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GAME OF THRONES: The Rains of Castamere Review (Article) - 6/4/2013 8:07:33 AM

I remember reading the Red Wedding and knew from outside sources that something was coming. It is told from Catlyn’s point of view, and I wasn’t a big fan of hers but I definitely sympathized with her then. I felt bad for Rob and Grey Wind and really hated the Frey’s for it and I think I wanted to see Walder Frey staked down to his precious bridge and have normal horse traffic trample him.

One thing they showed in the show but didn’t really explain was the arrival when everybody takes bread and salt under the Frey’s roof. I don’t think the following is really a SPOILER but want to warn peeps just in case. This ritual is a sign that you have been welcomed as a guest and are safe while there. There apparently are some religious superstitions about breaking that tradition both for those that follow the Old Gods and those that follow the Seven. Not sure what the Red God R’holler’s take on it is, but as Roy Munson would say he is probably “against it”. I’m just glad they showed it even if they didn’t explain it.

I didn’t even like Talisa, but her getting stabbed was probably the most disturbing scene, especially with the sound effects that went along with it. Maybe it was because she wasn’t in the books and I didn’t know what her fate would be. I figured she would be killed there, but I also thought it slightly possible she could have been a Lannister agent as well.

Ddiaz I went out and found that OtakuAssemble’s review yesterday. He had been spoiled a while back for the Red Wedding and you’re right he has lost his enthusiasm for the show so it was kind of a let down.

Book talk and possible spoilers below:

So I guess the scene where Rob and Cat discuss Rob considering legitimizing Jon as his heir and the possibility that he did go through with it may not be as important now? Not that I thought it was super important but was always curious about that group he sent out.

Wonder if they will show the desecrated corpses of Rob and Grey Wind?

No Cold Hands yet, but I don’t think they will show him. I know there are a lot of theories that Cold Hands is Benjen, and showing him could prove the theories correct or false. Unless they had Cold Hands face covered or something.

I think this is the point in the books where Dany’s story started to irritate me some except for the random conversations with Barriston about Rheagar and the past. It seems like she is a favorite of a lot of show watchers and I wonder if they too will start to cool on Dany.


There have probably been several more comments in the time I took to write this.
 

Game Of Thrones: Mhysa Preview (Article) - 6/3/2013 12:59:55 PM

I figured this preview post would have more responses than normal, as people don't want to wait for the review topic. 

When I was reading the Red Wedding, I was already just thinking in my mind that no one is safe, so it didn't affect me as much as it did others.   Though I did hate the Frays after that, especially Walder and Black Walder.   I've said it several times that Rob is more fleshed out in the show than he was in the books, so it actually bothered me more in the show even though I knew it was coming.   I figured Talisa was going to get killed to, since she was not in the book, but it was pretty brutal to see a pregnant woman get repeatedly stabbed in the stomach like that.

I got more, but I'll save it for the review thread.  If anybody ever saw the YouTube video a fan made during season one, something along the lines of "They killed my "urban slang", Ned, I really wonder what that dudes reaction to the Red Wedding would be, though he may have started reading the books.

GAME OF THRONES: SECOND SONS Review (Article) - 5/24/2013 2:03:22 PM

 Another reason for Catelyn to want to kill Joffery, remember it turned out to be Joffery who sent the assassin to kill Bran with the fancy Valyrian dagger while he was convelessing from his fall way back in season one.  

GAME OF THRONES: SECOND SONS Review (Article) - 5/21/2013 8:31:29 AM

 liked this episode.  I don't care for Daario in the books, and the actor they got to play him is not what I imagined.   I must have not paid attention to his description, but I always pictured him  as darker of skin and hair.  Not too into a lot of Dany's current storyline currently.

Diaz , I had a similar feeling about Melisandre and the leeches.  They left it kind of ambiguous.   I think Davos may have played a part.   I did not like the seduction scene, despite the pretty naked lady.  That just felt off.  i wonder what they'll do with Gendry now?  Will they do something similar to what they did with Edric Storm, the character whose plot Gendry is taking over somewhat?  That would be my guess, although they probably go in a slightly different direction.  Also, I think you will have to wait till the following Sunday for the next episode due to this weekend being Memorial Day.   These next two eps should be crazy, but I'm thinkng some stuff could get put off till next season, tough to tell since the build up points to a lot going down soon.

Is it just me or does it seem like they are catching up to the books really fast?  I guess it could be the way books three and four's timelines worked that has me thinking they are close to book five material.

Fall TV Schedule 2013 (Article) - 5/17/2013 2:52:24 PM

All a reviewer needs is Netflix or maybe Amazon Prime to catch up on all the eps of OUAT before the new season starts.  That's how I found it.  I subscribed to Netflix streaming last year thinking the new eps of Arrested Develepment were already on there and ended up keeping it, and by the end of the month I'll see all those eps too.

GAME OF THRONES: THE CLIMB Review (Article) - 5/9/2013 11:02:28 AM

Little late to the comments on this episode, was on vacation.

Favorite part was seeing Melisandre and Thoros speaking.   Like it was mentioned by other commenters, that is new to us book readers.  In fact I'm not sure if we have ever seen two of the Red Priests meet.  I'm sure Martin signed off on that change.  Melisandre meeting Arya and telling her of the darkness in her was interesting.  It kind of changes up some things in book 5, this meeting.  Originally I think it was some random lady that told Arya she had darkness in her, I don't recall the scene in the books very well, but that line stood out as important to me when it happened. 

 

Now to comment to some of the SPOILERS comments.

Count me as a firm believer of the R plus L equal J theory.  It seemed obvious way back in book 1 and only has had more evidence given to support it.

As far as Aegon, I still think he might be a fake or the "mummer's dragon".  Not sure yet.

We assume (thoughI believe he did) that Rob legitimized Jon, but we don't know for sure yet.  Need to see that document.

So how is Melisandre going to be fooled by a fake Arya's face on the show now?   In book 5 she thinks she sees Arya in her flames, but due to the change the show made, having her meet Arya kind of forces that to be changed or scrapped later on.   It seemed a pretty important part of Jon's decisions if I recall.

GAME OF THRONES: Kissed by Fire Review (Article) - 5/2/2013 7:55:27 AM

You can say Ned was a total "white hat" as that ultimately led to his downfall.  His only issue in the whole series is that he had a bastard and many believe that not to be the case. I totally believe the R L=J theory, otherwise their were too many needlessly placed clues and forshadowing. 

Mommitchell, Dany a fan of the Steelers?  I doubt it, Martin is a big Jets fan (don't know why, they are a laughing stock).  He lost a football bet with a fan a few years ago and named a minor character in book five after the fan.  The guy he lost the bet to was a Cowboys fan, so the character's sigil was a blue star. 

Warehouse 13: The Living and the Dead Review (Article) - 5/2/2013 7:41:04 AM

I've haven't watched the episode yet either, its on the DVR.   I'm the oppisite of Monkeyfoot, I'm getting a little tired of it becoming the Claudia show and wish they would go back to more Artie, Pete, and Myka.

GAME OF THRONES: Kissed by Fire Review (Article) - 4/30/2013 10:04:54 AM

Diaz, you guessed the line that gave me a chuckle.  

Speaking of the song Shireen sang at the credits, I recognized it, but it was sung much more seriously than I read it.  I always thought of it sang in a more goofy tone.  Of course I think Patchface originally sang it and I think that character will not appear in the show.

GAME OF THRONES: Kissed by Fire Review (Article) - 4/30/2013 7:31:51 AM

Having read all the books, a sentence in one of the comments above, I found amusing. 

I disagreed when they made Stannis seem like a horn-dog a few episodes ago.  At least they corrected it some in his scene with Selese (who is a zealot in case you didn't pick that up) 

Davos is a fan favorite in the books, they haven't fleshed him out as much in the show yet.   But they've done a good job fleshing out Robb in the show.   I never had much interest in book Robb mainly because he was never a point of view character, where as the show Robb is explored as well as all the other characters. 

 

How could you not like Circei looking all smug because she gets to see Tyrion squirm, but then have the shock that Tywin gave her.  I liked how Tywin at least acknowledged the "rumors" of her and Jaime.

 I guess I forgot who was playing who on the show as for some reason I thought the actor playing Lord Karstark was actually Great Jon Umber who is the dude who Grey Wind bit the fingers off back in Winterfell and one of Robb's staunchest supporters.  I was thinking why the F are they having the Great Jon become a child killer. 

 

Quick recap of the Hound's fear of fire. As a young boy he was playing with one of his crazy older brother Gregor's toys. Gregor aka The Mountain that Rides, found him with it and stuck Sandor's face in hot coals/fire.   

 

I understand why people are a little put off on some of these episodes and I think it is due to the huge cast and all the characters being all over the place.  They just have to jump around so much to include everything.  

 

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