway point of the entire series; there are only thirty-four more episodes to go (unless Benioff and Weiss decide to extend the series, or extend one of the seasons). While last week gave us some comic relief, tonight was all seriousness, as we dealt with four different storylines, ending with a pivotal trial of one of the show’s main characters. Click through after the break for my recap and thoughts on tonight’s events.

<<Spoiler Alert: This article is a review and complete recap of Game of Thrones S04E06 – “The Laws of Gods and Men” – it will discuss major plot points and events in detail, and may contain strong language based on dialogue from the episode; read further at your own risk!>>
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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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Episode: 33
Airdate: April 20, 2014
Directed by: Alex Graves
Written by: George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by), David Benioff (creator), D.B. Weiss (creator), David Benioff (written for television by), D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

My apologies. I’m in Hawaii on a family vacation, and had received special permission (and understanding) from my family, not only to watch Game of Thrones tonight, but to spend the necessary time to review it afterward. (This is no small thing – as those of you who have been following my reviews and recaps know, they run in the 4-5000 word range). However, my hotel does not carry HBO. This just blew my mind. Everywhere I’ve ever gone on vacation, ever since HBO was a thing, I’ve never seen a hotel that doesn’t carry it. I’ll know in future not to make such assumptions! They do, however, mix a mean Mai Tai downstairs.

I’ve tried to access HBO online through my Canadian cable subscription, but it won’t play here due to regional restrictions, and Hola Unblocker isn’t getting the job done. I will try some other options (and no, torrents are not an option here), so if I can, I will watch the episode and get my review up as soon as possible. If not, I will be forced to wait until I get back home in order to view the episode and write my review. I will be writing my sneak peek midweek – I know the books, and will read online synopses so I can make informed suggestions; the rest will have to wait until I get a chance to watch the episode myself.

For now, you can click through to watch a reaction video to the final scene of last week’s episode, as well as an excellent thirty minute interview and talk with the most relevant actor from the episode (nope, no spoilers before the break) – click through only if you already know what happened!
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Episode: 33
Airdate: April 20, 2014
Directed by: Alex Graves
Written by: George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by), David Benioff (creator), D.B. Weiss (creator), David Benioff (written for television by), D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

One week after the GRRM scripted “The Lion and the Rose,” Benioff and Weiss again take the creative helm, and they have a heck of a show to follow. Without getting into any details here (I’ll save those for after the spoiler warning and the break), how do you top the events of last week’s episode? Of course, even after last season’s “The Rains of Castamere” episode, the show had to go on. And so it goes (my thanks to Vonnegut). Click through after the break to get my breakdown of this week’s Promotional video, and some thoughts on what “Breaker of Chains” will bring us.

<<Spoiler Alert: This preview of Game of Thrones S04E03 – “Breaker of Chains” – will discuss major plot points and events suggested by previous events and the events shown in the Promo video; read further at your own risk!>>
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