Posts Tagged ‘Jon Snow’

GoT6

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.>>
(more…)

Game-Of-Thrones-2015-Season-5-Poster-Wallpaper

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.>>
(more…)

Game-Of-Thrones-2015-Season-5-Poster-Wallpaper

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.>>
(more…)

Game-Of-Thrones-2015-Season-5-Poster-Wallpaper

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.>>
(more…)

Game-Of-Thrones-2015-Season-5-Poster-Wallpaper

Episode: 503
Airdate: April 26, 2015
Directed by: Mark Mylod
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)

Three episodes into the new season, and tonight we see a definite ramping up of tension across several storylines. While last week gave us successes for some fan-favorite characters – Dany reuniting with Drogon, Jon gaining rank and authority – tonight we begin to see what the result and cost of new power can be, in at least one of these two cases. Another strong episode – the strongest of the season so far – and a more focused, integrated approach, means a rapt hour passed by far quicker than most. Click through for my full review and synopsis.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of Game of Thrones S05E03, “High Sparrow.” In discussing events, I will be quoting some lines with colorful language – read more at your own risk.>>
(more…)

Game-Of-Thrones-2015-Season-5-Poster-Wallpaper

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.>>
(more…)

Game-Of-Thrones-2015-Season-5-Poster-Wallpaper

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.>>
(more…)

got21

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)

With the end of Season Four of Game of Thrones, I finally have the time to catch up on the two episode reviews I missed while on my family vacation earlier this spring. Here’s the first one, for the third episode of the season.

The last episode ended on a truly dramatic event, reminiscent in more ways than one of the end of Episode 0309, “The Rains of Castamere.” There, the final shot, and the final act left viewers with a sick feeling in their stomachs, and the knowledge that we wouldn’t be able to see the full repercussions of the event as it was already the penultimate episode of the season. Here, the event has, arguably, a potentially larger effect on Westeros, but we have eight more episodes to see the fallout, beginning with “Breaker of Chains.” Click through after the break to get my thoughts on this episode.

<<Spoiler Alert: This article is a review and partial recap of Game of Thrones S04E03 – “Breaker of Chains” – 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!>>
(more…)

got21

Episode: 40
Airdate: June 15, 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)

All men must serve.

How soon a season passes. These ten episodes have gone by in the blink of an eye, and now we begin the long nine and half month wait until next April (I’m going to guess Sunday, April 5th as the premiere date). But before we get all mopey anticipating the long hiatus, let’s take a look at tonight’s excellent season finale. It managed to tie up even more loose ends, answer some questions, and began to move the pieces together for what should be a new season full of change. The power shifted tonight – but by how much won’t be seen until Season Five begins. Click through after the break to find out what we learned, and to see where we might be going.

<<Spoiler Alert: This article is a review and partial recap of Game of Thrones S04E10 – “The Children” – 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!>>
(more…)

got21

Episode: 40
Airdate: June 15, 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)

Here it is already – the season finale of Game of Thrones. Eleven short weeks (with the one week break between episodes 36 and 37), and another season will be coming to an end. The last two weeks have proven to be excellent episodes, with plenty of storylines coming to some sort of resolution, but plenty more left unresolved. This is, of course, the nature of the source material, a series of books that is still not close to being finished. How much further along will we find ourselves at this time next week, with a year to wait for the next episode? Click through to take a look at the Promo video, and get my take on what I expect us to see this coming Sunday.

<<Spoiler Alert: This preview of Game of Thrones S04E10 – “The Children” – will discuss major plot points and events suggested by previous episodes and the Promo video; read further at your own risk!>>
(more…)