[TV] Game of Thrones – Mother’s Mercy

The final episodes of each season of Game of Thrones are always accompanied by a unique blend of anticipation and dread. The book-reader portion of the audience has it easier, insulated as they are from the series’ infamous shocks and plot twists - until now. This season finale had less material from the novels than … Continue reading [TV] Game of Thrones – Mother’s Mercy

[TV] Game of Thrones – The Dance of Dragons (S5E9)

Following the overwhelmingly positive reception that last week's episode of Game of Thrones received, big things were expected of the final episodes of the season. These were the episodes that would redeem the show's weakest season, they would erase the audience's memories of Dorne and poorly executed back alley fights and would return some hype … Continue reading [TV] Game of Thrones – The Dance of Dragons (S5E9)

[TV] Game of Thrones – Hardhome (S5E8)

There tend to be two types of Game of Thrones fans – one that believes that the series’ strongest moments come from the nuanced politics and that the larger story of the Long Winter and the Others (White Walkers) is superfluous and unnecessary and  one that believes just the opposite. There are, of course, fans of both … Continue reading [TV] Game of Thrones – Hardhome (S5E8)

[TV] Game of Thrones – The Gift (S5E7)

Foreshadowing can be much harder to get right than most people give it credit for; too little and the plot development feels contrived and unconvincing but with too much, you lose the element of surprise and impact is ruined. A large chunk of this season so far has been build-up and foreshadowing and with just … Continue reading [TV] Game of Thrones – The Gift (S5E7)

[TV] Game of Thrones – Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken (S5E6)

Shock value is not something that Game of Thrones has ever been accused of lacking but the question surrounding the final scene of the sixth episode of this season of the season, ‘Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken’ is whether the writers have any method behind their collective madness. This isn’t the first time the show has courted … Continue reading [TV] Game of Thrones – Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken (S5E6)

[TV] Game of Thrones – Kill The Boy (S5E5)

If you hear the sounds of bells tolling, it's probably the death knell sounding for a whole bunch of characters as we hit the halfway mark of the fifth season of Game of Thrones. The most obvious upcoming death is that Jorah Mormont, who has been infected with the deadly greyscale disease but he is … Continue reading [TV] Game of Thrones – Kill The Boy (S5E5)

[TV] Game of Thrones – The Sons Of The Harpy (S5E4)

There is a temptation in writing fiction, to give characters we love a farewell proportional to their popularity. It’s all too common to see major characters in any sort of fiction take out hordes of enemies before going out in blaze of glory. There are well documented reasons for why this trope is still a … Continue reading [TV] Game of Thrones – The Sons Of The Harpy (S5E4)

[TV] Game of Thrones – High Sparrow (S5E3)

It’s that special time of the year again – it is wedding season in Westeros! In King’s Landing, Tommen and Margaery tie the knot and Margaery wastes absolutely no time sinking her teeth into her husband and king, much to Queen Mother Cersei’s dismay. Meanwhile, in the North, Sansa Stark gets to try her hand … Continue reading [TV] Game of Thrones – High Sparrow (S5E3)

[TV] Game of Thrones – The House Of Black And White (S5E2)

The fifth season of Game of Thrones' opening episode was understated, some would say underwhelming but its followup episode, 'The House of Black and White' makes up for it. Named for the abode of the Faceless Men, the episode's title can also be seen as a reference to the decisions that many of characters are … Continue reading [TV] Game of Thrones – The House Of Black And White (S5E2)

[TV] Game of Thrones – The Wars To Come (S5E1)

Welcome, to the long awaited beginning to season five of Game of Thrones! A few administrative items before we talk about this episode. As most of you are undoubtedly aware, the first four episodes of this newest season of Game of Thrones have been leaked. The temptation to go ahead and binge watch these first … Continue reading [TV] Game of Thrones – The Wars To Come (S5E1)