Game of Thrones: “The Children” – Quick Thoughts

Before I start a couple of things. There will be spoilers, don’t go moaning at me when you read something that you haven’t already watched yet ok? If you do I will hold you in as high regard as I hold Dany’s story lines. Secondly, I’m not going to go through everything that happens in the episode, just little things that popped into my head as I watched. Sorted? Good, off we go.

Well that’s it for another year folks. No more Jon Snow and his terrible accents, no more Hound and Arya comedy tag team duo and certainly no more Tywin Lannister. What are we going to do for twelve months? For starters if you haven’t read the books I highly recommend you start doing so. Anyway enough moaning about what we won’t get, let’s go over what we did get in the Season 4 finale.

When I said last week that I thought the battle at the Wall ending was a bit of an anti climax , now you can see why. I was fully expecting an army to come riding in to save the day just as the Wall looked like it was about to fall. It was nice to see Mance Rayder again and he actually seems to be one of the better “kings” in the whole show; yes he looks after a rag tag bunch of people from all different races who would eat you in your sleep but, he genuinely cares for his people. He’s not necessarily doing it for revenge, or to become the King in Westeros he is a man leading his people to safety. With Stannis now at the wall it will be interesting to see what happens from here, Mellisandre and Jon Snow looking at each other from across the pyre might give us an inclination as to why Melisandre was so keen to come north, she might have seen Jon Snow in her fires.

My jacket is massive Jon Snow

My jacket is massive Jon Snow

Bran, oh boring Bran. For once his storyline wasn’t dull as dishwater. I suppose there’s only so much pulling of a crippled boy you can show in two and a bit seasons before people really switch off. They kept trying to show Bran as an important character when he was on screen, always reminding us of his sight and finally, today we saw something of interest happen. The skeletons that rose up out of the ground for the most part looked pretty decent, you couldn’t notice the CGI for the most part. It was nice to see Meera actually in a proper fighting situation, she held her own, she was strong and wanted to do everything she could to protect her little brother, sadly to no avail. It was fun to see Bran become Hodor again as well, I’m sure the actor playing Hodor is happy he took the part now, he actually gets to do something of note and not just be the big man saying his own name! Seeing the creepy little kid thing come out and start throwing magic bombs all over the place was great and the rest of that section shows that the show is full on fantasy, yes we have dragons and Mellisandre occasionally has demons coming out of her vag but most of the show is around the politics and the personal stories, seeing and old man chilling in a tree whilst skeletons attack a crippled boy and a young girl throws fire bombs…No that’s fantasy.

If you are a regular reader then you will know I don’t really care too much for Dany and her storyline and I still don’t. I didn’t really feel anything for her, or her dragons when she locked them up in the catacombs of Mereen, they are beasts, she can’t control them, it’s actually a good move for her.

Now, onto my two favourite parts…

Tyrion. I think most people would expect this to be the last thing I talk about, even I thought it would be, saving the best for last and all that but for me there was a section that was even better which I will get onto shortly. Tyrion being broken out of his cell by Jaime was great, seeing the love those two have for each other even though Jaime knows that it will more than likely mean some kind of bad ending for him was great, it certainly brings Jaime back into being a character you can get behind, even after the return of the incest in this episode and the shady scene with him and Cersei after Joff’s death. I Shae and Tywin sexing it up would have come as a surprise to a lot of TV viewers, it does seem a bit out of place for Tywin to want to bed anybody, let alone a whore who his evil dwarf son had been with many times before. But, it served to give us another great Tyrion scene with him putting an end to Shae which was great, Tyrion sitting on the floor apologising while Shae’s lifeless body was slumped next to him was actually quite beautiful in a way.

Then came the big one though, Tywin taking two crossbow bolts whilst having a crap was great, shame they didn’t throw in the lne about a Lannister not really shitting gold, but that would have taken away from the scene. Charles Dance as Tywin is going to be a big miss for the series, yes he’s an asshole of a character but my god he commands every scene he is in. But at least we got a victory for the good guy, for once.



Finally though,without a shadow of a doubt the best thing about the finale was Brienne and The Hound. This was a surprise meeting even for us book wankers and at first I wasn’t quite sure about it as Arya was talking to Brienne, but when that fight kicked off, my word, it was something else. It was by far the most intense and brutal fight that we have seen on the show, it even tops The Mountain v The Viper for me. Seeing Brienne going toe to toe with The Hound, showing her strength and her courage was fantastic. They both dished it out and as the fight went on and it turned from a sword duel to a full on fist fight they both dug down and pulled out their animal instincts with each one doing everything in their being to not die. The final sequence with Brienne unleashing with a flurry of punches to the face screaming as she went, finally kicking The Hound off the cliffside was breathtaking. Never did I think I would be so invested in a fight, especially where I didn’t really want either character to lose.

Foreplay is a bit different in Westeros

Foreplay is a bit different in Westeros

A few quick final points:

– Arya sailing away on a ship to Bravos was actually a nice ending. They needed to move away from the Lannister murderfest in Kings Landing and end on a semi happy note and they did. A bit cheesy, but not as bad as the season 3 finale with Dany being carried on the shoulders of the slaves she had freed.

– Sticking with Arya, was expecting her to put The Hound out of his misery and it didn’t happen. Damn you Arya.

– How big did Mance Rayder look in that fur coat?! The man looked like a giant!

So, that’s it for this season. Thanks for reading those of you that got this far. I’m really interested to see where the show goes next year. So many characters have come to a point in their story arc where they need something new to do and I have a feeling the next season might come across as a bit slow, they have effectively reset the show and it will be very interesting to see how many people stick with it. Needless to say we will see a lot more of Dorne next year and the repercussions of Oberyn’s death which will be a nice change of setting.

Here’s to looking out for casting rumours for ten months!


Game of Thrones: “Mockingbird” – Quick Thoughts

Before I start a couple of things. There will be spoilers, don’t go moaning at me when you read something that you haven’t already watched yet ok? If you do I will hold you in as high regard as I hold Dany’s story lines. Secondly, I’m not going to go through everything that happens in the episode, just little things that popped into my head as I watched. Sorted? Good, off we go.

A very quick write up this week even though Mockingbird was a pretty masterful episode. Without there necessarily being much action it advanced plenty of characters stories along and included more than enough memorable moments. I want to start on probably my favourite moment from this week; Sansa hitting Robin.

Remember that brilliant scene in the opening episode of season one where Tyrion slapped Joffrey back at Winterfell? Well, for me this came close to topping that. Ever since we first met Robin Arryn, creepily at his mothers breast, back in season one he has just been one character that you wanted to see get a good slap. It was pretty great to see Sansa get a (very) brief moment of strength here considering she has been such a drip for nearly four seasons. So after Robin had run off crying in waltz’s creepy Uncle Littlefinger who explained to Sansa how he always loved his mother and all the stuff we had heard before and then decided to kiss her as Lysa looked on from a balcony. We always knew that Lysa was utterly mental, even from the few glimpses of her early on in the show but these past couple of episodes have just shown how deluded or even under Littlefingers spell she is. It was a pretty nice ending with Lysa getting pushed out of the Moon Door by Littlefinger. For someone who has had a hand in so many deaths it was interesting to see him kill someone with his own hands.

Take that you little shit

Take that you little shit

The rest of the episode was very Tyrion heavy as he called on people to be his champion. These were some truly great scenes with Peter Dinklage showing off his acting chops even more after last weeks stunning performance. Just as it seemed that he would have to fight Cersei’s champion himself everyone’s favourite new character Prince Oberyn waltzed in to give Tyrion hope. In Kings Landing this is what the whole season has been leading to since Oberyn’s appearance in the capital. As soon as it was shown that Ser Gregor Clegane, The Mountain was to be Cersei’s champion is was obvious that Oberyn would stand for Tyrion in order to gain his revenge for his sisters death. 

Will Oberyn prevail?

Will Oberyn prevail?

It’s a shame that the show is going on a week break for Memorial Day in the US so we have to wait to see the next episode; The Viper & The Mountain . So,for those of you who haven’t read the books who do you think will step away victorious from this duel? We have heard a lot about Oberyn’s prowess in battle and this week we got a glimpse of the power of The Mountain.

Some other quick thoughts:

– Dany finally gave in to Daario. Couldn’t really care too much though to be honest. Dany’s storyline is still the one that bores me the most and has done pretty much since season two. She has had some pretty awesome standout moments but there’s just something about her story that I just can’t get behind.

– Sir Friendzone Mormont. Poor Jorah. Did you see his face after he passed Daario leaving Dany’s chambers? Never have you seen a man so broken. 

– If I didn’t have to see Melisandre again for a while I don’t really mine. It seems as if she is the only main character who hasn’t negotiated a “no naked scenes” clause this season and that for me is the only reason we still get to see her every now and again. his episode genuinely wouldn’t have been any better or worse if the scene on Dragonstone was cut.

– Arya killing Rorge was fantastic and it was great to see her just do it by herself and taking a few hints from The Hound on board. This pairing has been utterly amazing and seeing The Hound show  bit more of a human side was great thing to see. These pairings can’t go on forever so when it ends it will be a sad day.

– Last but certainly not least…HOTPIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Game of Thrones: “The Laws of Gods & Men” – Quick Thoughts

Before I start a couple of things. There will be spoilers, don’t go moaning at me when you read something that you haven’t already watched yet ok? If you do I will hold you in as high regard as I hold Dany’s story lines. Secondly, I’m not going to go through everything that happens in the episode, just little things that popped into my head as I watched. Sorted? Good, off we go.

I think a lot of people have been rather disappointed this season. Not with the overall quality of the show but in the lack of screen time for Tyrion, pretty much everyone’s favourite character. And while he didn’t make an appearance in the first half of this episode the second was a stage for Tyrion or more apt, Peter Dinklage to shine.

Dinklage has taken a lot of plaudits for his portrayal of Tyrion and rightfully so and that final speech he gave in his defence was probably the best we as an audience have ever seen him. Tyrion looked ready to accept what Jaime was telling him, that he would live out his days on the wall if he just pleaded mercy. It was the perfect scenario for Tywin, not so much Cersei who just wants to see her little brothers head on a spike but Tywin did not forsee the effect that Shae’s lies in court would have on Tyrion.

A quick thought on Shae actually, when you saw her giving evidence initially it looked like she was scared and more for the fact that maybe Cersei had threatened her and that was why she was testifying but the more she talked the more it seemed to be coming from a place of hate because of what Tyrion said to her in order for her to leave. Now, if she couldn’t see that he was doing that for her own protection she is just an absolute idiot.

I Demand A Trial By Combat.

I Demand A Trial By Combat.

So over the net couple of episodes we are going to see who Tyrion chooses as his Champion for his trial by combat and I for one can’t wait to see how it all come across on screen. A quick note for those who haven’t read the books and don’t want to be spoiled, don’t read the title of the 8th Episode, it kind of gives it all away.

If Tyrion hadn’t had a great deal of screen time this year then one of my other favourite characters has had even less; Varys. It was great to see Varys back here being his usual self and there was something just fantastic about his brief scene with Prince Oberyn in the Throne Room. With Littlefinger gone Varys hasn’t had anyone really to pit his wits against so it will be interesting to see if they can keep him involved for the rest of the season, i’m sure his little birds in Mereen will have a big part to play.

It was good to see Yara Greyjoy and her band of squiddy men attacking the dreadfort in order to try and rescue Theon. it was all over a bit too quick for my liking but it did help to show just how adept the Ironborn are in battle. Saying that, how Ramsay Snow in nothing but a pair of leather bottoms survived that attack I have no idea. If you saw someone wearing no armour would you not try and take him out pretty quickly because he / she would be an easy target? Alas though, the raid was a waste of time for Yara who declared to her own men that her brother was now dead.

The scene following that with Ramsay and Reek had me on the edge of my seat. I think we have all had enough of seeing Reek be tortured, last season it was brutal and outstayed it’s welcome and I was muttering to myself throughout that whole scene “just let him have the bath”. Of course Ramsay wants something from Reek but it was nice to not have to see any more torture.

Ramsay Snow Sausages


Other quick thoughts:

– Not much to say about Dany’s story this week. It was nice to see one of the dragons in full flight doing dragon-y things but still, genuinely don’t care what’s happening in Mereen. Here’s hoping that Varys’ little birds can make something happen.

– Also, speaking of Dany. Christ she has a lot of titles.

– Long live Ser Davos Seaworth. For me Davos is my favourite character. He is, maybe apart from Sam, the truest character in the show. And let’s not forget, as much of an idiot Stannis is he is actually the true King.

– That establishing shot of bravos with the Titan guarding the entrance was simply stunning, some great work there by the CGI team, and nice to see it on the opening credits as well.

Ser Davos. A True Angel.

Ser Davos. A True Angel.